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Concrete Underground

3.38  ·  Rating details ·  241 ratings  ·  28 reviews
An idealistic journalist sets out to expose corruption among the city's elite and soon finds himself immersed in a conspiracy of murder, blackmail, espionage, and human trafficking. Pitted against the enigmatic CEO of one of the world's largest tech companies, he must play a deadly game that threatens to unearth its players' darkest secrets. CONCRETE UNDERGROUND is postmod ...more
ebook, 370 pages
Published March 13th 2010 by Moxie Uber Alles (first published March 3rd 2010)
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Rae Gee
Jan 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-reads
If you like your books a little off putting with strange and twisted story lines then you really should give "Concrete Underground" a spin.

It starts out as what you believe to be your straight forward whodunnit. Quickly it descends into a story that resembles a hallucination and a dream. Can you tell the difference?! Perhaps you can, perhaps you can't. Fast paced and extremely interesting, it was a story I thought I'd hate but wound up glued to. If you like stories that aren't the run of the mil
Marc Horne
Mar 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
‘Concrete Underground’ knocked me out. It takes the noir plot and loops it into a feedback cycle until it breaks. It embraces the implausibility of the hero and squeezes horror out of it. Fast, sexy fun is laid on top of a growing layer of scar tissue on human faces until you can’t tell the difference anymore. It wears its influences on its sleeve and even walks you through them, but it makes something new out of them. A true 21st century novel.
Apr 26, 2013 rated it it was ok

A few interesting ideas drowned by a perpetual plot mechanism: hip dick reporter stumbles on clues, gets beat up (a lot), gets high (drugs, alcohol and the occasional slipped mickey), drools over the purple-haired vixen called ... Violet, wakes up in odd company (laid or not, he can't always remember) etc., etc. throughout four fifths of the book. Thankfully, the last few chapters bring things to another level and provide a different angle to look through. At last.

Could have been better, could h
Nov 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010, own-it, ebooks
A sexy, Twins Peakesque punk noir. Very enthralling tale with labyrinthine twists.
Léona Everhard
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Concrete Underground reste un excellent thriller qui tire sur le techno-thriller. L’intrigue happe le lecteur dès les premières pages et ne le lâche plus avant la toute dernière ligne. Entre les retournements de situation, les révélations et les nouveaux mystères, il se révèle complètement addictif. D’ailleurs, si le récit aide à percer les principales énigmes, quelques zones d’ombre restent en suspens tant Moxie Mezcal excelle dans l’art de cacher des détails, à première vue anodins, dans la na ...more
Melissa Herman
Jun 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good read!!
Jan 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: e-books
Well I finished it but I didn't think much of it. It's good enough to read, but it's just not great. Number one, and this is a big one for me, is this author has terrible grammar skills. Maybe English is his/her second language, which would be a bit of a legitimate excuse, but what about the editor? I saw a pretty good control of the language, so it seemed the grammar should have been better.

Second, in the spirit of your typical whodunit, Mezcal tries to create mystery and suspense in every poss
Jul 16, 2011 rated it liked it
Another free book from Amazon. It started off wobbly for me, I found it hard to get into. But, I was determined to finish it! However, I felt like I was trying to push through and read it all for the sake of reading it rather than out of pure enjoyment.

That's not to say it's bad. It really isn't! It's rather good but it does depend on what you like. I found it hard to follow simply because you were meant to. This becomes clear when the mental state of the protagonist is revealed as...questionabl
Mar 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
"Independent fiction" has been in an interesting place for the past few years. It's definitely started to get a lot more respect than it has, but something I've noticed about a lot of independent authors is that they're telling the same types of stories as the major publishing houses - crime stories, science fiction, and vampire romances. Nothing against the stories themselves, but there's often little to distinguish them from the mainstream.

Concrete Underground, on the other hand, is described
Sep 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
I read this book in one day. Mark doesn't know how I read it all in an afternoon/evening. It's good. The ending is very confusing, but I think that's the point -- to get you thinking. Hell, the whole book is kind of confusing (which, again, is the point -- it is a suspense novel, after all) and you have to really work at it to keep track of the characters and events. Don't let that hold you back from reading it -- it's a great dark conspiracy book. It makes you paranoid and gets you thinking. Wo ...more
Stuart Estell
Mar 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A bit of a shock to the system coming straight after Joyce's Ulysses, this is a fast-paced, hard-boiled, sexy, trashy, bewildering punk-detective novel with a plot so gloriously convoluted you'll be glad of your eReader's search facility. It's not for the faint of heart and certainly not for the easily offended. The horror is done properly, with enough detail to make you feel queasy but enough left to the imagination to make it unsettling. And the narrator's first name is Dedalus. What more coul ...more
Jun 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
A grab-you-by-the-throat sort of book, uncompromising in its portrayal of manipulative Dylan Maxwell and the people whose lives he controls. It's a complex plot, the type that makes you start reading the book all over again as soon as you finish it.

The writing style is highly intelligent and yet easy to read. There were a few minor editing issues in the version I was reading, but not so many that they detracted from the enjoyment of the book.
L.T. Fawkes
May 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Genre - Mix and match any or all of the following: noir, post-modern, mystery, urban, steam punk, pulp.

An idealistic investigative reporter goes up against a wealthy, mysterious, psychotic, manipulative titan who gets his kicks by putting those around him into dangerous, sometimes fatal situations.

The plot takes a big-time u-ie in the final third which kinda left me scratching my head, but the writing is tight and the action kept me reading.
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I downloaded this for free on my Kindle, which was a good thing because it wouldn't be worth much money if you had to attach a price to it. Things I liked most about this ebook were its fast pace and the weird plot/narrative twist towards the end. Also, it mentions a Lydia Lunch song: "Still Burning". Cool. :) ...more
What on earth was this about? I thought I had it figured out, but then I was wrong over and over. Those questions at the end only made my head spin even more. What on earth did I just read? What just happened? A psychological thriller? A mystery? A scathing political satire? Something like Shutter Island? Someone help because I really have no way to define this book.
Leigh Mitchell
Jun 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Quite a good read, but at the end of the book there are 9 questions to help solve the mystery - I would have given an extra star if these were answered somewhere without having to skim back through the book again, but it just makes it feel unfinished to me now. :(

If anyone managed to work it out from the questions please let me know.
Apr 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this weird story where I really didn't know what was going on even when I finished. Yet it kept me reading and wanting to know more about the story, the characters and the world it was set in. Four stars might be too high, but I found myself thinking about it when I wasn't reading, and after I was done also. Fun read. ...more
Dominique Maestas
Jun 11, 2013 rated it liked it
This book was a trip, I didn't want to read it, but I couldn't stop reading it. It was twisted.. but for some reason I didn't stop. It was a page turner, and I didn't care for the ending, but the author did couldn't get me to stop turning the page ...more
Danielle O'Malley
May 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Great Story, I suggest that you read this book with a clear mind so you can pay close attention to the twists and turns of the story, this book had a few grammer errors but other than that it was a good read.
Mar 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2011
It was pretty much a hard-boiled thriller. There wasn't much to like about the main character, but the situations and surrounding characters were fairly interesting. The ending left me hanging and wondering what the point of the story was. Its quite possible that was the point.
Definitely not for the reader with looking for a pretty description. Took a bit to get into but I liked it. Crude, but necessary for the kind of work it desired to be. Nice turn of events, quite creative, enjoyed the ending. Not your typical who done it.
Feb 06, 2014 rated it did not like it
I struggled to get through this book. I almost gave up several times but I have a hard time quitting any book I start.
Christal Bryant
Jan 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: women-s-mystery
Great read! Multiple plot twists that keeps you interested until the very end.
Aug 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating book. The language is very vivid and the story is completely twisted. It is definitely a brain teaser that I would recommend to anyone to read.
Joanna Smith
Jul 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Good for one of those pulpy mysteries. A bit muddled in time. But you have to give it to Moxie Mezcal - to write a book and give it out for free. That's kinda awesome. ...more
Oct 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Really easy to get caught up in. Just when you think you have it figured out everything changes. This book will take your mind on an adventure.
Lenox Parker
Dec 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
better than the pulp that inspired it, moxie mezcal's writing is compelling, accessible, and really fucking good. ...more
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