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The Last of the Smoking Bartenders

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  34 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
The Last of the Smoking Bartenders follows a drifter named Tom tra­versing the Arizona desert, leaving behind a path of destruction. Living off the grid and aided by a homeless raft guide and a band of meth deal­ing Navajos, he hunts down a terrorist network one Molotov cocktail at a time. But is he deluded? Are they actually killing innocent people? Chased by a beautiful ...more
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Published October 20th 2013 by New Pulp Press (first published October 10th 2013)
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Dec 04, 2013 Kemper rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery, arc, 2013
(I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for this review.)

A murderous drifter roams the desert of the American southwest while setting fire to things like electrical substation. No, wait. Actually, the drifter is an undercover agent trying to thwart the plans of the evil organization called the Network who plans to blow up Hoover Dam. Which story is true? Read the book and decide for yourself.

Tom is convinced that the Network is real and has lived off the grid for years so
Dec 17, 2013 Marvin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
The Last of The Smoking Bartenders, asides from having one of the best titles ever, is a tough and gritty novel about the dirty underbelly of America and modern paranoia. Someone once said that just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they are not out to get you. Whether that applies here can only be determined by reading the book.

Tom (just Tom) is either an undercover lawman on the heels of a terrorist network bent on destroying society or a homeless paranoid drifter. He stays under the radar
W.J. Whaley
Jan 08, 2014 W.J. Whaley rated it it was amazing
This book is not your run of the mill, boring, and unoriginal processed rubbish like I find with many crime novels these days. The Last of the Smoking Bartenders is a high speed joyride laced with beautifully vivid prose. When author C.J. Howell describes the Arizona desert you feel transported right to the scene. I am talking to the point of smelling the wretched stench permeating from Tom’s sparsely washed clothing.

Howell wonderfully weaves a story of a drifter who believes he is an undercove
Dec 26, 2013 Julie rated it really liked it
The Last of the Smoking Bartenders is a 2013 New Pulp Press publication, written by C.J. Howell.

Tom, disguised as a homeless man is on a mission to save the Hoover dam from a terrorist attack. He must not give himself away by using a bank account, credit cards, or anything that could be traced back to him. When Tom meets up with Lorne, an outgoing fellow originally from Florida, Lorne suggest they head out west for a road trip. He never imagined what lay ahead when that spur of the moment idea
Eric Knight
Dec 22, 2013 Eric Knight rated it it was amazing
This is not an easy review for me to write. I really liked the book, and the fact that it is Howell’s first book makes it even more impressive. But it’s hard to explain exactly why I liked it, probably largely because Howell has a very unique writing style.

There is an almost surreal feel to this book, a sort of weightless, unreal quality that gripped me in the first few pages and carried me through to the end. Howell has a way of describing the world and the people that move through it in such
Daymon Ward
Jul 03, 2014 Daymon Ward rated it liked it
I grabbed this off the shelf as a "new release" from our local library. I didn't have any prior information about the book before diving in.

I liked it well enough to finish it, and the characters were lively enough, but the spelling / editing in the book could have been better.

I'm one that, when I find an error in a book, gets consumed with looking for errors in the remainder of the book (character flaw of mine). I found over 10, which made the book somewhat hard for me to enjoy.

That aside, the
Oct 20, 2013 zxvasdf rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The Network monitors everything. They are so powerful, so filthy rich that they are always one step ahead of the authorities. Their technology is light years ahead. Their agents are innocuous chameleons. How do you fight such a faceless entity?

Can you blind a man with no eyes? No, because what you might take away from the man is not present to be taken away. Law enforcement agent Tom figures this out. He makes the ultimate sacrifice. He strips himself of all meaning. His name is ash on the wind
Jan 13, 2014 Pat rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pulp
Like a demented Pied Piper crossed with Typhoid Mary, the enigmatic character, Tom ping-pongs across the harsh landscape of the American Southwest. Encountering others along the way, he gathers a collection of misfits and bad luck characters who embrace his cause. But like Typhoid Mary, Tom remains unscathed in his journey while his followers suffer and even die.

His cause? Tom is an agent on a mission to prevent the destruction of the Hoover Dam by a shady shadow organization he calls the Networ
T.D. Mulhern
Mar 23, 2016 T.D. Mulhern rated it it was amazing
I got this book from the author, CJ Howell, at the Tucson Festival of Books, and knowing nothing about the book except for the information provided on the back cover I opened it up, started reading, and couldn't put it down. The story line is interesting and kept me entertained the whole way through. The book mostly follows three characters, the main one being Tom, as they work their ways through the Southwest. I personally enjoyed Lorne as a character because he's fucking crazy. Hailey, the ...more
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C.J. Howell opens the flood gates pretty quickly in That Last of the Smoking Bartenders. Tom is an undercover agent seeking out the Network. Living off the grid and consumed by his mission, he crosses paths with meth heads, drunks, government agents and a psycho killer named Bullfrog Frank, whose goiter is almost as big as his head.

Without giving away too much here, I'll say this Howell's debut is a fine read. It's entertaining and certainly worth the time. If you're into New Pulp Press this nov
Shar Wallis
Feb 01, 2016 Shar Wallis rated it it was amazing
From the back cover:
"A zany, violent road trip through madness and paranoia."

Yep, that sums it up pretty good. Not my usual type of read, but I enjoyed this one. I found myself reading some absurd and funny sections out loud to my husband.
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