Watch the Senseless book trailer!

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The video trailer for Portland author Martin Bannon’s comedic novel, Senseless Confidential, was shot by director Andrew Michael Bray on location in the Oregon Cascades. (A higher resolution trailer for the upcoming feature film adaptation will be released in early 2017.)

The book trailer features Portland actors Brian Allard (who voices over 25 characters for the audiobook), Sara Fay, Bruce Handley, and Pheebe the Pitbull, as it lays out the plight of Census worker Nick Prince.

The audiobook is available at St. Johns Booksellers in Portland, Oregon, in both CD ($24.99) and downloadable mp3 ($14.99) formats. Print editions are also available at St. Johns ($14.99 list).

All three editions are also available from Dinkus Books for the same prices. (For the CD boxed set and print editions, a shipping fee of $2.50 will be added to US orders.)

You will find the mp3 audiobook at Amazon for $17.49 (plus applicable taxes); you may also download the mp3 edition from Amazon’s subsidiary Audible (list US$19.95, though the actual cost may be lower depending on the type of Audible membership you have.)

The ebook edition is available at Smashwords for $3.99 in ALL digital formats.

Both print (US$13.49) and Kindle (US$3.99) editions are available from Amazon.

The book that demanded a film

While you’re waiting for the film, currently in development, here’s a sampling of comments from readers of the book that spawned it. If you care to check it out yourself, visit your local bookseller or your favorite online source, or visit the book’s page on Goodreads and choose from among the options there (under Get A Copy).

Total Entertainment! ★★★★★

by a reader
from Florida
on July 20, 2012

Senseless is a laugh-out-loud comedy, with a generous sprinkling of mystery and suspense. But it’s also a sort of adult coming-of-age story, filled with insightful tidbits as Nick finds his way in life. This combination works perfectly to create a truly unique plot and a captivating read.

I am a sucker for compelling characters and Senseless is filled with them. No one here is perfect or predictable. I was hooked from the opening sentence.

Thumbs Up! ★★★★★

by a reader
on September 22, 2012

Great read. Interesting characters, plot and adventure in the northwest. Who thought being a census taker could be such an adventurous job. Everyone in my book group enjoyed this book, which is not often the case.


Senseless Confidential ★★★★☆

by a reader
on September 20, 2012

I have to admit that I didn’t like Nick at first. And I didn’t have much sympathy for his situation. But I enjoyed the absurdity and kept reading. I am glad I did. The characters grew on me and I found myself very engaged with their individual idiosyncrasies. Then I couldn’t put the book down and thoroughly enjoyed the unexpected paths that these characters were taking.
I highly recommend this book and am convinced that there are characters just like these in real life!!!


A Bona Fide U.S. Census Field Representative’s Seal of Approval! Bravo! ★★★★★

by a reader
from Oregon City, OR USA
on September 10, 2012

I was unable to put down this off-the-wall and thoroughly entertaining comic gem — partly because This Is Also My Life because I, too, work as a Field Representative for the U.S. Census Bureau. Martin Bannon’s Nick Prince has traveled the same routes as I have– literally, and I’m always meeting uber-interesting people whose names and PII (Personal Identifying Information) I will be carrying to my grave. I, too, live and die by Title 13. I highly recommend this Carl Hiaasen-ish romp through the wilds of rural Clackamas County, Oregon. Please don’t shoot us.


Senseless Confidential: A great Summer read! ★★★★★

by a reader
from Skagit County, WA
on August 19, 2012

Just finished Senseless Confidential — the book on the top of my pile for vacation reading. Couldn’t put it down — what great fun! Bannon knows how to spin a most engaging story, with characters that come quickly to life, but keep you guessing as to their histories and motives. A book clearly rooted in the author’s own experiences of so many different things — working for the government, Mormonism, the Cascades wilderness. Loved the way so many different themes were woven together with the skill of a great storyteller.


A thoroughly entertaining story ★★★★★

by a reader
from Long Beach, California, USA
on August 02, 2012

Bannon’s work here often reminded me of one of my favorite authors, Armistead Maupin. A diverse group of relatable characters and some well-placed plot twists kept me turning pages eagerly. Mr. Bannon knows what he’s doing. He has written something that takes the banality of the US Census and turns it into a beautifully harmonious collection of seemingly unrelated elements. I really cared about these characters!


A Film Worth Doing Right

On the set of Senseless Confidential

Good filmmaking takes time

By now you may have heard through the grapevine, in an email from me, or on Facebook, that we have made the difficult decision to delay the shoot of Senseless Confidential until summer of 2015. There are a number of reasons for this, largely involving scheduling difficulties and the need for summer weather, but I came across a post from fellow indie author Russell Blake today that summarizes our situation very nicely.

In his post, Russell is addressing the many myths perpetrated online regarding indie publishing. Most are common to indie film producing as well, if not to any self-promoted endeavor. Here is Myth #5 on his list:

The best you can do should suffice.”

Russell’s response: Mmm, not so much. This is a popular refrain from those destined for obscurity. In a highly competitive business, you need every possible edge. Which means, in this one, your cover, your blurb, your concept, your writing, your formatting, [your trailer, your film] and your marketing need to be top shelf, not as good as you can manage given all your issues. Nobody cares about why you can’t produce a product that’s great. Your job is to produce it. Cheap out or try to do it yourself (unless you’re one in a million…)  and you just radically worsened your odds. Why would anyone buy something sub-par? Would you buy a sub-par car, or house, or phone, or anything, because the company producing it found it too hard or expensive to do it right? No. And neither will [your audience]. At least not for long.

I know many of you are disappointed by the delay in our filming schedule. But take Russell’s words to heart and consider the alternative. You’ll come to understand, as I did, that it’s for the best. A film worth making is a film worth taking one’s time with.

Thanks for your continued understanding and support.

Marty interviewed on the Author’s Forum

Heads up, Portland Metro local friends: My interview on the Author’s Forum is being aired in the Portland Metro area through December 6 at the times indicated below. Check it out if you get a chance! (Note that Tuesdays and Saturday are the only Primetime airings.)

Tuesday, 11/27 (tonight) and 12/4, 9:30 PM
Wednesday, 11/28 and 12/5, 2:30 PM
Thursday, 11/29 and 12/6, 7:00 AM
Saturday, 12/1, 7:00 PM

It will air on Comcast CH23, Clear Creek CH18, Reliance Connects CH77, BCT CH97 (and TU/TH only on CAN CH11).

On Comcast CH23 only, serving the Milwaukie area, it will also air on Sunday, 12/2, 2:30 PM, Monday, 12/3 at 7:00 PM, Wednesday 11/28 and 12/5 at 12 Noon, Thursday 11/29 and 12/6 at 8:00 AM, and Friday, 11/30, 3:30 AM.