Sometimes it helps when you dial things back...
There were no doubt a number of fans of colt45's "Mayhem" series who were disappointed to read the description of the author's latest installment, "Mayhem 4: Irish Mist," perhaps hoping instead for more of the adventures and complex love lives of Daniel Mayhem and his eclectic team of ex-special forces soldiers.
What they got instead might well have been the best story in the series.
As much fun as it is reading the exploits of Mayhem, the legendary SpecFor commander in the mid-21st Century, post-third world war setting of the series, he and his team have risen almost to the level of comic book super heroes. It's hard to imagine any jeopardy that colt45 can throw in their way that could match what we know they survived during the war.
The answer?: The same universe, but a different set of characters. Martin Leforge may not be a legend like Mayhem. He's less the charming rogue and more businesslike, although with a healthy sense of humor. But any opponent who takes the decorated war veteran lightly does so at his own peril.
Leforge has followed up his military career by becoming a security consultant, but a promoter, spurred by threats of extortion and kidnapping, puts up big money to hire Leforge to head security for a concert tour in Ireland, featuring the home-grown, all-female band, Irish Mist.
The comely band members aren't quite the drop-dead gorgeous goddesses with whom Mayhem and some of his men have hooked up. But they may be colt45's finest female creations, five distinct personalities that have Leforge fit to be tied.
What results is a story just as enjoyable as colt45's previous Mayhem stories, but even more of a page-turner. Leforge and his security team are all accomplished fighting men, but working a security detail, as Leforge points out, means working on your opponent's clock. And, in truth, dealing with "his girls" might turn out to be a tougher order than fending off kidnappers.
Colt45's prose is well-crafted, and the story is infused with plenty of wry humor and even more heated romance. There's the minor issue of an occasional switch from first- to third-person narrative, but nothing that will ruin the pleasure of reading the latest Mayhem. Plus, cameos by Daniel, Alee, Lidia, Mike and Antigua help set the stage for the story to continue in future volumes.
In Boston, they'd call this a 'wickid pisser.'
The Mayhem Universe is a great place, full of sex, violence and, usually, rock-n-roll. Irish Mist is addicting and makes you want another chapter.
Takes place (in the future) in Ireland with dialect to match. There's a band on tour doing band things with Mayhem-type people doing security and both of them doing it well.