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rank 4347
word count 13751
date submitted 10.07.2012
date updated 24.05.2013
genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Comedy, Erotica
classification: adult
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No Entry from Bleak City

Jonny Sambuca

He's back. Back in business. Back in charge. And back in up to his neck!

 

After six long years lost in the metaphorical wilderness, a reluctant Jonny Sambuca finds himself back in Bleak City. Now riddled with self-doubt, Jonny isn't sure where his destiny lies? Yet it isn't long before he finds himself being drawn back into old ways. And before Jonny knows what's happening he is flung head first into an exciting adventure that takes him from the once comforting surrounds of Bleak City all the way to the snow-capped mountains of Tibet, covering all points in-between.

No Entry from Bleak City not only sees Jonny take a physical journey, but also a psychological one, as he encounters enemies old and new, finds love, and quite possibly the meaning of life - or some such tosh! So if you enjoyed Jonny's first adventure No Entry ta Bleak City, then you are definitely going to love this follow-up as Jonny battles crazed Euro gangsters and big breasted Russian female criminals, not to mention deranged Arabs, a nutty cyborg, a group of well-endowed female vampires, and a legendary hairy Cryptozoological creature.

It's blood, bullets and boobs in this riveting second saga of the wacked-out adventures of uber gangster Jonny Sambuca

 
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adventure, black comedy, blood, breasts, bullets, criminals, crytozoology, cyborgs, drugs, gangsters, russians, shoot outs, vampires, weapons

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J C Michael wrote 571 days ago

Sorry it's taken so long to get to this Jonny but I'm damn glad I eventually made it to return the read I owed you. If I'm honest it ain't the easiest read as now and again I hope to stop and ponder dime of the slang that I didn't recognise immediately but it's well worth the effort. To read something written in a totally different version of English to the usual made for a refreshing change and there's a blunt and honest humour here, plus quite a bit of male fantasy, that makes for a great read, if that's the kind if thing that floats your boat.
It won't appeal to everyone, the men are hard as nails gangsters or stereotypical scum and the women all dress in leather outfits straight from Fetishists Direct but that's the appeal.
In all fairness I don't see it going mainstream, the PC brigade would pitch a fit, but as a cult piece of fiction I can see it doing well.
Highly starred for daring to be crude, offensive, and brutal, yet there's also an intelligence there that holds it all together.
Best wishes,
James
PS there were also some great turns of phrase particularly the wind that bit like a cannibal and the guy with the jerking arm like a school kid needing a piss. Brilliant.

Harcourt Tendhall wrote 259 days ago

Jonny,

I read the last four chapters of the previous book, just in case I needed to know something for the sequel. I did not expect the intervention from JC!

Right, now on to No Entry from Bleak City.

Jonny Sambuca is back but not only the city has changed; he has too. It takes a lot of cajoling from Tom to get him to even consider starting again. Once he does, the story moves on apace and I soon found myself at the end of Chapter 5. It seems this story is definitely one for blokes - far too chauvinistic for a female audience, I fear and a little too far-fetched to ever be mainstream. This is a pity in a way, because your writing is good enough without needing to stretch too far.

Putting all that aside, I found some elements difficult:

In the case of the MC, I found it hard to accept that such a character would need to be 'rescued' by one of his former henchmen from a homeless shelter. Being the character he was in the previous book, it is highly unlikely he would have let himself slide that far - he is too vain to allow that!

I also think you have overdone the v's and z's in emphasizing Clit's accent. Exchanging w for v and s for z works well but not any other letter; it just seems a step too far. How come Nina does not share her accent if she is also Slovakian?

There are some minor typos to clean up and, occasionally, you use the cut-off words of Jonny for other characters who would not speak like that.

Despite these comments, I have given this high stars and I wish you all the best with it.

Harry
(Bitches)

LCF Quartet wrote 530 days ago

Hi Jonny,
What a cool, impressive first chapter!
I loved your first-person voice and the cinematic approach to the plot is quite good. From the opening paragraph I could tell this was going to be an original read, and by the time I got to the third i was happy to see my faith wasn't misplaced.
It seems like the dynamism is here to stay, and your writing style certainly delivers.

6/6 stars from me to you and in my Watch List for further feedback,
Best wishes,
Lucette- Ten Deep Footprints

J C Michael wrote 571 days ago

Sorry it's taken so long to get to this Jonny but I'm damn glad I eventually made it to return the read I owed you. If I'm honest it ain't the easiest read as now and again I hope to stop and ponder dime of the slang that I didn't recognise immediately but it's well worth the effort. To read something written in a totally different version of English to the usual made for a refreshing change and there's a blunt and honest humour here, plus quite a bit of male fantasy, that makes for a great read, if that's the kind if thing that floats your boat.
It won't appeal to everyone, the men are hard as nails gangsters or stereotypical scum and the women all dress in leather outfits straight from Fetishists Direct but that's the appeal.
In all fairness I don't see it going mainstream, the PC brigade would pitch a fit, but as a cult piece of fiction I can see it doing well.
Highly starred for daring to be crude, offensive, and brutal, yet there's also an intelligence there that holds it all together.
Best wishes,
James
PS there were also some great turns of phrase particularly the wind that bit like a cannibal and the guy with the jerking arm like a school kid needing a piss. Brilliant.

Tod Schneider wrote 597 days ago

What a distinctive, rich voice you write with! It really stands out, and as a reader I enjoy hearing it in my mind. You do a great job with both description and dialog, and you are a model of SHOWING rather than TELLING that shows you know what you're doing. Best of luck with this!
Don't know if you're interested in kids literature, but if you are please do come take a look at the Lost Wink.
Thanks!
Tod
http://authonomy.com/books/40646/the-lost-wink/

David Howsam wrote 616 days ago

Alright Jonny,

You backed Jerusalem, for no good reason that I can fathom but I appreciate that you did it. Your work is majestically insane. A kind of mad hybrid of Welsh and Gibson. The violence is ultra-realistic, the language fueled by some kind of toxin I haven't worked out, and if I did I wouldn't take it anyway. A class act here on this sometimes sterile site. If I were an agent or a publisher, I would ask myself, what the fuck is this all about? And then I would come to the conclusion that it was the ravings of a mad man. But I would be wrong. Because I believe no one writes like this for the fuck of it. They write like this because they have a purpose. If you wanted to be a big seller this is not how you would write. If you wanted to say something about this world, but be entertaining and funny at the same time, this is how you'd write.

So this is what we have here. And I like it, not because I live in Scotland right now and I'm scarred Jonny Sambuca might crash my party and level up to me. But because this guy don't give a fuck. And that's great.

David

Nathan O'Hagan wrote 643 days ago

i love Jonny Sambuca, and it's good tto have him back in Bleak City. the city may have changed, but Jonny sure as shit hasn't......

lizjrnm wrote 651 days ago

Excellent pitches that promise to make for a riveting read! Will comment more after the first few chapters but on my shelf because based on pitches I'd buy it! Liz

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