If you dislike pulp/comic book style prose, over-the-top anachronistic descriptions and constant references to causing injury to male genitalia, then Badass: Ultimate Deathmatch is not for you.
This mass-mayhem version follows the same template as the first Badass book I reviewed, but involves includes everything from lone stands by solitary heroes (or villains, depending on your point of view) to major battles and all-out wars. (I skipped over book #2, Badass: The Birth of a Legend, about gods and myths).
The common theme in all these tales is that the heroes are outnumbered, but decide to fight rather than choose discretion-is-the-better-part-of-valor option. Not every badass lived to a ripe old age, but they earned everlasting renown for their exploits.
While highly entertaining, Badass: Ultimate Deathmatch suffers from over-generalizations to outright inaccuracies. Despite this shortcoming, I still learned about obscure battles and badasses throughout history and even within my lifetime.
Badass: Ultimate Deathmatch enjoys a 4.2-star rating on Amazon.com. Out of nearly 200 readers, 27 thought the book sucked (1-2 stars), 13 thought it was okay (3-stars), 24--including me--thought it was good (4-stars), while a whopping 132 felt it was badass awesome (5-stars).
I'd consider Badass: Ultimate Deathmatch awesome too, if the outright inaccuracies were minimized.
The website, Badass of the Week can still be found on-line.
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