SecondWorld by Jeremy Robinson
Read by Phil Gigante
Length: 11 Hrs 2o Min
Genre: Science Fiction Thriller
Quick Thoughts: While SecondWorld probably won’t be nominated for a Booker Award, it’s about an Ex-Navy Seal who violently ends the malfeasance of resuscitated cryogenic Nazis, and well, that’s pretty badass. Second World is a literary violent videogame, full of crazy action, cool gadgets, apocalyptic conspiracies and some fun characters. It’s like a huge smorgasbord for fans of cool crazy shit.
I think more and more readers want nuanced interpretations of antagonists. We won’t simply accept a writer’s word that a character is a bad person, we expect them to prove it to us. While a character may be a criminal, some sort of monster, or even a serial killer, we like to look for the redeeming factor in them, some ounce of humanity that makes them, flawed but relatable. Author’s can no longer rely on a sort of caricature villain, where we accept that his black hat or goatee makes him evil. No one is simply evil. Well, accept for Nazi’s. Nazi’s are simply evil. Place the label of a Nazi on a character, and no amount of buts can redeem them. He may love his kids, commit random acts of kindness, treat his wife with respect, feed stray dogs and sing in his church choir, but if he’s an Nazi, he’s a sick twisted freak that needs to be destroyed, Sure, there are occasional freak wackjobs who try to defend Nazi’s through specious arguments of misunderstandings or by mentioning atrocities that rival the statistics of the holocaust, but, really these people are dangerous racists assholes who should be laughed at uproariously. Nazi’s are evil Nazi’s committed almost any sort of evil act you can think of, rape, torture, child abuse, scientific experimentation, ethnic genocide, dabbling in the occult, and attempts at world domination. There is no worse insult then calling someone a Nazi, because in fact, it contains almost all other insults within it. Almost every evil supervillian we see in popular culture is in some way, based on a Nazi. So, writers, please create believably nuanced antagonist, or if you can’t do that, make them Nazis.
While vacationing in an underwater oceanic research facility, Ex-Navy Seal Lincoln Miller is forced into a struggle for his life when strange red snow begins to suck the oxygen out of the atmosphere. After a harrowing fight to save himself and a young girl, Miller is tasked by the President to find out just what is going on. He discovers an evil from our past has resurfaced, looking to cleanse those not genetically pure from the earth, and there are only a few days left to stop them. As always, I strive to give a reasoned analytical look at the books I review, so, it’s without hesitation that I say, “THIS BOOK IS FULL OF CRAZY SHIT!!!! (Extra exclamation points added for emphasis.) I mean, frozen Nazis, hover mech, Apocalyptic red snow, killer roombas, secret Antartican bases, vast government conspiracies, scientific hooziwhatness, horrible surprising betrayal, and a studly hero and gorgeous heroine who race around the world and never stop in order to have crazy monkey sex, not even in a storm drain. Hell, our hero’s name is Lincoln Miller, that’s like Chuck Norris on steroids. And he’s battling Nazis. Shit, Robinson should have just called it Lincoln Miller versus Frozen Nazis: Now With More Killer Roombas and he would have sold like, a million copies or something. Seriously, SecondWorld was lots of fun. Now, it was full of plot holes, including one really big one which the author made even worse by trying to explain it when he should have just winked at the reader and said “A Wizard did it.” ‘Cause, then we’d all be “Wizards… cool.” So, there were these moments that totally frustrated me causing my easily malleable sense of credulity to pull a hamstring. Yet, just as I started to get annoyed, Robinson would go “Hey, look. This Mechanical Battle Suit… it hovers” and I’d start drooling the drool of mech nerds. I really think Robinson is on to a winning formula… if all else fails, just start killing a bunch of Nazis with robots. I mean, screw nuance, Nazis with Robots. So, while SecondWorld probably won’t be nominated for a Booker Award, it’s about an Ex-Navy Seal who violently ends the malfeasance of resuscitate cryogenic Nazis, and well, that’s pretty badass. Second World is a literary violent videogame, full of crazy action, cool gadgets, apocalyptic conspiracies and some fun characters. It’s like a huge smorgasbord for fans of cool crazy shit.
Phil Gigante… wait, what? I need to say more. OK, Well, Phil Gigante narrated SecondWorld, which really was the reason I gave this book a listen. Anything that smells even slightly like I may like it, instantly shoots up the list if it’s narrated by Phil Gigante. Here, Phil get’s to go all crazy like, practicing his German accent, his pretentious Nazi sneer and his ability to deftly narrate sequences involving crazy robots, aerial gas bombs, shark battles (oh, did I forget to mention the shark), Neo-Nazi Electric Car chases, and Slavik Cowboy wannabes. Gigante is an expert at finding the right rhythm for a novel and with SecondWorld, he’s totally rock and roll. Gigante never lets the listener take a breath, just keeps throwing one situation after another until they very breath gets sucked out of them. His vocalizations, as always, are spot on, and full of authenticity. I only have one complaint about the audio production. Who the heck chose the transitional disc break music? I’d be in the middle of some crazy action scene, and then suddenly this bad 70’s era Carney Movie music starts playing? I was all, hey, did Lincoln Miller just start fighting bad disco clowns with bellbottoms…. nope, still Nazis. Other than that, this audiobook was a lot of fun.
Note: Thanks to Brilliance Audio for providing me with a copy of this title for review.