Publisher: Open Road
Publishing Date: July 2014
Publisher Description: Dreaming, Jack hears voices: a frightened child in a hospital, a woman cheating on her husband, a death row inmate. When he wakes, the voices recede, but they do not vanish. He is in a luxurious hotel room on the Vegas strip, and his body is covered in scars. Jack Strong is a patchwork man, his flesh melded together from dozens of men and women, and his mind is the same way. Countless lifetimes are contained within him: people whose lives were cut short, and who see their place in Jack as a chance to make things right.
Review: Cover art is a little too clean for the man depicted.
This is a really short Novella and is subsequently hard to rate. It was fantastic while it lasted, but a few chapters does not a novel make.
Jack Strong is kind of a pieced together, hard-boiled reincarnation of Sam Spade. The Souls in his head aid Jack with a tapestry of individual abilities. He has super strength, hardly any emotion and has a constant boner.
Jack sets about getting $600k back that he embezzled from a casino as someone else who died at the hands of his traitorous girlfriend. This amalgamated patchwork man, resurrected with thousands of voices in his head, is fascinating.
I am going to give it 4 stars as is. Which is pretty good considering the length. Perhaps there is a complete novel in the works.