Author Adam G. Howe wants to woo you well into the new year with his latest action-packed story, One Tough Bastard. Making the rounds nowadays, of course, is the cover which is clearly meant to signal fan service for lovers of 80s and 90s action cinema as the tagline itself so suggests:
“One’s a big dumb animal
The other’s a chimpanzee
Shit just got real”
Wrapped in a world all its own, it centers on an entirely fictional cast with its own filmography, “featuring” Shane Moxie, “…a washed-up 80s action star who refuses to believe his best days are behind him” and Duke, “…a hyper-intelligent chimpanzee and arguably the greatest animal actor of his generation”.
Still with me?
If so, here’s a meaty synopsis that ought to seal the deal…
Reunited for an anniversary movie screening, when Moxie and Duke are targeted by assassins, the feuding co-stars reluctantly join forces to terminate with extreme prejudice an organized crime syndicate headed by an iconic German action star dealing death from his movie-themed fast food franchise.
From Adam Howe, writer of Die Dog or Eat the Hatchet and Tijuana Donkey Showdown, and the winner of Stephen King’s On Writing contest, comes a ‘buddy’ comedy in the tradition of Lethal Weapon, 48 Hours, and Tango & Cash, and a love letter to the gory glory days of 80s/90s action cinema. One Tough Bastard will turn you into a goddamn sexual tyrannosaurus… just like its author.
Absurd? Yes. On purpose? No shit.