Love 80’s action? Then, boy! have we got the book for you in “One Tough Bastard”! Penned by author Adam Howe, “One Tough Bastard” lives up to its title in its tale of a one-time action star tossed into the very kind of situation that he once only encountered in script form.
At once a fish-out-of-water story and the tale of an old veteran coming out of retirement, “One Tough Bastard” is a read that action lovers will most assuredly want to take a look into! The book’s trailer (above) and official synopsis below gives readers a glimpse into what they can expect from the book:-
“Once a hotshot action star, now a piping hot mess, Shane Moxie’s career has hit the skids since his 80’s/90’s heyday, when he headlined action classics like Amishing in Action, Gung Ho-Ho-Ho, and American Sumo.
Moxie’s biggest hit was ‘caveman cop’ action/comedy Copsicle, a smash at the 1997 summer box office, in which he co-starred with a chimpanzee. (The story of Moxie’s feud with Duke the chimp has become the stuff of Hollywood legend.)
While Duke’s career skyrocketed, Moxie’s went down the toilet. Now, desperate to resurrect his career, Moxie hopes that the 20th anniversary screening of Copsicle, where he and Duke will be reunited, will return him to the A-list.
But when Moxie and Duke are targeted by assassins, the feuding co-stars must reluctantly join forces to smash an organized crime syndicate comprised of the Mob, the Cartel, the Yakuza, and the Russian Mafia, and headed by an iconic German action star dealing death from his movie-themed restaurant franchise.
One’s a big dumb animal
The other’s a chimpanzee
Sh*t just got real”
From the synopsis, readers can already catch references to the careers of everyone from Shane Black to Bruce Willis to Chuck Norris. Author Adam Howe, further describes it as ‘Ready Player One for action movie fans’, and assures action and martial arts flick aficionados that they’ll have plenty to sink their teeth into, as you can gather in Howe’s official statement below.
“One Tough Bastard is a fist-bump to 80’s/90’s action movies, especially those of producer Joel Silver (Lethal Weapon, Die Hard, Predator, Roadhouse); mixed with the kind of ‘Big Dumb Comedies’ Hollywood used to make without fear of causing offense. This is the Ready Player One for action movie fans, or “Lethal Weapon meets Ted”, filled with Easter eggs from your favorite action flicks.
The lead character – I hesitate to use the word ‘hero’ – Shane Moxie (aka The Mox) is a fusion of Kenny Powers, Steven Seagal, and Jack Burton from Big Trouble in Little China…a legend in his own mind, and a magnet for trouble.
With the characters of Moxie and his chimpanzee partner, Duke, I riffed on the dynamic between Jack Burton and Wang in Big Trouble, a blowhard ‘hero’ and his more capable ‘sidekick,’ leaving the reader to decide which of the two is the book’s eponymous “tough bastard.”’