Fighting Iron *****
by Jake Bible

Clay and Gibbons are a couple of cowboys wandering through the Mexicali scrub desert. Like many nomads they are low on fuel and need someplace to cool their heels. Normal dudes in a western story, except Clay is the toughest mech pilot alive and Gibbons is his AI copilot. Did you like the 80s movie Robot Jox? This book is Robot Jox set in a spaghetti western, and focused on a tournament like Mortal Kombat but with giant robots!

Bible was smooth about revealing the world to the reader in chapter 2. Clay is on the hunt to gas up his mech and as he’s walking through the desert a post-apocalyptic society emerges where some technology survived, but people mostly live like they did in the cowboy days.

Three opposing forces are competing against one another in a mech battle tournament with territory, cattle, and workers at stake. Each sets their sites on Clay and the mech. Will he fight? Who will he fight for? Will he get out in one piece? I’m not telling! Read for yourself. Or listen to J Scott Bennett read it for you. That’s what I did. His distinct character voices really brought the story to life. The guy is talented!

I received a free audible copy in exchange for a review. Any review. That fact that it’s a good one is because the book is good. Which has nothing to do with how awesome I am. You’ll have to find that out for yourself @S_Shane_Thomas on Twitter.

There are a few adult themes and plenty of violence so I think you should give this book a go for yourself before giving it to the kiddies or people who dislike themes involving sex, torture, and violence.

I was driving around the southern tier of Upstate NY looking at a snow spotted landscape while listening to this great book. I grew up in the outskirts of the Phoenix Metro area and spent my free time roaming the desert, looking for trouble. It was like a trip down memory lane. Especially since I used to wake up extra early, flip on the scifi channel and watch the old anime Gigantor. It was a story about a boy and his huge fighting robot.

I know there where a lot of personal connections, but I think anyone who likes 80s sci fi classic Robot Jox, Cowboy Western movies, giant robot anime, post-apocalyptic books, or good writing should give this book a go!

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