Author: Paul Rudd
Narrators: Jordan Wolfe, Jennifer Martin, Rod Glenn, Emily Wyatt, Caitlyn Wolfe
Length: 13 hours 43 minutes
Publisher: Paul Rudd⎮2021
Release date: Feb. 11, 2021
Welcome to 1987, part of the era of VHS and arcade games. A time when teenagers on BMXs create worlds of imagination.
The Four Horsemen - Tommy, Mikey, Kurt, and Ted - need something new to spice up their gatherings because, well, boys will be boys. When a stranger approaches Mikey with bootlegged tapes in the trunk of his car, Mikey isn’t interested, but the board game the man presents might just do the trick.
The Horsemen become Bootleggers to play this life-altering game, assuming avatars with a twist to every tale and forging into the realms created by a sadistic madman known as Mr. Nobody. Everything is at risk - family, friends, and their entire town; they must play, or everyone dies.
When folk are murdered, the boys know there is only one way to end the game. It is time to change the rules and kick some ass.
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No, he’s not the actor, or Ant Man, Paul Rudd, the author, is UK based and tends to delve into Sci-Fi/horror/fantasy genres.
Sharks have been a passion since he first watched Jaws at an age far too young to print. Writing about sharks, and in particular, the prehistoric Megalodon sharks, seemed an obvious route to take, and so began the creation of Paul’s debut novel Sharc.
Released in 2012, Sharc led to Sharc Bait (book 2 of the series), London Warriors followed, and then Wild Wild Dead, along with the Chronicles of Supernatural Warfare. Shark Spawn and Bootleggers, the latest release (first published in 2020).
All of Paul’s releases can be found under the Ravenous Roadkill banner, and Ebooks available through Wild Wolf Publishing. Audiobooks for Sharc, Sharc Bait, Wild Wild Dead, London Warriors, Shark Spawn and Bootleggers are all available through Audible.
Today’s interview takes place at Max’s Emporium, a VHS video rental and confectionary store found in Rosewood Falls. Rosewood Falls is the fictional town in the Audiobook, Bootleggers, whereby today’s guest, Tobias Strong, plays a mentor to five teenagers in their battle against Mr. Nobody.
Tobias will be interviewed by the owner of the store, Max Bannatyne. Max is one of the good guys, and a friendly face throughout the story.
MAX: Hello Tobias. Thank you for joining me today.
Tobias: Good evening, Mr. Bannatyne. It’s nice to see you again, and it’s a pleasure to be here.
MAX: Wow, has anyone told you that you look and sound, a lot like the late Doug McClure?
Tobias: (laughs), it’s kind of a thing with the kids in these parts.
Tobias: Indeed, he was. Anyway, shall we start?
MAX: My first question is this. Being a lot older than your co-stars. How did you find the camaraderie with the teenagers?
Tobias: The kids are great. They totally rock this story. I mean, they are the glue that binds this piece together. Without them, I wouldn’t there would be no story. They all show wonderful abilities and they really grow as a team and individuals throughout the story. It’s sort of a coming of age story, if you like. Mikey, Daisy, Tommy, and Kurt really are powerhouses, and they left it on the field. Ted, I think he’s still on the field, somewhere. He went missing shortly after we finished. Have you seen him recently?
MAX: You didn’t hear? During post-production, Ted went through a door that said ‘studio’ and he ended up narrating something called a ‘book trailer’.
Tobias: Theodore ‘Ted’ Logan stars in a book trailer?
MAX: I believe it’s at this link on Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSZJn9KDbj0
Tobias: You see what we did there, folks. Anyway, that’s enough plugging the trailer. I’m here to answer questions. Fire away, Max.
MAX: Gladly. My next question is this. With all the character, or Bootlegging, changes that take place. If you had one choice, and one choice only, who would you choose?
Tobias: It really depends on the predicament Mr. Nobody would put me in. You see, each decision a Bootlegger makes is really dependent on the challenge ahead. Or, on occasion, the Bootleggers’ decision creates the environment that suits their avatar. It’s too hard to pick just one.
MAX: Oh, I see. Okay, hypothetically, if you could pick any one character, for any challenge, who would it be?
Tobias: Hmm. I’d have to say, a Bootlegged version of Superman. He has a bit of everything, and I’m a massive fan.
MAX: Who would you choose to portray your character in a movie, or television series?
Tobias: Now that’s an easy question. Kurt Russell. 100%.
Tobias: Thank you. Kurt was a major star in the 80’s, and we’ve both aged well.
MAX: Next question. Mr. Nobody tricks the teenagers into playing his game. How do the players of the game protect themselves from Mr. Nobody?
Tobias: The players use rings of power to create their chosen avatars.
MAX: Can you expand on that answer please?
Tobias: Avatars are chosen from various forms of entertainment, so the boys choose from what they love the most. Be it computer or arcade games, board games, books, movie or television characters. I’d love to explain more but I really would spoil the surprises that occur when the teenagers choose.
MAX: Finally, to finish off today. Could you see this book being part of a successful series?
Tobias: I don’t believe I am giving anything away by saying this, but it is quite possible, and it could also be very much a standalone story. Of course, this all depends on how well this book does.
MAX: So there you have it folks, if you like the book, spread the word and maybe Paul Rudd (not the actor guy!), will put together a series. If not, I hope Mr. Nobody knocks on your door one day. I’m just kidding. Thank you for your time today, Tobias. And good luck with the story.
Tobias: Thank you Max, and happy Bootlegging to those who choose to tag along on this adventure.