Timothy R. Baldwin


The beginning of Harry Carpenter’s FUBAR: BLACKOUT reads like another military story. But once the inciting incident reveals itself, the reader is off to quite a ride from the point of view of the protagonist, Army Specialist Jason Chantry. Chantry is a run-of-the-mill nothing special sort of character who complains too much and sees the world through a very witty, sarcastic lens. He hates his job and he hates being here, but suddenly he’s placed on the path to lead his squad in a shooting frenzy battle against monsters.

Harry Carpenter’s cast of characters range from nerdy video game players to gritty, battle tested special ops types, with a strong female lead to boot. With the number of characters involved, it would truly be a challenge to bring these to life for an audiobook. Michael Penate, in his debut reading, does a marvelous job of bringing each of these characters to life.

All in all, I was truly entertained by this little story, and truly look forward to listening to the next book in the series. Fans of 90s action flicks, third person shooter video games, and B-movie science fiction films will love Harry Carpenter’s wit and writing style in this little romp through the wilds of Iraq infested with the remnants of a science experience gone terribly wrong.

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