Listen free for 30 days

Listen with a free trial

One credit a month, good for any title to download and keep.
Unlimited listening to the Plus Catalogue - thousands of select Audible Originals, podcasts and audiobooks.
Exclusive member-only deals.
No commitment - cancel anytime.
Buy Now for £32.09

Buy Now for £32.09

Pay using card ending in
By completing your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and authorise Audible to charge your designated card or any other card on file. Please see our Privacy Notice, Cookies Notice and Interest-based Ads Notice.

Summary

A string of killings. An identity stolen. Only he can find the truth.

Reese Roberts was the guardian of Iron City. Its fearless protector. The only one willing to do whatever it takes...until he was shot on the streets and left paralyzed from the waist down. Now, the vigilante known as the Roach has disappeared. Faded into legend. 

It’s been years since Reese could take on crime and clean up the streets. He’s a shriveled old drunk, living like a hermit and waiting for his life to end. All that’s left to do is wallow in the mistakes that led him here. To wonder if he went too far. 

But when a copycat steals his suit and takes justice into his own hands, a new killer emerges, leaving brutal messages behind. He wants to eliminate the Roach for good this time. 

It’s time for Reese to re-emerge from his shell and fight back. Who else can stop the flurry of killings? Definitely not the corrupt police department. Iron City needs the Roach again. Only, this time, he’ll need to save it without his legs.

©2020 Aethon Books (P)2020 Podium Audio

Critic reviews

"A dark and powerful journey into the broken mind of a crippled vigilante, clawing his way out of despair to protect his legacy and his city. Reader beware: once you crack this novel open, you won't be able to close it!” (Jeremy Robinson, NY Times best-selling author of Tribe and The Others)

“A world worthy of being a sister city to Gotham. Gritty, grimy, and mesmerizing.“ (Actor Lou Diamond Phillips, Prodigal Son; La Bamba)

“Great narration and dialogue, Rhett C. Bruno brings to life a character who’d rather be dead...or at least has a death wish." (Darick Robertson, co-creator of The Boys - now a Prime Original Series) 

“White-knuckled and unfiltered. The Roach plunges you into the filth of the city and holds you under.“ (James S. Murray, number-one best-selling author of the Awakened series and star of truTV’s Impractical Jokers

What listeners say about The Roach

Average customer ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    77
  • 4 Stars
    13
  • 3 Stars
    5
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0
Performance
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    86
  • 4 Stars
    4
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    1
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    73
  • 4 Stars
    11
  • 3 Stars
    2
  • 2 Stars
    4
  • 1 Stars
    1

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Finally, some originality in the superhero genre.

I always enjoy books narrated by RC Bray and I also really liked the Children of Titan series of books. So it's no surprise that this was a great listen for me.

However, I was blown away by this book in particular because it's offers a perspective that I don't think I have seen before in this genre and tells the story so intimately.

Basically, I can't recommend it highly enough if you enjoy superhero stories but if you also read a lot of crime thrillers, like I do, this is definitely for you.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Excellent gritty noir story

The Roach is an excellent gritty noir story about a former vigilante being drawn back into this world. The story written by Rhett C Bruno keeps listeners hooked and RC Bray’s excellent (as always) narration helps drive the story along. Whilst this is not your average “superhero” story there are parallels with other more mainstream heroes that echo through their own storylines bringing a realism to the Roach. Overall an excellent book that will keep listeners entertained right until the very last words. Well done all involved.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Very well written and performed.

Not my usual genre of books but I found the story to be gripping from start to finish. I am always a big fan of R.C. Bray's narration, and in The Roach he just gives the story life and character. I do hope there will be further collaboration between Rhett C. Bruno and R.C.Bray in the future

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

What a ride. Highly recommend

First things first, trigger warning. This book deals with sexual abuse.

Now onto the review.

The Roach tells the story of a washed up vigilante confined to a wheel chair after his last rescue. No friends, no millions or rich and powerful friends to rely on. His only true friend is his next bottle of whiskey and even that company is turning sour. But things begin to change when he hears one more cry for help.
The story gives off vibes more in line with The Watchmen and a Raymond Chandlers Noir detective novels more than a super hero novel, seeping grit with every page. Yet while I name these other works, this is truly something of its own. A thoroughly enjoyable read.

Narration
R.C. Bray if you are familiar with him has already sold you this book. If you are not, then you are in for a treat. He has the voice of a man larynx has been dragged over rough pebbles. It draws you into the story, sending you in the murk of the tale and bobbing and weaving with each bout of action. R.C. Bray doesn't just narrate a tale, but enhances it with every word. Yet despite his distinctive voice, he is more than capable of alteration, bringing different characters to life and making each recognisable. This is what for me really pulls it to 5*.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

awesome story, awesome narrator

Can't ask for more. Good work guys. Would recommend and would re-listen in the future.

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

Good story but really depressing

Really really really depressing. Very depressing. I'm depressed listening to it. took me 6 months to finnish it.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Nice change from all these super power stories

predictable but fun, always worth it for R.C. I will recommend to my comic book friends.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Wow! Just wow!!

What an incredible story. Such a different take to the super hero genre. Amazingly written and performed!!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Brilliant Listen

This was exactly as described in the summary part. An ex hero, a copycat and a killer in Iron City. The story flows perfectly with the excellent narration complimenting it.

I’d recommend this if you’re into thriller or want something different to listen to than your usual

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

Completely Unrealistic....

I dont have any disabled friends but I have got common sense and this books main character (admittedly truthfully gritty) is impossible to imagine his physical prowess whilst on a wheelchair...
Engaging at first but as the arc progresses, its obvious that the action just isnt plausible, thus leading me to find the story 'unpicturable' in my mind...A MADE UP WORD THAT I AM CLAIMING...
R.C.B does3a fantastic job and deserves his Ferrari , yought and penthouse...
I highly recommend UDO THE DIGGER...

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Brothanoomsy
  • Brothanoomsy
  • 29-12-20

The novel was great. Bray makes it classic.

Reese is a beast! Don't mess with the Roach!

Amazing work! This is an another great book by Rhett C. Bruno and Mr. Bray IS The Roach. Bray was made for this character. Full of action and unexpected twists, this novel really brings it.

I have completely gobbled this book up twice already. I will listen again until we convince the author to write another story about our Roach.

Edit:
As I read/listen to this again it brings to mind Gotham, but dirtier and more crime-ridden.
It reminds me of Watchmen, but the characters are exponentially better developed. I never thought I'd use heartfelt and intense action to describe the same book but here we are. I really felt like this was as much a mystery and thriller as it is vigilante/hero/anti-hero.

32 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Surelda Heard
  • Surelda Heard
  • 02-01-21

Absolutely entertaining

I could not stop until I finished. The story was so detailed and complex. I had to know what happened next. The writing was brilliant, and the narration was perfection. I highly recommend this book. It was a great start to entertainment in this new year.

17 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for JollyGreenGoblin
  • JollyGreenGoblin
  • 31-12-20

Great Story

As a comic book kid and a fan of more mortal superheroes like Punisher and Batman, this was a great listen. RC Bray was spectacular as always, but the story was engaging as is. I’d definitely check out more works by Bruno in the future.

17 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Willis Burns
  • Willis Burns
  • 29-12-20

The story we never knew we wanted

Superhero fiction might be the greatest phenomenon of our time, from the Avengers to the Justice League and beyond, but what we didn’t know we needed was the Roach. I’ve read/listen to everything Rhett C. Bruno has done and this is far and away the best of it all. It’s gritty and violent but heartfelt and realistic at the same time. This is not your Hollywood blockbuster. This thing has heart.

15 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Lia
  • Lia
  • 17-02-21

It’s good, but nothing spectacular

The Roach by Rhett C Bruno is an unusually grumpy novel from the point of view of a forcefully retired vigilante. Reese, the very much anti-hero main character reminded me of that Grumpy old man show where what they do the whole time is complaining about human nature, how horrible it all is… and at the same time there is humour in his lines and he can’t help but hope against all odds that he is wrong about people.
Admittedly, he has a terrible life, had a terrible life and has nothing to look forward to. This doesn’t make it easy to look on the bright side of things. The only brightness is Laura, the last woman he saved, keeps coming back to look after him, and the one he got shot in the spine for saving. But being stripped from his vigilante role because he is not physically capable of standing anymore leaves him with nothing. Being a roach was his very identity. Except of course things don’t stay still. And life still has a lot of things it still wants him to sacrifice so as to keep the people around him safe.
This is not the typical superhero book, this isn’t even the typical overcoming difficulties book either, this is something else. I wouldn’t call it fun - just like Sin City is not fun. But if you want some dark humour, some disillusioning and reillusioning (yes I made up that word), this is the book for you.
Reese has attitude, is very grouchy, is un-killable, has dark thoughts swirling in his head all the time, is probably crazy, but he is so full of good intentions at the bottom of it all.

12 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for bryan meyer
  • bryan meyer
  • 31-12-20

The hero we all need

Just finished it a little while ago. Rhett you have written the best story to date that has been read by the almighty Bray. I’ve listened to a lot of his narrations and this one just really stands out on its own. Amazing characters and development through the whole thing. May be the last we see of the roach but the premise of a hero/antihero who has suffered a severe tragedy is an idea you should run with. I’d love to see another one about someone else who maybe not paralyzed but suffered a career ending trauma. And had to rise up again after alcohol or drugs, coma whatever and fight their personal demons to become that hero again. Well done my friend, keep on writing and we will keep reading and listening.

12 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Mitch
  • Mitch
  • 31-12-20

Wow

The Roach is my favorite book in a long time. I truly enjoyed every moment of it. I would definitely recommend it.

8 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 09-02-21

The one thing i didn’t like...

There was one major thing I really disliked, it was “audible hopes you enjoyed this program”! I didn’t want this story to end!!

Great narration by Bray, he was the perfect choice for this story.

7 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for william boucher
  • william boucher
  • 07-01-21

Amazing story! Excellent writing.

Great read/ listen. I couldn't stop listening and I was sad to see it end.

7 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Dana Cox
  • Dana Cox
  • 08-02-21

A Dark anti hero tale at its finest.

Dark, gritty, and totally satisfying. one of the best anti- hero books that I have read in a long time.

6 people found this helpful