Genre: Urban Fantasy / Detective Noir (with mild horror themes)
After a busy week, I have finally got around to complete How To Disappear Completely, a podcast novel by the talented author Myke Bartlett. I was actually introduced to his writing by way of a standalone podcast novel called Electricity that was actually produced after HtDC.
The story starts with young Australian-expat Theo Braithwaite receiving an odd phone call at work, one that will be the beginning of a series of events that will bring her into contact with the charming and raffish Kilbey Salmon, a former Footman (dude that makes sure the official time-line goes to plan) and his business partner, Nero Dusk. She quickly discovers that there is more to the world that what she perceives, a world filled with dangers that she could never have imagined. Confronted with a major conspiracy, the trio must unravel the mystery behind a series of seemingly unconnected events that inevitably lead to them discovering a plot to end the world as they know it.
The characters were all very believable, with even the bad guys having elements you could admire on some level. The chemistry between Theo and Kilbey played out with such reluctant tenderness that I couldn’t help but smile. The friendship between Nero and Kilbey struck me as quite charming, even if Nero tries to deny that he cares for those around him.
Apart from a few hiccups with audio editing and some iTunes-related issues with one of the files, the story rocked. The action and clues were well-placed, with enough twists and turns to keep the listener wanting more. The depth and complexity is such that the mature reader can really get into the story without feeling patronized. The darker elements of the story were balanced well with the well-placed humor by our heroes. One of the other things I really liked about this novel is the way that Bartlett dealt with the issue of time travel.
In conclusion, I really enjoyed this podcast novel, but recommend it to mature listeners due to some of the content. It proves once a gain why Myke Bartlett has so many dedicated fans. Why not check it out for yourself?