“Nuclear Bombshell: Book 1 – The Plutonium Blonde”
by John Zakour and Lawrence Ganem
Multi-cast performance
Produced by GraphicAudio
approx. 6 hours

I am a huge fan of Science-Fiction and Fantasy, and recently I’ve become a fan of the old Pulp-fiction. With that in mind, imagine my surprise and excitement that a recently written piece of science-fiction was written in the old Pulp-fiction style. “The Plutonium Blonde” audiobook sounds just like one of those old dime detective stories, however the year of this story is 2057 and Zachary Nixon Johnson is the last P.I. on Earth.

Zachary Johnson narrates his own story and sounds like one of the old detectives, not dry like Jack Webb was in those days, but rather the straightforward deliver with some wit, wisdom and even a bit of sarcasm. Being a GraphicAudio production this audiobook is just as advertised from GraphicAudio, “A Movie in your Mind.” With super sound effects, great incidental and background music and talented voice actors, this production will not only bring this book to life, but will also put you, as the listener, right in the middle of the action. Whether it is barroom brawls with killer androids or hired thugs that know how to trash a living room, the superb sound pouring out of this audiobook will get your heart racing. I highly recommend listening to this and any GraphicAudio production on a full stereo surround sound system to get the full theatrical feel of the story.

So Zachary Nixon Johnson is the last Private Investigator on earth, sort of, and is popular thanks to the mass of robotic paparazzi that seem to show up at just the right moments. He has his own weapons creator, not unlike Ms. Moneypenny in the James Bond stories. The world’s smartest supercomputer in the form of HARV. Of course HARV is too smart for his own good and is often smug, but he’s always there for Zach. In fact the latest invention puts HARV into Zach’s brain via a special contact lens.

HARV is a fun character, with super-intelligence, a dry wit and biting sarcasm all wrapped up in a super loyal companion to Zach. HARV is always there to make his objections which most of the time are needed, but Zach works it all out somehow. These two partners make this futuristic pulp-fiction a blast.

So now Zach is ready for his latest case. This case comes in the form of B.B. Star. It seems Ms. Star’s husband was a genius and a cheat. B.B.’s husband created an android version of her and that plutonium powered blonde has gone missing. After hiring some thugs to destroy Zach’s office to see if he is capable of capturing the android, Zach gets the case of a lifetime, it does come at a cost. First the story of B.B. 2 has to be kept hush-hush due to the illegality of creating an android that so closely resembles a human, and B.B. 1 is a wealthy corporate bigwig and cannot afford the story getting out so a story is concocted in which Zach was cavorting with Ms. Star for meaningless sex (thus ruining Zach relationship with the woman he loves.) Second, B.B. 2 doesn’t want to be found so she’ll do everything she can to stop Zach.

Once Zach begins the hunt the fun begins. This story is full of humor and action and world destroying androids making it a super fun Sci-fi detective story that you don’t want to miss. One of my favorite features in this book is the use of Bill Gates and Steve Jobs as references to God and Heaven, the mentions are subtle but will make you smile when you hear them. Or even more fun is the use of DOS as a term for Hell. Those are just small examples of the fun in this book. Check it out and get ready for the next installment of the “Nuclear Bombshell” series which I hope comes out soon.

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