The Plain Man
Magick and reality collide in "The Plain Man," Steve Englehart's new, fast-paced Max August thriller. Max August is not invulnerable, but he never ages--a gift he earned while studying under the legendary alchemist Cornelius Agrippa. August, now an alchemist himself, is using his magickal abilities to fight the right-wing conspiracy known as the FRC, which seeks to control all aspects of society. At the top of the FRC is a nine-member cabal, each member of which is a powerful force in one area of society, such as media, politics, finance...and wizardry. When Max learns that two members of the cabal are en route to Wickr, a Burning Man-like festival held in the American Southwest, he stages a plan to gather information from them and, he hopes turn one member against the others. Max has been careful not to leave a trail, but the cabal sees all, and an "accident" at a nuclear waste facility just 100 miles from the festival would send a clear message to those who oppose the FRC. Max may be timeless, but he is running out of time to stop the FRC and save millions of lives.
- Paperback | 411 pages
- 104.14 x 167.64 x 33.02mm | 226.8g
- 31 Jan 2012
- St Martin's Press
- Tor Books
- New York, United States
Praise for "The Plain Man""Long before Buffy and Angel took up the good fight, long before Dresden began his Files, Max August was out there all alone, our point man in keeping the mundane world safe from the supernatural one. Now, after too long a hiatus, Max August is back with a vengeance!"--Bill Willingham, bestselling author of "Fables" "Max August isn't invincible but he never ages, a handy side-effect he picked up from studying alchemy under a 500-year old Master who's now dead. Pam Blackwell is new to alchemy and is just learning the range of her magickal abilities. Max and Pam - along with others who have strong magickal talents - have dedicated themselves to fighting the FRC, a nine-member assembly bent on controlling the world. When they get word that two members of the FRC plan on attending Wickr - a Burning Man-like festival held in the Nevada desert - Max and Pam set out, determined to get information from them. Little do they know that the FRC has already planned their own deadly fireworks show and Max and Pam are running out of time to stop them."The Plain Man" is the third novel in the Max August series and although it references events and characters from the first two books, the flashbacks are more for flavor and color as Englehart's latest novel is perfectly capable of standing on its own. With a well-developed magickal system and a cast of intriguing (and sometimes bizarre) characters, Englehart provides the perfect vehicle for a rambunctious and enjoyable joyride."--"San Francisco Book Review" "This is a worthy successor to the first Max August books. Steve Englehart has created a series of rip-roaring, page turning, pulp tomes that function as teaching tools about the current state of incipient fascism in American politics and the uses of the imagination and the occult therein.Think "Carolyn Casey meets Jeff Sharlet." Think "J.K. Rowling meets Ian Fleming." What if the hippy radicals really could have levitated th
About Steve Englehart
STEVE ENGLEHART is best known for writing for such comics series as "Spider-Man," "Captain America," "Superman," "The Fantastic Four," and "Batman "for DC and Marvel Comics, and for his novels "The Point Man "and "The Long Man." He has been named Favorite Writer at the Eagle Awards, and has also won an Inkpot Award for his comics work. He lives in the San Francisco Bay area, where he is currently working on a new Max August novel.