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Replacement Children [Kindle Edition]

Rick Maloy
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)

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Book Description

FORMER MARINE, Charlie Woods, survived three tours in Afghanistan without a scar. His luck isn't as good after he gets back home to Greensboro, Georgia.

Working as a part-time limo driver, Charlie accepts an unusual five night loop from Atlanta to
Key West and back. His wealthy passenger, eighty-plus Vivien Granville, refuses to fly anymore, but her youngest son has hanged himself in Key West and is being buried there.

On the road, the crafty Mrs. Granville maneuvers Charlie into a devil's bargain. He needs money to save his house from the tax man. She needs a shield against her five surviving children. Their arrangement solves his cash problems, but at a cost he could never have seen coming.


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"Faulkner meets Honey Boo-Boo in the Southern-fried reality show that is Rick Maloy's Replacement Children ... Maloy's debut novel shines a spotlight on the human condition with a cast of characters readers will remember long after the last page is turned."
    Parker Francis, author of the Quint Mitchell Mystery series

"Replacement Children throws hard punches. Maloy knows his refreshingly mature characters, and is not afraid to send them down rough roads ... Charlie "Dense" Woods and Vivien Granville are lost in a forest full of shadows cast by their own ravenous kin. A dark look at the institutions of marriage, family, and money."
            Sohrab Homi Fracis, author of Ticket to Minto: Stories of India and America (Iowa Short Fiction Award)

Replacement Children may initially remind readers of Driving Miss Daisy, but author Rick Maloy has other catfish to fry. Atmospheric and character-driven, Replacement Children is a skillfully woven tale of greed, lust, tragedy - and unlikely redemption - in the rural South. St. Paul said it was better to marry than to burn. He might rethink that after reading this fine book.
          - Lawrence De Maria, author of eight novels and former New York Times senior editor.

Readers in search of a great story with fascinating characters need to try Rick Maloy's  Replacement Children. Set in small town Georgia, this collision of two families - one wealthy, the other constantly on the brink of ruin - is a blend of humor and pathos. Greed, conflicting family loyalties, and Internet-age sexuality power both clans toward their fates in this page-turner. Surprising, funny, touching, and well written.
            - Nancy Nicholas, former editor of best sellers at Simon & Schuster

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  • File Size: 4624 KB
  • Print Length: 346 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0989623912
  • Publisher: Seward House (November 13, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F9J9JZY
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #739,356 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Two Strong Women and One Good Author December 8, 2013
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The first imperative of any novel-- whatever else it reaches for-- is to be a good read. Time allocated to it has to be deemed, in the end, as time well spent. This first long-form effort by author Maloy clears that first hurdle handily. It's a fun read and an interesting one, on several counts.

Secondly, any author audacious enough to start off his saga with that time-worn trope of the dysfunctional family gathering for a fellow clan members' funeral had better have a lot of confidence and a deft hand. Clearly, Maloy has both those things, surprising in an author who has come late to the genre.

On its surface, the story is about a battle-bruised war vet, Charlie, trying to make his way in the world, to put the pieces together in a fashion that makes sense to him-- and sense, also, to the ever-present recollected advice and remonstrations of the strongest influence on his life, on his sensibilities, on the way he sees the world, or ought to see the world-- his deceased grandmother, Grandelia, whose voice has taken up permanent residence as his observing ego.

Therein lies the exquisite tension of the novel: The war-- at least in Charlie's conflicted mind-- between two strong and wise-- and manipulative-- elderly women: Grandelia, the “good angel” ever-present on one shoulder, and the “devil” on the other shoulder, the very much alive Vivian, grand-dame of the Granville clan who's life consists of fending off the circle of ravening progeny whose lean and hungry looks are fixated on the wealth they hope to inherit on her death-- or if they can successfully formalize her legal incompetence. Even as Charlie is unaware that it is happening, Vivien maneuvers him-- and his needy, compliant and flawed wife-- into position to protect her.
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The story blends diverse individuals from clashing cultures, leading the characters to repel and attract in a variety of entertaining ways as it moves at a steady pace to a tumultuous conclusion. The author’s thoughtful prose is infused with creative and enjoyable imagery, so stimulating that it occasionally seemed beyond the story’s context or POV.

Contrasting elegance and squalor of lifestyles provide a stage for the class interaction. Driven by her children’s alienating personalities and notwithstanding significant social barriers, the wealthy family matriarch becomes attracted to her driver and later his wife, a seemingly sympathetic couple. As the depth of the matriarch’s frustration with her own family mounts, so does her willingness to discount impediments to class fusion. In her seeming angst for “replacement children”, the matriarch overlooks ominous signs of the wife’s downwardly spiraling character triggered by the wife’s exposure to a wealthy lifestyle and her envisioned shortcut to upward social mobility.

The matriarch makes serious attempts to discourage the wife’s smoking, but seemed far more tolerant of unsanitary living conditions and language disabilities. She was content to discourage “ain’t” while indicating an intention to deal later with “y’all”, but this reader was left begging for her to encourage the use of a subject in sentences. While I was conscious of being steered toward a breakdown in the matriarch’s experiment at integrating incompatible cultures, I found the author’s chosen manner of collapse as captivating as it was unanticipated.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read January 1, 2014
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Interesting characters involved in conflict, make Replacement Children by author Rick Maloy, an enjoyable book. It's always nice to read about a hero.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Class vs. Crackers October 14, 2013
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This engaging book (I couldn't put it down and read it cover to cover in two days) highlights the clash between an upper class family and a pair of "Georgia Crackers". Unfortunately the upper class adult children of the story show that while money may be inherited, the same does not necessarily apply to manners and civility. The hero, Charlie Woods, while poor in financial terms, has a wealth of character and a strongly inherited sense of right and wrong.

Charlie - although somewhat of a lost puppy himself - is a knight in shining armor, championing the less fortunate, the elderly, the handicapped. His simple trip from Atlanta to Key West turns into a series of misadventures, with Charlie trying to please both his employer and his wife, while dodging the perils of the employer's twisted progeny.

The book is a fun read that will have you rooting for Charlie and his causes from the first page. I definitely recommend it for the next time you want a light, entertaining and fast paced read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Characters Galore October 28, 2013
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Replacement Children by Rick Maloy is masterful in its verbiage and character development. Maloy's unique word choices enhance the complicated nature of his characters and the unexpected twists and turns of the plot. Totally engaging. Sometimes fun, and at times a stressful, the book pulls the reader into an examination of the strengths and weaknesses of characters who are anything other than mundane. Those who behave badly are very bad until they at least partially redeem themselves, The good are good only until deep character flaws surface. Not your grandfather's novel. The tie-in to Wounded Warriors is a wonderful way for Maloy to support this worthy veterans support group as part of the books proceeds go to that organization.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Alright
Not great, but and easy quick read.
Published 7 months ago by syh
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
Great job of keeping you off-guard! Quite graphic and surprising.
Very interesting story. Well worth reading about a complex family
Published 10 months ago by Golfa
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the book
Our book club read this book and found it very interesting with a diverse set of characters and a twist at the end.
Published 10 months ago by Berverly V. Beck
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining!
"If your desires be endless, your cares and fears will be so too." (-Thomas Fuller)
I tend to like books with despicable and flawed characters and this book was full... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Tracy Kuny
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down!
Finished this in two days! anxious to see how the story unfolded and what was going to happen to Charlie. Looking forward to Maloy's next novel!
Published 12 months ago by GMS
5.0 out of 5 stars Reads like a movie
Through the use of an extensive and well placed vocabulary, Rick Maloy has managed to bring to this story a colorful presentation of scenes. Read more
Published 12 months ago by walter liptak
1.0 out of 5 stars Smut for Men is what this should have been titiled
First of all I want to say that I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads. I was excited to be chosen, but I was truly disappointed that my first free book with... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Modern South
This was an interesting story though it contained some measure of caricature about people from the American South. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Scott Hopkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Characters, Strong Plot
Read Replacement Children with my book club. We have a variety of tastes - those who focus on plot, and those who like well developed, interesting characters (that's me). Read more
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A page turner
So looking forward to Rick's next read. This was a terrific book... sickening to read Desiree's descent and Charlie's stalwart commitment.
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Rick Maloy attended Villanova and Fairleigh Dickinson Universities, graduating with a BS in Business Management. He committed to full-time writing after selling his NYC financial services business in 2004. His stories have won (2007) and placed (2008) in the Florida First Coast Writers' short fiction contests. Other stories have appeared in numerous e-zines until 2010 when he turned his focus to writing novels. Replacement Children is his first release.

Rick and his first-and-only wife, Ann Marie, live in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. He can be reached at: rick@rickmaloy.com.

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