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NO MAD [Kindle Edition]

Sam Moffie , Devra Bastiaens
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Book Description

Racing home to share news of a long awaited book deal, Aaron Abrams unexpectedly finds his wife and beloved brother TOGETHER!

Tossing a few mentionables into the car, along with his golden retriever, Churchill, his now only trustworthy lifelong companion, Aaron embarks on an odyssey like no other. With his own music as a backdrop, while guzzling his favorite 'Newman's Own Virgin Lemonade', Aaron begins in Youngstown, Ohio, travels Interstate 80 in Pennslyvania, and continues into Gettysburg, Pa., Boston, Ma., Roswell, NM., to name a few, ultimately ending his road trip in scenic Niagara Falls.

Along the way, he continues to embrace each moment, every situation, all relationships and brief encounters. Never losing his zest for life, Aaron stays positive, upbeat and open for adventures, not letting his 'ex-wife-to-be' interfere with his new found freedom, while at the same time rediscovering and recreating bonds that will never be broken. The game of Jinx has never gotten so much attention; what that means the reader is soon to discover.

Starting somewhere, going nowhere and finding an unplanned, unexpected landing. Time to put a pole on that No Parking sign and call it home.

Laugh till you cry funny, entertaining, herat-warming and insighful all rolled together. A must read for those who love 'road' stories.

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About the Author

No Mad is Sam Moffie's third novel. His first -- Swap and his second -- The Organ Grinder and the Monkey have been well received and won awards. Forty-Eight years of age, Sam resides in Youngstown, Ohio with his two dogs and three cats. When not writing or reading, he enjoys a good glass of red wine with his muse.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1061 KB
  • Print Length: 361 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1439204616
  • Publisher: Createspace (November 22, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001WAKJ6W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,244,923 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Literary Adult Fiction July 26, 2009
"No Mad" by Sam Moffie is a non-linear literary adult fiction. Aaron Abrams, a 40-ish high school English teacher and author of two fiction books, gets a call from his agent about a new book deal with a $100,000 advance. Rushing home to share the news with his wife, he finds her and his older brother naked and occupied on a float in their pool. Aaron makes a snap decision, grabs a few items and gets his dog and takes off on a self-discovery journey ending with his daughter's wedding.

Aaron is positive, upbeat, and cynical with a playful nature. One of the plot lines is Aaron's new book. It is called "Yearbook," and is about looking at several college classmates to find out what they were like in college in the seventies and what they were doing now, along with what lessons college had on their life and career choices. This device allows Moffie to inject political and historical commentary. Other topics are hemorrhoids, the proper toilet reading material, erotic sex, drugs, Newman's Own lemonade, empty nest, success, divorce, fatherhood and child raising, air-guitar, softball, the game Jinx, and financial security. Did I say Aaron was a teacher?

This entertaining and easy-to-read book was both humorous and serious. Moffie set up his character and the different sub-plot lines well enough to be able to discuss the many diverse topics along with the socio-political commentary. All felt connected. However, I think if he would have left out the three erotic sex segments the book would stand have a greater appeal. Still, Aaron Abrams is an interesting `hero', and how he handled the situation was unique.

(Review by Steve, my husband)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Muddled Mess October 27, 2012
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This novel probably contains the worst punctuation I've ever encountered, and if that isn't bad enough the jokes are lame and the story is disjointed. An example of the shoddy writing: For some reason, the author felt the need to augment the word Pennsylvania. I'll clean it up a bit by writing it Pennsyl-effing-vania. But as the reader encounters this hyphenated nonsense over and over again, the fact that he couldn't even get the state's name correct truly irritates, as he reversed the 'y' and the 'l'. Yes, we end up with Pennsly-effing-vania. My god, man, work on your editing, and then farm it out to someone who knows what they're doing.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "WILD, FUNNY AND TOUCHING!" August 7, 2009
Sam Moffie takes the reader on an unforgettable road trip that's better than a seven-day-stay at Disney World, but is similar to Disney World's famous ride through America's past, present, and future. The main character is Aaron Abrams, a forty-seven year old English teacher whose life changes in a matter of minutes, after one phone call of good news, and one moment of watching his twenty year marriage go down the tubes. He was informed of an exciting book deal he couldn't refuse, offering him one-hundred thousand dollars in advance to write the "Yearbook" and the bad news was witnessing his wife and brother engaged in sex at his own home. During two moments of his life he will always remember, he decides to act with nonviolent behavior as he grabs his dog, and hits the road. As his road trip begins in Ohio and ends in scenic Niagara Falls, his journey becomes an incredible rambling, funny, and rambunctious trip that the reader will never forget. While driving on Interstate 80, the reader learns that Aaron is a guy who drowns his sorrows by becoming best friends with his golden retriever, how addicted Aaron is to the game Jinx, and his obsession with
hemorrhoids. As the fascinating journey continues, we learn about Aaron's quirk for Newman's Own Virgin Lemonade, the odd characters he meets along the way, and the rediscovery of America seen through his eyes. We learn about the pain he had to bear from the betrayal of his wife, the blow to his head from his brother, and the powerful influence of flashbacks from the 70's music in relation to life's experiences. Before the end of Aaron's voyage, we also learn that he is a nurturing father of three children, a Romeo in new romance, and his thoughts on his daughter's pregnancy and her impending marriage.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars no mad doesn't make you mad July 31, 2010
Book Title: No Mad
Author: Sam Moffie
Publisher: BookSurge
ISBN: 1439204616
Reviewed by Michele Tater for Review the Book

The book is divided into 7 mini-books and subdivided with long lines. There are also bold typed words found through out, which I am not sure what the significance of them are. Also there are lyrics of 70s music that seem to fit what is happening in the book. The reading of the Prologue is a must to understand the direction of the book. Unfortunately, the main character's marriage will have be sacrificed in order for him to grow as a middle-aged man and become content with the life he has and can have.

I think "no mad" is a how-to book on how to make a bad situation better without going to extremes. It follows an author on his quest to develop interviews for a non-fiction book, this after a drastic change in his family life. This character is likable and has a great love for his children which is very commendable since I am a mother of three. It made would to be close with my kids even if they are grown. His personality and sense of humor makes a reader connection easy. As he travels to different landmarks and destinations, you are given a brief history lesson on each, added interest and familiarity. There is even a section regarding the ethics of bathroom reading and another on the joys of winters, even though I think the winters in Angola, New York are worst. One of my favorite parts were the bumper stickers he read while driving, too funny. Another is the explanation of how Dino of the Flintstones had started the whole sniff and marking for all dog kind.

I recommend this book to drinker of red wine, listeners of 70s music and lovers of dogs and family, plus anyone that needs a good laugh. Be prepared to read things that you never had before and probably wont again. It is for the adult audience since there are explicit sexual content and drug use. One last note: wherever you go, there you are---Jinx.
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Published on February 3, 2010 by Tami W.
5.0 out of 5 stars What A Ride!
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Published on December 22, 2009 by Jen Knox
4.0 out of 5 stars NO MAD makes no apologies!
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Published on November 12, 2009 by Bobbie Crawford
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable road trip
Catching your wife in a compromising position with your brother in your swimming pool when coming home with great news to share can certainly destroy a guy. Read more
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More About the Author

Sam Moffie has written five novels. His first four won numerous awards and received good reviews. In a couple of weeks, his fifth book, "To Kill the Duke," will be released. Glad I Thought of It Productions, founded by film producer Archie Gips, has already optioned the book for a movie.

The novel is a carefully woven escapade that brings together the elite Russian spy squad of Mr. Zavert, Boris Gila, Alexei Aleksandra and Ivan Viznapu as they start on a dangerous mission that brings them into contact with the gangsters Mickey Cohen and Johnny Stompanato, the billionaire Howard Hughes, the producer/director Dick Powell, the actress Susan Hayward, countless others, and of course the big man himself--John Wayne.

In addition, one of the worst films ever made, "The Conqueror," and the sand it was filmed on, play prominent roles in the novel. Shot near St. George, Utah, the cast and crew were unaware of the life-and-death risks involved in filming on ground laden with radioactivity from the nuclear tests done downwind in Nevada. In addition, Howard Hughes had 60 tons of the uniquely colored sand sent back to RKO for post-production shots, and to this day no one knows exactly what happened to it. At least 91 of the 220 cast and crew members developed cancer after filming. Forty-six died, including John Wayne, Susan Hayward, Pedro Armendáriz (who shot himself soon after learning he had terminal cancer), Agnes Moorehead, John Hoyt and director Dick Powell.

When not writing, he can be found observing human behavior at his two bars, and enjoying the company of his muse and wife, Juliette, some fine wine and great books.

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