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A Courtroom Massacre [Kindle Edition]

Mark Porto
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Book Description

Johnny Bellow arrives home from the Navy to discover a gang had taken over the town. They decide to rob his parents's store,
but he kills the gang. Johnny is convicted of manslaughter and sent to prison. It is there where he sees a pattern and decides to
do something about it. After being subjected to grievous indignation, he makes his knowledge known and is sent to a mental institution. He escapes with the aid of a prison buddy, Julian "Manny" Manfred and hide for a while. Johnny and Manny are put on trial and are convicted of minor offenses. Johnny pursues about why the Tappan County Political Machine had him convicted of killing the gang. He receives help from his lawyer's paralegal, Doreen Norman, only to put her life and his in peril.

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  • File Size: 494 KB
  • Print Length: 261 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: BookBaby; 1 edition (February 28, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CO93DFO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,109,733 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Terrible September 4, 2013
Format:Paperback
The Courtroom Massacre by Mark Porto

In the movie Funny Farm, Andy Farmer quits his job as a sports writer so he and his school teacher wife, Elizabeth can move to the small town of Redbud, Vermont. They buy a picturesque little farm where Andy plans to pursue his dream of writing a novel. Shortly after they move to Redbud, the Farmers celebrate their wedding anniversary; Andy takes Elizabeth into town for dinner and surprises her with a plan to stay overnight at the local motel. He also surprises Elizabeth with his anniversary gift to her -- the first few chapters of his novel in progress. He goes out to buy some champagne while Elizabeth starts reading the novel; Andy is impatient to have her immediate reaction to the book he has poured his heart, soul, and creativity into. When he returns he finds Elizabeth speechless. She tells him she could not follow the plot of the book; Andy wants her to tell him how he can fix it. Elizabeth's reply is, "Burn it." That is exactly what someone should have advised Mark Porto to do with The Courtroom Massacre. Don't even hesitate for a moment; just burn it.

I do not say this lightly. I have a great deal of respect for anyone who manages to write a book. I know it's difficult because I've tried, and I'm terrible at it. I'm much better at reading than trying to tell a story in book form. Which is why I feel it necessary to review this book so harshly. I read roughly 100 books a year, and that's on a slow year. I've been reading since I'm 5 years old. That's lots and lots of books read and for the most part enjoyed. This book, The Courtroom Massacre is the poorest excuse for a book I've ever read. Yes, ever.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Needed more work... December 25, 2008
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Johnny Bellow, the protagonist, is a take it or leave it type person who is an unlikely hero. A Naval reservist who, defending his parents and their property, kills four "teenaged punks" who had formed a gang and were terrorizing Bellow's hometown of Black Water, New York. Johnny killed the gang members while they were in the process of robbing his parents' store and unlucky customers who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Unbeknownst to Johnny bellow, one of the dead gang members had family in high places, in this case an uncle who was a powerful New York state senator, so "the system" began the process of putting Johnny Bellow away. Eventually Johnny Bellow was charged with crimes of using excessive force, non-registered weapons, etc. And this was the fight during the rest of the book where unswerving, but not unnerved, Johnny was in and out of jail and scrapes with the law and the town around him only because he was a lone vigilante protecting his family. The "system" and the town turned against the young Naval reservist who had dared do the right thing by killing four robbing thugs and ridding the town of riff raff - they should be grateful!

Most of the character development and plot seems to be a bit one dimensional to me. I personally think there is something to the slogan that says "If you take the guns away from the people, only the criminals will have guns." Mark Porto seems to make this the basis of the book so I found myself not being surprised by what any of the characters did throughout the book. I believe that what the author was trying to do here was to create a character around in idea rather than to give the character his own personality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Author's response to customer review August 8, 2013
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In regard to Mr. Cearley's critique of A Courtroom Massacre, I find that he is correct about this edition
of the book needing work. I have a newer edition which proves to be better. He is also correct about the
victims of crime being at the wrong place at the wrong time.

However, where I disagree with him is about the predictability of the outcome, Mr. Cearley fails to realize
the reason people were against Johnny Bellow was because of the people he had to fight.

Black Meadows is a small isolated community where there is a group of people who are the "powers that be" as
well as a social group who are intertwined with them. These groups ascertain whether someone is to their
liking or persona non grata.

Mr. Cearley is correct in saying the townspeople should be grateful to Johnny for eliminating these marauders.
But, while most of the people privately were grateful, in public, though, they had to turn against him, because
many of them risked social and financial retribution from those who ran the system.

Johnny, in all fairness is reacting normally to an abnormal situation. There was a time when someone defended
themselves against unwarranted aggression, they 99 times out of a 100 were never prosecuted, let alone sued.
This began to change in the 1960's and reinforced in the 1970's with a mentality where if you struck back against
an attacker, you were considered the aggressor.

Many may think Johnny is either being bullheaded and/or hotheaded, but would anybody in his situation feel any
different? They would feel, if not angry, but scared, when people become scared, their minds focus on their survival.
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