Thursday, April 15, 2021

Bootleggers by Paul Rudd - Audio Book Tour

Author: Paul Rudd

Narrators: Jordan Wolfe, Jennifer Martin, Rod Glenn, Emily Wyatt, Caitlyn Wolfe

Length: 13 hours 43 minutes

Publisher: Paul Rudd

Released: Feb. 11, 2021

Genre: Fiction

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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.
  • Dream Cast (NOW)

Ideally, Tommy West, Mikey & Daisy Drew, Kurt Connors and Theodore ‘Ted’ Logan, I’d like to be cast as new talent. Boring, I know, but that would be the ideal cast for the teenagers. It would be too hard to pick them from the up and coming talent. The rest of the cast is far easier to choose.

Mr. Nobody would have to be Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Negan from the WWD was a badass.  He could be smooth, charming and also a proper SOB. Mr. Nobody is all of these, and more.

My first choice for Tobias Strong would be ideally played by Robert Englund but he’s been cast in Stranger Things now. So that ain’t gonna happen, lol. Although Kurt Russell, Mr. Snake Plisken himself, is a true 80’s icon to me. So actually, KR over RE, for sure.

For Miss Welch, I’d have to say Morena Baccarin. I really think she’d be ideal for the sympathetic, calm, but really twisted teacher. She’s been excellent in everything I’ve seen her in. She is stunning, and you can adore her and fear her at the same time. That’s Miss Welch all over.

Veronica Welch, I’d got for Hailee Stenfeld. With Miss Welch being pregnant at a young age, Hailee and Morena would work great together as mother and daughter. She’s a class act.

Sheriff West (Tommy’s dad), William Zabka would be ideal. I know he’s all over the internet because of Cobra Kai, but I grew up watching the Karate Kid and this guy was the school bully of the 80’s. The Sheriff is a good guy in this book, so to have WZ in this movie/series, would make up for me hating him so much when I was a kid, lol. 

Mayor Walsh would have to be Action Jackson himself, Mr. Carl Weathers. He portrayed three massive characters in the 80s. Apollo Creed, Dhillon in Predator and AJ. I love every one of those characters, and a big part of that was due to Carl Weathers. 

Packard Walsh, I’d love Michael B Jordan to be cast. With Apollo as his dad, who else could it be? Plus he’s not a teenager, and wasn’t everyone who portrayed teenagers in the 80s over about 30? 

Zack Barnes, Daisy’s boyfriend is your typical handsome, leather jacket bad boy who all the girls love. He looks far too old to be in school, a bit like Rudy from the Monster Club.I’d say Nick Jonas would fit the part. He was great in Jumanji. I don’t know how old he is in real life, lol. Zack is in parts of the story, and sort of turns up like a Scooby Doo villain, lol. 

That cast would work for me. Might cost a bit to get them all though. 

  • Dream Cast (THEN)

Well you’ve had the cast from present actors, however, I thought it might be cool to see which actors from 1987 would have played the same parts. This time, I decided to include the main four teenagers because, back in the day, it didn’t seem to matter the age of the person portraying the part.

The story’s lead, teenage character is Tommy West. I loved the film Can’t buy me Love, and I thought Patrick Dempsey would be ideal for Tommy. He has that quirky geek in him, and he’d be ideal. 

Daisy Drew would have to be Robin Wright. The Princess Bride is another classic from the era and she would be ideal for Tommy’s feisty love interest.

Mikey Drew, Daisy’s brother and Tommy’s best friend would be Will Wheaton. Stand by Me, is without a doubt, an absolute classic movie, and Will was excellent. 

For Kurt Connors, it was a toss up between Michael J Fox, Corey Feldman and Jason Bateman but I think Jason would win that one. He has a bit more of the geek in him, no offence Jason. Corey was in everything back in the day, and Michael would probably need to be the headliner rather than the backup.

Only one person could play, Ted ‘Theodore’ Logan. For me it’s Keanu Reeves. Without a doubt. He’d have to play it differently to Bill & Ted’s, Ted, but he’d be ideal in 1987.

Mr. Nobody, I would say Anthony Hopkins would have been ideal for this part in 1987. Sinister, suave, and a total badass actor. Silence of the Lambs anyone?

Miss Welch, the beautiful, sassy and terrifying teacher, would have to be Sharon Stone. 100%. The goddess of the 80’s movie scene. 

Sheriff West could only be one person. My favourite actor from the decade, Michael Biehn. The man was class and he starred in two of my favourite ever movies, The Terminator and Aliens. 

I loved Jaws 3D and Iron Eagle, so Mayor Walsh would have been Louis Gossett Jr. I remember him being in loads of movies, so I could see him snapping up this part, without a doubt.

His son, Packard, I’d go for a young Welsey Snipes. I don’t think Wesley was in much at the time, but I can just see him being Tommy’s nemesis. 

And finally, for Zack Barnes, I would’ve picked Johnny Depp. Who else, but the teenage heartthrob that I remember all the girls at school swooning over. I just remember them all being upset after Nightmare on Elm Street. 

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