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Thursday, September 8, 2011

ODD JOBS by Ben Lieberman

Odd Jobs

Telemachus Press, LLC
ISBN-10: 193567062X
ISBN-13: 978-1935670629

Kevin Davenport has worked a variety of Odd Jobs throughout his life to put himself through college. His dad and little sister were killed by a hit and run driver when he was just ten years old. His mother was never the same and Kevin became the man of the house. After he finished middle school he won a scholarship to a private high school and became friends with a very important young man.  This relationship changed his life forever.  Or did it really change the day his dad and little sister died?

His "odd job" during a summer break from college was working for his high school friend's dad.  While there Kevin discovers some shocking news.  His father's death was not an accident, it was a hit! His sister was collateral damage.  Kevin is out for revenge and is going to do everything in his power to bring down his father's killer or die trying.

My Thoughts
The front of the book has praise from James Patterson. The back has praise from Donald Trump.  Odd Jobs has a gritty intense plot and I did enjoy it but parts were a little unbelievable. It was a good escape for a few hours.  

The plot started well, it was just hard to believe what this college student was able to pull off. Kevin was the type of underdog character you wanted to root for.  The detail and descriptive writing was really good. There are some gory parts as with most books of this genre.   

This is a debut novel and as with most first time authors the writing had a few peaks and valleys, but in the end it all came together.  I think as the author hones his writing skills he will be very successful.  This is a very good first effort.  I will be watching for more stories from this author.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from The Cadence Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 

1 comment:

Steve Capell said...

Dollycas I thank you for your honest review. I have seen other reviews of this novel as well. I have so many books on platter to be read at the moment so I doubt that I will add this one. Thanks again!