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Action. Adventure. Fist to face. The Generalist is a hard-hitting ride through the Los Angeles of tomorrow, stuffed to the brim with monster-gene humans turned cannibal, Artifacts of enormous strength warping the very fabric of reality itself, secret organizations seeking to out-maneuver each other for ultimate power, and every day a simple miracle just to survive. And who' Action. Adventure. Fist to face. The Generalist is a hard-hitting ride through the Los Angeles of tomorrow, stuffed to the brim with monster-gene humans turned cannibal, Artifacts of enormous strength warping the very fabric of reality itself, secret organizations seeking to out-maneuver each other for ultimate power, and every day a simple miracle just to survive. And who's standing between the rest of us "mundane citizens" and the myriad forces that seek to devour and conquer this world and those beyond? The two violence-prone action junkies of the Shop: Frank Todd, the Generalist, and Daniel "Dash" Hopkins, his troll-gened companion and partner-in-crime. Taking on all foes and challenges no matter how great or small, the Shop will do the job, get the pay, and woe betide any and all who dare to thwart their will! The Generalist! Because you simply cannot read about people getting punched in the face ENOUGH!


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Action. Adventure. Fist to face. The Generalist is a hard-hitting ride through the Los Angeles of tomorrow, stuffed to the brim with monster-gene humans turned cannibal, Artifacts of enormous strength warping the very fabric of reality itself, secret organizations seeking to out-maneuver each other for ultimate power, and every day a simple miracle just to survive. And who' Action. Adventure. Fist to face. The Generalist is a hard-hitting ride through the Los Angeles of tomorrow, stuffed to the brim with monster-gene humans turned cannibal, Artifacts of enormous strength warping the very fabric of reality itself, secret organizations seeking to out-maneuver each other for ultimate power, and every day a simple miracle just to survive. And who's standing between the rest of us "mundane citizens" and the myriad forces that seek to devour and conquer this world and those beyond? The two violence-prone action junkies of the Shop: Frank Todd, the Generalist, and Daniel "Dash" Hopkins, his troll-gened companion and partner-in-crime. Taking on all foes and challenges no matter how great or small, the Shop will do the job, get the pay, and woe betide any and all who dare to thwart their will! The Generalist! Because you simply cannot read about people getting punched in the face ENOUGH!

30 review for Taboo 0: Cliché of Memories

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nae

    An awesome 4.5 stars! I loved loved loved loved it! Awesome, mysterious, magical, dark and violent, with just a hint of romance. A fabulous introduction to The Generalist series. Ok, now I don't know what to say first. That I'm in love with the descriptive and sarcastic writing style? Or that I want to know so much more of the paranormal Los Angeles that Thomas Duder has created? Or that Thomas could be a genius for creating such a fabulous 'grey' character in Frank? Or that any lover of urban fan An awesome 4.5 stars! I loved loved loved loved it! Awesome, mysterious, magical, dark and violent, with just a hint of romance. A fabulous introduction to The Generalist series. Ok, now I don't know what to say first. That I'm in love with the descriptive and sarcastic writing style? Or that I want to know so much more of the paranormal Los Angeles that Thomas Duder has created? Or that Thomas could be a genius for creating such a fabulous 'grey' character in Frank? Or that any lover of urban fantasy is missing out if they don't at least try this series! Seriously. Duder has a snarky and compelling style that I loved. I ate up the book, wanting more answers to the mysteries and questions, more information about the world and its magic, and so much more about Frank. I just wanted more. With the first person point of view, we are dragged through the non stop action with Frank, finding out information when he does and whinging about no answers right along with him. I feel a real connection to Frank, I could totally be friends with him. He meets Gods, strange paranormal creatures, friends, various churches and assassins and uses multiple forms of magic and violence. It all adds up to one fabulously intriguing world that I cannot wait to dive into again. (view spoiler)[Things I loved. I thought the opening scene rocked. Not many people wake up with no memory, in a bathtub of blood, with a second voice in their head and then the book becomes more mysterious, not less. OMG the Roadbuster! She sounds freaking gorgeous. A Ford Mustang, Shelby GT 500 Super Snake, which turns from black to cherry red. I'm in car envy. I love the friends/ beloved people thread that came through in the story. It really shows that Frank and his voice are not just violent, dark people. Not all bad, not all good, grey. They are protectors of people they love. The library maze is an awesome idea. I also want one of these. Freaking God wears thongs! (flip flops). As a lover of thongs and I own about half a dozen pairs, I think this is f*cking awesome! I love Frank's job title of Generalist! Fabulous idea. *high five Thomas* (hide spoiler)]

  2. 4 out of 5

    Cyma Khan

    I love this guy's writing! He's really funny and the writing has that epic feel to it. From the moment the guy wakes up in the bath tub you get hooked until he leads you into the world he doesn't recognize because he has no memory. As he learns new things and old, you learn with him until he finds out that he is a GENERALIST. I've even enjoyed some of the author's short works and I have to say this is one of best books available from new writers. Yeah so this isn't some typical vampire fiction m I love this guy's writing! He's really funny and the writing has that epic feel to it. From the moment the guy wakes up in the bath tub you get hooked until he leads you into the world he doesn't recognize because he has no memory. As he learns new things and old, you learn with him until he finds out that he is a GENERALIST. I've even enjoyed some of the author's short works and I have to say this is one of best books available from new writers. Yeah so this isn't some typical vampire fiction most people seem to want but if you can step into another genre for a minute you will love The Generalist. I went through the book so fast I couldn't believe it. The hilarious bits are definitely the best - the whole thing where he explains what being a Generalist is :P Its very Douglas Adam and Terry Pratchett style work. Has that epic feel despite the contemporary setting.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Thomas Duder

    What the...c'mon Goodreads! Where's the awesome cover, the blurbs? Time to do work. ~Thomas "DO WORK" Duder What the...c'mon Goodreads! Where's the awesome cover, the blurbs? Time to do work. ~Thomas "DO WORK" Duder

  4. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    This read starts out with the creepy and blazes a trail through a world that is just awesome. It is definitely a wonderful beginning of a series for fans of the urban fantasy genre and I really enjoyed the world building and the protagonist's search for his identity. In my mind he is a bit Dresdenesque and if you are a fan of that series The Generalist has great possibilities. This was a short read, but is packed with nonstop action to the point where I did not notice, other than wanting more. T This read starts out with the creepy and blazes a trail through a world that is just awesome. It is definitely a wonderful beginning of a series for fans of the urban fantasy genre and I really enjoyed the world building and the protagonist's search for his identity. In my mind he is a bit Dresdenesque and if you are a fan of that series The Generalist has great possibilities. This was a short read, but is packed with nonstop action to the point where I did not notice, other than wanting more. The only thing that bothered me was some of the slang or "ghetto" speak by the main character at the beginning of the story. The character has amnesia and is struggling to find out who he is; however, he is very smart and in my opinion it makes the story less believable, and it is for this reason I gave the story 4 stars rather than the 5 I would have likely rated it otherwise. This tones down as the story progresses and it is a much more enjoyable to read as this occurs. I love the peripheral characters who are a fun and unique group of folks that I want to get to know more. I am looking forward to reading more from this series and have high hopes for a great ride. I picked this book up from Smashwords, where it is offered as a free read.

  5. 5 out of 5

    A.R. Voss

    I must admit, I truly liked it. It is a must read for any Urban Fantasy fan. The story starts in a very intriguing manner as mentioned in the synopsis with an amnesiac waking in a bathtub full of blood, and just gets better. And just to add, I am a kind of a reviewer who will not beat around the bush and will express my honest opinion. This story reminded me of cross between "John Dies at the End," and Neil Gaiman's "American Gods," two of my favorite urban fantasies. On a last note, I have to a I must admit, I truly liked it. It is a must read for any Urban Fantasy fan. The story starts in a very intriguing manner as mentioned in the synopsis with an amnesiac waking in a bathtub full of blood, and just gets better. And just to add, I am a kind of a reviewer who will not beat around the bush and will express my honest opinion. This story reminded me of cross between "John Dies at the End," and Neil Gaiman's "American Gods," two of my favorite urban fantasies. On a last note, I have to add that I have been reading Dean Koontz' latest Odd Thomas book, "Odd Apocalypse," and found myself setting that down and picking up my kindle and reading "The Generalist" instead. Please read this work, not as a favor, but just as a good read from a good underrated author.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Danyca

    Thomas Duder delivers a power punching story line. The way he writes his characters is original and the personality he gives them stays with the reader long after the story is finished. Frank Todd is a tough as nails character who cannot remember who he is. He has to decide whom he can trust and as he goes through his challenges to find himself I found myself loving him more. This action packed story leaves me wanting to read more and I cannot wait to start the next adventure that Author Thomas Thomas Duder delivers a power punching story line. The way he writes his characters is original and the personality he gives them stays with the reader long after the story is finished. Frank Todd is a tough as nails character who cannot remember who he is. He has to decide whom he can trust and as he goes through his challenges to find himself I found myself loving him more. This action packed story leaves me wanting to read more and I cannot wait to start the next adventure that Author Thomas Duder has written.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kaila

    I really enjoyed this book. It has a lot of good things going for it.. the writing is very interesting and different. The plot kept me interested and on the edge of my seat. I'm excited to see what happens next. Merged review: So.. this was a lot of different then my normal books I read, but I fell in love. The writing was funny and kept me on my toes... The characters were different and I loved them. The plot was amazing, I cannot wait to read more. I am glad I found this author, he is a very fu I really enjoyed this book. It has a lot of good things going for it.. the writing is very interesting and different. The plot kept me interested and on the edge of my seat. I'm excited to see what happens next. Merged review: So.. this was a lot of different then my normal books I read, but I fell in love. The writing was funny and kept me on my toes... The characters were different and I loved them. The plot was amazing, I cannot wait to read more. I am glad I found this author, he is a very funny and amazing author.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Patty Huber-beth

    This story has a great story line...you learn about The Generalist right along with him. And there's romance (just a touch), along with some really well-worded exciting action scenes. You feel like you are right there with the main characters, seeing it unfold with them. I'm really looking forward to the next chapter or episode...and it's available for Kindle! This story has a great story line...you learn about The Generalist right along with him. And there's romance (just a touch), along with some really well-worded exciting action scenes. You feel like you are right there with the main characters, seeing it unfold with them. I'm really looking forward to the next chapter or episode...and it's available for Kindle!

  9. 5 out of 5

    D.

    Great writing. I'm not sure what to say because it starts off like a Keanu Reeves film... guy with no memory of anything in a tub full of blood who pretty much has to go through hell to discover who he is. It was a heck of a ride I finally managed to get to but I enjoyed it. Great writing. I'm not sure what to say because it starts off like a Keanu Reeves film... guy with no memory of anything in a tub full of blood who pretty much has to go through hell to discover who he is. It was a heck of a ride I finally managed to get to but I enjoyed it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ella Dominguez

    Violent, sexy,fun and not at all my usual genre. But I still thoroughly enjoyed it and I even learned a few things along the way. May I please have another installment, Sir?

  11. 5 out of 5

    Paulina

    Taboo 0: Cliché of Memories by Thomas Duder takes place in an alternate reality a few years in the future (By the way, love the title). The main character, whose name we soon learn is Frank Todd, wakes up in tub full of blood, with amnesia and a voice in his head who isn't making things any clearer. Frank soon learns that he lives in a world in which a major Metamorphosis occurred in 2012, causing those with latent non-human genes (ex, monsters, trolls, goblins, etc) to transform into those bein Taboo 0: Cliché of Memories by Thomas Duder takes place in an alternate reality a few years in the future (By the way, love the title). The main character, whose name we soon learn is Frank Todd, wakes up in tub full of blood, with amnesia and a voice in his head who isn't making things any clearer. Frank soon learns that he lives in a world in which a major Metamorphosis occurred in 2012, causing those with latent non-human genes (ex, monsters, trolls, goblins, etc) to transform into those beings. Additionally, all the "fictional" beings come to life, including the gods and goddesses of all beliefs - Christian, Norse, Pagan, etc. As Frank starts to learn more about himself, what the last job is that he was hired to do (that he is still in the middle of), and who his potential allies and foes are, he runs into all sorts of mischief, including a God who enjoys walking around on earth as a copy of Frank, Goddesses who would love nothing more than for Frank to submit to them (in many ways), and Vatican Warlock Assassins. Yes, you read that right. Vatican. Warlock. Assassins. CAUTION: God (you know, the Big Guy, Yahweh) is portrayed as a hedonistic trickster, so if you're someone who would find this kind of irreverence offensive rather than really humorous as intended, then this novella is not for you. Otherwise, enjoy! This self-published novella had a lot of world-building jam-packed into a scant 73 pages. It was really interesting to read about elves, goblins and trolls, and then read about Norse mythology and Catholic tradition all in one book. The book is told from Frank's POV, and at the beginning one is full of questions, such as: who is the main character? Who is the Voice who talks to him as a seeming separate entity? What the hell is he doing soaking in a bathtub of blood? Answers are frustratingly slow in coming, and the more Frank encounters, the more questions pile up at a much faster rate than the answers do. I was reminded of the first book in Ilona Andrews' Magic series. Like Andrews, Duder has a tendency to drop a term or character or group name first, and then explain it some pages later. However, by the end of the book I still had a number of questions that were unanswered. I'm holding out hope that they will be addressed in the next book in the series - Taboo 1: Where's the Beef? (have I mentioned I love Thomas Duder's titles?). Now for the nit-picky. Duder throws in seemingly innocuous sentences here and there that simply invite a multitude of questions, such as: "These reflexes of mine were going to get me killed, and apparently it HAD at several points during the missions I had run with the Priestess." - Does he mean that he has actually died several times? How did he come back? Perhaps God intervened on his behalf - he has this strangely close relationship with Him. Or does Duder simply mean that he's ALMOST died several times during his Priestess missions? In which case, that "almost" is a slightly significant word omission, isn't it? But there was no further explanation, so the questions went unanswered. As I have seen in many self-published books, this one had a number of misspellings, grammar mistakes and syntax errors. I think many people would probably not notice these, but for me it temporarily took me out of the book's world. There was nothing outrageously wrong that would interfere with understanding what was happening, just little errors here and there. I think a little more editing would help correct these, as well as clarify sentences like the one above. But none of this affected my overall enjoyment of the book. I really liked the fact that this story is so unique, especially with the combination of pantheons introduced - I think it opens a wide range of possible story arcs for Duder to explore in his series, and I'm excited to see where he goes with this. Even with all my questions and OCD-ness about the grammar, this book really held my attention. It is very fast-paced and has a lot of humor and attitude, of which I'm a fan. The secondary characters were interesting, their layers hinted at, and I look forward to seeing more character development in the next book. As mentioned above, the world-building is pretty extensive for a novella, and I hope Duder continues to develop and expand the world as the series continues. I wouldn't have minded this novella being expanded into a full novel, and I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series. I give Taboo 0 a 3.5 out of 5.

  12. 4 out of 5

    A.R. Senault

    Today I needed to read something different. I needed to pull myself out of the box I recently fell into with the lid shut too tightly. So I perused my shelves…Kerouac, too cliché…Vowell, My favorite, but too deeply poignant in observation for my mood…Bukowski, too depressing…Sedaris, too dysfunctional…Steinbeck, too pure. Then I remembered, I downloaded a copy of Taboo 0: Cliché of Memories (The Generalist book 1). The tea colored paper and furrowed edges of my beauties would have to lay in wait Today I needed to read something different. I needed to pull myself out of the box I recently fell into with the lid shut too tightly. So I perused my shelves…Kerouac, too cliché…Vowell, My favorite, but too deeply poignant in observation for my mood…Bukowski, too depressing…Sedaris, too dysfunctional…Steinbeck, too pure. Then I remembered, I downloaded a copy of Taboo 0: Cliché of Memories (The Generalist book 1). The tea colored paper and furrowed edges of my beauties would have to lay in wait while I played with the electronic version. Aghast… And what a great decision I made. I had a compulsory desire to read a book that required every word and each syllable, otherwise I’d miss something profound. In the Generalist, every word, was an intricate carving. Every sentence, an image. Every paragraph, art. The mystery drew me in immediately. Thomas Duder’s prose kept me reading, and his descriptive elegance had me visualizing another world. Urban Fantasy is not my usual genre. I tend to keep my mind clear of magic, auras, and monsters and such… But when a book is well written, and the characters, though mystical, embody the ‘human’ aspects in us all, genres coexist. Well done Thomas Duder, your talent is perfection.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lilliana

    Good book. For the full review check out my page: http://thenerdemp.com/taboo-0-cliche-... Good book. For the full review check out my page: http://thenerdemp.com/taboo-0-cliche-...

  14. 5 out of 5

    Drako

    This was an interesting and short read for me today. Felt a little dropped into the world here, with the main character waking up with no memories in a tub of blood. Short little roller coaster ride for him to get his memories back, enough interesting information about gods in this world, and I'm intrigued enough to read more of the series This was an interesting and short read for me today. Felt a little dropped into the world here, with the main character waking up with no memories in a tub of blood. Short little roller coaster ride for him to get his memories back, enough interesting information about gods in this world, and I'm intrigued enough to read more of the series

  15. 4 out of 5

    Paula Genereau

    What a great action packed book. It was a really good book. Cant wait to read more from this author I received a copy for my consideration of a review

  16. 4 out of 5

    The Color of Ink

    Urban Fantasy not quite your cup of tea you say? Okay, I get it. I wasn't sure if this was going to be a series for me or not either, but I’m very open to new authors and their works. I love diving into their worlds so I gave it a go. To say the least, with Cliché of Memories, I am intrigued. I warmed up to the main character, Frank, rather quickly. He’s a moody, sarcastic, coffee drinking ball of energy. The secondary characters are still on my watch list. They are all an interesting bunch. The Urban Fantasy not quite your cup of tea you say? Okay, I get it. I wasn't sure if this was going to be a series for me or not either, but I’m very open to new authors and their works. I love diving into their worlds so I gave it a go. To say the least, with Cliché of Memories, I am intrigued. I warmed up to the main character, Frank, rather quickly. He’s a moody, sarcastic, coffee drinking ball of energy. The secondary characters are still on my watch list. They are all an interesting bunch. The story if filled with jammed packed description. In most cases, I would say overload. However, with this read it was just the right amount. The author’s writing style is original and takes you on an adventure with punch. You have to love that. If you are looking for something a little different and beyond the norm, then look no further. Give The Generalist Book 1 a go and get sucked into the series. I’m giving the first book 3.5 stars and I’m rounding up. There is no question in my mind that this series is going to keep getting better. See you on the flip-side. I’m on to book two.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Shari

    This is normally not the type of book I would read, the writing was great, the story telling by Thomas Duder is awesome if you like Urban Fantasy supernatural kind of stories this is definitely a book you would love. There are so many elements in this book from God being a shapeshifter to having a troll as his partner trying to find out who he is. The humor he brings into this story can be offensive to some, so if you take offence to religious humor not a book for you. As you read this story you This is normally not the type of book I would read, the writing was great, the story telling by Thomas Duder is awesome if you like Urban Fantasy supernatural kind of stories this is definitely a book you would love. There are so many elements in this book from God being a shapeshifter to having a troll as his partner trying to find out who he is. The humor he brings into this story can be offensive to some, so if you take offence to religious humor not a book for you. As you read this story you can't wait to find more clues on to who he is and how he got to where he is and who is behind it. This is a novella series not a full length novel. Reviewed by A Kiss Down Under Blog..

  18. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Robbins

    This is a must read for fans of Urban Fantasy! Imagine that Harry Dresden was an MMA fighter. Now, throw him into a Dan Brown novel, overrun with all of the pantheons, plus monsters! Starting to get the idea? This book is a really great way to introduce the world and characters of this series. In the beginning of the book, the main character wakes in a bathtub full of blood, with full amnesia. Throughout the narrative, his memory gradually returns as we, the readers, follow along and learn the l This is a must read for fans of Urban Fantasy! Imagine that Harry Dresden was an MMA fighter. Now, throw him into a Dan Brown novel, overrun with all of the pantheons, plus monsters! Starting to get the idea? This book is a really great way to introduce the world and characters of this series. In the beginning of the book, the main character wakes in a bathtub full of blood, with full amnesia. Throughout the narrative, his memory gradually returns as we, the readers, follow along and learn the landscape of the story, the various religious and psychic factions, and the characters closest to the protagonist. I am looking forward to reading more of this series.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Patricia

    This was quite strange at first but it was very easy to get on board with it. The characters are absolutely awesome in their unbelievably brash and politically incorrect attitude to everything and everyone. This simply makes them more enjoyable to be around and the adventure is never going to be dull with them! The banter between characters is at times hilarious and definitely enriches the tale adding to the multi-level enjoyment for the reader. This has definitely opened a hew series in a very This was quite strange at first but it was very easy to get on board with it. The characters are absolutely awesome in their unbelievably brash and politically incorrect attitude to everything and everyone. This simply makes them more enjoyable to be around and the adventure is never going to be dull with them! The banter between characters is at times hilarious and definitely enriches the tale adding to the multi-level enjoyment for the reader. This has definitely opened a hew series in a very good way and I heartily recommend it to anyone that enjoys life in a tongue in cheek way!

  20. 5 out of 5

    J.

    We start with the main character waking up in a bathtub filled with blood, without his memories – a very good start, one which made the book hard to put down from the get-go. From there, we go from one thing to another to discover who this man is. He's snarky, he's sarcastic, he's full of himself and he's so much fun to read. This isn't the type of book you want to take seriously. While I wouldn't call it a comedy, it does make me think the author was making fun of titles like Constantine, or the We start with the main character waking up in a bathtub filled with blood, without his memories – a very good start, one which made the book hard to put down from the get-go. From there, we go from one thing to another to discover who this man is. He's snarky, he's sarcastic, he's full of himself and he's so much fun to read. This isn't the type of book you want to take seriously. While I wouldn't call it a comedy, it does make me think the author was making fun of titles like Constantine, or the Dresdon Files. There's a lot of talent in this book and it's well worth a read.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Simone

    DNF at 53%. What made me give up this book? It took from 47% until 52% (i didn't have the page number on my kindle) to describe a car, I supposed it was a really nice car but if until the mark of 50% I didn't read any story just description it's going to the DNF pile. DNF at 53%. What made me give up this book? It took from 47% until 52% (i didn't have the page number on my kindle) to describe a car, I supposed it was a really nice car but if until the mark of 50% I didn't read any story just description it's going to the DNF pile.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Clarissa Cartharn

  23. 4 out of 5

    Zholmes

  24. 4 out of 5

    Craig L Crawford

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ryan Porter

  26. 4 out of 5

    Adele Symonds

  27. 4 out of 5

    Shih-tzus Happens

  28. 4 out of 5

    John

  29. 5 out of 5

    KC Riley-Gyer

  30. 5 out of 5

    Samuel Blantz

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