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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,235 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Josh Bazell Narrator: Robert Petkoff, Stephanie Wolfe Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Dr. Peter Brown Series Release Date: February 2012 ISBN: 9781611139846
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It’s hard to find work as a doctor when using your real name will get you killed—so hard that when a reclusive billionaire offers Dr. Peter Brown, a.k.a. Pietro Brnwa, a job accompanying a sexy but self-destructive paleontologist on the world’s worst field assignment, Brown has no choice but to say yes. Even if it means that an army of murderers, mobsters, and international drug dealers—not to mention the occasional lake monster—are about to have a serious Pietro Brnwa problem.

Facing new and old monsters alike, Dr. Brnwa’s story continues in this darkly funny and lightning-paced follow up to Josh Bazell’s bestselling debut.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A funny, unexpected journey for our hero that sets up the next installment with finesse.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Bazell expertly blends action, farce, and political satire, and his wide-ranging imagination bodes well for the future of the series.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Bazell’s mix of violent lunacy and social commentary should appeal to fans of Carl Hiaasen.”

    Washington Post

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meredith Freeney | 2/9/2014

    " Very fun read. Very graphic both in sex and violence, and requires more suspended belief than Harry Potter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andy | 1/18/2014

    " Yeah, I like where Bazell is going with the character of Peter Brown. This particular installation was a little murky in regard to the plot, but I like how it took the mystery/fantasy road in terms of bringing together the character of Lionel and Violet. I like the idea of an ex-mob hitman hunting for a "lake monster" while trying to keep his feelings for Violet at bay, and keeping his true identity a secret. The footnotes added a laughter bonus, and while I felt the Appendix and Sources combined 50 pages was a little excessive, they were pretty interesting and enlightening. I really have to say I liked the added bonus of Sarah Palin (her purpose will remain a secret). It was funny, and she was well used to move forward the plot of the novel. Good stuff. I'm excited for the next one! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Very | 1/7/2014

    " I loved Beat the Reaper, and naturally I thought this sequel would be more of the same - dark, violent, hilarious. No. This time the story was boring and repetitive, the footnotes pointless, the lovable main character marginalized. Peter Brown is the heart of this "series," and this story isn't even about him! It's all about a mythical sea monster who eats a couple teenagers and then - spoiler alert! - eats up the whole fucking book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Suzanne | 1/5/2014

    " It was OK. Seeing that I LOVED Beat the Reaper, I was disappointed in this second book. I wanted more Peter, and the story tied up too fast and disjointed. If this was the first Josh Bazell I'd read, I would not be looking for a next book. Maybe stretching it into two stories might have been better .... (1)adventure on cruise ship on the run from mafia (2) adventure for the reclusive millionaire and the mysterious creature. The attraction/tension between Peter and the woman was not believable and felt cartoonish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 12/29/2013

    " Completely entertaining while simultaneously ridiculous. Hooray. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chef Goldblum | 12/10/2013

    " This wasn't nearly as good as Beat the Reaper. It was a fun read but it was more about Bazell's style of writing than the story he told. It did however, set things up for the next book to be to be hopefully, more focused on the story of "Bearclaw". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Akeiisa | 12/5/2013

    " Not as good as Beat the Reaper, and still an enjoyable read. Wild Thing has some good pacing and nice dialogue. Bazell stretches the boundaries of believability with some plot elements which ends up leading to some predictable twists. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ben Hamilton | 12/5/2013

    " I enjoyed this book but have to give it a lower rating for the absolute absurdity of the plot. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Steven | 11/28/2013

    " Josh Bazell had one book in him. This is book #2. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Loren | 10/22/2013

    " I was enjoying this a lot more till its last 70 pages turn out to be an appendix and a series of notes/references that are insanely polemical. I didn't even disagree with all of the polemic, but...it's not what I pick up a funny, goofy thriller for. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trevor Okazaki | 7/11/2013

    " Definitely not as good as "Beat the Reaper". It's sorta muddled and the characters just aren't that interesting this time around. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 H.N. | 2/14/2013

    " I didn't enjoy this nearly as much as I enjoyed 'Beat the Reaper', but the appendix and notes did provide me with a reading list of no doubt sobering items about ecology and history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sean Patrick | 1/31/2013

    " Not as good as Beat the Reaper, but still pretty awesome. Loved the Sarah Palin guest appearance! But the end came too sudden and too simple. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Diane | 12/3/2012

    " I don't know what happened between book 1 and this one, but I can't be bothered to finish this one. It's missing the key elements that I loved in the 1st book (violence, the mob, the excitement of the ER...) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tim Hennessy | 10/16/2012

    " An unfocused mess that retains the narrative voice of Beat the Reaper, but really little else. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelsey | 5/30/2012

    " It was good but the ending was a little flat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Philip Salgannik | 5/21/2012

    " Not as good as his debut, but still brilliant, and a lot more political - read it before the election ;-) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alastair Mcrae | 5/16/2012

    " This book was so weird. I'm not even sure what to say about it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andy Pronti | 4/15/2012

    " Good but not as good as Beat the Reaper. Didn't get to read all the annotations because they didn't show up on my kindle. Maybe some day I'll try it again and buy the physical book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laurie | 2/8/2012

    " Crude and I admit to having a crush on the mobster-turned-medical-doctor main character after reading the first book. Sadly my enjoyment was abruptly curtailed 2/3 the way through this second story. A current day politico was introduced as a character & the plot floundered to the end. "

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