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The Enigmatologist by [Adams, Ben]
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Twenty-something, John Abernathy is disillusioned. His job as a private investigator is unfulfilling, and he can’t find work in his chosen field, Enigmatology, the study and design of puzzles. He is about to quit when the National Enquirer calls. A woman in Las Vegas, New Mexico sent them a photo of someone who’s supposed to have died 35 years ago – Elvis Aaron Presley. And they need John to investigate it.
When the Elvis impersonator, Al Leadbelly, is murdered, John investigates, finding Air Force colonel, Alvin Hollister – convinced Leadbelly has information regarding Elvis’s death – at the crime scene conducting his own investigation. John discovers his great-great-great-grandfather’s journal – unearthing a conspiracy entwining Elvis, shape-shifting aliens, and Mary Todd Lincoln. Now John must solve Leadbelly’s murder and discover if he really was Elvis, an obsessed fan, or something more.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2069 KB
  • Print Length: 390 pages
  • Publisher: Ravenswood Publishing (Devil's Tower) (30 April 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01D04UPJS
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #344,080 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful read. 10 September 2016
By Sunshine Jarboly - Published on
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John Abernathy is an amateur Enigmatologist, someone who studies and designs word puzzles, and a part time private eye who is hired by the National Enquirer to look for a woman who claims to have photographic evidence that Elvis is alive, even though the rest of the world believes that he died thirty-five years earlier. The job takes him to Las Vegas, New Mexico, where he encounters a cast of characters straight out of a David Lynch movie. An Elvis impersonator, aliens, a United States Air Force colonel working in Area 51, a beautiful and intriguing woman named Rosa, murder, federal agents and roadside motels. John becomes entrenched not only in his assignment but the chicanery surrounding the town of Las Vegas itself, leading up to long lost secrets of his own family name.

What a fantastic read! If you're a fan of John Fante or Elmore Leonard then you'll want to pick up The Enigmatologist immediately. It's a humorously hard-boiled story that is penned by Ben Adams, who writes with the authority and conviction of a seasoned author. After finishing I came to the realization that not one page of this book had been wasted.

From page one I was hooked by Adams' firm grasp of the plot as he took me down a road filled with mystery, intrigue and lots of humor, and it's all set against the backdrop of the epic expanse of the American Southwest. He unfolds the story at a compelling pace, making sure that no stone is left unturned but also whetting your appetite for the next chapter to come. And as John Abernathy's journey in trying to locate Elvis begins to unravel and reveal the ever-expanding enigma of his case, growing more bizarre and more mystifying, my own journey as a reader is fulfilled with each passing chapter. His search for the truth is deftly told by Adams who does not rely on hackneyed tropes but instead uses his own refreshing voice to add a new facet to a much loved genre. I've learned that this is the first book in a trilogy and, for one, cannot wait for the next adventure. Well done.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Elvis has left the building... 30 August 2016
By Shannon_HEABlogger - Published on
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I am pleasantly surprised!! This book had me hooked from the beginning. The thing I loved most about this book was the fact I was confused until nearly three quarters of the way through it. I really enjoyed not being sure of what was going on until the author wanted you to know. It is very rare I get to experience something written like this and I can spend most of the book mentally exploring the possibilities. Is there a second book to this story? I want to know how everything goes down with the developments from the end of this book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To strange and quirky tales 8 August 2016
By Freedman G. - Published on
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The Enigmatologist is a book unlike any other.

Stranger than fiction, and funnier than comedy, it does seek to strike out a path all it's own. The irrelevance of its humorous attempts are by all means deliberate, and the work of a practiced hand from the author. It is, however, one of those titles which deserves a virgin exploration, and the need to preserve this blank slate going in will undoubtedly hamper reviewers some. But considering a joke really is only as funny as its punchline, I think it can be forgiven. And it should speak something to the pedigree of the book itself that a spoiler tag would be necessary at all.

Suffice to say it follows on the adventures of John Abernathy, an unwilling private investigator hired, of all things, to authenticate a picture of Elvis. From there, led into the bright, shining lights of Las Vegas, things only take a weirder and decidedly welcomed turn.

I do, however, question the book's appeal outside of those of the audience already invested. If its specific type of humor is your thing, you will not be disappointed. If not, however, the author seems to pull no punches, and is content to accept that not all tastes will be to all people. It is an admirable trait in any creator to stick with their vision of the craft, and speaks well to the confidence in the writer himself to win over his readers. It falls to reviewers then to push and nag for a look at his work - to those of you to whom the blurb sounded interesting enough to pick up, I don't think you will be disappointed. To others still on the fence, I highly recommend giving it a shot.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If a Douglas Adams book and a Christopher Moore book had an offspring, it would be The Enigmatologist 25 August 2016
By Robert Rapoza - Published on
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John Abernathy has studied to be an Enigmatologist, but works as a private investigator to make ends meet. Amid the endless cases of philandering husbands, John is offered the case of a lifetime. Someone believes she has photographed Elvis Presley, side burns and all, in the small town of Las Vegas, New Mexico. John accepts the case and mayhem ensues!

Set against the backdrop of the lonely Southwest, author Ben Adams weaves a tale of mystery, intrigue and Elvis impersonators. The result is a hilariously funny romp through the lore of Elvis Presley, as seen through the eyes of some of his biggest fans. Adams successfully marries wonderful dialog to a plot with more twists and turns than hip thrusts from The King himself.

Filled with a wonderfully written cast of characters, once you pick up this book, you won’t want to put it down. The story keeps you guessing as to the truth behind the story of Elvis and how it ties to John Abernathy. Something odd is happening in the desert and Ben Adams masterfully fuses fact, fiction and a study in human nature in this wonderful story. When the thrill ride is over, you’ll find yourself saying:

Thank you, thank you very much.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What really sold me on this book is that the story is more than just a comedic vehicle – it works really nicely as mystery adven 13 August 2016
By Mike Maguire - Published on
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The Enigmatologist is the funniest book I’ve read in a long time, thanks to a cavalcade of characters who perfectly embody the mythical American southwest of Elvis, trailer parks, flying saucers, and the requisite Air Force goons.

What really sold me on this book is that the story is more than just a comedic vehicle – it works really nicely as mystery adventure. The plot itself, while as outlandish as you'd expect, is itself a work of enigmatology, with all its crazy moving pieces coming together nicely. The writing is terrific: highly readable and page-turning, with more than a moments of elegant prose slyly hidden among the flow of jokes, jibes and gags.

It all makes for a very satisfying read, and outright fun to boot. If the blurb appeals to you and you're a fan of things like the wackier episode of the X-Files, then it's a safe bet you'll be happy you picked this book up.

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