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Oduced us to Now he raises the stakes and turns his shotgun prose on our addiction to technology the values and skills we've lost in the process and what happens when the last systems of morality and society collapse The Savage presents a bone chilling vision of America where power is the only currency and nothing guarantees survival And it presents Bill at his most ambitious most elouent most powerful. Reading The Savage is like being hopped up on testosterone and motor oil If your a fan of Stephen King’s The Stand this book is for you Go out and grab it Maisie Dobbs (Maisie Dobbs nothing guarantees survival And it presents Bill at his most ambitious most elouent most powerful. Reading The Savage is like being hopped up on testosterone and motor oil If your a fan of Stephen King’s The Stand this book is for you Go out and grab it

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In the raucous and action packed follow up to Donnybrook mayhem is still the order of the day only soFrank Bill's America has always been stark and violent In his new novel he takes things one step further the dollar has failed; the grid is wiped out Van Dorn is eighteen and running solo dodging the bloodthirsty hordes and militias that have emerged since the country went haywire His dead father's voic. Whatever you do please read before reading this which is basically a seuelSeveral of the main characters from that novel are featured prominently in thisThis one is even violent than DONNYBROOK yet author Frank Bill has swapped the knee slapping redneck whooping humor for nigh club footed poetic epistles to what's been lost in our headlong dive into the first uarter of the 21st century Our moving away from our rural roots the family farms the earth itself and for our urban cousins the loss of factory work and manufacturing leaving us dependent upon an indifferent government with its give away programs built on an imaginary non existent dollar Cotto said Tell me of these clans They's the Aryan clan The Chicken Foot Tharp clan The Methodists and many They're a mixed mass of men and beliefs who once fueled the counties with weed whores guns and old time religion until the dark came and crippled the rules and laws Now they've regrouped and are creating their own clans that are about their own devices tossing men into pits forcing them to do harm to each other or be shot face first the man who wins is the man who can eat and bring his owner territory It's savage Bill halted his words sweat taffied his frame he'd a deep hurt an ache that pulled him in and out of reality and he told Cotto Some say this chaos it is the result of the Donnybrook fallout New game New rules Similar to those in the cities who start fires in abandoned houses Hide and watch them burn from a distance cheap entertainment Others preach this new system is an offshoot of the Disgruntled Americans as these people are looking for a new outlet a new decree a man to follow Bill waited let his sayings curve his tongue swim about Cotto's intellect and he told But it shall not be you This dystopian vision of an America gone crazy over the devaluation of the U S dollar with cities wiped out from urban gang warfare panic setting in and chaotic pandemonium spreading into America's rural outback where Americans have set up warring militias redistricting regions according to how many weapons they can acuire how much man power Meanwhile in between fighting one another Americans engage in a futile war with drug gangs from Mexico Guatemala and El Salvador These gangs have invaded as far into the Midwest as Indiana enslaving women and children after murdering the menfolkIt reads like a White Nationalist's fever dream caught between coversIt was all fantasy to me Good guys bad guys indifferent guys Tough as nails women warriorsMuch gun play Much goreGrim stuff Serious businessI'm leaving my own political leanings at the door and giving this radical right wing shindig 5 stars WhyI guess I just like Frank Bill's writing style politics be damned

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E rings in his head as Van Dorn sets his sights not just on survival but also on an old fashioned sense of justice Meanwhile a leader has risen among the gangs and around him swirls the cast of brawlers from Donnybrook with their own brutal sense of right and wrong of loyalty and justice through strength So this is not the distant postapocalyptic future this is tomorrow in a world Bill has already intr. THE SAVAGE by Frank Bill is the third book by the author of “Donnybrook” and “Crimes in Southern Indiana” with all three taking place in rural southern Indiana that represent the dark side of life in rural settings with the prevalence of crimes and violence involving people raised without hope or ability to see a way out of their current existence; although this one differs as it has a new character who is a young man struggling to survive in the violent aftermath of an economic collapse in the United StatesSeveral factions exist at odds with each other and Van Dorn is the young man who has to defend himself after killing a deer for much needed meat having been discovered by a group led by a man with a tattoo of a thorny crown going by the name of CottoCotto is impressed by the way Van Dorn acuits himself in the confrontation and develops a plan to capture him with intent to teach him to train the young men he’s kidnapped from local families to be an armyDorn is the son of Horace and the two lived previously with a woman only known as “The Widow” but is now on his own and in search of a young woman known as “the Sheldon girl” whom he had known from the past after seeing that she’d been previously captured by Cotto during his confrontation with himApocalyptic conditions present Dorn is confronted with several horrific exchanges involving locals affected by the breakdown of society and ensuing madness he finds running rampantSome of the surviving characters from the author’s previous books become part of the story and Dorn crosses paths with them and others from his own past and is learning to accept the teachings of his late father; especially to trust no one in his journey to survive and rescue the young womanWell written with detailed descriptions of the conditions present and what is brought out of both the desperate and opportunistic; it is violent at all times as befitting the brutality present in a lawless rural environment such as exists in this novel yet if the reader can withstand extreme violence there is a solid action packed story contained and it might be of interest to readers of the “Thuglit” and “Blood and Tacos” books as well as novels by authors such as Adam Howe Johnny Shaw and the like5 stars


10 thoughts on “The Savage

  1. says:

    About 150 pages in I’m throwing in the towel which is something I never thought I would do with a Frank Bill book I loved Donnybrook so much and had looked forward to the release of this one for so long maybe my expectations were just too high Maybe I’m just not in the right mood All I know is it was feeling like a slog I was not engaged or invested in what was happening at all There was something off about the writing style this time that I didn’t like either when I adored Bill’s prose when reading Crimes in Southern Indiana I’m the first to admit I’m a bad reader right now my attention span and focus isn’t what it should be but I’m also fairly certain all of the failing isn’t mine alone Some of it is this book Because I didn’t finish it I’m not going to rate it Maybe I’ll return to it someday and give it another chance to change my mind


  2. says:

    Whatever you do please read before reading this which is basically a seuelSeveral of the main characters from that novel are featured prominently in thisThis one is even violent than DONNYBROOK yet author Frank Bill has swapped the knee slapping redneck whooping humor for nigh club footed poetic epistles to what's been lost in our headlong dive into the first uarter of the 21st century Our moving away from our rural roots the family farms the earth itself and for our urban cousins the loss of factory work and manufacturing leaving us dependent upon an indifferent government with its give away programs built on an imaginary non existent dollar Cotto said Tell me of these clans They's the Aryan clan The Chicken Foot Tharp clan The Methodists and many They're a mixed mass of men and beliefs who once fueled the counties with weed whores guns and old time religion until the dark came and crippled the rules and laws Now they've regrouped and are creating their own clans that are about their own devices tossing men into pits forcing them to do harm to each other or be shot face first the man who wins is the man who can eat and bring his owner territory It's savage Bill halted his words sweat taffied his frame he'd a deep hurt an ache that pulled him in and out of reality and he told Cotto Some say this chaos it is the result of the Donnybrook fallout New game New rules Similar to those in the cities who start fires in abandoned houses Hide and watch them burn from a distance cheap entertainment Others preach this new system is an offshoot of the Disgruntled Americans as these people are looking for a new outlet a new decree a man to follow Bill waited let his sayings curve his tongue swim about Cotto's intellect and he told But it shall not be you This dystopian vision of an America gone crazy over the devaluation of the U S dollar with cities wiped out from urban gang warfare panic setting in and chaotic pandemonium spreading into America's rural outback where Americans have set up warring militias redistricting regions according to how many weapons they can acuire how much man power Meanwhile in between fighting one another Americans engage in a futile war with drug gangs from Mexico Guatemala and El Salvador These gangs have invaded as far into the Midwest as Indiana enslaving women and children after murdering the menfolkIt reads like a White Nationalist's fever dream caught between coversIt was all fantasy to me Good guys bad guys indifferent guys Tough as nails women warriorsMuch gun play Much goreGrim stuff Serious businessI'm leaving my own political leanings at the door and giving this radical right wing shindig 5 stars Why?I guess I just like Frank Bill's writing style politics be damned


  3. says:

    Frank Bill's prose is unmistakable in its ability to come off the page and grab you by the throat The Savage is at once shattering and satisfying a story forged from eual parts gravel and grace


  4. says:

    THE SAVAGE by Frank Bill is the third book by the author of “Donnybrook” and “Crimes in Southern Indiana” with all three taking place in rural southern Indiana that represent the dark side of life in rural settings with the prevalence of crimes and violence involving people raised without hope or ability to see a way out of their current existence; although this one differs as it has a new character who is a young man struggling to survive in the violent aftermath of an economic collapse in the United StatesSeveral factions exist at odds with each other and Van Dorn is the young man who has to defend himself after killing a deer for much needed meat having been discovered by a group led by a man with a tattoo of a thorny crown going by the name of CottoCotto is impressed by the way Van Dorn acuits himself in the confrontation and develops a plan to capture him with intent to teach him to train the young men he’s kidnapped from local families to be an armyDorn is the son of Horace and the two lived previously with a woman only known as “The Widow” but is now on his own and in search of a young woman known as “the Sheldon girl” whom he had known from the past after seeing that she’d been previously captured by Cotto during his confrontation with himApocalyptic conditions present Dorn is confronted with several horrific exchanges involving locals affected by the breakdown of society and ensuing madness he finds running rampantSome of the surviving characters from the author’s previous books become part of the story and Dorn crosses paths with them and others from his own past and is learning to accept the teachings of his late father; especially to trust no one in his journey to survive and rescue the young womanWell written with detailed descriptions of the conditions present and what is brought out of both the desperate and opportunistic; it is violent at all times as befitting the brutality present in a lawless rural environment such as exists in this novel yet if the reader can withstand extreme violence there is a solid action packed story contained and it might be of interest to readers of the “Thuglit” and “Blood and Tacos” books as well as novels by authors such as Adam Howe Johnny Shaw and the like5 stars


  5. says:

    Secrets Van Dorn thought they were in abundance within the rural areas of life Hidden in cellars unfinished basements closets between mattresses and boxed springs flooring studded walls in coffee cans buried within one's foundation and in the recesses of people's minds A worthy seuel to 'Donnybrook' Frank Bill's first novel Should appeal to fans of Cormac McCarthy Don Winslow Daniel Woodrell William Gay


  6. says:

    I hadn't read Frank Bill in a couple years and his pulsing organic prose kept me unbalanced and entertained for the duration of this novel which is his most ambitious project to dateAnd indirect seuel do DONNYBROOK THE SAVAGE is the pseudo dystopian story of the world going awry and people starting to shack up in the woods and getting belligerent to one another It's destabilizing in the best possible way violent gory grueling and low key realistic Frank Bill is an aesthetic trip as much as he is a storyteller but THE SAVAGE pushed the boundaries of the vision he started sharing in CRIME IN SOUTHERN INDIANA and DONNYBROOK and that vision is bleak and bloody THE SAVAGE is not for everyone but it's an unforgettable experience


  7. says:

    This book is nuts A crazy ultra violent cross between Mad Max Cormac McCarthy's The Road and yes Shogun Assassin it's definitely one for fans of blood soaked 80s action movies I hadn't read part 1 Donnybrook but it rarely impacted my enjoyment


  8. says:

    Reading The Savage is like being hopped up on testosterone and motor oil If your a fan of Stephen King’s The Stand this book is for you Go out and grab it


  9. says:

    I’ve been waiting what seems an age for this novel Frank Bill’s ‘The Savage’ and it doesn’t disappoint It’s set in a post apocalyptic America in the not too distant future but it is also a seuel to Donnybrook Frank Bill’s debut novel The novel tells the story of several characters who are all trying to survive in this new ultra violent world Some are fighting for survival while others pillage and rape their way across the land in an effort to expand their power and land killing stealing and enslaving the innocent and the not so innocent as they go The various clans and militias all have their own twisted agendas and use religion and biblical uotes to justify their wrongdoing The novel introduces us to Van Dorn a young man who is fending for himself after the death of his father and who is chased from his land by Cotto a Guatemalan drug runner who sees Van Dorn as an ideal recruit to his band of killersWe are also reacuainted with some old faces from ‘ Donnybrook’ such as Belmont McGill Chainsaw Angus Jarhead Earl and Fu To name but a few They are also trying to make their way in this new era but are still haunted and pursued following the finale of the last DonnybrookFrank Bill’s novel is like his previous novel and stories extremely violent and filled with all manner of tortures and a plethora of violent deaths You can actually smell the new world which seems to have a constant reek of decaying flesh rotting food and unwashed bodies Bill’s writing style and even the dialogue of his characters seems of other older times with its formal feel and biblical references and uotes The novel also echoes various other works such as Cormac McCarthy’s The Road The Walking Dead in Cotto’s backstory there was even echoes of border noir and even a touch of Kung Fu I’ll savour this for just now but even now I can’t help but look forward to Frank Bill’s next adventure


  10. says:

    THE SAVAGE Frank Bill’s second novel is something of a follow up to his first DONNYBROOK but THE SAVAGE looks at what becomes of DONNYBROOK’s world in the not too distant future when people have lost jobs family friends and hope Set largely in southern Indiana THE SAVAGE follows a few characters through their efforts to exact revenge survive and even thrive in the chaos that follows the power grid being dismantled as warring clans fight for dominanceAs in his first novel Frank Bill’s narrative takes a breakneck and brutal pace and his characters are not always the best and brightest that society has to offer With shifting perspectives and a non linear timeline THE SAVAGE kept my thoughts spinning and my guts churning with its graphic descriptions of violence At the center of all the grisly nastiness is Van Dorn a young man whose father taught him to survive independent of modern conveniences while also showing him the strength that comes with belonging to something that is based in good My favorite parts of THE SAVAGE focused on Van Dorn but the book is also steeped in the tortured minds and bloody worlds of drug lords addicts religious fanatics and NazisTHE SAVAGE is relentless in its violence and despair but every time I was tempted to give up hope that anything of beauty or value would come out of the horrible world in its pages there would be some small act of kindness or show of love that would help me keep reading This book isn’t for the faint of heart—and a strong stomach is also needed—but if you like reading about brutal dystopian worlds depicted through brusue but beautiful writing then you should definitely pick this one up I’ll certainly look forward to future books from Frank BillMy thanks to the publisher for a copy of THE SAVAGE in exchange for my honest review


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