“Takes readers along the fast-paced, enthralling story side by side with great characters. A book like a great Hollywood thriller – action-packed, brutal, sexy and yet profound.”
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The sad thing about a book like this is that this story has to end sometime. And what an end that was. And what an awesome trip it was.
The main reason I got that excited was because I had no idea what awaited me. I got the book from my son as he knew I am a huge Tarantino fan. He nearly forced me to read it. And once I started it I couldn’t stop.. Now unfortunately it is over and facing this brutal and terrific end I am looking on Marcus, the main character of who I thought I would know. Do I?
Now looking back I would have never imagined where I would land with Marcus especially considering where he (we) started – in a ‘shitty’ hotel in san Francisco.
But don’t get me wrong. As this reminded me on Tarantino movies it surely will do the same for you. This book is brutal and bloody and you need to have some nerves of steel. But this brutality never comes without any reason and almost in slow motion it is taking a hold of Marcus. In order to save his ‘woman’ – that’s what Marcus calls Milo secretly all the time – he becomes a murderer. And Marcus constantly confronts himself and me as the reader with this:
‘I killed a human being. What the hell have I done? Was it self-defense? … I am a cockroach, a goddamn asshole, a dirty bastard. What am I supposed to do?’
I personally felt with him, deeply. You will get caught by overwhelming occurrences. He is a person with lots of problems in his life he is desperately trying to escape from, even has hallucinations. When he falls in love with this amazing killerwoman – and I mean killer – everything is changing from one day to the other:
‘She’s my guardian angel … My chance for redemption.’
Describing Milo is difficult. She describes herself as ‘problemfixer’ which actually means she does everything to achieve her goal. She seemingly doesn’t have any feelings for little Marcus who follows her against her will. But soon things are changing and they are changing goddamn fast and so is changing Milo. The way they ‘find together’ is described in such an awesome way I never read before. Surely it’s the most uncommon love story I ever read. My personal opinion on Milo? Finally a STRONG FEMALE CHARACTER that I will remember for years to come. Even the idea that a WOMAN is teaching a MAN in how life works is fantastic.
There were two or three ‘scenes’ – they felt like movie scenes – where anybody would stop the movie or the story. But this book still goes on to places I need to visit someday.
I did some research: The author is from Germany. The german version was released in May 2018. That means the publisher translated it into english without knowing if it will be a success or not. I am pretty sure they are absolutely convinced it will be. And I am too.
Count me in for the trilogy of the year 2018!
Added 25rd December 2018
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I got the tip for this book last week in UK. Thank you very much, Thomas!
In short: One hell of a masterpiece. This is a story every thriller fan should experience!
Here are the first 3 sentences of the book:
‘The explosions fade out into the desert. I fire at the target six times. The heavy recoil of my Remington revolvers is powerful.’
The words the author has chosen are extremely strong and really pulled me into this piece of art. There are so many ideas and things that show that the author must have been working for a very long time on this. Each and every page kept me entertained and the love for the detail of Mr. Fiend (what is that name supposed to mean?) helped me create strong pictures in my head. Especially during the fighting scenes and in the desert. It make me think of Kill Bill, but this plot has so much more to offer!
Milo and Marcus – Two amazing characters for Hollywood cinema:
These are the most impressive character studies I have seen in years. The question I asked me the most is ‘Why did they choose to start with a book instead of a movie?’ The dialogue, the characters felt so alive for me… I also like the way the dialogue was build in into the plot. There are so many feelings: I was laughing, sad, shocked, had cold shivers running over my body, even crying. I felt empathy for two characters (and that is a very strange thing) that I even don’t really know after finishing this book. The characters feel real but never talk about themselves. Hell they even really don’t know each other. The reader only gets the information that is been said. Their are no flashbacks, no storyteller who talks about their past. Its all about the fantasy of the reader and I just love this concept of only picturing a character by the things that he is actually saying and doing. I cant wait to see what they will become in the overall trilogy as these characters feel deep, emotional, even 3 dimensional.
A story around the globe
So Marcus is chasing the love of his life around the globe and I mean that literally! Not only the dialogues and the characters feel alive. Same goes for the amazing trip from America to London to Texas to Japan, Tokyo. So we are talking about global entertainment now. Not only are the locations used and described realistically within the plot. Marcus describes everything with his own sarcastic look on things which sometimes really made me laugh. The plot is unbelievably fast and makes this story feel like an Hollywood action movie where you don’t have any time to breath. There really is no time for boredom!
I was reading this book within two days. 370 Pages. That rarely happens to me and my family was not quite happy about it. 😉
The author says this book is based on a true story. I don’t know what to say about that.
But I just can say that this book was a damn good use of my time!
Added 3rd December 2018
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A love declaration and a classic already
Reading ‘Milo – Angel of death’ really felt like reading the script for an upcoming blockbuster. The whole book is extraordinary, based on a true story and certainly would also be one of Mr. Tarantinos personal favorites.
It is an action-thriller that chases its readers and its two protagonists through its pages. With brutal force you are being pressed into the storyline and once you have met Milo the text will not leave hold of you until you finished this bloody amazing adventure.
The ‘hero’ Marcus Wirtmann is a german IT consultant from SAP trying to place his product at his customer in San Francisco. He is a sarcastic professional desperately looking for distraction from his daily routine. There was a terrible event in his family, maybe his childhood, resulting in nightmares and hallucinations with his father. The hatred for himself and his job is leading to an overuse of alcohol. When the mysterious Milo gets in his way he nearly gets obsessed and follows her against her will leaving behind his former life he hated anyway.
Milo is a latin-american woman who faces her enemies with a samurai sword. She mastered the art of fighting and shooting and seems to have a brutalized past with the Yakuza. She is running away from her past too, forced to hide in the texan desert being on her own. Milo is withdrawn of everyone, can trust nobody therefore drinks whiskey like water and earns her money as a very well paid ‘freelancer’.
Both characters couldnt be more diverse from each other but are so very much the same on the inside. It is hard to say who of them is more enriching for the life of the other one. Seeing Marcus cracking Milos hard shell piece by piece while hiding his true feelings for her simply is a blast.
What makes this text also very entertaining surely comes with the clash of the two total different worlds of Marcus and Milo and how Marcus is handling and describing his shift from one to the other. His transition into a criminal is comprehensible and is even more impressive in its evolution as I actually had sympathy for him. Seeing this depressed man being transformed into an happy outlaw really gave me satisfaction.
The book feels different from the books I usually read and I tried to understand why as the concept is not new. Its because I havent seen it being executed in such an emotional way before. M.E. Fiend takes the time his characters need and he is doing it with all the love he obviously must been having for them. Marcus transition doesnt feel like a tool necessary to go on with Milos plot, it feels like a whole story itself – even surpassing the mission that leads them to Tokio in the end. It is like their journey to Japan is more the beginning of very long road in bringing together two staggering characters and how they are changing each other. This approach clearly separates the book from the crowd.
This emotional rollercoaster combined with the fast evolving action is a revival of a genre that died in the 70s. Its an ‘uncensored’ and surprising love declaration for !adult! readers willing to finally face a grandiose action-thriller again. It is one of these books that you will remember for a long time and I dare to call it a classic already.
Added 13th September 2018