Book Review: The Book With No Name by Anonymous

The Book With No Name is the first book in the Bourbon Kid series by Anonymous.

Quick Review (read on for full review)

A thoroughly fun and entertaining read, with a plot that twists and turns and keeps you guessing right to the very end.  Great stuff!  4 / 5

Summary (from Goodreads)

Detective Miles Jensen is called to the lawless town of Santa Mondega to investigate a spate of murders. This would all be quite ordinary in those rough streets, except that Jensen is the Chief Detective of Supernatural Investigations. The breakneck plot centers around a mysterious blue stone — The Eye of the Moon—and the men and women who all want to get their hands on it: a mass murderer with a drinking problem, a hit man who thinks he’s Elvis, and a pair of monks among them. Add in the local crime baron, an amnesiac woman who’s just emerged from a five-year coma, a gypsy fortune teller, and a hapless hotel porter, and the plot thickens fast. Most importantly, how do all these people come to be linked to the strange book with no name? This is the anonymous, ancient book that no one seems to have survived reading. Everyone who has ever read it has been murdered. What can this mean?

Favourite Quote

‘Cross my palm with a twenty-dollar bill and I shall reveal your destiny.’

What happened to silver? Dante thought…


When I reached the last paragraph of this book, hope swelled within me.  The book ended with question, leaving the reader to wonder if this was indeed the end of the story. You know the type…This is the end…or is it?  I desperately hoped not.  When I learned there were in fact more instalments to read, I was so very, very happy.  As I’m sure you can tell. 🙂

As soon as I saw this book I was intrigued.  Curiosity piqued, I wondered at the title or lack there of, and then I wondered some more at the author deciding to publish under the name “Anonymous”.  It didn’t taken long for me to realise I needed to read this.

This is highly imaginative storytelling, with a plethora of characters to keep you entertained (see the summary above for a brief cast list). The pace is fast, as one plot twist occurs after another.  There is plenty of action, and plenty of gore also – something I’m not usually a fan of, but here it seemed to work.

The story is told from several points of view, allowing us glimpses of all that is going on in Santa Mondega.  You won’t like many of the characters – I’m not sure you’re supposed to – but you may find yourself laughing at some of the things that happen in the story.

There are elements from a number of different genres, including horror, the paranormal / supernatural, fantasy, westerns, crime and mystery but somehow the auther has managed to weave them all together into a cohesive whole. I guessed some of the plot twists but there were still plenty I did not see coming.

A thoroughly fun and entertaining read.  I am excited to read book two in the series, The Eye of the Moon.


6 thoughts on “Book Review: The Book With No Name by Anonymous

  1. Pingback: Bookish Reflections – June 2018 | Sammi Loves Books

    • It’s probably one of the strangest books I’ve read but also one of the cleverest. I don’t know how anyone can take elements from so many different areas and end up with a book that is so readable. I would have expected something that was jarring and didn’t flow, but no. An interesting read, definitely.

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      • I looked it up online, and it seemed much more “horror” in the cover and description than in your review. I would not have put the two together. But strange is good; I like that.

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      • I’ve been wondering at that disparity myself…On reflection, I must have been able to look past more of the horror than I realised when reading the book, probably because of the lighter tone in which the book is written, as well as being combined with all the other elements. I do recall a few passages where I thought, “that was a bit grim” but it obviously wasn’t enough to put me off reading the rest of the book. I think this is an interesting lesson on the subjectivity of book reviews / book reviewers…

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      • Hmm, that really is interesting. Many of the Amazon reviewers, for instance, talked about how gory it was, and that really turned me off. I’m not sure whether I’d be able to look past that. There are some gory parts from Wheel of Time and from Song of Ice and Fire that still haunt me years later.


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