Rex, the Kid, the Whore, the Witch, and the Scientist, by David Myles Robinson [Review]

“Witty, funny, and extremely original. This book will take you on a crazy ride filled with adventure, sex, tequila, and intrigue. The author has a deliciously cynical sense of humor that permeates this unique novel. Strap in and enjoy! Your mileage may vary.”

This irreverently funny and off-beat novel includes many elements you seldom see and a few you’ve never seen before. The author doesn’t hide the ball, jumping right in with a prologue in which he speaks directly to the reader to set the tone and expectations. If you find the prologue offensive or don’t appreciate the breaking of the fourth wall, then close your browser and don’t buy this book. But if you find the style and tone entertaining and can’t wait to find out what’s coming next, then read on and strap in, because it’s an entertaining ride.

The first-person narrator tells his story, beginning with the explanation of what totally did not happen to him when his boat definitely did not collide with a Russian submarine off the San Diego coast. The author was not told by the FBI that the incident was classified and threatened the narrator with dire consequences if he breached his obligation of confidentiality. And yet, throughout the book, virtually everyone knows about (or finds out about) the incident that leads the narrator into the adventures of a lifetime.

No spoilers here, but the trip to a Mexican spa, meeting the “kid” who will become such a big part of his life, being hired to investigate a potential Ponzi scheme, meeting the girl who works for the lawyer, and piecing together all the pieces of this crazy puzzle is fun and entertaining. There are some head-scratchers, and the section devoted to filling in the backstory wasn’t my favorite, and there is a lot of profanity, and the frequent conversations between the narrator and his “dear readers” is occasionally jarring. The plot winds around to its unlikely conclusion through a too-convenient series of events, and there author’s political shots seem unnecessary (but still funny). These minor issues, along with the unconventional style, may put some readers off. I’m not one of them, however. I found it entertaining and unique (in a good way). The text is so well-written and well-edited that there are few distractions, making the book a joy to read. (The frequent repetitions of key phrases and formal names reminds one of an epic poem.)

For me, this novel is Witty, funny, and extremely original. This book will take you on a crazy ride filled with adventure, sex, tequila, and intrigue. The author has a deliciously cynical sense of humor that permeates this unique novel. Strap in and enjoy! Your mileage may vary.


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