Joe Brody is just your average Dostoevsky-reading, Harvard-expelled strip club bouncer who has a highly classified military history and a best friend from Catholic school who happens to be head mafioso Gio Caprisi.
FBI agent Donna Zamora, the best shot in her class...more
The characters were superficial and not a lot o ...more
In David Gordon's diabolically imaginative new thriller, The Bouncer, nothing and no one is as expected--from a vial of yellow fragrance to a gangster who moonlights in women's clothes.
Joe Brody is just your average Dostoevsky-reading, Harvard-expelled strip club bouncer who has a highly classified military history and whose best friend from Catholic school happens to be head mafioso Gio Caprisi. FBI agent Donna Zamora, the best shot in her class at Quantico, is a single mot ...more
That was frigging fun! I can never resist a quietly kickass anti-hero with blood on his hands and a cool as can be smile across his face. A charming, crooked character is a huge weakness of mine. Huge!
The Bouncer by David Gordon is a fast moving, crime caper thriller FILLED with characters to keep an eye on. Don’t turn your back on this lot! We get the full line up of gangsters, thieves, thugs, terrorists, suits, spooks, and….Joe.
Joe Brody is our bouncer. A man with an easy way about him and mys ...more
Overall I thought The Bouncer was a solid piece of fiction.
The first half was definitely the strongest as we were introduced to Joe "The Bouncer" and were quickly taken on an adventure. From there we met a slue of characters and stumbled into unforeseen set backs which were equal parts comedic and the right level of overdramatic.
I loved the ensemble of quirky characters in the novel and would love to find out more about each and every one of their journey's. I did find however that the stor ...more
Too many things happened, too many characters got involved into the story that for its part appeared overloaded with events and twists.
What I liked: humor, a fast pace.
What I didn't like: a superficial story-line, fast paced action, changing of point of view - if it was a Joe's POV at the beginning, it changed later to some indifferent general point of view that didn't do any favor to the story.
I've been so bad......read, read, read, reading and not posting ratings or reviews. I'm trying to catch up.
This was an okay book and I enjoyed it. The story moved along at a good pace for me and the characters were interesting enough. But not that memorable. But it seemed to be the same old good guy disguised as a bad guy / bad ass with superman abilities on a chase story. I would read more books by David Gordon if they fell i ...more
I will start off with an unusual fact. For some reason, this book made me smile and even laugh out loud a lot. Even though I'm sure, it's not intended to. I think it was because due to all the small bits and pieces and so many various characters that seemingly jumped in and out of focus The Bouncer reads much like a typical British comedy where not everything that's dire and serious is supposed to be taken tha ...more
I just couldn't get into this book. It was fast faced with lots of action but the content wasn't there for me. I couldn't relate to the characters and in the end this book just wasn't working for me. There was mobster and criminal activity but the characters were unforgettable and the s ...more
This was a good fun read that kept me glued to the book all through my flight. I liked the characters and would have liked a little more detail and back story to them. Sad there was not much romance but there was good lot of humor and friendship and that kept this boat floating for me.
The book missed to close all the plots effectively. Like it was so sudden that scene in end .. it was no where in picture I felt.
Joe Brody is a very effective, if unconventional, bouncer in a New York strip joint run by his best friend and mob boss Gio Caprisi. Joe was ex Special Forces but suffers from PTSD and has an tendency to shoot up dilaudid to deal with his condition. Donna Zamora is an FBI agent and single Mum whose job is to answer the 'tip line' in ...more
i picked this up off the new shelf at the library b/c it had an interesting premise.
i wasn't sure what to expect. i liked it. it was different.
i liked the Joe character. i liked the FBI agent Donna. those 2 characters had great chemistry. i think that should have been explored more.
short chapters , not long, fast pacing action. a quick read.
to be honest, about 1/3 way thru, i was going to stop reading it b/c i said "I DO NOT like where this is going" so i read the last chapter to see ...more
Terrorism was alluded to often, ...more
Out of nowhere villain with 'reasons'? Check.
Action sequence where a few non-essentials get killed? Check.
Sort of romance? Check.
Joe is an interesting character and I would have enjoyed reading more about him specifically instead of racing through plot at breakneck speed. But like other reviewers mentioned, this wi ...more
A fun, entertaining read! The protagonist is my kind of hero: simple, understated, fly below the radar, dangerous and competent. The story was an easy read, good writing and interesting. A good book for a fun read.
When i saw the title 'The Bouncer' i thought strippers!
Page one line one
"When the drunken football player went berserk and tried to steal a stripper, everyone yelled to get the bouncer."
HA! I was right.
Joe Brody a bouncer at a Gentleman's Club, run by the mafia, is recruited to hijack a shipment of guns. Things go wrong and a couple of his crew die.
Then he's recruited to steal vials of very expensive perfume. Perfume? Things go wrong, he's double crossed, and a ...more
This humorous crime novel combines the tense atmosphere, propulsive plotting and engaging characters of the best genre fiction. I think it might even be better than that. There are a few threads but the basic idea is that a gritty crime boss, now moved to the suburbs, decides to bring various underworld factions together to help capture a would-be terrorist. The Bouncer of the title is a former special ops soldier who has turned to a life of crime, though one in which he manages ...more
The story starts with Joe, the secrurity or The Bouncer of a strip club (secretly owned by mob boss, Gio) getting detained by the feds (Donna) over terrorism. I know a stretch, but you MUST keep reading to learn how it ...more