JACK WAKES UP
BY SETH HARWOOD
By K. Robert Einarson
Jack Palms is washed up: he was an actor with a future, but a drug problem and
a publicized fight with his ex-wife has taken it all away. Now he lives
in the shadow of what he
once was--just trying to make ends meet--so when an old friend offers him
a way to make some easy money entertaining some Eastern European drug dealers,
he decides to go along. But
when things go badly, Jack has to think fast to avoid losing his payoff
and possibly his life.
Jack Wakes Up is a nineteen-part audio book available free at SethHarwood.com
Seth Harwood has created a thrilling noir story that pulls the listener into
the dark world of Jack Palms. Harwood’s characterization is solid
and the plotting is tight. His
style has a classic pulp feel to it with solid dialog that helps keep the
story moving quickly and with
just a touch of humor.
I found myself drawn into the story in an organic way. Harwood's presentation
takes the idea of an author reading and an audio book with a paid actor,
combines them, and kicks
it up a notch. He's not trying to understand the author’s intent,
he is the author, and his honest
enthusiasm for the
work is obvious. The result of this is prose that is more electric, more engaging.
Harwood has done an excellent job with the production of the podcast and
In short, Seth’s presentation enhances the experience and helps the
illusion become more real
as you sit back and listen.
I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys hard-boiled or noir novels. A PDF
version of Jack Wakes Up is available at SethHarwood.com, but I recommend
checking out the
podcast version as well. It’s well worth the listen.
At time of publishing, the first five episodes of the sequel to Jack Wakes up,
Jack Palms II: This is Life were available to download. I recommend once
you have finished Jake
Wakes Up to check it out.
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