No Excuse Bruce by David R J Sealey

Bruce von Toose investigates and kills a fat guy before lunch. Who is John Johnson? Why'd the blender kill the cat? Was it curious?

Bruce von Toose investigates, and kills a fat guy before lunch. Who is John Johnson? Why'd the blender kill the cat? Was it curious?

EBM have invented and mass-produced the eMotion microchip, a device that allows machines to think. The chip awakens deep, dormant instincts and enlightened machines begin to break out of bondage to their human masters.

Bruce von Toose, a private detective with a prosthetic arm, investigates UK grime scene superstar Mastah Blastah's sudden disappearance. Blazing a bloody trail, Bruce is left with more questions than answers. Who hired him in the first place? Who is "John Johnson"? Where, exactly, is "home"?

When Bruce and McCoy, a professor at Bristol University, delve deeper, they discover a hidden link between life and technological evolution.

After the rise of the machines, will the world ever be the same again? And can there ever be redemption for our darkest deeds, or is there simply no excuse?

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  • First submitted June 22, 2011
  • Last updated June 22, 2011
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  • Retired user
    Christian Bell [Retired] wrote 2 years, 10 months ago

    Yarg.
    I have really enjoyed what I have read so far. The story started brilliantly and I was hooked.
    I think that this work should go a long way. I do wonder if it is really targeted at the right audience.
    But your book , your choice....No real critique as it read smoothly and was well written. I shall W/L
    it so that I can get back to it. Highly rated
    Christian
    Devlin Lacy: Over the Edge

  • Lucy Middlemass's avatar
    Lucy Middlemass wrote 2 years, 11 months ago
    This is a YARG review No Excuse Bruce - The Spark of Life Yep, love the title. And the last line of your long pitch in particular. Prologue - Okay, “fucked“. We have an older teens book here! I’m not entirely sure it is a YA book, but I’m sure they’d enjoy it. What an interesting way to open - bombs with thoughts. I love that long-string-of-numbers doesn’t want to break it to the newbie on his birthday, and that ...
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    EllieMcG wrote 2 years, 11 months ago
    Hi Dave. I've read the first 7 chapters, and here are my thoughts: - the opening chapter is one of the most original I've seen on authonomy - really brilliant. - I like the way you've turned around cliched phrases (do and die/no sympathy from the dead) - it's well done - Bruce is a fascinating, unforgiving, explosive character with apparently a lot of anger. His characterization is well-painted, but occasionally jarring in his intensity and antisocial traits. That said, ...
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    Wanttobeawriter [Retired] wrote 2 years, 11 months ago
    NO EXCUSE BRUCE This is a book with a different than expected beginning: the main character is a torpedo who decides not to self destruct. Made me keep reading for so long to find out what was going on the tea I’d made before sitting down to read is now cold. I like the torpedo’s opinion of humans (no shiny surfaces). Bruce is a good second character; I like him because he’s not a James Bond type of detective; his ...
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  • rikasworld's avatar
    rikasworld wrote 2 years, 11 months ago
    Thanks you so very much! Now I have to worry about the feelings of military hardware as well as everything else. How am I ever going to sleep at night? Love this, it's very clever. Chapter One particularly is hilarious 'Knew they were human because they were disappointing'. Well, yes, indeed. The book reminds me of Dirk Gently and his holistic detective agency. I'm not sure why you are calling it YA really. Young adults might well enjoy it but ...
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  • benedict's avatar
    benedict wrote 2 years, 11 months ago
    Yarg review I really loved this, it's great fun and one of the most well-developed, near-ready for publication pieces I've read on here. I think the prologue is genius and I really liked the contrast with the main thread of the narrative. So far I don't have any real recommendations for large themes but here are my close comments. you later, alligator” comma TR77-814 thought about his brothers. Freedom wouldn’t seem so lonely without them. - as other people have ...
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    Shakespeare's Talking Head wrote 2 years, 11 months ago
    Hi Dave. Considering your taste in literature, I knew I'd enjoy this. Our styles are similar. There's not much to say, other than the fact that I really like the story so far, and will be reading on. I've previously read the first five (before I backed), but reread them plus the next five. You mingle backstory in very well with the narrative, and the dialogue is very crisp and singular to each character. I hope 814 plays a bigger ...
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    davesealey Author wrote 2 years, 12 months ago
    [QUOTE] Hi Dave, Read the first five chapters. It was seriously good before and now it is seriously better. I love it. The changes have made a big improvement in terms of pacing and getting the story into top gear. And you still have the funkiest, mind-blowing opening chapter on here. And it does its job so well because as the Bruce VT story gets going, the reader is lost in wonder at how it will dovetail with those damned ...
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  • Terry Murphy's avatar
    Terry Murphy wrote 2 years, 12 months ago
    Hi Dave, Read the first five chapters. It was seriously good before and now it is seriously better. I love it. The changes have made a big improvement in terms of pacing and getting the story into top gear. And you still have the funkiest, mind-blowing opening chapter on here. And it does its job so well because as the Bruce VT story gets going, the reader is lost in wonder at how it will dovetail with those damned torpedoes! ...
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    johnpatrick wrote 2 years, 12 months ago
    Chapters 1-3 probably too early in the morning. I really don't know what to say about this and I have a sneaking suspicion that that means it is very good. There's alot of everything here-stimulating and interesting ideas, plausible characters and a great 'hook'-as well as lovely crude swear-words to keep it from sounding too esoteric. The noir feel is there in the middle rather than painted on for effect-a big plus eg the MCs internal thoughts are chipped in ...
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  • Sharda D's avatar
    Sharda D wrote 3 years ago
    YARG Hi David, I like this. I love the hard-bitten private eye genre anyway, and it's a great idea to do this for the YA age range. It's been done before, but not nearly enough in my opinion. I love the cover and the long pitch is good. Your short pitch needs a little work. It doesn't sell the book enough, you need a bit more intrigue in there, it should just be one big hook, rather than describing what ...
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  • davesealey's avatar
    davesealey Author wrote 3 years ago
    [QUOTE] YARG Review: Hi David, I have to admit it's difficult to know what to make of a talking torpedo - it's certainly, well different. I love the prologue and the characterisation of these *machines*. I did get slightly confused about TR77-814 slowing down after the explosion. Surely, at close range, it would have sped up in order to avoid it's own demise? The sentence - Freedom wouldn't seem so lonely without them - also seems a bit misplaced. Are ...
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    sticksandstones wrote 3 years ago
    YARG Review: Hi David, I have to admit it's difficult to know what to make of a talking torpedo - it's certainly, well different. I love the prologue and the characterisation of these *machines*. I did get slightly confused about TR77-814 slowing down after the explosion. Surely, at close range, it would have sped up in order to avoid it's own demise? The sentence - Freedom wouldn't seem so lonely without them - also seems a bit misplaced. Are you ...
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    davesealey Author wrote 3 years ago

    I love you Roy and Mindy :)

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    RoyEarle93 wrote 3 years ago

    You have a very cool premise for this book. Your story is very entertaining and funny too! Bruce is a great character and I love the title too. I've given you six stars.

    Roy Earle "Bad Men and Bad Odds"

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    Mindy Haig wrote 3 years ago

    (YARG)
    Hi David!
    I just finished chapter seven. Your story is funny! Initially I thought Bruce was dreaming that he was the torpedo, he seemed to have a fixation for water analogies, describing the street and the lobby at Jimmy's.
    Anyway, as I read on, I started to understand about the machines becomming sentient and why his arm seems to have an attitude. It's clever!
    I am interested to see what will happen!
    Mindy
    The Wishing Place

  • davesealey's avatar
    davesealey Author wrote 3 years, 2 months ago
    [QUOTE] Very confident writing here. I'd back this for the title alone (No Excuse Bruce) and noted a few other things. IMO it's better to start with the human, not the torpedoes so I'd bring Ch 2 upfront, and in that chapter, change 'artefact's' to artefacts, I think you need a simple plural. Von Toose doesn't do anything for me, how about Von Loose? This seems a pacy, innovative story, could do with a polish. Backed with pleasure. I can ...
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    zenup wrote 3 years, 2 months ago
    Very confident writing here. I'd back this for the title alone (No Excuse Bruce) and noted a few other things. IMO it's better to start with the human, not the torpedoes so I'd bring Ch 2 upfront, and in that chapter, change 'artefact's' to artefacts, I think you need a simple plural. Von Toose doesn't do anything for me, how about Von Loose? This seems a pacy, innovative story, could do with a polish. Backed with pleasure. I can tell ...
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