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Selena PDF, ePub eBook Shotgun Death Toll Selena is living the dream on her terms – carefree and sloppy and all in the pursuit of pleasure. When a careless act of petty theft puts her in the crosshairs of a violent crime syndicate, her choices are clear – either curl up and die, or tear down the whole damned organization one bloody shotgun blast at a time. Nothing will satisfy her but savage reven Shotgun Death Toll Selena is living the dream on her terms – carefree and sloppy and all in the pursuit of pleasure. When a careless act of petty theft puts her in the crosshairs of a violent crime syndicate, her choices are clear – either curl up and die, or tear down the whole damned organization one bloody shotgun blast at a time. Nothing will satisfy her but savage revenge. Nothing can stop her. Get ready. Greg Barth is the author of Bona Fide Jobs, Where Moth and Rust Corrupt, as well as Selena and two upcoming follow-ups Diesel Therapy and Suicide Lounge. He lives and writes in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

30 review for Selena

  1. 4 out of 5

    Steven

    On a scale of five stars I'd give this one a ten if I could. Best damn crime-noir novel I've read. Selena is a magnificent character creation. Can't wait to read the two follow-on books Diesel Therapy and Suicide Lounge.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Shane Keene

    Recently I was reading through my daily feed--which consists largely of other reviewer blogs--and I came across a review of a book called DIESEL THERAPY over on Tom Lein's DirtyBooks blog. The book is written by Greg Barth and is the second book in a series. I've had the first book sitting on my Kindle since it was published last summer but hadn't gotten to that level in the TBR stack yet. After reading Tom's review, I was intrigued and had to go sample a few pages to see what the deal was. That Recently I was reading through my daily feed--which consists largely of other reviewer blogs--and I came across a review of a book called DIESEL THERAPY over on Tom Lein's DirtyBooks blog. The book is written by Greg Barth and is the second book in a series. I've had the first book sitting on my Kindle since it was published last summer but hadn't gotten to that level in the TBR stack yet. After reading Tom's review, I was intrigued and had to go sample a few pages to see what the deal was. That first book is titled SELENA and the number of pages I ended up "sampling" were approximately 450. And I did it in one evening reading session that lasted until sunrise. SELENA is dark, bloody pulp noir at it's brutal best, with what is possibly the toughest, meanest, most amoral, and somehow immensely fucking lovable female protagonist I've encountered in noir fiction in maybe forever. Upon beginning this book, it was immediately evident that what Greg Barth was aiming for here is character, letting all the other pieces of storytelling fall into place around Selena, his eponymous antihero. In an interview with Gef Fox (over at Wag The Fox), Greg said: "My sole intention in writing Selena was to have the character totally own the point of view of the story. Readers would not get to be a spectator watching her being attacked or her taking her revenge. The reader would be inside her head for both experiences. I made every effort to elicit the same emotion in the reader that Selena felt." And he nailed it. As far as so-called unreliable narrators go, Selena is one of the best I've read in a long time. She's fucked up in so many ways it's hard to list them all, a barely functional alcoholic whore with a penchant for whiskey, drugs, and danger. And shotguns, as it turns out. But she's so well developed, so incredibly real that you can't get away from her, and you can't stop cheering for her as she visits bloody vengeance upon her enemies. Once you start reading you're in for the duration, and it's solid action and pure, unadulterated fun to the very end. There are so many things about this book that make it work. The pacing is rock solid, the settings perfectly detailed and real, the language as somber and unflinchingly brutal as the scenes it depicts. But the people are without question the glue that holds this thing together. As with any good book, if your characters are perfect, so will your story be, and Barth's characters are perfect in each of their own fucked up ways. SELENA is a tour de force of unapologetic sex and violence, not for the faint of heart but definitely for hardcore fans of fast paced, unrelenting pulp-noir in the fashion of nobody except Greg Barth. I hadn't read, nor even heard of, Greg Barth, and I'm thankful to Tom Leins for drawing him to my attention. SELENA is one of the most entertaining books I've read so far this year and Barth is unquestionably the real deal. I'll take a chance on anything the guy writes with pretty high confidence that I'm not going to be disappointed. If you like your fiction pulpy, bloody, and violent, SELENA is the right place for you and I strongly encourage you to go get it. And while you're at it, pick up a copy of DIESEL THERAPY. When you finish this book you're going to want more and that's the place to find it. Also, keep an eye out for my review of that book tomorrow and watch for SUICIDE LOUNGE, the third book in the series, due out on April 1st (no that isn't a joke) from All Due Respect Books.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kevintipple

    When you get a book released by All Due Respect Books you know that in all likelihood you will get one heck of a graphic crime filled read. Selena, the first installment of a three book series penned by Greg Barth, definitely meets the All Due Respect Books standard. Not only is Selena book one of a three book series, this book is made up of three novellas that tell the tale. Waking up with a hangover is always a negative. It is made worse this afternoon for Selena as she is naked and in the bed When you get a book released by All Due Respect Books you know that in all likelihood you will get one heck of a graphic crime filled read. Selena, the first installment of a three book series penned by Greg Barth, definitely meets the All Due Respect Books standard. Not only is Selena book one of a three book series, this book is made up of three novellas that tell the tale. Waking up with a hangover is always a negative. It is made worse this afternoon for Selena as she is naked and in the bed of some guy. She has no idea what his name would be or even were she is at. Based on what she feels on her thigh the latest attempt at safe sex failed. Selena gets dressed and before she leaves she swipes his cash and his cigarette lighter. She also swipes a music CD. That was her big time mistake. Swiping the cash and the cigarette lighter might have been ignored. Taking the CD was a huge mistake as what is on it is certainly not music. There are very dangerous people who will want it back. They will track down the 98 pound twenty something stripper and unleash their fury on her. Their mistake will be in letting her live. Graphic in terms of actions, descriptions, violence, and every other way possible, Selena by Greg Barth is pulpy crime fiction from start to finish. One could easily dismiss it as a violence filled revenge tale, but it is far more complicated than that. On the surface massive amounts of drugs and alcohol are consumed, sex is had, and many people are killed or if lucky just maimed a bit. At a deeper level, Selena is on a journey of self-discovery and is being molded by people and events throughout the course of the book. Carnage frequently rules the read as Selena rolls through often leaving bodies in her wake. In many cases, she is left with very few options and is in a kill or be killed situation. Selena by Greg Barth is certainly not for everyone. If you don’t like graphic violence, graphic language, etc., this is not the read for you. If you prefer cozy cats and books where the most action happens when the detective runs for a bus or chases somebody down the street before losing them, this read is not for you. However, if you ever watched Charles Bronson in the Death Wish movies and thought he did not blast enough bad guys, or that John Wick got to a good start though he talked too much to the bad guys and should have just killed everyone in sight, Selena by Greg Barth is definitely the read for you. Review copy provided by Mike Monson of All Due Respect Books quite some time ago in exchange for my objective review. Mr. Monson has also supplied review copies of Diesel Therapy: Selena Book Two as well as the upcoming third book in the series, Suicide Lounge. Kevin R. Tipple ©2016

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mark Allen

    Selena--both the character and the book--kicks all kinds of butt. This is the rape-revenge genre taken to a pulpy extreme with the kind of antihero you should hate--alcoholic drug abusing hooker--but end up rooting for despite her penchant for self-destruction. But believe you me, this ain't for the kiddies. "Selena" is graphic, explicit, brimming with so much sleazy nastiness--in a good, fun way, mind you--that sunflowers turn black in its presence. Anyone who doesn't enjoy slamming sex and eve Selena--both the character and the book--kicks all kinds of butt. This is the rape-revenge genre taken to a pulpy extreme with the kind of antihero you should hate--alcoholic drug abusing hooker--but end up rooting for despite her penchant for self-destruction. But believe you me, this ain't for the kiddies. "Selena" is graphic, explicit, brimming with so much sleazy nastiness--in a good, fun way, mind you--that sunflowers turn black in its presence. Anyone who doesn't enjoy slamming sex and even more slamming violence would be pressing their luck to make it all the way through these pages. It's not splatterpunky gore for gore's sake ... but it sure as heck ain't Disney either. I had not heard of Greg Barth prior to this cover catching my eye, but he's on my radar now. I appreciate authors who write without a filter, who serve their prose up raw and bloody and crackling with gritty energy. Yeah, make no mistake, this bad boy--or rather, bad girl--hits you like a buckshot blast to the balls.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Derrick

    “After a while it came to me. The hunger I felt was the overwhelming urge to kill the rest of them. That was it. Only their deaths would satisfy my deepest-felt need”- Selena by Greg Barth The latest release from All Due Respect Books is by Greg Barth and it is the most flat out, kick-ass, balls-to-the-wall book I have read in the longest time. It contains two novellas that were previously self-published in two separate volumes and a previously unreleased novella. I had read the first novella jus “After a while it came to me. The hunger I felt was the overwhelming urge to kill the rest of them. That was it. Only their deaths would satisfy my deepest-felt need”- Selena by Greg Barth The latest release from All Due Respect Books is by Greg Barth and it is the most flat out, kick-ass, balls-to-the-wall book I have read in the longest time. It contains two novellas that were previously self-published in two separate volumes and a previously unreleased novella. I had read the first novella just prior to it being removed from circulation and was anxiously awaiting the release of this collection. I am happy to say it was more than worth the wait. Selena has got to be the toughest, grittiest, and most noir female lead I’ve ever encountered in any series I have read. She describes herself as “five-feet, four-inches tall and 98 pounds, (and) I can make little noise when I need to. I can also make a hell of a lot of noise when I want to”. In a recent chat I had with Barth, he summed up Selena in a manner that I cannot improve upon. He said, “The thing I would like to highlight is the spirit of Selena’s character- she seeks pleasure, an easy fun life, is almost completely amoral, and bent on self destruction. Yet, she handles pain well, refuses to roll over and die when she is wronged, and is willing to do the nasty things required to take down the worst men.” Barth’s ability to allow her to grow and flourish as a character as his stories develop is one of the strongest points of this series. Selena is a tough-as-nails, down-on-her-luck, take-no-crap kind of lady and in the opening of the book she illegally gains possession of what she believes to be a music CD. As any lover of noir would guess the disc is not a music CD and the owners of the CD extract a heavy revenge on Selena for the theft, leaving her assaulted and near death. Selena regroups and swears revenge, and the book takes off like a bat out of hell at that point. Being that the original publications were in novella form, this collection has three great storylines and three great dénouements. The stories run seamlessly and I loved how Selena gets more rugged, tougher, and more dedicated to destruction and self-preservation as the stories unfolded. In my opinion, some of the keys to having a successful series are having a main character that develops and grows throughout the series, a storyline that grows with the character, secondary characters that allow the main character a chance to develop through growing relationships, and the ability to end each part of the series with an ending that is satisfying to the story, yet leaves the reader wondering when the next addition to the series will be forthcoming. Well Barth must have had this checklist next to him as he wrote these novellas. Everything in the stories added to the growing tension, both internally within Selena and externally in the world Barth created for her. The bad guys were hard-core and vicious, yet the friends Selena makes on her journey were able to help Selena be seen through the lens of being sympathetic yet still maintain her semblance of being an independent bad ass. She developed skills that should certainly help her maintain her edge throughout future books. She learned how to handle two shotguns at once, how to become deadly with a bow and arrow, how to field dress deer for outdoor survival, and also how not to care who she kills when extracting revenge. Selena is a must read for all fans of noir. It has darkness, depth, and depravity in spades. This book will put Greg Barth on every noir fans must read list and will help get All Due Respect Books the respect they deserve for being a publisher who is putting out some of the most insane and most noir books available today. I would go so far as to say I am begging you to pick up a copy. This offering deserves a wide audience and, in my opinion, is going to be one of the most talked about books of 2015 in the noir community. I kid you not…it is that great. So before you embarrass yourself when your friends start talking about the book and you haven’t read it, grab a copy and sink your teeth into a slice of noir pie….it’s hot, hot, hot. Highly recommended.

  6. 4 out of 5

    ABC Group

    Selena might be one of the best characters I've come across in crime fiction in quite some time. I finished this book a month ago and I can't stop thinking about this story. Barth is a great writer and Selena is a complicated character. It's easy to reduce this book to an action noir-type of read, but ultimately Selena's character is much more complicated than that. Yes, the book is fun. Yes, she's a gun wheeling, drug addled, murdering hotty. But, there is more to this story than one might thin Selena might be one of the best characters I've come across in crime fiction in quite some time. I finished this book a month ago and I can't stop thinking about this story. Barth is a great writer and Selena is a complicated character. It's easy to reduce this book to an action noir-type of read, but ultimately Selena's character is much more complicated than that. Yes, the book is fun. Yes, she's a gun wheeling, drug addled, murdering hotty. But, there is more to this story than one might think. For readers who enjoy Victor Gischler, Mike Miner or Duane Swierczynski I highly recommend reading Greg Barth's work. I'm excited to read the next installment of the Selena series.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Shawn Cosby

    Selena is an adrenaline fueled rollercoaster through the dark underbelly of the ashes of the American dream. where down on their luck strippers have to use a shotgun to get some respect. I loved every bloody minute. Greg Barth's ability to tell this tale of bloody retribution from the point of view of a woman who subconsciously rejects your preconceived notions of slut shaming and puritanical rigidity is amazing. it reminded me of the movie Rolling Thunder except the hero keeps both her hands. I Selena is an adrenaline fueled rollercoaster through the dark underbelly of the ashes of the American dream. where down on their luck strippers have to use a shotgun to get some respect. I loved every bloody minute. Greg Barth's ability to tell this tale of bloody retribution from the point of view of a woman who subconsciously rejects your preconceived notions of slut shaming and puritanical rigidity is amazing. it reminded me of the movie Rolling Thunder except the hero keeps both her hands. I really enjoyed it

  8. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    Drug-addicted, alcoholic, stripper/prostitute Selena is not a good girl. But she is a total badass. When a one-night stand and some petty theft puts her on the wrong side of some very bad men, Selena sets out to get revenge on an epic scale. Is this book violent? Oh hell yes. Is it for everyone? Eh, maybe not. What it is is a 400+ page thrill-ride that never takes its foot of the gas. Writer Greg Barth promises two more Selena books and I, for one, cannot wait.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Randy

    Oh my! Selena is pure ,nasty ,over the top fun! Gritty,down and dirty fun! I'm hooked! What a rollercoaster of a ride! I can't wait to read more! She is the best anti-hero ever written in my humble opinion! More please!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Quetzi Fernald

    SELENA by Greg Barth is a powerhouse of non-stop action. This book really packs a punch! Selena is a tiny little thing that everyone keeps underestimating. Even though she is tiny, only weighing 98 pounds she is very lethal. By one mistake that she makes, ripping off some guy, she ends up facing an unbelievably relentless evil that leaves her with two choices, either roll over and die or fight with everything she has. This is a gritty Suspense Novel & not for the faint of heart, but believe SELENA by Greg Barth is a powerhouse of non-stop action. This book really packs a punch! Selena is a tiny little thing that everyone keeps underestimating. Even though she is tiny, only weighing 98 pounds she is very lethal. By one mistake that she makes, ripping off some guy, she ends up facing an unbelievably relentless evil that leaves her with two choices, either roll over and die or fight with everything she has. This is a gritty Suspense Novel & not for the faint of heart, but believe me when I say it's worth the harrowing rollercoaster ride it takes you on! I usually rate my books from 1-5 Stars, but SELENA deserves a 10 Star rating! My only wish is that Hollywood makes a movie out of this Trilogy! Buy it & make time to read it because you won't be able to put it down until you finish it!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Derrick

    Excellent tale of revenge. Selena is a woman scorned (to put it lightly) and she doesn't play nicely when she serves up her revenge. This book was a very quick read and it goes 100 mph the entire way. I am thrilled to see that this is becoming a series. Selena has depth, soul, and plenty of room to develop. Barth's writing style plays well with this type of pulpy novel. He fits in perfectly with the All Due Respect book lineup. I am looking forward to his new releases. My only problem is I jumpe Excellent tale of revenge. Selena is a woman scorned (to put it lightly) and she doesn't play nicely when she serves up her revenge. This book was a very quick read and it goes 100 mph the entire way. I am thrilled to see that this is becoming a series. Selena has depth, soul, and plenty of room to develop. Barth's writing style plays well with this type of pulpy novel. He fits in perfectly with the All Due Respect book lineup. I am looking forward to his new releases. My only problem is I jumped on the Barth bandwagon too late and the next book in the series has been pulled, so I need to wait for ADR to rerelease it!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Todd Morr

    This is flat out awesome. A nourish revenge tale that starts strong and only gets better. Selena is a unique protagonist who demands the reader’s attention and never lets go. Told mostly in first person from the point of view of the title character this one packed full of enough great hardboiled lines for five books. The action, which comes early and often, is top notch and brutal the way it should be. One of the best crime stories I’ve read in a while. The best part? There are going to be more.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mathew

    This is one crazy good read. Non-stop action coupled with many moments where you just don't have a clue how Selena is going to get out of the situation she's in. This is one dark read. The pace of events leaves you feeling like you've been kicked in the guts but that's nothing on what Selena is going through. If you like transgressive crime fiction that's dark, dirty, hard and fast then this one's for you.

  14. 4 out of 5

    K-BRC

    I was a fan of Selena blowing away the men who tried to destroy her & their gang of followers. The rapes were a bit too detailed and the sex portrayed almost as violent as rapes. However, Crime Noire fans will love it. I'm going to read #2 now just to see if I'm rating it fairly.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Bryan Cyr

    Selena by Greg Barth is a bloody and violent noir, what else would you expect from All Due Respect? Read my full review on this book and look for the sequel, out now. http://everythingnoir.com/2015/12/07/...

  16. 5 out of 5

    Will Viharo

    Riveting, emotionally charged, psychologically complex and action-packed neo-noir thriller in the tradition of classic grindhouse rape 'n' revenge cinema like "Thriller: A Cruel Picture" and "I Spit On Your Grave."

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ric Evans

    This book certainly wouldn't be for everyone. The language and content would turn some people off almost immediately. But if you're looking for something that leaps off the page and gets in your face this is for you. I liked this book, a lot. It reminded me of the people, places and things of my past. Greg Barth writes about his subject with a familiarity that leads me to believe he spent some time around these kinds of people and places as well; and his main character, Selena, is one of the mos This book certainly wouldn't be for everyone. The language and content would turn some people off almost immediately. But if you're looking for something that leaps off the page and gets in your face this is for you. I liked this book, a lot. It reminded me of the people, places and things of my past. Greg Barth writes about his subject with a familiarity that leads me to believe he spent some time around these kinds of people and places as well; and his main character, Selena, is one of the most colorful I've read about in years. When it comes to sheer gumption and grit, they don't come any better than this lady, although she might kick my ass if she heard me call her that. I am definitely going to read the next book in this series.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ralph Carlson

    Even though this is a violent and bloody read, it is impossible to stop turning its pages as fast as you can. This is the first book in a series and I will be reading the second but not too soon. Must recover first.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Bobbys

    Well-written book, but the story is quite disturbing and made me quite uncomfortable at times. Author has a knack with words, but I questioned whether those words were being used for good or for bad many times.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Dave

    Selena is a diesel-powered locomotive of a novel. It takes a classic noir theme of a no-good low-life who screws up and pisses off a mobbed up syndicate and has to run for his life. But, the protagonist here is not some cheap swindler, but a redneck runaway girl who spent years working the strip club circuit and she doesn't simply run away. She fights back and at barely one hundred pounds is the world's most unlikely Rambo, but for some people, when survival kicks in, you better not be on the re Selena is a diesel-powered locomotive of a novel. It takes a classic noir theme of a no-good low-life who screws up and pisses off a mobbed up syndicate and has to run for his life. But, the protagonist here is not some cheap swindler, but a redneck runaway girl who spent years working the strip club circuit and she doesn't simply run away. She fights back and at barely one hundred pounds is the world's most unlikely Rambo, but for some people, when survival kicks in, you better not be on the receiving end of their wrath. There are few all out tough female characters in crime fiction, but Selena is tougher than anyone. If you liked Faust's Angel Dare and Block's Kit Tolliver, this book will blow your mind. This is, be forewarned, a no holds barred story, and there are few crime stories where the hero takes more vicious beatings and torture than this book. The gore here never lets up. It's a story of survival and its survival against all odds. And, Selena is going to find the guys that did this to her and give it back to them in spades. With an easy-reading style, this book is so well crafted, that it just draws you in. From the beginning where Selena wakes up in an unknown apartment with a crazy hangover and no memory of how she got there, it never lets up in this book. Selena isn't just Rambo but the Terminator who just never dies. This book is not filled with unicorns and princesses, but a world where there just never can be enough booze to drown the pain. This is great stuff.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Albert J. Smith

  22. 4 out of 5

    Leslie Janzen Wilson

  23. 5 out of 5

    FabulousRaye

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jacob

  25. 4 out of 5

    Arlene Kocher

  26. 5 out of 5

    Paul

  27. 5 out of 5

    Noel Eidsmore

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ron Shirah

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kimmy

  30. 5 out of 5

    Geoffrey Long

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