Donovan was shot by a cop. For jaywalking, supposedly. Actually, for arguing with a cop while black. Four of the nine shots were lethal--or would have been, if their target had been anybody else. The Foundation picked him up, brought him back, and trained him further. "Lethal" turns out to be a relative term when magic is involved.When Marci was fifteen, she levitated a paperweight and threw it at a guy she didn't like. The Foundation scooped her up for training too."Hippie chick" Susan got well into her Foundation training before they told her about the magic, but she's as powerful as Donovan and Marci now.They can teleport themselves thousands of miles, conjure shields that will stop bullets, and read information from the remnants of spells cast by others days before.They all work for the secretive Foundation...for minimum wage.Which is okay, because the Foundation are the good guys. Aren't they?...
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Good Guys Reviews
So I feel it necessary to emphasize that I got an early copy via NetGalley. I think that perhaps the publisher should’ve waited until after another edit before making ARCs available. I must assume that the edited version to come out in March 2018 will have fixed many of the issues I encountered. And issues there were many. Including editing notations within the body of the text. Indies are universally panned for the slightest faux pas, and there is this feeling by both readers and publishers tha ...more
Steven Brust's "Good Guys" is a mashup of the private investigation fantasy subgenre, a subgenre that is right in my wheelhouse. Brust is an old pro, the author of the famous "Vlad Taltos" novels, who has published 30 novels. He knows how to write. This book has a cool sort of vibe, kind of an old style detective story. Its stripped down of a lot of unnecessary chatter. Kind of a spare Dashiel Hammett style but with all kinds of Brustian flourishes, including a group doing the investigation, a f ...more
So..I'm going 3 stars, though I really feel it's a 3.5 (I looked at the overall rating agglomerate and decided to rate it either 3 or four, in the direction of averaging to 3.5, and it's at 3.8 right now, so...3 stars).
It's a very Brustian take on the urban fantasy, Dresden-files type genre. Meaning the plot it put together like clockwork, and there's no real way you would figure out where it's going, exactly, until the end (that is, it's not like clues are dropped early on and you would figure ...more
Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.
Good Guys is an urban fantasy take by Steven Brust, author of the Vlad Taltos fantasy series; it is light, fast-paced, and readable in the vein of other detective focused UF out there. Unfortunately, I didn’t find this Brust novel as interesting as his fantasy offerings, so much so, in fact, that I kept finding reasons to put off writing a review. But, at the end of the day, I decided to put my views on the screen since everyone who wants to deserves an opportu ...more
3.75 stars. A very quick read, somewhat reminiscent of Brust’s early Vlad Taltos books - slightly hard boiled. Also dialogue, rather than description, heavy - like Gregory McDonald’s Fletch (but decidedly less constant humor). Enjoyable enough, but I don’t think anything that’s going to stick with me.
Very good book. A little over the top about how the protagonist views being black in the US, but otherwise a very good novel.
"Good Guys," good book. A thriller about a low-level investigation and enforcement team in a secret magical organization, investigating killings in a second secret magical organization. I really liked the characters -- those are always Brust's strength -- and would happily read more books with them. I'm not sure I properly followed all the layers of conspiracy and intrigue going on over their heads, but that might be clearer whenever I go back and reread this. Worth checking out for the characte ...more
Fairly light UF superhero fiction with traditional powers, relics, and mystery.
Of course, it's fueled by quasi-governmental agencies and assassinations that may or may not be justified, but the real joy in the novel comes from the mystery.
Increasingly interesting and gory effects murder.
But to whom? And why?
The guilty. :) You know all those bank people who busted the economy, or the a-holes who focused on all their specialty pet projects but completely ignored the plights of the common ...more