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In the land of flaunted sex, money, and flexible rules, an ambitious but lonely Rick Daly faces his demons.
Rick Daly has established a business in the exotic surroundings of the Philippines, while simultaneously discovering Marilyn Delgado, the woman of his dreams.
However, a clash of cultures and his own naiveté lead to disaster. Falsely accused of a sexual crime, Rick l
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Kindle Edition, 605 pages
Published August 14th 2018 (first published March 29th 2012)
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Purple Flurple
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Brownout 666 is a really involving but pretty dark read. The author unapologetically lets protagonist Rick Daly engage in some seedy underworld activities, and credit to him for not sugar-coating the story the way most do these days. In my opinion the best books leave you feeling conflicted rather than forcing the relative emotions onto the reader at every twist and turn. On one hand I couldn’t condone some of the actions, but on the other I really felt for Rick and the spiral to the bottom he f ...more
ReReadables
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love a good thriller novel and 'Brownout – 666' by John Spencer certainly grabbed my attention in the first few chapters and kept me engaged right through to the conclusion, It was fast-paced, exciting, and in some places, completely shocking. Rick, the protagonist, grows and changes as the novel progresses, but you will be wondering whether his growth is genuine or just a necessity thanks to his circumstances. You see, Nick is a man seeking his fortune in the Philippines and he isn't exactly ...more
Rabid Reads
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you are looking for an exciting new read then look no further than Brownout 666 by John Spencer. It starts off with a bang, throwing you right into the action, setting the tone for a novel that is full of sex, violence, drugs, and tension. The main character Rick is a Western guy looking to make his fortune in the Philippines, but his lust for women and a few shady dealings gets him into some serious trouble. And when you get into trouble in the Philippines, you really get into trouble.

The ch
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Dusty Books
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well this was a very interesting book for me. I say interesting because the protagonist is a White man trying his luck in the Philippines and oh no he just gets into trouble all because of his sexual escapades and his ambition to be a successful furniture business man over there. I felt sorry for him because hey, I guess his weakness is women but I also felt angry at him for being so careless and clueless about it all. I had felt kind of nervous about delving into this book because of its abomin ...more
Stephen R.
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Brownout” is an interesting novel for anyone who likes a little travel in their novel. I know America. I’ve been here quite a while. I know the kind of trouble people can get in. But when you move the story to another part of the world that I don’t much about, that adds an extra layer of interest to your book.

Setting, plot, characters, and writing style all work together in this novel. The plot is fast-paced, starting media res, right in the middle of an action sequence, before slowing down to
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Grady
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“Teaching …is sort of like being a policeman without a gun, surrounded by criminals.”

Author Mr. John Richard Spencer appears to be making his literary debut with this book BROWNOUT-666. There is no biographical data available so we can only imagine the depth of experiences that allow him to write such a vivid novel about strange circumstances.

One aspect is certain: without taking a breath John jumps into his chosen setting of the Philippines and sets the tone for this intriguing story – ‘An unc
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Laila Viking
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
A story that has a lot going on. The blurb did not fit the story but it is still worth the read. I liked the characters and how they are described. Sometimes too much was going on for me and that was a bit confusing. You really have to keep up with the events and characters.
It is well written and has a nice storyline. The way the author describes the places and characters in this story was really a nice touch. That made the story worth the read.
Bish Bosh
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is an epic story concerning the Daly family, taking in a lifetime of their experiences and many international changes of scene. As soon as you pick it up it’s straight into the action and following Rick Daly on vacation in Thailand. There he finds beautiful women, lots of sex and is the victim of a robbery. These, you realise quickly, are repeating themes. The story switches between that of Rick and his Uncle Christopher, cataloguing each’s own set of circumstances, trials and tribulations. ...more
Minion Reviews
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of the first things to hit me as I began reading Brownout was that it was as if I was watching this on the big screen. The language is so well crafted and visually stimulating I did feel I was deep in the thick of the action and the story was happening around me. Spencer’s literary dexterity is truly a marvel, and Brownout is an incredible read. Whether describing the lush landscape of the Philippines, the vivid scenes of destruction, or the subtleties of character interaction, everything wa ...more
Red Apple
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don’t normally read these types of books, and this is a difficult book to categorise anyway, but I’m very glad I read it. Spencer has done a great job with such controversial subject matter. There is a solid plot, at least in my opinion, and an interesting setting with much more besides. Those who love crime action and and books that are difficult to classify will, I think, not be disappointed. Well worth a read, and I’ll be going back through it another time as I’m sure there was a lot I miss ...more
Kickass Reads
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Books like this usually don’t catch my interest and tend to be slower paced than I typically enjoy. This book, however, is very different. I found it to be very fast paced, and full of moments that kept driving the story forward from the very first few pages until the end. I do feel the characters could have felt a bit more diverse, as some of them seemed to lack individual goals or development beyond the basics. This didn’t detract from the story, though, as the main character was developed wel ...more
Litnigma Reviews
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brownout is a challenging read, and at times a little uncomfortable, but I salute the effort to rise above cheesy, formulaic page-turners and tackle difficult issues head-on. Rick is an interesting and flawed character and the story charts his journey and struggles.

There is a darkness to the story and also at times quite graphic, but there is also an unflinching reality to it as well that the author has embraced rather than shied away from. All in all I found it to be a very worthwhile read, and
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Tara Phillips
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Bad boy Rick has a way of disguising himself as a good boy but no woman is interested in that kind of man.
This novel is a journey of cultural and ethical society in the Philippines as Rick Daly ventures on a self discovery mission, generations of mysteries and buried secrets from crime passions to the exploits of humanity.

The novel reads like an erotic exploit of Rick Daly, the main character womanizer personality. He was bound to test the commitment of the people involved in his business and
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Ground Breaking
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brownout 666 my John Richard Daly is a novel that is not always easy to read, but it is engaging, wild, funny, and fast-paced. A crime novel with a twist, the main character Rick Daly, is not the most honourable or moral of guys, but you can't help but root for him, because of his naivety and his stupidity when it comes to women (we've all been guilty of that).

Rick is trying to make a life for himself in the Philippines, but his womanising ways and dodgy dealings in business, there is only one p
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Pegboard
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
In Brownout - 666: Are We Slaves to Our Symbols?, by John Richard Spencer, we find Rick Daly trying to thrive in the Philippines. He is an Aussie that does not understand the civil unrest of this poor country. As a teacher he thought he had it rough, as a white man with an interest in girls he finds they fight brutally. A woman scorned sends his life in a tailspin as her jealousy is just uncontrollable. Though many of these girls can only find work in ill-reputable places. In America it is the s ...more
Cool Your Boots
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Having never visited the Philippines, I was curious to read about what really goes on within the under-belly of the country, the gritty heart of the rumors we hear of in the Western world. This book did not disappoint. The protagonist may be of Australian descent, but I was able to empathise with him as an outsider. I felt like I was right there with him throughout the good and the unfortunate times, I can only imagine how hard it is to have your voice heard in a strange land. The book is a thri ...more
Valery
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Brownout-666: or the Real Meaning of the Swastika by John Richard Spencer has it all, sex, a fast pace, danger, an interesting protagonist, and plenty of crime. The story takes place in the Philippines, with all of its incongruity, the haves and have nots, and a multitude of available sex partners. Rick Daly is the lead character, who has a business, yet seems to always get in over his head. There is a wealth of adventure within these pages, a subtle commentary on the political and cultural clim ...more
John Richard
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
In the land of flaunted sex, money, and flexible rules, an ambitious but lonely Rick Daly faces his demons.

Rick Daly has established a business in the exotic surroundings of the Philippines, while simultaneously discovering Marilyn Delgado, the woman of his dreams.

However, a clash of cultures and his own naiveté lead to disaster. Falsely accused of a sexual crime, Rick loses both his freedom and his business. To add insult to injury, a prison escape merely amounts to switching jails.
In a world w
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Andrea Stoeckel
Apr 14, 2019 rated it liked it
“Rick, the world isn’t about laws; it isn’t even about right and wrong. It’s about winners and losers, pure and simple.”

Focusing on a group of unlikely family, acquaintances and friends, the pivot person is Rick Daly, an Australian former teacher who moves to the Philippines to begin a furniture export company. Learning the hard way his business seems successful, despite his proclivities being in the way at times.

His uncle, retired after 40 years, ekes out a living with his three children. He’s
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Julie Barrett
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
Brownout 666 by John Richard Spencer
Starts with about the author. Love all the travel to the locations in the book as I've not been to most.
Interesting learning about culture and traditions of the lands visited.
Rick starts out running his own furniture business in the Philippines and he has Marilyn there to actually oversee it all. Story also involves sex and drug trade.
It's just a front and he ends up in trouble and is able to buy his way out of the country and lands in Australia where he finds
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Monica Reents
Jan 25, 2020 rated it liked it
I give this book a generous three stars.
Brownout 666 offers a view into the life of a man on a journey of self-discovery in the Philippines. Just when he feels that he has created success, an incident occurs that causes him to be falsely accused of a sex crime. He goes to jail. Loses his everything. And ends up in drugs and arms dealing.

That’s kind of a quick overview for a book that really was difficult to read. It didn’t hold my interest and I felt the book was far too long for this type of
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Honey Bee
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have to give credit to author John Richard Spencer for his unflinchingly honest approach to what can be difficult subject matter. Some of the more extreme issues in the book are handled in a straight-forward manner, which I think is deserving of those real-life issues. Authors that dilute important issues or even leave out detail all together does nothing to highlight the importance of those aspects.

Brownout 666 was a very detailed read, and protagonist Rick Daly isn’t a character who is easy
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Jay Williams
This book challenged my determination to complete every book I start reading. It has a very pretentious style of writing and is sprinkled with fancy words, often not meaning what the author thought. It could be used as an example for teaching how to write as it is full of pathetic fallacies and malaprops. I wanted the story to be enjoyable, but the author is apparently willing to sacrifice reality to make political points.. While I completely agree with much of the author's viewpoints, the clums ...more
Tracy Collier
Sep 29, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Its very rare that I absolutely pan a book but unfortunately its this one that get panned. The synopsis sounded like it would be an exciting storyline I found it anything but and found myself more skim reading the book to see if it got better... it didn't!
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