Brainquake The Bagmen Who Transport Money For Organized Crime Live By A Set Of Rules No Personal Relationships, No Ties, No Women And Never, Ever Look Inside The Bag You Re Carrying Paul Page Was The Perfect Bagman, Despite Suffering From A Rare Brain Disorder But That Ended The Day He Saw A Beautiful Mob Wife Become A Mob Widow Now Paul Is Going To Break Every Rule He S Lived By Even If It Means He Might Be Left Holding The Bag

Samuel Michael Fuller was an American film director, screenwriter and novelist Many of his films are remembered for their controversial topics and presentations Samuel Fuller served as an infantryman in World War II with the famed U.S Army 1st Infantry Division He fought in North Africa, Sicily, France, and Germany The movie The Big Red One is considered to be semi autobiographical.

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  • Paperback
  • 320 pages
  • Brainquake
  • Samuel Fuller
  • English
  • 02 February 2017
  • 9781781168196

10 thoughts on “Brainquake

  1. says:

    Paul Page had a rare brain disorder From what I understand it was so rare nobody in the real life had it, but brain being a very complex organ can possible also have the disorder Paul had The guy did not like the sound of his voice and as a result talked very little He has all the emotions of Mr Spock with his face showing exactly this range of them none In other words Paul was a perfect bagman A bagman was a person who was a courier of an international criminal organization delivering cold hard cash in large quantities quite understandably such an organization prefers cash only transactions A bagman was a good job with fairly big mortality rate as one bagman could easily be carrying several million dollars and such money can tempt people despite the prompt retribution from the aforementioned organization One of the first requirements for a bagman was to NOT have any kind of personal life, including girlfriends After years of successful work Paul committed such sin and fell in love with a woman who became a widow literally on the first page of the book The net result was a huge pile of dead bodies The moral of the story was, never hire a person with any kind of brain disorder to be your bagman if you do you will be sorry The book is notable by having exactly no people that can be called nice It also had no people I cared for Initially I rooted to Paul because of his handicap, but as the story progressed I realized he is not worth it Another seemingly decent guy appeared in the middle of the book, but later on his deep dark secret was released and his decency went out of the window I realized it is easy to write a noir featuring a handicapped person these people already have it tougher than the rest of the humanity In this case having such a person did not make me like the book What I kind of liked was the ending A person who was really asking for it was about to get exactly that Also the implied lesson while not exactly good for the moral was taken straight from the real life crime pays, at least big crime For an example look no further than modern Russia All of its multi millionaire got rich by stealing left and right and stepping over dead bodies by their less lucky competitors These days they are respected businessmen with expensive property in London and other high class places Even better, if one of them says anything against Putin he is declared to be a prophet and fighter for democracy by Western Europe and US I am looking at you, Mikhail Khodorkovsky 2 stars is the final rating only bother reading it you you have absolutely positively nothing else to read like you are the only sinking ship survivor on a tiny island with just this book By the way one star in rating means in the situation above the book is better used to start a fire.

  2. says:

    There is a lot to like about BRAINQUAKE it s a mob book that goes beyond the stereotypical hit murder mayhem gun mole type tales traditional to this genre, instead focusing on a formally mute bagman and his violent hallucinations aka brainquakes.Paul was born into the life of organised crime his father worked in it and died in it As a favor to Paul s father following his death, the Boss took Paul under her wing and proceeded to turn this blank faced man into an exceptionally gifted bagman, one with a penchant for stopping pirates and a fierce sense of loyalty The key to being a successful bagman is to be an anonymous face in the crowd, have no attachment to friends family or partners beyond the occasional romp in the sack Paul is fine with this, until he s not When a chance encounter, one born of violence and death, unites single mother and former wife to a recently deceased underworld figure Michelle with Paul, he quickly succumbs to a feeling he hasn t felt before shortly thereafter he s got a bag full of cash and a ticket out of the country Written from multiple character perspectives, BRAINQUAKE kept me guessing the whole way through It s one of those rare crime books where you know who the key players are but don t know who ll survive or where the next bullet will come from.One of the best books Hardcase Crime has published without a doubt Review first appeared on my blog

  3. says:

    An insane bag man gets involved with an unscrupulous gun moll I had not, as of reading this, seen anything by legendary director Samuel Fuller, but whatever his cinematic merits he was not much of a novelist The kind of hyper stylized crime novel which closely resembles a superhero or sci fi story, a setting basically unrecognizable not in a good way , and characters that are equally loosely drawn It also relies upon characters coincidentally running into one another in a way that shatters than stretches credulity Not good

  4. says:

    I want to say I love this, but it is a very I kind of like it I want to love it because it s Samuel Fuller, but reading the book, I thought wow this is a bit long if the book was shorter, leaner, and just focused on three or four of its main characters, I would love it But parts of it, in a narrative sense, drags, and overall the book could have been great, if it was edited narrative way and length , but alas, it is what it is Not all the characters are equal in weight to me I like Paul, and I like the father and if the book just focused on those two, I think this would have been a fantastic noir work of fiction Nevertheless, I am grateful for Hard Case Crime in putting this book out I just wished it was a tad better.

  5. says:

    I ve fallen into the rabbit hole that is HARD CASE CRIME BOOKS and it s stories like this that have trapped me An absolute page turner where anything can happen and does to your classic noir mob and dame types Totally unpredictable

  6. says:

    Who would have thought that noted film director Samuel Fuller was also an outstanding writer in the noir genre Brainquake is a superb novel that almost never got published in English The manuscript was found by the author s widow after his death in 1997 Paul Page is a bagman who delivers obscenely large amounts of money, mostly illegally derived, to a company called Pegasus For over ten years, Paul is the perfect anonymous bagman, escaping pirates who are after the funds he transports All would have gone on like this except that Paul falls in love with a young widow whom he calls Ivory Face And, in thinking he is saving her life, he walks away with her, her infant, and a bag containing ten million dollars When this happens, he is pursued by the New York Police Department s tall statuesque black lieutenant named Helen Zara and by a mob assassin called only Father Flanagan, because his favorite disguise is as a priest.It all comes to a head in Paris in a furious exchange of gunshots as Paul is suffering from one of his brainquakes, severe migraine headaches that often involve visions.

  7. says:

    If you want screwball pulp entertainment, look no further Reads like Sam Fuller took a bunch of his past film scripts and dropped them into a blender, with writing that s like Goodis on caffeine Unfortunately it s not entirely cohesive and goes into some weird directions in terms of plot, but if you re a die hard Fuller fan you know to sometimes expect that from his storytelling On the other hand if you don t know the man s movies or aren t a fan, I d drop this book s rating down to 3 out of 5 rather than my 4 star rating.Of note This edition unfortunately has some weird typos with regards to character names At least in one scene in particular a character is being interrogated about their dead partner and the book accidentally shifts gears and begins referring to the guy being interrogated by the dead guys name Maybe that s how it was in the manuscript and they decided to keep it, but if so it s a weird decision.Also of note If you ve heard Fuller speak in movies or interviews, it s hella fun to imagine Fuller reading each line in this book to you At least it was for me.

  8. says:

    I know this is Fuller s last book and it s great that Hard Case Crime published it but it has to be said the whole thing is a bit weird.More here review includes spoilers

  9. says:

    Brainquake is a story about one of the most unusual characters in hardboiled crime fiction Paul, who has a cipher for a face, who doesn t like to talk much because his voice sounds like sandpaper, who has few friends, who lives in a small seemingly abandoned shack, and who has brainquakes or seizures where the whole world turns pink Paul is also a bagman for the organization and races around town in his taxicab his front so he can pretend to have a legitimate job and makes pickups and drop offs all over the five boroughs He is trusted with sums of cash one can barely imagine carrying around As a bagman, you have no friends, no lovers, no wife, no family No one you would confide in When you retire if you make it that far , there is a special hotel where the retired bagmen live Paul might not be suited for most jobs, but he is suited for this one He picks the best routes around town, racing to escape the pirates who are always out there ready to grab the loot.Paul likes to sit in the park on his days off and read poetry While sitting in the park so engaged, Paul falls in love with Ivory Face, who just happens to be a mobster s widow What else can he call her when he doesn t know her name He brings her flowers and poems and his whole world turns upside down when they have to flee with 10 million in a bag he was carrying at the time and with the police and the organization out to get them.There are probably very few books with heroes like this one This book is hardboiled crime with double crosses and mistrust It is a love story It is a coming of age novel about a boy who grows into a man the hard way The book is told in the third person, mostly through Paul s eyes and the reader feels his confusion when his brain starts to quake and the world falls apart He feels it as a nutcracker squeezing his brain He hears the music of a flute and tidal wave of blood drown s his brain The story also gets told through other people s eyes and the reader gets to know things that Paul doesn t.It starts off in a bit of a confusing manner, but when there are bombs in baby carriages and gunshots echoing in the park, it is confusing to anyone sitting there, particularly one whose world collapses at times into pink.It is written in a terrific prose, starting with the following line Sixty seconds before the baby shot its father, leaves fell lazily in Central Park Within the next few paragraphs, the reader hears that Paul suffocated his mother with a pillow and that he has an appointment with a doctor who thinks he can cure Paul s brain Wow There s a lot of different things going on in just the start of this book and it will be a few pages before any of it makes sense Patricide and matricide are just the start of things here.There are lots of great characters here like the six foot tall police woman who takes no nonsense from anyone and the boss who crosses her office shining like the star of a Paris collection Legs perfect, slim The kind that would give Paris couture a blood transfusion But, the key character is always Paul He is a cipher His features are easily forgotten Not a single distinctive quality that anyone could describe And, his eyes were dead and expressionless.It is a very enjoyable story and there are few stories like it anywhere in any genre Hats off to Hard Case Crime for digging up this forgotten treasure.

  10. says:

    I ve always been a big fan of Fuller s films, but hadn t realized he d written any prose fiction until I stumbled across this I m also a big fan of crime novels, so I was looking forward to Fuller s off kilter sensibilities when I picked it up Although it was written in the early 1990s and makes references that date the story to that time, it very much feels like it s set in the 1970s.The antihero at the heart is Paul Page, an emotionally empty man who works as a bagman for the mafia That is to say, he s a courier who picks up and delivers money around the New York area sometimes millions so that it s laundered The mechanics of this are or less explained, but it never quite makes much logical sense either But that s not really that important what is important is that Paul also suffers from the titular headaches hallucinations, which come across as a form of epilepsy Actually, those aren t really that important either the plot is really centered around him falling for the widow of a small time gangster, her and her baby, who he feels the need to protect.Of course, she s working an angle just trying to string him along so she and her lover can score off him Soon enough, they re on the run from his boss, his boss s boss who happens to somehow also be the leading anti drug philanthropist in the country , and the hitman sent to retire him the hitman has a gimmick where he dresses as a priest and crucifies his victims , as well as an NYPD detective The action eventually shifts from New York to Paris, where a resistance hero turned tugboat captain is added to the overly colorful cast of characters.All of this wackiness was OK by me, until the final third of the book, when the plot requires coincidence heaped upon coincidence, to the point of absurdity I ll just say that the story turns several times on characters happening to run into each other in the middle of Paris, even though there s no real reason for any of them to be in Paris other than they need to start looking somewhere At that point, other elements of the book start to fall apart as well, and none of the craziness pays off in any meaningful way There s a potentially interesting story in here somewhere, but it would take a whole lot of editing and reworking to bring it out much as I love the man s messy films, this book is a mess I can t recommend.

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