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Johnny 12 Steps: Organized Crime Trilogy: Part 1 (Johnny Book) [Kindle Edition]

Nick Tory
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Book Description

The first book in the series introduces us to Johnny Tee, a wandering vagabond with a troubled past and an even bleaker future. A fighter, gambler, and liar Johnny Tee has lived a life that has been one misstep after another. He makes a decision to go the straight and narrow that is going to be harder than he thinks due to the fact that he is a complete idiot. Navigating the city's dirty underbelly should be no problem for a guy who is a magnet for trouble, and he's going to need the help of some unwilling friends and the power of unrequited love to save the day.

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  • File Size: 196 KB
  • Print Length: 130 pages
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  • Language: English
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It will leave you laughing out loud June 3, 2014
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This short account of a compulsive brawler by the name of Johnny Tee is full of dark humor and edgy witticism. Many times I found myself laughing aloud as I read through the book. The clever spin on the 12 steps program was one of the sharpest ideas for a book I have seen this year. Definitely worth the price of admission. If you don't laugh when you read this, you are either (A) dead, (B) too sensitive for your own good, or (C) born without a sense of humor. Read it, you'll like it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever June 6, 2014
When I began reading this book, I wasn't sure I was going to like it because it seemed strange and (since it is more of a short story) there weren't a ton of details. As I continued, however, I realized how wrong I was. The story was great! The author very cleverly wraps a mans search to better himself around the twelve steps that are taught in AA. It makes you consider those steps in a different light. They are no longer just for addicts.

I also grew to like Johnny's character a lot. He is simple and not the brightest but he also came across as sincere. He was crude and insulting and a bit selfish, but in the end, he came through for his friends. As I was reading, I could almost picture a TV episode taking place in somewhere like New Jersey. In my mind they had Jersey accents and were dealing with mobsters instead of just gangsters. I love it when I can see the story in my mind. That's how I knew I was hooked. I had a lot of fun with this book.

All in all, I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick, yet fun and entertaining, read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick read, very funny May 29, 2014
I generally hate books. This is my kind of book, though: ~70 pages and with big font. I was able to tear through this in < 1 hour on the bus ride to work the other day.

It's about the goofy and slightly dark misadventures of a gigantic idiot, and it has more than a few parts that made me laugh out loud (which was probably a little awkward for the guy sitting next to me).

Anyway, it's only $0.99 on Kindle, and if you don't get a buck's worth of entertainment out of it, well then damn you are one cheap person. Personally, I went for the paper copy (if I'm going to be forced to read, I'd better have some physical proof) you that was a great deal as well.

Volume 2 is already out, so I've ordered that. Will post a review once it arrives.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Steps and leaps June 2, 2014
Johnny Tee needs to find a ne life. He gets into fights. He needs a bath. He loses money. The solution? He trys the 12 steps of AA. Tory has talent. The book is well crafted, and fun!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious! May 29, 2014
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Oddball humor and great characters. I wasn't really sure what I was getting into but I was pleasantly surprised! A nice quick read too. I laughed out loud.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent & Witty May 17, 2015
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'Johnny 12 Steps' by Nick Tory is a fast paced and witty novella that cleverly draws parallels to the Alcoholic Anonymous 12 Steps recovery program as the reader follows the steps of a homeless ne'er-do-well named Johnny, who finds himself embroiled in a mess with finger-amputating gangsters as he tries to impress Sarah, with whom he has fallen in love (or more likely raging lust).

The author uses very precise language, and creates appropriately cringe-worthy situations in this somewhat tongue-in-cheek story, which this reviewer was delighted to find had more twists than the average bag of pretzels.

Tory's style reminded me of one of my favourite US writers, Carl Hiassen, and I recommend this book to fans of humour, satire, and crime fiction. It is available on

Four stars out of five from me
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4.0 out of 5 stars Original Comedy March 31, 2015
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Johnny 12 Steps takes you on a journey of unexpected twists and turns where Tory cleverly interjects original humor. There are several one-liners, you will find yourself chuckling along the way. Typically, I will read comedy that is overtly labeled and portrayed as such, but I took a risk here and am glad I did.
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Nick Tory’s Johnny 12 Steps

“Growing up in Philadelphia wasn’t easy. Kids can be so cruel. Fortunately for me I was one of those kids.”

Johnny Tee isn’t anything like your average narrator, but that’s probably the only normal or reasonable thing I could say about Nick Tory’s protagonist and the unlikely hero of his series of novellas. Johnny Tee is sarcastic, selfish, sadistic, violent, pathetic, fearless, infinitely pragmatic and totally without perspective. Having cultivated a destructive penchant for random violence, which he directs towards total strangers, Johnny decides to turn his life around. After been fired from his job in a sandwich shop when he assaults a customer Johnny enters into a 12 step AA program and from that moment on follows the guidance and philosophies imparted by each of the individual steps, which his friend has scribbled down on a piece of paper for him, interpreting them in his own unique way.

Then Johnny meets and falls in love with Sarah. Sarah is a beautiful girl who draws him into a dangerous and violent dilemma, her father having been killed by gangsters and her mother subsequently kidnapped as a result of the family being unable to pay their debts, Johnny volunteers himself for a suicide mission all in the hope that Sarah will repay his affections.

Ridiculous, absurd, surreal, exaggerated, unbelievable. To summarise, I loved every bit of it.

Relentless and scathing sarcasm, hilarious hedonism and so much more alliteration that I am able to come up with. This is wonderful, intelligent, dark and honest satire led by an anti-hero to be proud of.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A fun read
It's consistency won me over about half way through. Accepting that the main character was just going to be himself throughout allowed me to relax and enjoy this book. Read more
Published 10 days ago by ACP
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious!
This is the first book in a series of three, and I loved it! So happy that there are two more. As soon as I started reading, I was laughing out loud. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Eve Manske
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It was a quick read and a compelling story. The characterization of Johnny was interesting.
Published 5 months ago by Ruthz
4.0 out of 5 stars Short, Funny Read
Absurd and delightfully funny! Johnny is an extremely likeable character even though he's probably not the kind of guy you'd like to meet in real life. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Christina Escamilla
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
This little book had me laughing my socks off, it was that funny. What a character that Johnny Tee is.
Published 9 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Nick Tory has created a great cast of characters & Johnny is the...
Nick Tory has created a great cast of characters & Johnny is the winningest loser you'd ever want to meet.

A great read for anyone with a sense of humor.
Published 10 months ago by MellowMel
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun break from reality
I loved the humorous mentality of the main character (Johnny); trying so hard to follow the 12 steps of AA and improve himself - all while dealing with the struggles of his current... Read more
Published 11 months ago by LoveToOrganize
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT
From the first page this book had me laughing - it reminded me a bit of "John Dies in the End" with its deadpan silliness, crazy characters and happenings and seemingly... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Amy Vansant
5.0 out of 5 stars "We got to die on our feet, not live on our knees".... now this is a...
You know, as a reader when I put a book in my hands, I feel I’m on a journey. I cry, I love and I laugh. Whatever I do there has to be a heavy emotion involved. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Hearty04
5.0 out of 5 stars a fun, quick read!
I read in an hour and can't wait to read the next one. It kept me engaged and soon became attached to the main character- a not so bad man:)
Published 11 months ago by Suzanne M. Ott
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Nick Tory is a dirty recluse who lives in a shack in the mountains and whose only contact with humans involves hollering angrily at the mailman. While not much is known about him, there are a few existing stories. One is that he wrestled a bear. Another version of the story is that the bear was actually just his own shadow as he rolled around like a maniac in a hallucination induced rage.
He spends his time writing Johnny books and shaking his fist in the air.
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