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Fish House [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Dougherty
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Alex Cole is a fish out of water.

There is a shelf life to corporate heavies like him. Burnt out and trying to recover from the death of his wife, Alex knows it’s time to leave the game. So what’s a Philadelphia blue blood supposed to do to save himself? Pull up stakes, get out, and try to forge a relationship with the young daughter he hardly knows before it’s too late. And the best idea Alex can think of is to buy that fish house in Florida, trading a suit and tie for the quiet, lazy coastal lifestyle. But with conflicts between fishermen, his condo neighbors, City Hall, and a missing luxury yacht looming, his quiet life is about to get loud.

Hounded by his condo-owning neighbors, and legal action by a relentless City Hall he also finds himself in the crosshairs of organized crime when a wealthy mobster sells his luxury yacht—then sends his Cuban thugs to steal it back. The marine patrol arrests those on board and asks Alex to harbor the vessel. Irate, the mob boss arrives with his goons to reclaim his prized boat—but instead sparks a bloody fight with an outrageous group of fisherman. Alex is flailing in deeper water than he’s ever been in before—until a surprising alliance between former enemies gives him a fighting chance to mete out some fish house justice!

Stephen Dougherty is a writer, storyteller, humorist, former diaper and copy machine salesman, CEO of four computer companies and a onetime fishmonger and restaurant impresario. He lives with his wife Carole and their cat in Northeast Florida. FISH HOUSE, is a must-read for fans of Carl Hiaasen, Randy Wayne White or James Patterson, a mix of fast-paced action and memorable characters Fish House is a raucous, live-wire ride that is remarkably true to the authenticity of time and place.

Editorial Reviews


"Trying to piece one's family back together after neglecting it for so long can be a difficult task. "Fish House" follows corporate head Alex Cole as he tries to get out of the game and reconnect with his daughter before it's too late. Moving to a whole new town though throws him at a new dose of life's challenges in a small fishing town, and Alex finds himself diving into the culture headfirst. "Fish House" is a poignant and humorous delve into life, with much to think about - recommended." John Burroughs, October Reviewers Bookwatch, The Midwest Book Review

From the Author

Stephen Dougherty's novel Fish House was recognized in the August issue of The Jacksonville Magazine's 904, and is chosen and highlighted as one of the city's "Things To Do, Places To Go." Managing Editor, Natalie Wearstler

Product Details

  • File Size: 528 KB
  • Print Length: 390 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1468053949
  • Publisher: CreateSpace (May 10, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0082GMOYO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #570,437 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! August 14, 2012
By Laney
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I really enjoyed the story and characters in this book. The detailed background was authentic and really added to the overall reading experience. This book was a real page turner with characters you feel you know. I highly recommend and look forward to more good reads from this author!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hard to recommend. September 4, 2012
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Not the worst book I've read, but I would have a hard time recommending it. The characters are not well developed and feel one dimensional. I never felt connected to the characters. The motivation of everyone involved is a mystery. The writing style... 'Jeff was blessed with an absurdly dry sense of humor, beloved by all, even if he and the Fish House guests would never admit to such mutual admiration". Isn't there a way to convey that info without straight out telling the reader? Most of the dialogue is wooden and very unrealistic. Feels like a first novel that could have used a more critical editor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! In it July 15, 2014
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Great read! In it, you'll find the hard-nosed corporate executive who experiences tragedy in his life and decides to start over with something new, revealing the true character of the man. You'll also find the crazed mob guy and his group of thugs and while you may wonder how the two storylines at the beginning of the novel will ever intersect, they do and the author does a great job intermingling them.

Sweetness, love, a little humor, and little craziness like Hiaassen writes, and a flavor for the Florida we all know and love (I live in the state, but not in Jax).

Great story told very well!
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4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it ! February 22, 2014
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Fish House was a slow starter for me , probably because I had a hard time connecting with the villains from the beginning- especially Victor, and was a little turned off by 'the ugly woman'.
The main character however, I fell for immediately- to me, he's a silent warrior that I hope will reappear in a sequel. (Maybe set in Washington or a vacation spot). Wherever it's set, I'm sure he can handle himself.
I knew absolutely nothing about fish house operations before reading this book, and the author did an excellent job of 'educating without teaching'- grateful for that.
There were a few tender moments and definitely some 'oh no he didn't ' moments.
This book was informative, reflective but had it's gritty moments as well- just enough for a well blended novel.
I would recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Story May 22, 2013
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This is another book that once you start reading you can not put it down,it keeps the lights all night
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5.0 out of 5 stars brought back memories February 24, 2013
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from many years ago of the north east Florida coast...the book is written as if the author lived and worked there himself...very true to life of a time 30-40 years ago...highly recommend.......Wade
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Stephen Dougherty is a writer, storyteller, humorist, former diaper and copy machine salesman, CEO of four computer companies and a onetime fishmonger and restaurant impresario. He lives with his wife Carole and their cat in Northeast Florida.

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