As noted earlier, Larry Correia has published a second installment of his Tom Stranger stories (A Murder of Manatees: The Further Adventures of Tom Stranger, Interdimensional Insurance Agent[Audiobook] By: Larry Correia, Adam Baldwin, Audible Studios Sold By: Audible).
I have to admit. This is a guilty pleasure. The stories, such as they are, border on the ridiculous. The plot is just an excuse to allow Tom Stranger and his friends and enemies to interact in an adventure that resembles science fiction in the same way that the old 1960s Batman tv series resembles Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight movies.
But I don’t care. It’s fun. Correia fills his little two-hour audiobook with good natured jabs at himself, modern politics, culture and the conventions of pulp science fiction. There’s never any doubt that Tom and his associates will provide quality, excellent customer service and that the bad guys will get their comeuppance.
And we can also be assured that Adam Baldwin will continue to find ways of voice portraying whatever ridiculous characters Larry invents, no matter whether it’s a bubble gum snapping android from the Jersey Shore or a hard-tweeting U.S. President on the battle field of the Mar-a-Lago golf course. Having only previously known Adam Baldwin’s acting skills from Full Metal Jacket, Firefly and Chuck I wasn’t prepared for his wonderfully hammy touch to this kind of goofy material. He absolutely makes the most of the story and its characters.
I just finished it today and I enjoyed every silly second of it. Bravo Larry and bravo Adam. I only wish there were more. And what I really wish is that Hollywood would wake up and make the Monster Hunter saga into a movie series (either tv or big screen). And I think Adam Baldwin would be a natural as Agent Franks.
But that’s a rant for another day. Meanwhile if you like goofy tongue in cheek pulp sci-fi or you’re a fan of Larry Correia or Adam Baldwin then I highly recommend A Murder of Manatees. You could think of plenty of worse ways to spend two hours.