9 AM EST: A senator shoots himself on national television.
10:32 AM EST: An entire floor of government agents leap to their death from their office building.
12:57 PM EST: All the police officers inside a station murder each other.
And the day has just begun.
Lieutenant Asher Benson left Iraq with a traumatic brain injury, PTSD, and a Purple Heart. His doctors warned that the symptoms would be life altering. They had no idea. As his body healed, the thoughts of those around him began to echo through Ash’s mind, stretching the boundaries of his sanity.
Five years later, Ash is drowning the voices with copious amounts of booze and self-loathing.
When unidentified intelligence agents abduct him in broad daylight, Ash is thrust into a world of espionage and assassinations. A unique terrorist is operating on U.S. soil, and the government needs Ash, and the malady that has plagued him for half a decade, to find the killer. – Goodreads Synopsis
Ash, first book in the Asher Benson series, was completely ridiculous and utterly awesome. If you’ve ever watched the movie Crank, it’s that type of book. Non-stop action, stupid-funny dialogue and insults, and an unbelievable plot that adds up to a load of fun.
From the good-hearted angel, dressed in skimpy clothes, with boobs that no man can look away from, to the black little person with a mouth like a sailor and an obsession with manga and cartoons, there’s sure to be something to offend everyone who can be easily offended. Ash himself is a completely good guy, through and through, but he tries his damnedest to stay perpetually plastered because that’s the only way to keep other people’s thoughts at bay. Doesn’t always work, but he tries. The only ‘normal’ character is the main character’s best friend, Drew. Needless to say, those four make one heck of an interesting – and obnoxious- cast of characters.
I had picked Ash up a while back (I’m not even sure when, to be honest), and randomly picked it during some unexpected downtime I had. I was pretty much immediately sucked in, and finished reading it before I went to bed that night. It hits just that right combination of amusing and adrenaline inducing. It had me laughing unexpectedly at random moments, and yet on the edge of my seat because I really needed to see how Brant was going to end the book. It wormed its way right into my campy-loving heart.
It’s the type of book that people are either going to love or hate. If you’re easily offended, I’d stay away from it. However, if you love a good fun read, definitely give it a shot. Brant definitely did a fantastic job, and Ash is a great read. Buy it on Amazon (at the time of this review posting, it was free.) and see for yourself.