Near Enemy (Spademan, #2) by Adam Sternbergh

Near Enemy (Spademan, #2)

Spademan--the kill-for-hire antihero from Shovel Ready--returns in another riveting, twisted, genre-busting novel from Adam SternberghIt's a year after Shovel Ready. Persephone is ensconced with her newborn upstate; Simon the Magician is struggling to keep control of Harrow's evangelical empire; and Spademan has accepted a seemingly routine job: to snuff out a no-good bed-hopper named Lesser. Lesser has been causing headaches all over the limnosp...

Details Near Enemy (Spademan, #2)

TitleNear Enemy (Spademan, #2)
Release DateJan 13th, 2015
GenreFiction, Science Fiction, Mystery, Dystopia, Noir

Reviews Near Enemy (Spademan, #2)

  • Matthew
    Spademan is back... and things are more dicey now than ever before! I loved Sternberg's debut Shovel Ready. It was a unique and entertaining take on a noir thriller that was set in a dystopian world where dirty bombs have ruined New York. In Near Enemy Sternberg not only reaches the heights of his debut, but arguably raises the stakes even more. Set a year after the events in Shovel Ready, Spademan now faces even more dire circumstances. Terroris...
  • Celise
    “It’s better to kill someone who wants to shake your hand than it is to shake someone’s hand who wants to kill you. Important lesson.” Twisted, sarcastic, sassy, disturbed, and different, just like the first novel in the Spademan series. Link to my Shovel Ready Review.Spademan used to be a garbage-man, but now he’s a hit man in a New York where people are tapped into virtual reality beds, ignoring the corrupt city around them. When Spa...
  • Liz Barnsley
    I loved the first “Spademan” book – Shovel Ready – (review here: ) and if anything this one was even better. Now I adore Spademan with the fiery passion known only to avid readers. Not QUITE so fond of the author however after that ending…which was brilliant in its simplicity.Anyway, back to the point. In this instalment, Spademan is hired to kill a bed hopper named Lesser, but when he gets there...
  • Mike (the Paladin)
    What can I say about Spademan??? He's odd for a killer, or assassin, or "hit-man" or whatever. Maybe now he's an ex-hit-man??? Maybe but he does still leave a body count. then again he seems to sometimes decide when he "gets there" whether or not to go through with his contract. He seems occasionally to "change sides" and become the protector of the one he's supposed to kill.Well, whatever you call him and whether or not you can fit him into a pi...
  •  Charlie - A Reading Machine
    In Near Enemy Sternbergh has delivered another taut thriller and a solid follow up to Shovel Ready. Spademan is dark, brooding, and has no time for bullshit and when an otherwise normal hit results in his intended victim witnessing the first ever death to occur in the Limn, he is drawn into something much bigger than a simple job. It is structurally very similar to his first book and I enjoy the less is more writing style Adam uses to keep the pa...
  • Jim
    I didn't enjoy this quite as much as the first Spademan novel. The world was as gritty as ever, amplified by the short, choppy sentences & understated first person narrative, but the author went a bit too far this time. Details would be scarce & then suddenly a flock of them would land, usually with one or two that were a bit off. The plot twisted a bit too much & the author spent a long time explaining it at the end which was a cliff hanger. I h...
  • Daniel
    In the first one, I never really could get past the idea of a New York basically given up for dead. A lot of the story, tightly wrapped into the narrator's story, was dedicated to how that came about, but I just couldn't buy in to it because those who live in the City are so proud and stubborn that I just don't think they'd let a little thing like radiation scare them away.I also had trouble buying an assassin that only used a box cutter. I mean,...
  • Fantasy Literature
    Book came in the mail. White package. Black letters. Had my name on it, so yeah, I opened it. Not that I wasn’t careful. Near Enemy was the title. Name on the cover said Sternbergh. Rang a bell like I was sitting ringside at the big fight. Turns out I’d seen this guy before. Him and his character Spademan. Now they’re back. Can’t say I’m surprised.Not that there weren’t any surprises waiting. Like that rich guy getting offed in the li...
  • Mandie Kok
    Another pleasant encounter with Spademan. His voice remains unique, as in the first book, which you should read before reading this one. The world was set up in the first book, starting with the second book will lead to confusion.If you read and enjoyed the first book, this one will please you, although it is not as exciting as the first part of the story. I think I am used to Spademan by now, and he's mellowed out quite a bit since Shovel Ready....
  • Tom Mooney
    Poor compared to his other books. Spademan didn't need another outing.
  • Stephanie Ward
    'Near Enemy' is the gripping and darkly hilarious second book in the Spademan series. The book picks up a year after the first one ended, but the reader is caught up to speed almost immediately, learning what has become of most of the other major characters from the last book. With everything seemingly back to normal, Spademan takes on what should be a routine job - to take out a guy named Lesser who has been a huge pain for everyone in the limno...
  • Sienna
    Written like thoughts. Strange & compelling.
  • Alexandria Ang
    My full review can be found on www.thebooksbuzz.comI'm stepping out of my comfort zone to try some hard-hitting literary fiction. Near Enemy is a book that packs a punch and takes place in a reality that doesn't seem so far off into the future. For fans of Ready Player One, Near Enemy is one heck of a novel that will have you seriously messed up by the end. The reason I compare this book with Ready Player One by Ernest Cline is due to the fact th...
  • Mike W
    It's the near future and a terrorism weary NYC is mostly populated by those without better options, except for a handful of the very wealthy who can afford to tap into the limnosphere, a very expensive and highly realistic somatosensory experience far superior to the internet. It's so satisfyingly real that an entirely new service economy has emerged to allow users to remain tapped in (accessed via a bed, IVs, wires and the supervision of a nurse...
  • A Reader's Heaven
    (I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)New York is toxic—decimated by a dirty bomb years ago. The limnosphere is a virtual safe haven—if you're rich enough to buy in. Spademan is a hit man—box-cutter at the ready.His latest job is to snuff out Lesser, a lowlife lurking around other people's fantasies. As Spademan is about to close the deal, Lesser comes back from the limn with a wild claim: te...
  • Scott Trudell
    Spademan is a hit man for hire.He used to be a garbage man. Had a family.Then someone set off a dirty bomb in Times Square.New York - The City, Died.His family? They died too.Only those with nothing left to live for walk the street.Everyone else? They left town. All 8 million of them.Headed upstate. Outstate. New Jersey.They also escaped by jacking themselves into the limn.Actually, it’s the limnosphere, or limn for short.It’s a virtual cyber...
  • Kate
    I'm still really enjoying the world and the characters but some reason or another the story didn't stick as well with me. Spademan is still Spademan (ex-garbage collector turned hitman in the wake of a devastating terrorist attack on New York City) and the writing is still so rhythmic and engaging that I found myself reading most of it in one sitting despite myself.Much like the last book (Shovel Ready) Spademan takes a job but the job goes pear ...
  • bookczuk
    When I read a debut novel and really like it, I'm both eager and hesitant for the next. Will the elements I liked in the initial book carry through? With Near Enemy, I owe Adam Sternberg a huge thank you (and maybe a drink if he ever comes to town.) Spademan is back, and the novel is good. Again there's crisp, fragments of dialog (which I understand drove some readers nuts, but I enjoyed), characters who have depth, darkness, and light. The New Y...
  • flajol
    I loved Shovel Ready so was looking forward to the second book about Spademan. I'm not a big fan of crime thrillers, so was surprised to be swept away by this series and by the noir style. It's not something I would normally choose to read, but the apocalyptic setting hooked me in and I'm glad it did.It's a year since the events of Shovel Ready, and Spademan has taken responsibility for Persephone and her daughter. He's also still taking on jobs,...
  • W. Boutwell
    I loved this book. I was not prepared to. The protagonist is a murderer-for-hire in the contaminated and increasingly deserted New York City of the near future. Life is so dismal that the only thing allowing people to exist here is the limnosphere, an immersive web where anything can happen ... including murder most foulSpademan is terse, almost inchoate and then he lets loose with a reference to "pointillism." You get to have a deep affection fo...
  • Jacqueline (Fall In Love With The Sound of Words)
    Wow! Adam Sternbergh is becoming one of my favorite authors! I received Near Enemy, book two in the Spademan novels, from in exchange for a review; and I am not disappointed in it. I loved the first book, Shovel Ready, and when I saw that this book was available I had to have it! Adam Sternbergh has created a series that I feel will become a classic; and if it doesn't than there is something wrong with the world. I loved this...
  • Kasey Cocoa
    Sternbergh displays a nice set of skills in writing an exciting thriller set in a dystopian world. The first pages draw the reader in quickly and set the stage for an amazing read through the entire book. The characters are well fleshed out, especially the main voice in the book. Although this is the second novel with the same main character, I didn't feel lost having not read the first novel. I would however, recommend you pick up the first one ...
  • Liviu Szoke
    A very terrifying postapocaliptic thriller, the sequel to the great Shovel Ready. Adam Sternbergh outcame himself by writing an even better second book in the series, with Spademan now pursuying what it looks like terrorists atacking and killing people in limnosphere, the virtual world where everybody can escape from the real world. Only not all time the so-called terrorists grow thick beards on their faces.
  • Amy
    Loved this mix of sci fi, mystery and thriller. Set in the future, the main character is a hit man with a conscience. He also has to contend with his enemies in cyberspace as well as in real life making it double the job. I enjoyed the plot twists and surprises through the whole book. Looking forward to the next in the series.I received this book as part of a good reads giveaway but the opinions expressed are solely my own.
  • Kathleen (QueenKatieMae)
    How often do you meet a contract killer that you like?Important question.How about a contract killer who found his conscience?Not too hard to imagine. It's New York. Destroyed from the inside out and the good citizens have left. In droves. The ones who stuck around hide in the limn.Don't blame them.It's a good book.
  • Lynn
    Not the thrill-ride that Shovel Ready was for me, but still an exciting story in cyberpunk dystopian NYC. The author makes you work for the narrative since there's little traditional punctuation, but so what.
  • Michael Baranowski
    Not as thrilling as 'Spademan', the first in the series, but that could be because 'Spademan', being the first, was incredibly fresh. Still, after a run of unenjoyable books, 'Near Enemy' was a quick and welcome pleasure.
  • Kevin
    What a thrill ride! Start this series with Shovel Ready.
  • Sam Reader
                               Why is this slowly becoming the month of books I really want to like but are laid low by really stupid ideas for endings? That's a terrible theme for a book blog, and in this case, where the ending ramps up to nowhere, it's especially egregious. Near Enemy enraged me when I read it, not because of its amazing depiction of a paranoid post-terror New York where anyone with money plugs themselves into a virt...
  • Linda Smith
    I suppose it would be possible to read this book without reading Shovel Ready (Spademan, #1), but I wouldn't recommend doing that. Near Enemy begins not long after the first book ends. And it certainly would seem like there will be a #3 that will pick up where Near Enemy ends. Adam Sternbergh has a compelling style - short, choppy sentences that build up the tension unbearably and then leave to resume a different part of the story in a different ...