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Hey! Look what I found in my post box!

Posted March 19, 2014 into Books by John Birmingham

I didn't even realise Flinthart had a book out! What's more, it came out in September last year, so the slovenly laggard is due a sequel!

Haven't even cracked the spine yet, and I'm thinking I might buy myself a Kindle or iBook version (assuming there is one of the latter) because the cover feels like it was made from human skin.

I assume that was done on purpose given the write off:

Michael Devlin is the first of a new breed. The way things are going, he may also be the last.

Being infected with an unknown disease is bad. Waking up on a slab in a morgue wearing nothing but a toe-tag is worse, even if it comes with a strange array of new abilities.

Medical student Michael Devlin is in trouble. With his flatmates murdered and an international cabal of legendary man-monsters on his trail, Devlin's got nowhere to hide. His only allies are a hot-tempered Sydney cop and a mysterious monster-hunter who may be setting Devlin up for the kill. If he's going to survive, Devlin will have to embrace his new powers and confront his hunters. But can he hold onto his humanity when he walks the Path of Night?

Who cares? As long as he kicks arse!

I feel kind of creepy posting two Amazon links in a week, but damn it, people.


20 Responses to ‘Hey! Look what I found in my post box!’

PaulC would have you know...

Posted March 19, 2014

Indeed there is an iBooks version. $7.99.

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damian would have you know...

Posted March 19, 2014

I read it on Kindle. It's fun, and reads like the start of a series.

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Anthony would have you know...

Posted March 19, 2014

I found it on Amazon a while back. At the time I didn't realise it was our Flinthart.

It's not a bad book actually. I've paid more money for books I've enjoyed less and it's got lots of kick-arse action and blood and guts and no more plot holes than you'd find in most novels.

Definitely a recommendation..

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Barnesm has opinions thus...

Posted March 19, 2014

Be careful when you post reviews. When I wrote a review which directed quoted from the book (you will no doubt guess from which bits) Amazon didn't allow it to be published.

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Barnesm mumbles...

Posted March 19, 2014

Here is my unexpegated review that I tried to post on Amazon

[5.0 out of 5 stars] Not at all sparkly, November 4, 2013
By Michael J. Barnes (Melbourne, Australia)
Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This review is from: Path of Night (Night Beast) (Kindle Edition)

The recent Zomgeist has been shadowed by a reassessment of the vampire, updating and inhabiting the modern world of the 21century. Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s eminently filmable Strain Trilogy (The Strain, The Fall and The Night Eternal), the UK’s Channel 4’s Ultraviolet (never to be confused with the unwatchable 2006 film) and Justin Cronin’s literary The passage trilogy (The Passage, The Twelve and The City of Mirrors) are joined with the first in what is hoped on-going series.

The same elements which made those updated reflections of the Vampire so engaging are all there: a viral/medical basis for the ancient vampire; hi-tech solutions and myths combine; Tetrodotoxin & silver; specialist human agents charged with dealing with monsters who must become monsters and a hidden global conspiracy. Though at one point someone says “not one person in a million who knows what you have already heard about” which would put that at around 7100 people in the world who know about these mysteries.

At least in this story they use the word Vampire, though it follows the current fashion of using other descriptors. Most of these other modern tales seem to consider using the V-word as gauche as though over a hundred year literary tradition never happened.

The treat for Australians is the local settings, if you can call a tale spanning the eastern seaboard ‘local’. Mr Flinthard successfully evokes the Australia locations, revealing his previous talents as a travel writer in his descriptions.

“Darling harbour was a decent place to meet.. At one time, at one time the place had been a working, heavy-industry harbour full of forklifts and longshoremen, decorated with concrete and chain-link fences and cargo containers.. ‘Now it was a tidy monument to the transformative powers of money. Broad concrete boulevards edged the turbid waters. The convention centre was another concrete and glass confection, a space-age cylinder rising over the waterfront like the middle finger of a Godzilla-sized investment banker”.

His insights are not confirmed to Australian Architecture

“For the bogans themselves it was a matter of pride, but for pretty much everyone else, bogans were a tragic embarrassment, like and inbred cousin with toilet-training issues”.

His accomplished use of Australian vernacular will raise a smile.

“So really, I don’t give a flying fu*k in a fartstorm what you want, you turd-ugly piece of raper-mangled ar*se meat”.

and full of wry observations by the hero that will resonate with Australian readers

“if his life had been reduced to a set of Cold Chisel lyrics, he was truly in deep sh*t”

But mostly what comes across is that this book was fun to write with a joi di vie and so a similar joy to read.

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WarDog asserts...

Posted March 19, 2014

Happy days. But Flintheart you're in big trouble for keeping this to yourself. We still have assets south of the strait.

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Murphy mumbles...

Posted March 20, 2014

Gonna put that on the Summer Reading List.



On the Outer Marches

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Quokka puts forth...

Posted March 20, 2014

Excellent. The bloke has been commuting to work via train, an hour each way, so he's finally worked his way through your books, JB, and a few of Matthew Reilly's, and another of Richard Flanagan's. I will load this up on the kindle for him, now that Khan Greybeard has kindly fuxed it for me.

Don't ask. You know I'm the kiss of death to technology.

God damned Tech-Destroying force field.

damian mutters...

Posted March 21, 2014

Ms Q, let me also suggest Matter by Iain Banks. It has some oddities and it's one of Banks stranger and darker works, but some elements may appeal to Mr Q's sensibilities

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Dave W puts forth...

Posted March 20, 2014

Tried to comment using my galaxy s2 last night, to no avail. Unsupported tech already?

Anyway, how did I come across this a few months ago, if it wasn't from a recommendation from you or the other nice people here? It's a good 'un and I can only hope that it a) gets a wider readership; and b) that it is #1 in a series.

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Bangar puts forth...

Posted March 20, 2014

It was a great read get to it folks.

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Quokka reckons...

Posted March 20, 2014

It haz been kindled. The Bloke was very happy with that news so thanks to Mr. Flinthart for all future distractions he offers from the lint-pickers of Coomera.

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Brother PorkChop reckons...

Posted March 20, 2014

I only read it about 3 months ago due to some comments on a thread here. Enjoyed it and looking forward to the next one.

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Therbs mutters...

Posted March 20, 2014

Yep, he's not bad at the scribbling caper is Mr Flinthart.

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sibeen swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted March 20, 2014

OK, I've just purchased this tome and it is winging its way down the wires to my kindle as I type.

What does impress me is the surname of the major character. It is a manly name, a name you could find comfort in. A name just oozing debonair, sophisticated, charming, intelligent and obviously very brave.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan is gonna tell you...

Posted March 23, 2014

That's why I name all of my protagonist male characters Randolf Mantooth.

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sibeen mutters...

Posted March 21, 2014

OK, about half way through and thoroughly enjoying it.

I do have a minot quibble. Why don't authors, who have never had any military experience, get someone who has worn a funny uniform for a job to do a quick read over any chapters that involve the military.

Standing at attention in the scrub...FFS!.

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sibeen reckons...

Posted March 21, 2014

OK, finished that one, when is the next one due out?

One thing I particularly enjoyed was the way Mr Flinthart had the good sense to bring in Brmingham as a character, and rip his throat out very shortly afterwards. This contrasts wildly with a certain unnamed sycophantic writer who brings him onstage and makes him fucking royalty.

All in all a very enjoyable read...despite my ranting quibble over matters military.

Therbs asserts...

Posted March 21, 2014

James Phelan had him captured, tortured and killed. Think it was in "Fox Hunt".

Sudragon mumbles...

Posted March 22, 2014

Is John Birmingham destined to become the Australian Joe Buckley?

Stay tuned!

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