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Into the Sunset [Kindle Edition]

Donald Capone
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Wayne Benson doesn’t require nursing care. He’s not a senior citizen. He isn’t even retired. But this healthy 30-year-old bachelor believes the comfortable life of The Sunset, an assisted-living retirement community, would be a soothing alternative to his hectic lifestyle.

Everything he desires—gourmet meals, laundry services, camaraderie, tranquility—is available for one all-inclusive monthly fee. The only problem? He isn’t the required minimum age of sixty-two. So, he dons theatrical make-up and gray wig to age himself forty years, and is accepted into The Sunset.

Will everything go as smoothly as planned? Of course not! His elderly love interest becomes suspicious of his under-cover-of-darkness-only lovemaking, his neighbor wants to go to strip clubs and experiment with Viagra®, the head of security is more interested in extortion than security, and the woman who runs The Sunset may be onto his scheme. Will Wayne survive old age?

Editorial Reviews Review

This crazy idea that by dressing and acting as an old man this guy can live in a retirement home for less than living in an apartment and get his meals cooked for him and his bed made to boot. Strong, well written with some areas of weakness emerging concerning dress and makeup. Review

It is a very different sort of story with lots of interesting possibilities. The story idea is good and the writing is well done. The story moves along easily and smoothly. The plot is really well conceived and intriguing. I need to find this story and read the ending someday. In fact I can see this plot being picked up for a TV series that would be hilarious.

Product Details

  • File Size: 292 KB
  • Print Length: 243 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0595451276
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Rebel Press (June 7, 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002C4L6SM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #651,550 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent writing! October 13, 2010
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When some people review books they give a summary of the story. For me, I tend review the books based on how books made me feel. The author of Into the Sunset did a wonderful job with the writing; it was done in a biography manner. It came across so honest, and real I actually checked to see if this was a true story. But my problem is, I really disliked the main character, Wayne Benson, Jr. at all. Part of me didn't even want to finish the book, because I despised Wayne so much. At one part in the book he was going to let his gas purchase total decide between the women in his life. If this is an honest view into a man's brain, oh my goodness I so did not need to go there! There was so little consideration to others in this book, besides what Wayne Benson, Jr. could benefit from. The sex parts, oh boy do I wish I covered my eyes! The detail in the manner of how this man thinks was just too much for me.
So, in a nut shell; I did not enjoy this book. But it stirred up great emotion in me. I think only a very well written book could do that. Would I recommend this book, No. Would I read another Donald Capone book? Yes
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original Voice March 23, 2010
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Funny premise. Flawless writing. But INTO THE SUNSET, offers more. Author Donald Capone dares to tackle subjects few writers would have the courage or ability to touch: senior citizens and the willingness of a 30-year-old man to disguise himself in order to live as one of them.

Ultimately, the "youngster" wearing makeup and donning a gray wig finds friendship, romance and genuine love. The bonds he makes during his life of deception lead him to discover new truths about himself, but not before hurting the very people whose trust he unintentionally betrays.

Only filmmaker, Ron Howard, could present such humor as he did through the movie COCOON and its sequel. Capone masterfully captures a similar hilarity, but through prose.

The story works on many levels, primarily due to the keen observations of the narrator, Wayne Benson. Even the setting descriptions are expertly woven into the story to give it color and a clear sense of place. But it is the author's uncanny talent for allowing his main character to be candid with his thoughts that makes the story spring brilliantly to life.

If there is a criticism of the novel (and there will always be some) it would be that the antagonist at the turning point is only briefly referred to in the first chapter. A little more description of this minor character at the onset would foreshadow that which follows later on. As it stands, the opening pages are a bit too "perfect." That is, the narrator's "master plan," as he calls it, is just too smooth. A monkey wrench thrown in early on would go a long way to providing a bit of conflict and tension to pull the reader in.

After that, the book sings. I laughed out loud, especially during a certain love scene and the trek to the grocery store. I didn't want the story to end. I hope to see more titles by this gifted writer.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent summer reading June 18, 2007
By susan_d
Wayne Benson has decided that the easy life of cooked meals and laundry service of the Sunset Retirement Community is for him. Too bad he's only 30 years old. But Wayne thinks he can pull off an elaborate scheme involving theatrical makeup and mild identity theft of his father to get himself the lush and easy accommodations he desires. All works well until he starts forming friendships with other residents at the Sunset. Then, it's only a matter of time before he has to start worrying about his new golden-aged girlfriend or nosy next-door neighbor discovering his ruse, not to mention suspicious security guards and an intrusive community administrator.

This book starts off with a clever and carefree plot that promises plenty of fun, and boy does it deliver. When Wayne's hoax seems set to crumble, the laughs are fast and frequent. He's a likable character, but so are all his new friends at the Sunset. Eleanor and Herb make for great comedy, but also ground the novel with plenty of heart. This is a completely charming debut novel from Donald Capone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Story-Interesting Idea July 10, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I paid 99 cents for this book and half expected 99 cents worth. I was very surprised. It was great yarn about a clever idea with maybe a few holes in the story. I got far more than money's worth and it wasn't just a short story. Compare this to a book I had bought earlier by a famous author. I paid 13.99 and after reading one third of the way through the novel, I threw it away in frustration. Big name authors get a free ride with publishing companies based on some past creation but often can't follow up.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An engaging romp-of-a-read April 2, 2008
Wayne Benson is tired of living a complicated life. His needs are pretty simple--quiet time to write, three square meals a day (preferably prepaid and prepared for him), and comfortable surroundings. But where to find all of these things in one place? Enter The Sunset--a retirement community he once toured with his parents, prior to their move to Florida. The only problem? He's thirty-two years too young. Enter Wayne Senior, his alter ego and aged doppelganger, courtesy of a grey wig and stage makeup, complete with cane and a stooped, halting gait (he'll learn not to run for the bus when late).

For a time, Wayne's plan works great. But what he hadn't planned on was the complications of falling for a sexy fellow resident (yes, sixty can be sexy!) and becoming friends with his cranky next-door neighbor. Add a suspicious landlady and a blackmailing security guard, and things soon get way more complicated than Wayne's former young life had ever been.

Perhaps the best part of the book for me (and so much of it was great fun) was moving through Wayne's emotional maturation as he goes from viewing his fellow residents as obstacles to insightful, interesting people. His initial, skeptical view is evidenced by this passage:

"Eventually, the van would arrive in front of the supermarket and park. The driver would stay inside with the engine running and the A/C downgraded from arctic blast to cold front. Slowly the seniors would stir and with the help of a couple of Sunset staffers begin to vacate the vehicle.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun read. A look through presbyopian eyes,
Humorous. Young man disguises himself as a geezer and moves into a retirement community. The ladies are excited. One of them falls for him. Good fun. Summer read.
Published 1 month ago by Paula
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay for something different.
The story itself was alright. But I kept reading it in anticipation of something big & important happening. But, instead it was a steady & gradual story line. Read more
Published 4 months ago by happy customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable
Will keep you entertained, especially if your over 50. Just joking, it is well written, and very believable. I will read more from this author if available
Published 8 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming
I loved every second of this book- it was such a pleasure to read, from the first page to the last. At turns funny, sweet, silly, thought-provoking, poignant, and riveting, this... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Tinkerbell
1.0 out of 5 stars I'm embarrassed that I read this story
I hope nobody I know realizes that I read this book. If I could write this review anonymously, I would. Read more
Published on August 7, 2012 by ~Cathy
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting premise
I really liked the premise of this story. It wouldn't be for me but I could see Wayne's reasoning behind wanting to live in an old folks home. Read more
Published on August 6, 2012 by N. Toale
3.0 out of 5 stars I wanted to Enjoy this book....
Other reviewers have covered the plot sufficently.

I was prepared to laugh about this book. Read more
Published on July 26, 2012 by apoem
5.0 out of 5 stars A charming book
I found "Into the Sunset" to be a charming, well written book. As a harried mom working in a high pressure job, I could relate to the main characters desire for peace and quiet, as... Read more
Published on July 17, 2012 by K&KsMom
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss this one
What a clever idea! It was inevitable that Wayne's ruse would not last, but I loved the epilogue-y feeling of the end that didn't leave us wondering how Wayne faced his OWN... Read more
Published on June 30, 2012 by dmb4500
1.0 out of 5 stars This is AWFUL
Into the Sunset has an intriguing premise--a thirty-something adult pretending to be elderly in order to live in a luxurious retirement condo. Read more
Published on June 30, 2012 by Gloria Cannon
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More About the Author

Donald Capone's stories have appeared in Edgar Literary Magazine, Word Riot, Weekly Reader's READ magazine, Thieves Jargon, as well as the anthologies Sudden Flash Youth; The Westchester Review 2014 & 2013; See You Next Tuesday; Skive Quarterly 6; The Ampersand volume 4; Ten Modern Short Stories 2010; and Rebellion: New Voices of Fiction, which he also edited, and which was a finalist in the 2006 USA Book News awards. His comic novel, Into the Sunset, is available on Amazon. He is currently seeking representation for his middle grade novel, Johnny Drake, Time Traveler.

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