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A likeable review of the highly unlikeable Dave

Posted August 4, 2016 into The Dave by John Birmingham

I missed this nice Canadian review for The Dave at The National Post. By Mr Matt Gurney:

If Tom Clancy’s oeuvre was blended with J.R.R. Tolkien’s, the result would look a lot like this year’s Dave vs. The Monsters trilogy. Australian novelist John Birmingham specializes in offbeat, highly realistic depictions of how we would react — economically, socially, politically and militarily — to utterly bonkers events. You have to swallow the initial doozy he’ll throw at you — but it’s all frighteningly plausible from there.

In this trilogy, the highly unlikeable Dave Hooper finds himself at the point where two worlds collide. The first world is ours, Earth, circa 2015 — an oil rig off the Gulf Coast, specifically. The second is a demonic underworld of orcs, brutes, and dragons, who cherish ancient fables of when they freely roamed the world of above, feasting on succulent human flesh.

Once the barrier separating the worlds — hinted to have been established eons ago by merciful aliens — begins to collapse, it’s suddenly a full-on war of annihilation between legions of monsters and our modern military machines. A legion of orcs may not fare well against a wing of B-52s, but how long will the society that keeps those jets flying hold out when bumps in the night truly are monsters?

Bonkers, I know. But if you make it 30 pages into the first book, you won’t be able to stop until the end of the third. And you’ll be craving more.

8 Responses to ‘A likeable review of the highly unlikeable Dave’

DaveC mutters...

Posted August 4, 2016
Fucking A, eh.

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jl puts forth...

Posted August 5, 2016
I totally agree. Dave is literary meth, awesome stuff. Still kicking myself that I held out on reading it for a while. I made up for my mistake by selling everyone I know on the series.

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DarrenBloomfield swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted August 5, 2016
"Australian novelist John Birmingham specializes in offbeat, highly realistic depictions of how we would react — economically, socially, politically and militarily — to utterly bonkers events."

That is on point.

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peteb mutters...

Posted August 8, 2016
..... should I give it another shot?

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Rhino puts forth...

Posted August 9, 2016
Where the hell was that review when we needed it?

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GhostSwirv ducks in to say...

Posted August 10, 2016


Hey JB - just googled Matt Gurney and it seems it's your Canadian Pen Name?

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Roger Lee is gonna tell you...

Posted August 19, 2016
I just finished reading The Dave Trilogy, and it was great! As unlikeable as Dave is, Threshy and the Monsters are much less agreeable overall. I really want to see the Russian kick Dave's ass though...

When are we getting more Dave badness?

John Birmingham would have you know...

Posted August 19, 2016
Thanks, Roger. There will be more Dave. And Threshy and Guyuk. But if you're looking for Karin, you could do no worse than this bad boy.
http://amzn.to/2bmz9sw

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