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Mr Blank

Publisher: Candlemark & Gleam

Mr Blank by Justin Robinson is a conspiracy tale about a conspiracy surrounding a guy who works in, you guessed it, conspiracy. The main character works in the information underground and weíll just call him Sam. The truth is, he goes by any number of names, depending on who heís talking to at the moment. He totes around a suitcase filled with cell phones, each one associated with a particular organization. That way, he answers the phone using the correct persona. Sam is the go-to guy for just about any secret organization who has an odd job needing to be done. In fact, heís not just an asset to all of these organizations Ė heís pretty much an actual member in them, but each one thinks he works for only them. He knows things most people donít, things like who actually shot the Kennedys, so for instance, if the Templars need a package delivered, he can do that, and they know they can trust them. But the truth is, can they?

It all starts on an average day when he makes a couple of deliveries, the last one being to Union Station. Some crazy guy comes out of nowhere swinging a huge rock on the end of a chain, trying to bash in his head. As he escapes, he figures perhaps he wasnít the intended victim and he encounters a shapely redhead named Mina, who was picking up the package he delivered. After an initial scuffle, the two decide to work together to find out who is trying to kill the both of them. This will involve Sam making contact with a pile of the organizations he regularly deals with, including the Templars, the Satanists, V.E.N.U.S. (Minaís group of shapely cohorts), the Anas (the anorexic antitheses of V.E.N.U.S.), the Assassins, the Clone Wolves, the Shub-Internet, the aliens and the list goes on and on. Sam decides that the whole plot is being organized by someone he nicknames Mr Blank and he and Mina determine to get to the bottom of this man or womanís identity Ė even if it kills them, which it just might. Amidst all of the chaos, conspiracy and danger, Sam and Mina just might be falling for each other, or maybe sheís just trying to kill him too. Who knows?

Mr Blank is a delightful story. While I will confess that there were so many organizations and characters that I sometimes got a wee bit lost in them (especially if I would read a chapter here and there instead of one long reading session), I loved the story. Justin Robinson is quite witty and Mr Blank is chock full of wonderful nerd/geek references. The average reader (the non-geek) might miss them completely and thatís fine. They just werenít meant for that person. But I found myself grinning often and sometimes even laughing out loud while reading. I even made a trip to Wikipedia to look up a couple of names mentioned. I donít like a book that forces me to look something up, simply because it doesnít make sense or they assume you know the material, but I love a book that is so clever and interesting that I want to do additional research on the things they mention. Such is Mr Blank.

I read a lot of books. I am an avid reader, plus I review books as well. That being said, I am insisting that my husband and my best friend read Mr Blank. Weíre all nerds and I think theyíll enjoy the book as much as I did. I donít do this often. In fact, Iím pretty sure this is the first time Iíve insisted they read something Iíve reviewed. So, if youíre a nerd and you love secret societies and conspiracy theories, youíll get a kick out of Mr Blank. Consider this my nerd stamp of approval.

-Psibabe, GameVortex Communications
AKA Ashley Perkins

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