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Server Down (Mad Dog & Englishman #5)

3.60  ·  Rating Details  ·  60 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Attending tribal ceremonies in Tucson, Mad Dog, the Cheyenne wannabe shaman, is accused of being a witch and a cop killer. Heather English, Mad Dog's niece and a part-time deputy, must comb Tucson's mean streets to clear her uncles name.
Audio, 6 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by Blackstone Audiobooks (first published May 5th 2008)
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Jun 02, 2009 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrills
From midnight till dawn, this exciting, suspenseful thriller provides nonstop action, and the reader may find it impossible to sleep until the end is reached. It's hard to summarize any of Hayes' excellent books, but here goes: Mad Dog, part-Cherokee and sure he's a shaman, looks to the uninitiated like another burly, bald white guy. No sooner has he arrived at a Native American ceremony in Tucson than he's been framed for murder, and is on the run from the cops, with the aid of his spirit helpe ...more
Carl Brookins
Mar 10, 2011 Carl Brookins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Poisoned Pen Press is probably the elite crime fiction publisher in the nation right now. Their standards are very high and under Barbara Peters’ gimlet eye and firm editorial hand, they rarely stumble. Having Bob always around to beat the drums doesn’t hurt, either. In fact, their growing power in the crime fiction community allows them to support authors who are interested in stretching their personal visions as authors.

SERVER DOWN, is a good example. J.M Hayes is engaged in writing a series s
Dec 24, 2010 Spuddie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
#5 (and so far, the last) Mad Dog & Englishman mystery. Usually the series is set in fictional small-town Kansas, but in this book, part of the story takes place in Tuscon, AZ where Englishman's daughter Heather is attending law school, and where her uncle Mad Dog has driven off to in order to observe a sacred Native American rite. Unfortunately, MD doesn't get to see much of the rite as he is almost immediately attacked and accused of murdering a tribal officer and ends up on the run with h ...more
Apr 24, 2016 Joan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
This was a strange and unusual book; there were parts I liked and parts that made me shrug. There were interesting characters, but the situation seemed very unlikely to me. The combination of high tech issues and Native American spirituality with a professional serial killer just didn't feel real... too much magic for me.
Nov 23, 2015 Frank rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
[library audiobook, plot summary elsewhere]

I liked the featuring of native american culture and the Kansas senior woman joining an internet multiplayer fantasy game. But the fantasy elements of the plot against a realistic background of the action made the novel tedious. Still, I listened to the end.
Nov 01, 2010 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-kansas
A timely read with election day coming up-you'll see what I mean towards the end. Short and entertaining although whimsical and violent. Sounded like a South Park episode but with far too many coincidences. Looks like Hayes might be taking the Wallander route with Sheriff English as the daughter appears ready to carry on the family tradition. I had just had to keep turning the pages to see what mayhem ensued. This one is different in that it takes place simultaneously in Kansas and Tucson, Arizo ...more
Patty Allen
Apr 12, 2015 Patty Allen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first book book by J. M. Hayes, and I really enjoyed it.There were so many twists and turns and unique characters I plan in reading more in the series
Mar 01, 2012 Charles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had put this book down to reread the satisfying ending of Craig Johnson's Dark Horse. When I picked it up again I was surprised at how quickly I was drawn back into the story. Server Down Moves at a much faster pace than his earlier books. All the familiar characters are there Mad Dog, his wolf/ dog hybrid, and his niece Heather(number one of two)move this story. Is it real or is it virtual. when real people die you have to ask why. Mad Dog,Cheyenne shaman,Rigged elections,computer hackers, gr ...more
Hayes brought in online gaming and tied the plot to election rigging. I have to confess that I reached a certain point where I just jumped to the end to get the shake down on this one--running out of steam on my mystery phase, not really that the book wasn't good to read.
Oct 16, 2013 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun read, especially if you like dogs/wolfs and how smart they can be. Always a good comment of what is happening in the current world. Love the characters the funny parts in the book and the possibilities of what might be.
Jul 15, 2009 Kitty rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The mystery part pretty good, but I did not care for all of the gaming references. I don't have an avatar, and probably never will. Lots of violence described graphically.
Aug 14, 2009 Dad rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good quick mystery, but too many characters and a lot of the action is unbelievable.

Jun 09, 2010 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The usual good mystery within the goofiness of the series!
Not as good as the first one but I still liked it.
Nov 05, 2011 Darlis rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
We enjoyed listening to this book on the cd.
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J.M. "Mike" Hayes has been an anthropologist, an archaeologist, and has supervised youth camping, sports, an recreation programs. He was born and raised on the flat earth of central Kansas his Mad Dog & Englishman mysteries take place. He graduated from Wichita State University and did post graduate work at the University of Arizona. He makes his home in Tucson (site of his first novel, The Gr ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Mad Dog & Englishman (6 books)
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  • Prairie Gothic (Mad Dog & Englishman, #2)
  • Plains Crazy (Mad Dog & Englishman, #3)
  • Broken Heartland (Mad Dog & Englishman, #4)
  • English Lessons (Mad Dog & Englishman, #6)

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