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The Unnoticeables

By: Robert Brockway
Narrated by: Nick Podehl,Emily Foster,Scott Merriman
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Summary

From Robert Brockway, Sr. Editor and Columnist of Cracked.com, comes The Unnoticeables, a funny and frightening urban fantasy.

There are angels, and they are not beneficent or loving. But they do watch over us. They watch our lives unfold, analyzing us for repeating patterns and redundancies. When they find them, the angels simplify those patterns and remove the redundancies, and the problem that is "you" gets solved.

Carey doesn't much like that idea. As a punk living in New York City, 1977, Carey is sick and tired of watching strange kids with unnoticeable faces abduct his friends. He doesn't care about the rumors of tar-monsters in the sewers or unkillable psychopaths invading the punk scene - all he wants is to drink cheap beer and dispense ass-kickings.

Kaitlyn isn't sure what she's doing with her life. She came to Hollywood in 2013 to be a stunt woman, but last night a former teen heartthrob tried to eat her, her best friend has just gone missing, and there's an angel outside her apartment. Whatever she plans on doing with her life, it should probably happen in the few remaining minutes she has left.

There are angels. There are demons. They are the same thing. It's up to Carey and Kaitlyn to stop them. The survival of the human race is in their hands.

We are, all of us, well and truly screwed.

©2015 Robert Brockway (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Thoroughly enjoyable from beginning to end!

The Unnoticeables is comprised of three different stories. The first is told from the perspective of a deadbeat punk, living in New York City, in the late 70's. The second is a stunt woman / waitress in Los Angeles, in 2013. The last story is from an unnamed narrator, in an unknown time.

In each story, there are several creatures, The Angels, the "Empty Ones", the "Tar Men" and the titular Unnoticeables, all of which ultimately serve a being called 'The Engineer'.

As the novel progresses we learn the motives of these creatures and how the three different stories interlink. Without giving too much away, there are revelations about humanity, existentialism, abjection, etc, so if like David Wong's stuff, this will be up your alley.

Even if you are my familiar with Wong, or don't like his stuff, I would still recommend this novel. This is because Brockway excels in his description throughout this book. He paints a more vivid picture than Wong, or indeed a lot of other authors I have read / listened to.

In particular, the way in which Brockway describes some of his horror scenes is particularly harrowing! Again, without spoiling it, there are more than a few moments that had been grimacing or gasping. There is one scene, and you'll know it when you reach it, which takes place at a party in a mansion in Los Angeles, which will stick in my mind for a long, long time!

Thoroughly enjoyed The Unnoticeables and would read other work from Brockway!


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Trying to hard to be funny and interesting

Unfortunately I found the story boring. It spent too long building to the crescendo. It tried too hard to be funny, offering frequent overly graphic quips, which felt like fillers in the end. The merging timelines were well done. I liked the story of the stunt woman more than the tramp, but unfortunately the story was mainly about the tramp and his friends. Overall, I think the story could have been shorter if some of the filler faff was removed and combined with the sequel.

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fantastic from start to finish

great story that im amazed isnt a film yet. well performed and had me buying the next book straight away

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