The 80’s Throwback Action Satire Book ONE TOUGH BASTARD is Now Available!

By: John M Jerva

Are you a fan of 80’s and 90’s action greatness?! Then we have the book for you! Hailing from author Adam Howe, it’s called One Tough Bastard which is now available in paperback and Kindle formats. The book is being described as “Lethal Weapon meets Ted” and it tells the story of fictional former action star Shane Moxie who is trying to ignore that his best days in action films are behind him.

Available NOW on Kindle and in paperback: writer Adam Howe’s Lethal Weapon-meets-Ted riff on 80s/90s ‘buddy’ action movies… ONE TOUGH BASTARD!

Shane Moxie: A washed-up ’80s action star who refuses to believe his best days are behind him

Duke: A hyper-intelligent chimpanzee and arguably the greatest animal actor of his generation

Reunited for an anniversary movie screening, when Moxie and Duke are targeted by assassins, the feuding co-stars reluctantly join forces to smash an organized crime syndicate headed by an iconic German action star dealing death from his movie-themed restaurant franchise


“Wham-bam 80s action for the 21st century!” Craig R. Baxley, director of STONE COLD, I COME IN PEACE, ACTION JACKSON

“A riotous throwback to the Golden Age of 80s/90s ‘buddy’ action featuring the unlikeliest partners since Turner & Hooch.” Mark L. Lester, director of COMMANDO, SHOWDOWN IN LITTLE TOKYO

“Back in the Cannon days, Menahem Golan quite frankly would have had Moxie killed and cashed the insurance check.” SAM FIRSTENBERG, DIRECTOR OF AMERICAN NINJA, AVENGING FORCE

“One of the funniest books I’ve ever read. Part send up of the action movies of the 1980s and 1990s, celebrity culture, and Hollywood in general, One Tough Bastard will make you laugh and laugh hard, especially at the shockingly dumb exploits of its main character, washed up action star Shane Moxie. Moxie’s former co-star, Duke, a super intelligent chimp with the voice of Kevin Spacey, is also great, but you’re going to find yourself on the floor reading the clueless exploits of the man with the mega mullet and ninja star spurs on his boots… A riot from start to finish and a major comedic achievement.” Brian Kristopowitz, 411Mania

“Without exaggeration, one of the funniest stories of the 21st century. This is everything that an homage to an era should be. A kaleidoscope of a meta retro action comedy buddy cop plot, with a protagonist equally as stylish. Combines all the key elements of the action hero era and puts them into one original package that makes for source material all its own. If treated with the same amount of respect and effort as Adam Howe has done here, a film adaptation could easily become the greatest of any throwback to this era ever created.” NATHAN PHILLIPS, THE ACTION ELITE

“TWO BIG THUMBS UP! One Tough Bastard is a smart, funny, witty, neo-noir-meta-action-spectacle-page-turner… a true original work that echoes the best of Shane Black and Quentin Tarantino… a passionate love letter to Hollywood dreams and action cinema of the 80s and 90s, and the ultimate holy grail for any fan of action! OTB is without a doubt one of the best reads I’ve EVER had!” Marko Mäkilaakso, director of It Came from the Desert

“Reads like Shane Black and Joe Eszterhas and Michael Winner and Joseph Zito met in the crossroads of the world’s longest coke-line like Lady & the Tramp eating spaghetti only they fought to the death over the meatball.” JEDIDIAH AYRES, HARDBOILED WONDERLAND, PECKERWOOD

“Some people think it’s easy writing badass fiction full of attitude and swagger, but it actually requires a real storyteller with real yarn-spinning skill. Somebody whose characters can make you laugh and cry and cringe and vomit. Somebody who straps you into a roller coaster that will probably tie you into a knot of shredded steel and flesh, but which will definitely give you a good time during. Adam Howe makes all of this look easy. Every single time. I’m here for it and you should be, too. The guy’s got talent almost as huge as his big brass bonobo balls.” DAVID W. BARBEE, BACON FRIED BASTARD, JIMBO YOJIMBO

“If Howe’s previous books were B-movies, this is him moving into blockbuster territory giving us a big story and big characters to match. The trademark humour is there, eliciting many a scoff-laugh at the wild and wonderful analogies and situations. The writing as always hooks you in immediately and has you staying up later than you ever intended… Deserves to be a smash hit at the box office with an unforgettable cast, explosive (in several ways) set pieces and a barrage of laugh out loud moments… I kind of wish Shane Moxie was real. He’s everything society doesn’t want these days, but there is something dumb and innocent to him too.” SCOTT CUMMING, EIGHT MILLION BOOKS TO READ BLOG

“An unabashedly over-the-top homage to all things great and gross about steroidal 80s action films – a tour de force parody that form fits the genre better than Kurt Russell’s jeans. With all the fun of an out-of-bubblegum Piper, enough one-liners to fill a decade of Schwarzenegger roles, and all the low brow humor, highly skilled writing, and epically awesome storytelling I’ve come to expect from this author, One Tough Bastard is raunchy comedic greatness.” JASON PARENT, WHITE TRASH & DIRTY DINGOES, EIGHT CYLINDERS

“The bastard, mulleted lovechild of Elmore Leonard, Carl Hiaasen, and Tango & Cash… At once crime fiction, scathing satire of pop culture (80s and now), and a buddy story straight out of Satan’s wet dreams. I would give it 69 stars if I could.” THE SHAYNE-TRAIN, GOODREADS REVIEWER

I personally love how they put Moxie’s face on an image of Burt Reynolds from Malone which you can see above. The 80’s and 90’s were a great time to be an action fan and Howe’s book is the perfect homage for the golden era.

From Adam Howe, winner of Stephen King’s On Writing contest, comes a ‘buddy’ comedy in the tradition of Lethal Weapon, 48 Hrs, and Tango & Cash… and a love letter to the gory glory days of 80s/90s action cinema: ONE TOUGH BASTARD.

Includes the Shane Moxie filmography and poster gallery; a sensational interview with Cannon Films veteran, Sam (American Ninja) Firstenberg, who recounts his experience directing The Mox; a Shane Moxie-approved workout mix (including tracks by King Kobra, Stan Bush, and Frank Stallone); and a disclaimer by the Central Intelligence Agency.

You can order the book now from the link below and check out a fun trailer for it below! It really captures the fun and essence of the era and if you lived through those years like I did, then this is a must read!

Available NOW on Kindle and in paperback

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