Review of "The Bone Brothers" Audiobook from Airship 27 and Dynamic Ram Audio
Of all the dark avengers who have stalked the pages of pulp, few are as strange and interesting as Ron Fortier's Brother Bones. The ghost of a repentant hit-man, Bones is damned to a lonely existence as one the walking dead, righting wrongs and avenging the innocent to make up for a misspent life of murderous deeds. Unlike the archetypal wealthy sophisticates we're used to seeing in this kind of role (see the Shadow and the Spider), Bones dwells on the fringe, impoverished and alone save for a single reluctant ally, a young card dealer named Bobby Crandall. Guided by the spirit of a beautiful young girl (who, in a cruel irony, happens to be one of Bones's victims from his former life), Bones and Bobby navigate a treacherous world of mobsters, monsters, and madmen as they travel a tortuous and never-ending road to redemption.
Now, courtesy of Dynamic Ram Audio and publisher Airship 27, that world has come roaring to life. "The Bone Brothers," the first in a projected series of Brother Bones audio shorts, has recently been made available for download, and its blend of two-fisted action and old-fashioned frights is sure to satisfy any fan of fast-paced pulp.
Narrator Mark Kalita relates the tale of Brother Bones's origin with spirit and intensity, making the story feel new and fresh even to a reader familiar with Fortier's work. His performance is enhanced by the strategic use of music and sound effects which (thankfully) never distract. The result is a rousing entertainment as evocative of the classic Universal horrors as it is of the bloody pulps.
For a mere two dollars (!) listeners can get 72 minutes of shuddering thrills, wry humor, and genuine pathos. I say again, two dollars. Why are you still reading this? Go to http://robmdavis.com/Airship27Hangar/index.airshipHangar.html and enter the world of Brother Bones, and don't be surprised if you find it difficult to leave