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The Book With No Name

(Bourbon Kid #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  5,242 ratings  ·  488 reviews
Detective Miles Jensen is called to the lawless town of Santa Mondega to investigate a spate of murders. This would all be quite ordinary in those rough streets, except that Jensen is the Chief Detective of Supernatural Investigations. The breakneck plot centers around a mysterious blue stone The Eye of the Moonand the men and women who all want to get their hands on ...more
Paperback, 379 pages
Published May 28th 2008 by Michael O'Mara (first published 2006)
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Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller, crime, humour, horror
The Book with No Name is best described as a Quintin Tarantino styled tongue-in-cheek, all-action horror onslaught, with vampires, hitmen, monks, cops, local gangs, and a serial killer called the Bourdon Kid. It should be chaos, it should be unmanageable, it shouldn’t work, but it does.

The novel is mostly set in the fictional town of Santa Mondega, and in particular, the Tapioca bar owned by Sanchez. Very like a Tarantino film, the characters are unnatural and outlandish, just like the
Apr 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
I thought this was great! I had spotted it on the shelf at the bookstore and thought it was intriguing how there was no title and no author's name. I read the synopsis in the back and though: "Go for it!" So I did, and I loved it. Kind of like a Dean Koontz meets John Carpenter. Terrific weirdness, gore and action kept me glued until the end. Twists and turns gallor, with it's only little mysteries and intrigues. Excellent!
May 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
When someone tells you not to do something, your rebellious side always makes you want to do it... right? So when I read the blurb on this book, which starts with "Whatever you do, don't read The Book With No Name", I had to read it.

The plot is a little out there... the author certainly has a vivid imagination. I'm not going to try to explain it, because it's too complicated, however I'll just say that it's a story of a stone called the 'Eye of the Moon' that is wanted by many of the characters
Dec 27, 2007 rated it really liked it
Very good, if strange and not-what-I-expected, book. Starts out in the style of a Western (a genre I despise), but for some reason kept me hooked until it morphed into a entertaining, complex crime/horror/mystery type tale.
Easy to read and very entertaining.
Marion Meert
Aug 15, 2012 rated it did not like it
I love Tarantino, Carpenter and Rodriguez' works of unconditionnal love! This book seemed like it could take over in the litterature area. Like everybody else, i was really intrigued by this anonymous author and thought it fitted perfectly for this kind of atmosphere.
After reading only 3 pages, i understood that this author wasn't inspired by these great movies and directors... worse! He (she?) only fished some items here and there, he recasted some characters (taking away what was really good),
Steven Scaffardi
Imagine a story about gangsters, Kung-Fu Monks, an Elvis-impersonating bounty hunter, and swarms of vampires all living in a world that is a cross between The Lost Boys and From Dusk Til Dawn (and not a Twilight reference in sight)! Do I really need to say anything else to get you excited?! Ok, I suppose I better had otherwise it would be a pretty pointless review...!

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Maria Elmvang
Dec 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I saw this book on Amazon during a random browsing, and was so completely intrigued by the premise that I just had to read it. Thankfully the library had it, so I didn't have to wait too long :)

I've heard it described as a Quentin Tarantino style book, and I would have to agree. There are a lot of similarities to "From Dusk Till Dawn", both in plot and in style which makes for a very fascinating page-turner. And don't be mislead - it's just as bloody (in less graphic detail, thankfully), so
Aug 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book. I stumbled on it after buying The Book of Lost Things on Amazon and this cropped up as recommended if I liked the other, so I bought it. If you read the reviews on Amazon you'll see repeated that it is about a book, and everyone who reads the book ends up dead. I have to say this isn't strictly true, that makes it sound like a Ring rip off and while yes that is part of it there is also a heck of a lot more going on. With every single chapter ending on a cliffhanger you'll find it ...more
Oct 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"Whatever you do, don’t read the book with no name.” This is the first sentence of the back cover. This book is the perfect mix between a Tarantino’s movie and a Supernatural’s episode. If you wanted me to sum-up the story of “The Book with no name”, you will be disappointed. Nobody can sum-up a story like this one. Just imagine something with vampires, a precious stone called “The Moon-eye” that everyone searched, monks specialized in kung-fu, werewolves, a mysterious man who killed everybody ...more
Oct 16, 2011 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Nobody!
The Book with no Name fails to live up to it's dubious hype. No wonder the author wants to remain anonymous - the writing is very poor, the plot is juvenile and half-baked and the characters are unconvincing. I like both plot-driven and character-driven books but this is neither it just stumbles around and disappoints at every turn. If only the minimal sex references and maybe some of the strong language had been removed TBWNN would have been an acceptable book for young teens (actually, it ...more
Martin Maher
Aug 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
"Whatever you do, don`t read the book with no name. An untitled book by an anonymous author brings death to anyone who reads it."- An interesting quote from the back cover that automatically captures your attention, leaving you wondering what the books about. It`s like when you are kids & your told not to do/touch something. You promise you won`t, but the next thing you know, you breaking your promise. THE BOOK WITH NO NAME is set in a city called San Mondega, which for all the world is like ...more
 Linda (Miss Greedybooks)
I read a page or two & realized - this is a book my husband would love. So, I read it to him. We laughed a lot, some hilarious characters. He would ask for "More Bourbon Kid, please". The back cover calls it: Tarantino meets the Da Vinci Code. "The Eye of the Moon" is book two and we will read that soon, have not gotten the third book yet.
Pamela Huxtable
If Quentin Tarentino and Joss Whedon had a love child, and this love child was a bit demented and maybe giggled maniacally in the corner while writing a book, The Book with No Name would be what that love child would write.

Violent and funny, with a hefty dose of vampires, The Book With No Name traces the path of a mysterious blue stone that has been stolen from the very odd Hubal monks. The stone bounces from one thief to another, wreaking havoc and attracting the attention of a notorious
Oct 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Premise: The Eye of the Moon has been stolen again and is rumoured to be on its way to Santa Mondega. The last time this happened, Santa Mondega was visited by the 'Bourbon Kid' who came to claim the stone, leaving an impressive body count in his wake. The Bourbon kid is a mass murderer with a drinking problem; to wit that when he drinks bourbon he kills everyone in the bar (except the bartender). The prospect of another visit is enough to worry even this villainous population.

Blacker than black
Mar 11, 2013 rated it did not like it
My dear god... I am so sorry if you actually like this book and find my review offensive. This was presented in an utterly gorgeous manner. I mean, come on. The Book With No Name by Anonymous? Must buy, right?

I tried. I really tried to like this. But in the end the only reason I have not thrown it into an open flame (I am in love with literature and can think of no greater sin than to deface a book) was that I found it useful as an example of how NOT to write.

The story is okay. Not brilliant,
Lucy Sheridan
Jan 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
This book gets "only" four stars because I thought that sometimes the author had problems keeping up with the pace of his own story, for a few loose strands I'd have liked to see tied up and for the lack of female characters ;-) Apart from that, a very entertaining horror/fantasy novel with some really cool characters :-)
Sep 09, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own, 2008
Whilst certainly not bad, this just wasn't very good. Very breathless and fast paced, although witty at times it felt a little rushed and in places as though it had been written by several different people (which it could well have been for all I know). A bit 'meh'.
Mark Hebwood
May 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
Well, this was certainly an odd book. Looking through the reviews of other readers, I think very few people would argue against this verdict. I just finished it and now need to decide whether I liked its oddity, or not. And to do that, first I need to understand why I thought it was odd.

Sure, the book is populated with characters which seem to have jumped straight out of a superhero comic. A bounty hunter with arms so muscular he cannot wear long-sleeved shirts. A hired killer who is an Elvis
Hurricane Kathrina
Sep 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Pulp Fiction fans; people that don't mind violence and swearing
Shelves: books-of-2016
8 out of 10
Genre: Horror/Crime, Black Comedy, Present-Day-Western (?)
Feels like: Quentin Terentino's and Joss Whedon's lovechild
Fav. Character: Most of the characters that are still alive at the end (not many)

Quote: "Whatever you do, don't read The Book With No Name"

Characters in this book be like



For all you Pulp Fiction lovers out there, for all the people who love a mix of splatter, gore and black humor, for all of you who are okay with language so dirty it's definitely not quotable on
Jan 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
Picked this book up at the book store, went home and started reading while having some dinner. Ended up putting the book down at two in the morning... not because I was tired, I was finished. This book was fun and exciting, twist and turns, blood and gore... and oh so many people who die. Hope to find a book like this again soon.
Aug 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I thought this is a horror novel, but I was wrong. This is bloody horror comedy! If Quentine Tarantino or Robert Rodriguez found this book, they'll say "Holy shit! I want to make a movie!".

Dec 15, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants trashy brilliance
Loved it , it is weird , vampires killer monks what more could u ask for ,I read it in a day utterly addictive
Eve (Between The Bookends)
Jan 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
VERY cool book, reads like a movie, loved it!
Nov 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
I am all smiles, was having difficulty starting a new novel,every one I started just seemed slow or just not in the mood for a new world and all the character's that come with a trilogy or similar.
I was recommended the (Bourbon Kid) and from the first chapter to the last this was a very fun amusing and easy read, its kind of like taking a vacation to a small town full of interesting character's and getting to know their adventures, you have mystical artifact's Very colorful local's, vampires
Aug 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
HOOOOLY CRAP what a good book! This MUST be made into a movie. I found myself holding my breath at parts, the suspense, the twists, and the violence was far too exciting/intense. Wow.. I recommend this book to anyone! I was told this book had a lot of buzz around it, which made me wary. But you must read this book. And make it a movie!
Gemma lovatt
Mar 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is so good, a serial killer, vampires,hitmen bounty hunters, scumbags the lot . I could not but it down it's full of twists and turns and killings
Another case of "cool idea buried under mediocre writing". I can see why some people make Tarantino comparisons, but I also feel like those people... may not have actually watched any Tarantino.
This book starts out really slowly, but around the middle I started to get really into it and couldn't let go of the novel!
Nov 21, 2007 rated it really liked it
What a bizarre book but nevertheless entertaining and has left me intrigued as to the identity of the author
Aug 21, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5. At first it was decent story but then it developed into something weird. The plot twist was unexpected though.
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