Good Guys

Good Guys

Donovan was shot by a cop. For jaywalking, supposedly. Actually, for arguing with a cop while black. Four of the nine shots were lethal--or would have been, if their target had been anybody else. The Foundation picked him up, brought him back, and trained him further. "Lethal" turns out to be a relative term when magic is involved. When Marci was fifteen, she levitated a pa Donovan was shot by a cop. For jaywalking, supposedly. Actually, for arguing with a cop while black. Four of the nine...

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Title:Good Guys
Author:Steven Brust
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Genres:Fantasy
ISBN:Good Guys
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

Good Guys Reviews

  • Jeffrey
    May 03, 2018
    Steven Brust's "Good Guys" is a mashup of the private investigation fantasy subgenre, a subgenre that is right in my wheelhouse. Brust is an old pro, the author of the famous "Vlad Taltos" novels, who has published 30 novels. He knows how to write. This book has a cool sort of vibe, ki...
  • Mike
    Jan 29, 2018
    I've had people enthuse to me about Steven Brust more than once, but his main series is large and sprawling and not exactly my thing, and I've never found a point of entry to his work. When I saw this on Netgalley, a new series starter in a new genre for Brust, I thought I'd give it a ...
  • Scott Frank
    May 11, 2018
    So..I'm going 3 stars, though I really feel it's a 3.5 (I looked at the overall rating agglomerate and decided to rate it either 3 or four, in the direction of averaging to 3.5, and it's at 3.8 right now, so...3 stars). It's a very Brustian take on the urban fantasy, Dresden-files t...
  • Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
    Feb 23, 2018
    Magic is real but don't let anyone with no magic know. Good Guys has a complicated plot that is told from multiple points of view. That allows Brust to tell the story in very small bites and often like the players I was left in the dark about what was really going on. Turns out it is n...
  • Chip
    Mar 17, 2018
    3.75 stars. A very quick read, somewhat reminiscent of Brust?s early Vlad Taltos books - slightly hard boiled. Also dialogue, rather than description, heavy - like Gregory McDonald?s Fletch (but decidedly less constant humor). Enjoyable enough, but I don?t think anything that?s...
  • Susan
    Mar 18, 2018
    If you want an author to carefully explain to you who his characters are and how they relate to each other, this is probably not the book for you. Donovan Longfellow and his team of two are North American investigators for the Foundation, a secretive group that split off from an even m...
  • Ron
    Mar 26, 2018
    In a rare non-Vlad Taltos novel, Steven Brust drags the willing reader in to a world much like our own except that magic is available to a few people based on their genetics. At present there are two magic organizations in the world, both strive to keep magic underground, they just dif...
  • Xenophon Hendrix
    Mar 22, 2018
    This is an entertaining stand-alone fantasy novel by Steven Brust. The primary setting is the modern United States. I think the novel makes an interesting counterpoint to the Alex Verus novels of Benedict Jacka. Neither of the two main groups of sorcerers has actual rules about hurting...
  • J.W. Martin
    Mar 12, 2018
    A big thank-you to Raincoast Books and Tor Books for providing me with an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review. Although I enjoyed this book, I felt a little mislead by the synopsis. Maybe I read it wrong, but I thought it was going to be dealing with a team of super-powered...
  • Penny Noble
    Mar 03, 2018
    I have never read this author before reading this book, and I?ll probably read another one by him in the future. I had a hard time getting into this book, but once I did, the book flowed pretty smoothly. This book definitely had an interesting premise, and I did like the characters e...
  • Bentgaidin
    Mar 12, 2018
    "Good Guys," good book. A thriller about a low-level investigation and enforcement team in a secret magical organization, investigating killings in a second secret magical organization. I really liked the characters -- those are always Brust's strength -- and would happily read more bo...
  • Bradley
    Feb 16, 2018
    Fairly light UF superhero fiction with traditional powers, relics, and mystery. Of course, it's fueled by quasi-governmental agencies and assassinations that may or may not be justified, but the real joy in the novel comes from the mystery. Murder. Increasingly interesting a...
  • Judy Lesley
    Feb 16, 2018
    Thanks to NetGalley and Macmillan - Tor/Forge for the galley. Definitely 4.5 stars. Okay, this was so very, very good! I've been trying to figure out how to begin reading some of the Steven Brust books but there are so many my head would just spin around whenever I tried to decide ...
  • Marlene
    Mar 16, 2018
    Originally published at Reading Reality If you take Magic Ex Libris by Jim C. Hines SPI Files by Lisa Shearin, Paranormal Scene Investigations by Laura Anne Gilman, and mix them with a bit of cold war spy fiction and a heaping helping of noir, you?ll get something like Good Guys. ...
  • Joan
    Mar 22, 2018
    When Donovan is shot nine times, four of those shots are lethal . . . but Donovan doesn?t die because The Foundation picked him up, brought him back, trained him. At fifteen, Marci levitated a paperweight and threw it at a guy she did not like. The Foundation scooped her up, too,...
  • Emily Moore
    Feb 28, 2018
    To be honest, my first reaction after reading this book was surprise while reading through all of the positive reviews of this book. I thought it was okay, nothing particularly break through in the fantasy or crime genres. I thought this was a first time novel by the author ? what I...
  • Jesse
    Mar 19, 2018
    I pre-ordered this book. Thought to myself: Steven Brust + Urban Fantasy ... how could that bad? Happy to report, Mr. Brust delivered on all of my expectations. First, Brust is a master craftsman. He has both a talent for world building and a strong sense of pace which keep things movi...
  • Chris
    Feb 19, 2018
    *copy from Netgalley in exchange for a review* Good Guys is a new urban fantasy novel from Steven Brust. Brust is the author of the long running Jhereg fantasy series. Urban fantasy is, thus, a slight departure for him, but I?m happy to report that it? a rather fun read, and one...
  • Dee Halzack
    Apr 24, 2018
    First fantasy book I've read in ages that didn't turn out to be clearly the first in a series, though I can see how the author leaves the door open for future books. A favorite type of fantasy for me: set in mostly realistic times, and using magic. Moves quickly. One of very few boo...
  • Bookwraiths
    Apr 19, 2018
    Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths. Good Guys is an urban fantasy take by Steven Brust, author of the Vlad Taltos fantasy series; it is light, fast-paced, and readable in the vein of other detective focused UF out there. Unfortunately, I didn?t find this Brust novel as interesting...
  • Steven Burnap
    Mar 24, 2018
    His new urban fantasy books don't pull me in as much as the Vlad books. There's some interesting stuff around ethics...the magical organizations in the book feel far more like real world organizations than your typical "good wizards" vs. "bad wizards". Some of the characters are a bit ...
  • Mark Gardner
    Feb 01, 2018
    So I feel it necessary to emphasize that I got an early copy via NetGalley. I think that perhaps the publisher should?ve waited until after another edit before making ARCs available. I must assume that the edited version to come out in March 2018 will have fixed many of the issues I ...
  • Henry Lazarus
    Apr 23, 2018
    Steven Brust tells a hard-boiled tale about Good Guys (hard from Tor) working for a hidden magical Foundation. Their job, to keep magic secret, is complicated by a serial killer using enchanted objects for impossible murders. Even though it?s expensive, they can teleport to the crime...
  • Margaret
    May 18, 2018
    I really enjoyed The Good Guys by Steven Brust and highly recommend this book to all urban fantasy & secret history fans! This was a tightly constructed, spare novel with no wasted words. Very impressive! I especially enjoyed how Steven Brust managed POV in this book. I a...
  • Amanda Stark
    May 16, 2018
    2.5 stars, bumped up to three for a creative idea. I really wanted to like this book... But it just fell super flat for me and I was incredibly disappointed. It seemed like such a wasted opportunity to be something absolutely fantastic. It had potential to be something like The Hate...
  • Nick Spacek
    Apr 13, 2018
    my new way for judging if a book is worth sticking with is whether or not it trusts you as a reader. if a modern novel begins 'it all started when ...' or some variation of that, it can fuck right off. good guys kicks off in media res, and while there are flashbacks and a bit of exposi...
  • April
    Apr 25, 2018
    DNF. Gave it 100 pages but this one just isn?t drawing me in. There are a LOT of characters already and seemingly every single one gets a pov chapter and I just don?t care about any of them. There?s magic (or, a lot of EXPLANATION of magic to this point) and murders and a team...
  • Keith  Blodgett
    Mar 19, 2018
    Urban fantasy is a new style for Mr. Brust and he tackles it with his usual skill and dry wit. When you work for a shadowy agency and know there another, similar but with different beliefs how do you know you're the good guys? ARE you the good guys? It's a hard question to answer. It a...
  • Karl Griffin
    May 02, 2018
    Awesome Very good book. A little over the top about how the protagonist views being black in the US, but otherwise a very good novel. ...
  • Kate Stone
    May 13, 2018
    It?s hard to separate multiple kinds of impressions of this book into a coherent review. Maybe from another author I?d think this was a promising four-star start with some rough edges, but from Brust it?s merely interesting with significant flaws. The context for the story was...