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Mark Jones is a henchman for hire He guards bunkers, patrols perimeters and stands around in a boiler suit waiting to get knocked out by Ninjas This is his job He s worked for some of the most notorious super villains the world has ever known Doctor Thalassocrat, Victor Soliman, Polonius Crump Mark was with each of them when they met their makers at the hands of British Secret Service super spy, Jack Tempest and lived to tell the tale if not pay the bills Still for every hour under gunfire there are weeks if not months of sitting around on monorails so Jones starts a book club with his fellow henchmen to help pass the time It was only meant to be a bit of fun It was never meant to save the world


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  1. Melki Melki says:

    Look out The evil minions are gathered in a top secret hiding place They re here to discuss


  2. Geoffrey Geoffrey says:

    Mark Jones is a henchman they don t like to be called, goons it s insulting and quite possibly some kind of ist as well He works for Evil Geniuses a la Goldfinger or Dr Evil and the occasional used bookstore He s not necessarily a good guy or a bad guy he s just some schlub trying to pay his mortgage Throughout the book, he s constantly in the line of fire and constantly about to die Overall, he s a pretty interesting guy to follow around Inconceivably, Mark and the henchmen read Mark Jones is a henchman they don t like to be called, goons it s insulting and quite possibly some kind of ist as well He works for Evil Geniuses a la Goldfinger or Dr Evil and the occasional used bookstore He s not necessarily a good guy or a bad guy he s just some schlub trying to pay his mortgage Throughout the book, he s constantly in the line of fire and constantly about to die Overall, he s a pretty interesting guy to follow around Inconceivably, Mark and the henchmen read and discuss the books they ve read AND, they don t read stupid books either their comments may be a bit blue collar, but their book selections are anything but A book club is just so wonderfully strange to throw into a novel like this and it s just a wonderful idea.This book is fun In the tradition of irreverent satires of well known genres, this book has a strong grasp of the subject matter and doesn t stray The British and American Special Agents are very well written and very entertaining Note to the delicate flowers of the world the American agent swears a lot He s a gung ho Hooah action hero on crack who s swearing is creative and completely in character There are a few typos and random grammatical errors in the book but nothan most books They re only noticeable for being concentrated in the last 20% Beyond that, it s well edited the pacing is good and there really aren t any continuity errors.I picked the book up as anPrime borrow and ended up buying it I m thinking of buying another of his books right away to see if he s a new author to start following My Recommendation Buy the book it s funny


  3. Kat Lebo Kat Lebo says:

    May contain some small spoilers or, at the very least, some hints This novel was a very fun read I gave it 5 stars, even though the editing proof reading My usual number one complaint was not stellar What it lacked in editing finesse, it makes up for in ingenuity, humor, style and fun.Danny King is British The book cover proclaims that he is One of Britain s best kept literary secrets That is a sentiment with which I strongly agree Where has this author been hiding all my reading lif May contain some small spoilers or, at the very least, some hints This novel was a very fun read I gave it 5 stars, even though the editing proof reading My usual number one complaint was not stellar What it lacked in editing finesse, it makes up for in ingenuity, humor, style and fun.Danny King is British The book cover proclaims that he is One of Britain s best kept literary secrets That is a sentiment with which I strongly agree Where has this author been hiding all my reading life He is obviously well published His list of other books has 14 entries, plus one television show Thieves Like Us in 2007 , the film Wild Bill in 2012 and two plays one made from one of his novels And he obviously likes writing from the perspective of the traditional bad guy Here are a few of his titles The Burglar Diaries, The Bank Robber Diaries, The Hitman Diaries, School for Scumbags, Milo s Marauders, and The Executioners Sensing a theme here are we Nevertheless, King writes with verve and creativity, imbuing his characters, even when they are in the process of attempting some very gory, explosive and heinous acts, with the everyday emotions, ambitions and concerns we all share His voice is so personal that you feel the character is sitting in your living room, regaling you with his many and varied adventures He fills his writing with humor, camaraderie, and amazing situations Even while the characters are attempting the annihilation of entire groups, you find yourself smiling His turn of phrase is priceless Here are a few examples and, sorry, I read this on my Kindle, so you get locations, not page numbers At location 2306 40% , this Oh well, what goes around comes around, as they say, and while it s well documented how Silverfish met his maker handcuffed to that Patriot missile, it s less well known how his lapdog choked on his own particular bone Obviously, it had been at the hands of his own tie ironic deaths being harder to avoid in this game than the Child Support Agency Jack Tempest had caught it with that hat stand Mr Karlssen had bought for his Stetsons and twirled it around like a cheerleader s baton and thrown it straight back at him, scoring an unbelievable bull s eye first time It had been a hell of a shot At location 2344 40% , this as slender as a pack of Camels and peachy in all the best places and She also wore a red figure hugging leather one piece suit that was so tight you could make out what she had for breakfast Yesterday At location 2351 40% , this when describing removing his specially engineered ocular prosthetic prior to an altercation I slid the patch back across my face, slipped my eye.Pod out and dropped it into one of my shoes when I kicked them off the edge of the mat But what I enjoyed the most was his use of other book titles in the novel not just as mentions for the book club he started, although that is the most common use He includes the characters discussing some of the books, and in some places, uses book references to pass along information from one character to another And not just book references The main character, Mark Jones, having been corralled and questioned about his current but non existent assignment by his nemesis, Jack Tempest, gives a description that includes names and equipment straight out of The Ghostbusters movie script Here s a snippet Then you know You really do know Oh yes, he confirmed, then added, Mark Jones, to show me he had one name at least About Operation Gozer We have a man on the inside, he told me Who is it Venkmen Spengler I said Tempest just smiled Not Louis Tully From there, the Ghostbusters fun continues for a fewparagraphs But mention book titles he does, and he does so often He and his mercenary buddies compile quite the varied list of reading material, which include, to name a few The Day of the TriffadsPerfume Patrick Suskind The Miracle of Castel di Sangro Joe McGuinniss The Time Traveler s WifePapillon Henri Charriere The Fourth ProtocolThe Hound of the BaskervillesIt s Not About The BikeA Short History of Tractors in UkrainianThe Clientand even Who Killed Roger Rabbit my note I think the novel the movie was taken from was actually named Who Censored Roger Rabbit, not killed His characterizations are wonderful Jones s nemesis, Jack Tempest, an agent who takes on seemingly hopeless missions and somehow comes out on top, is described as arrogant and an asshole Immediately I thought, Oh Tom Cruise and that s how I saw him throughout the novel For me, the entire novel could be summed up in this quote shown at location 4210 73% during the book club discussion of Martin Amis s Time s Arrow I think the message behind the book was that there s no set truth everything takes on a different interpretation when you look at it from a different perspective Okay, okay I know those of you who read my reviews are waiting for the inevitable other shoe to drop for the what I didn t like to come bubbling to the top of the pot But, I m going to disappoint you I already said the editing and proofing wasn t the greatest, but I was so willing to overlook that because I was being so thoroughly entertained But there it is I did have one thing I wish the author could clarify At location 4252 74% , was this quote Most prisoners didn t make it to see their thirtieth year in truth but according to the grapevine there were one or two in here that came out at night, that had long white beards and no idea Kennedy was dead Or even, that his son had become President So this left me wondering this did King mean that the old timers had no idea that Joe Kennedy was dead and that JFK had become president Or, was this written prior to the death of John Jr and was King speculating that John Jr might enter the political ring at some time in his future I went to the front of the novel and to the rear, but I found no copyright info So, of course I headed to the internet On King s website www.dannykingbooks.com it states that this book was published on kindle in 2011 Certainly after the death of all three Kennedy men There was also mention of the book rights being optioned in 2009, before the 2011 publication So it was obviously written prior to 2009, which was the year of John Jr s death I went back to the actual book, wondering if I could find a reference to a date but the only dates were dates regarding time frames when the books mentioned in book club had been written, published or when the stories themselves took place Nothing about the timeline of this novel itself So, the question goes unanswered, although I m leaning heavily towards the second scenario Yes I liked this book a lot Yes, I may try one of his other books later this summer


  4. Natalie panda eyes Natalie panda eyes says:

    I have no idea why this was one of myrecommendations, but I gave it a go and it was good Different and made a change from the usual A henchman trying his best to survive his employers and the good guys Choices, schemes and some strange moments.


  5. Lori Palle Lori Palle says:

    review shortened from my blog for brevity I m usually not for action and adventure, but there was something about the premise of stereotypically burly, scary killers having such a gentle and intelligent hobby that they like to do in their free time I m glad I picked up and read the book, because it was a fantastic read There were many, many parts in the book where I couldn t help laughing, which was an issue since I read next to my sleeping toddler Oh, those were the moments I had to put the review shortened from my blog for brevity I m usually not for action and adventure, but there was something about the premise of stereotypically burly, scary killers having such a gentle and intelligent hobby that they like to do in their free time I m glad I picked up and read the book, because it was a fantastic read There were many, many parts in the book where I couldn t help laughing, which was an issue since I read next to my sleeping toddler Oh, those were the moments I had to put the book away Anyway, minor spoilers ahead Overview The book is told through first person in Mark Jones s point of view, and we follow him over the years as his little reading hobby turns into a powerful force This book doesn t highlight one event we get to follow him along as he works for evil villains, gets thwarted by heroic spies, faces injuries and capture, trains future Affiliates as part of the organization where evil villains hire their henchmen , and of course, as he reads and analyzes books This anti hero goes from being the guy you barely notice to the guy you re rooting for The actual timeline is starting with the birth of the book club the meeting of two key characters Mark and Mr Smith and the evident display of power of the book club One of the things that made the later part of the book enjoyable was that characters introduced earlier weren t completely forgotten and would be brought back As I said, there were times where I was outright laughing Much of the humor is dark and twisted, yet it still works I enjoyed that many of the characters were evil and were unapologetic for that It s just who they were Mark is so likable despite what he does As he says, it s just a job, nothing personal he needs to pay his mortgage I m pretty sure I missed out on some funny stuff since I m American and only partly familiar with some British terms if you don t know British terminology, it s still a great book My version of the ebook had many typos, and the author addresses this in a note at the end The typos didn t bother me too much since I was already having issues with cross the pond word confusion anyway.At the start, there were some parts where my eyes glazed over and my mind started drifting before there would be a part that brought me back There also were a few strange transitions time jumps from one major job event situation to the next that could have used a heading or so, but I quickly caught on.This book should be a definite read if you like action and adventure, dark humor, and anti heroes Even if you don t, you ll find it a refreshing change I did with a unique premise Gore level 4 out of 5 people get mangled and killed


  6. Madison Keller Madison Keller says:

    This one is proving a bit difficult for me to review The book starts out with a very meaty hook, capturing my attention right out of the gate The pacing overall wasn t too bad, with the action nicely spaced throughout.Characters come and go with surprising frequency, leaving me several times uncertain or unable to remember if this was a particular characters first appearance or not As a side note, there isn t even a token main female character anywhere in the entire book In fact, there is on This one is proving a bit difficult for me to review The book starts out with a very meaty hook, capturing my attention right out of the gate The pacing overall wasn t too bad, with the action nicely spaced throughout.Characters come and go with surprising frequency, leaving me several times uncertain or unable to remember if this was a particular characters first appearance or not As a side note, there isn t even a token main female character anywhere in the entire book In fact, there is only ONE place in the entire novel where a girl shows up at all, and she features for all of about three pages.Mark travels around the globe over the course of the book, with each henching section reading like a short novella At first it doesn t seem like there is an overall plot arc, but each part melds together into a whole at the end.Each of Mark s henching jobs is ruined by the appearance of one of two super spies Jack Tempest British spy extra ordinary James Bond clone or Rip Dunbar a foul mouthed American agent I don t read watch spy movies so I m not sure who he might be modeled after.Mark s interactions with the two spies are the highlights of the book I really wanted to seeof these Jack Tempest in particular.This book I think suffers the most for lack of a villain Mark s character is a bit directionless He floats around where life takes him, and he isn t struggling towards any kind of goal until the end And even that goal was short term I would have liked to seeplay and interaction between Mark, Tempest, and Rip.I honestly think this novel would have worked better as a serial, with each henching job a section with the climax at the end being the appearance of the rival spy.The reveal at the end wasn t enough to seal the deal, and my attention wandered near the end, as I wondered if the book was actually going anywhere It wasn t until the very end that you discover what everything was leading up to


  7. Selwa Selwa says:

    Alright, alright, I give up my book club isn t as bad ass as Mark Jones But I suppose a bunch of lady civil servants working desk jobs didn t have a shot against a bunch of henchmen liberated from life in prison unless it s these ladies The Henchmen s Book Club was a free download that caught my attention because of its title obviously I tend to have low expectations for those freedownloads, but I was not disappointed with this one It s narrated by Mark Jones, a British hen Alright, alright, I give up my book club isn t as bad ass as Mark Jones But I suppose a bunch of lady civil servants working desk jobs didn t have a shot against a bunch of henchmen liberated from life in prison unless it s these ladies The Henchmen s Book Club was a free download that caught my attention because of its title obviously I tend to have low expectations for those freedownloads, but I was not disappointed with this one It s narrated by Mark Jones, a British henchman employed by the Agency you know, the organization that supervillains call when they need henchmen for their nefarious deeds This entails a lot of standing around, guarding vending machines, etc., and so Mark does what is only logical he starts a book club I like his style.Anyway, I can honestly say that there was really only one thing I didn t like, and it was the portrayal of women, all four of them The first two are nagging harpies, and the other two are murderous bombshells That being said, there s a listing on IMDb and I am super stoked I hope this happens I think it could potentially be an awesome movie


  8. Jessica Jessica says:

    This was a humorous book that didn t litter every page with forced jokes The super spies the main character runs into were very entertaining The background of the story was well thought out and very detailed especially in terms of the how the Agency operates It was exactly what one would expect in a world of bumbling secret agents and supervillians The main negative for me was the length of the book While the story never gets particularly slow, it does go on forever I kept checking the p This was a humorous book that didn t litter every page with forced jokes The super spies the main character runs into were very entertaining The background of the story was well thought out and very detailed especially in terms of the how the Agency operates It was exactly what one would expect in a world of bumbling secret agents and supervillians The main negative for me was the length of the book While the story never gets particularly slow, it does go on forever I kept checking the progress bar on my kindle and was frustrated to find that after an hour of reading, I had only progressed maybe 3% Personally, I think some of the details of every mission could be cut, but I imagine other readers would enjoy the action sequences


  9. Rachel Burton Rachel Burton says:

    Of you ve ever wondered where the likes of Dr Julius No, Mr Big Hugo Drax get their henchmen from you re about to find out And, watch out, their bookclub is deadly.A hilarious pastiche on Moore era Bond Of you ve ever wondered where the likes of Dr Julius No, Mr Big Hugo Drax get their henchmen from you re about to find out And, watch out, their bookclub is deadly.A hilarious pastiche on Moore era Bond


  10. Grace Harwood Grace Harwood says:

    Meet Mark Jones not his real name aka Mr Jones, henchman for hire to the latest megalomaniac Whilst the world s super villains are setting out to melt the North Pole tilt the world on its axis steal the Eiffel Tower, Mr Jones is just the ordinary bloke guarding the vending machine in the corridor of the underground base With a mortgage he wouldn t wish on his worst enemy , Mr Jones is constantly in search of the next big payday if only those James Bond style super spies would stop scu Meet Mark Jones not his real name aka Mr Jones, henchman for hire to the latest megalomaniac Whilst the world s super villains are setting out to melt the North Pole tilt the world on its axis steal the Eiffel Tower, Mr Jones is just the ordinary bloke guarding the vending machine in the corridor of the underground base With a mortgage he wouldn t wish on his worst enemy , Mr Jones is constantly in search of the next big payday if only those James Bond style super spies would stop scuppering his plans, murdering his bosses and preventing him paying back the massive loan he s had off his in laws Thank God he, and his comrades in misfortune have got book club to pass the time and keep them all going.As you can probably tell from the above, this novel takes the tropes and stock in trade devices of your average James Bond style story and twists it around, turns it on its head and relates the story from the point of view of your ordinary henchman The result is utter brilliance Deftly narrated by the wonderful Mr Jones, full of witticism and humour, the story of Mr Jones, Mr Chang, Mr Woo, Mr Collins and all the other henchmen in book club is completely engrossing The story skipped along I read half of it in one sitting and not only that but, along with the other book club members , I found some great recommendations in the text as to what to read next This is a book for everyone the literary minded, as well as those who love a good mindless action story And here s something else I spotted about this text consider this excerpt from when Mr Jones is assaulting a diamond mine in the Zambezi basin Oh, I replied, relieved that I didn t have to keep on referring to this snivelling little kid as His Most Excellent Majesty any , though it had helped with the word count over the last couple of chapters Loc 1676 according to Russian formalist Viktor Shklovsky one of my favourite critical theorists , true art bares the device and shows that it is art which is just what the author does in this passage so, there you go not only is this a rollicking good story, it s also a work of literary merit This is a fantastic, original story you, Mr King, are a genius