Drake Mass Market Paperback – Jan. 5 2016
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- Mass Market Paperback : 320 pages
- Item Weight : 160 g
- ISBN-13 : 978-0857665119
- ISBN-10 : 0857665111
- Product Dimensions : 10.67 x 2.29 x 17.53 cm
- Publisher : Angry Robot (Jan. 5 2016)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #885,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
“Peter McLean’s debut novel is an absolute gem that hits the ground running, a gritty, grungy, funny, sweary noir thriller with added demons. Don Drake is a wonderful creation. You wouldn’t trust him with your life – he can’t even be trusted with his own life. It’s a wonderful, headlong read and I enjoyed it immensely. Very near the top of the half dozen best books I’ve read this year.”
– Dave Hutchinson, author of Europe in Autumn and Europe at Midnight
“Snarky, pacy and hellishly fun. Drake is just the sort of hero, with just the sort of life, to make you feel good about yourself. Dark and delightful, like a naughty treat, this is a rollicking story.”
– Francis Knight, author of the Rojan Dizon series
“McLean has crafted a refreshing urban fantasy, with a wonderfully flawed, foul-mouthed protagonist who, despite some dubious life choices, is not quite beyond redemption. Imagine Mal Reynolds had dabbled in the occult and this would have been the result. Drake features equally complex female characters, ensuring the Burned Man is one series I shall be certain to follow.”
– Susan Murray, author of The Waterborne Blade and Waterborne Exile
“Fug, this was good. The movement is non-stop and the characters, myriad. The author does a great job developing characters that reside in a fantastic world. I WANT MORE!”
– Koeur’s Book Reviews
The plot is intriguing and the pace is fast. There is plenty of action, in fact, frankly, never a dull moment.”
– The Speculative Herald
“A darkly funny and violent tale with black magic, fallen angels, demons and angry girlfriends, complete with some loathsome characters you will love to hate.”
– Books, Bones & Buffy
“Peter’s writing is refreshing as it slams you squarely between your eyes without any preamble. I went in without any expectation and then I just couldn’t stop myself as I went with the flow. I really liked this dark debut from this highly talented find from the stables of Angry Robot. Peter McLean makes an emphatic statement of things to come in the future with this first instalment of the Burned Man series. And I cannot wait to see where he drives this one to, setting things up nicely for the next books in the series.”
– Smorgasbord Fantasia
“What connects Chandler, Guy Ritchie, Harry Potter and Buffy the Vampire Slayer? “Not much” is probably the answer, until now. A punchy debut novel.”
– SFX Magazine
“A great read.”
– A Book Drunkard
I have to say, I really enjoyed this novel. When the story first opened, I thought Drake was going to be just another stoic Sam Spade type. Not so! Imagine if Jesse Pinkman, the young, sensitive delinquent hero of Breaking Bad, was in the soul-destroying business of dark magic instead of making meth. Drake is a bang-up job indeed.”
– Village Book Review
“McLean’s vision of London is a city of violence, substance abuse and foul language. Personally, I loved it all. I’m all for demons embracing their demonic side and if that means them ripping off someone’s arm and then smacking them with the wet end, then so be it.”
– The Eloquent Page
“Peter McLean has written a gripping tale full of action, mystery and death.”
– Rambles, Writings and Amusing Musings
“I really enjoyed this novel and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves noir urban fantasy with a different twist than the usual.”
– Best Fantasy Books
“The ending is a far different place from where this book began, which is a testament to the author and the plot threads that evolve through the book and stellar worldbuilding.”
“The plot moves quickly and consistently to the end where – pleasingly unpredictably – the story is left happily concluded yet unresolved enough to welcome in the next Don Drake adventure, which no doubt will be as entertaining as this one.”
– The British Fantasy Society
“This is a really good book, especially for the start of a series, and from a new writer.”
– Sci-Fi and Fantasy Reviewer
“The Burned Man books are shaping out to be an interesting spin on the urban fantasy tale. You have the elements of a classic noir story like a down on his luck guy, a mysterious beautiful woman and a sort of mob boss figure. But then you have the whole demonic angle to things that turns things on its head and makes it unique.”
– The Geeky Guide to Nearly Everything
“A grimy, morally ambiguous tale, packed full of action and ideas. It’s blunt and brutal and very compelling.”
– Geek Dad
About the Author
He grew up in the Norwich alternative scene, alternating dingy nightclubs with studying martial arts and practical magic.
He has since grown up a bit, if not a lot, and now works in corporate datacentre outsourcing for a major American multinational company. He is married to Diane and is still making up stories.
You can find Peter online at his website, on Twitter@petemc666.
Top reviews from Canada
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"Drake" is not a book for the faint of heart, nor the weak of will. It's gruesome and violent, intriguing and thought-provoking, exciting and horrifying, and everything else I love about stories. "Drake" (the book, not the character) stole my heart and ran away with my time, it took over my dreams and plagued my thoughts until I turned to the next page. I can say, without a shadow of a doubt, that this book is worth every penny it costs, and as someone who also writes, I know from reading it that it was worth every lonely hour and misplaced comma and dreaded deadline that went into making it what it is. "The Burned Man" by Peter McLean is a story to look out for by an author with a bright career still waiting to happen.
I'd recommend this book to anyone with eyes and a sense of taste.
Top reviews from other countries
Drake often makes mistakes, sometimes with dire consequences and goodness he suffers for it. Yet, in a strange way he is also quite moral and can be brave too. I liked the idea of the Burned Man, despicable and shocking he may be but the dialogue between them often made me laugh.
So I would recommend this book. There is some strong swearing but I think it is fitting with the characters. It's a damaged, seedy world Drake inhabits and having read it I do hope there's another book coming soon!
Drake himself is a bit of a departure from the usual uf protagonist yes he is maigically powerfull, yes he is a hard drinking tough man with underworld, in all meanings of the word, connections but he is also a bit of a sad sack or as the graffiti on his office door says Drunken Wanker.
He has a gift for getting into trouble but not for getting out of it and begging for help from the worst possible quatres and possess a heroic inablity to learn from his mistakes, he screws people over notably his ex debbie in record time and his resolutions to do better are over before you would be finished breaking wind.
Neither the Powerfull Warrior of Darkness that the Burned Man wants him to be or the Crusader that Trixie ( his mysterious new love interest and of all her intrigue, allure and possible danger its notable that Drakes main fixation is her ass ) would wish him to be yet again neither is he the hapless victim of circumstance that he portrays himself to be. He is Interesting and while invoking comparisoins to Dresden and John Constantine he is neverthless his own animal even if it is by being a good bit more pathetic.
worth a try at the very least this looks like the start of a very promising series
as to the plot
In a London where the veil between worlds wear thin and Demons and other creatures of the night run free Drake demon summoning Hit man for
Hire finds himself in Hock to a ArchDemon after being suckered in a game of cards, now forced to do a series of Jobs Drake finds himelf a victim of his own bad judgement, a inablity to ask questions till after the fact and finds himself standing between Heaven and Hell without any clue whats going on.. a Typical day really