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Brownout - 666: or the Real Meaning of the Swastika

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  1,502 ratings  ·  22 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 605 pages
Published August 14th 2018 (first published March 29th 2012)
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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.
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
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
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
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
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
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Rick Daly is in the midst of multiple battles–the least of which is the struggle to finally find a way to be happy, settled, and live a normal life. Working and trying to establish a business of his own in the Philippines, Rick Daly meets and unwittingly falls head over heels in love with the young woman he hires to be his secretary and sidekick. When he realizes he loves Marilyn and wants to change his wild ways, he finds that his past is looming closely and threatens his relationship as it tes ...more
Andrea Stoeckel
“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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Tracy Collier
Sep 29, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
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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gifta alvina
Mar 31, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
At first, the premise seems promising, but it executed poorly.
It just feel that the novel has no meaningful plot and not enticing at all. I've tried to look for positive things from this book, whether its plot, character or the writing style but sadly I think this book is not for me.
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