Jon Willing was just a teenager when he and his buddies Augie and Ben stole a fortune in drug money. Brazen with youth and stoned out of their gourds, they thought they had the perfect plan for getting away with it.
They were wrong.
Twenty-five years later, Jon’s marriage is in ruins, his kids are virtual strangers, and the recession has decimated his finances. When he finds Augie murdered in Vegas, Jon knows his past has risen from the grave to grab him by the throat. Now Jon Willing faces a choice: run to a paradise of wine and women and endless sunshine or confront the demons from his past and fight for what’s left of his imperfect suburban life. But is it a life worth fighting for? Hurry and decide, Jon, because the piper is coming, and he always gets paid.
©2013 William Lashner (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I am a blessed man!
This is the tale of 3 best friends who discover what they and the world would call a great treasure. But it's ownership comes at a great price, far more than the true value of the treasure itself.
It includes the story of a bully from the boys past. A violent and angry man who learns the power of forgiveness, "The price of freedom," he says, "is high because you have to let things go."
So as you read in the editor's synopsis, the hero is forced into a dangerous game of cat and mouse in order to save himself and his family. It's non stop action with plenty of humor, but also a great deal of depth.
I loved it and so will you...
I enjoyed the novel, a great diversion. It held my interest from beginning to end. A story about a teenage boy and his pals stealing drug money and thought that they would get away with it. They had a good plan on how to keep the truth hidden. They did for about 30 years! and then the truth came bubbling up when the housing bubble came crashing down. There were a couple of spots where I thought the leading character made some rather stupid moves that not only got himself into grave danger but also got his teen daughter kidnapped by the folks who wanted their money back... it all came together decently in the end. The narrator did a wonderful job. I enjoyed listening to Eric Dove.
Well written, humorous yet meaningful. Great characterization. Brilliant narration. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am looking for more from this author and narrator.
This novel grabbed me from the start. I found myself really caring about the protagonist, who narrated the story. He's a middle-aged guy who made a mistake as a teen which continues to haunt him and his family. I was engaged with his present and past life, and was surprised with how much I loved this story. It was heading towards a 5 star review for me, but the exciting, action-packed climax did disappoint me, feeling like something I have read in so many thrillers. The mystery and characters drew me in, but the end just went for the action. Still, I strongly recommend this 4.5 star novel.
Not only was this a page turner that caught and held my attention to the end, it was a clever, well-written story with fascinating insights into human nature. More than just fluff, but as exciting as any great action novel.
This was a great listen and well worth the price. Great storyline, great characters and great narration.
This book was better than I thought it would be. I started it once and soon stopped because I thought it was just going to be about a guy running from the mob. Much later I tried it again and stuck with it long enough to discover that it was full of surprises. It really got me thinking about the high cost of something for nothing. I wound up really liking the book which was a nice surprise.
It took a while to get into the book almost 25-30% of the way through and I was almost going to return it. But then the book picked up. More than the story of retribution (which was enjoyable), it was the psychological aspects of relationships that the protagonist had that were more enjoyable.
This is a great book for commuting. The story moves forward quickly. There are few characters to keep track of and the voicing is very clear for each one. It is not great literature, but it's sort of what I like when I'm decompressing from work on a busy drive home.
No-Only because I never listen to a book twice.
I liked the stories flow and the crisp writing with snap back dialogue.
I have read two reviews that said the reader did not finish listening or did not care how this one ended. Frankly I wonder what kind of a fiction book could please those reviewers. This is a solidly written story and it was performed well. I will look forward to more from this author.
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