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Length: 256 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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Nothing is what it seems in this tight, funny and refreshing 1990s take on A Christmas Carol. The Scrooge here is architect Jimmy Gambar, favored by both a successful career and the love of a beautiful woman. But after Jimmy's egomania sparks a lovers' quarrel on New Year's Eve, and a potential one-night stand drops dead in his apartment, he encounters his very own ghost of days gone by: his big brother Gus "The Ghost" Gambuzza, a reputed gangster. In an odyssey that takes him from Soho through Brooklyn, Jimmy confronts the past he's been avoiding for most of his adult life. Carillo neatly balances the quirky and sometimes hilarious events of the long night with artfully arranged flashbacks. Through conversations, memories and Jimmy's subtly portrayed point of view, the members of the Gambuzza family grow and become more complex, as does Jimmy himself. What started out as a wild ride to get rid of a corpse ends up as a touching and believable story of family love and survival, a testament to Carillo's storytelling abilities.
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When Jimmy Gambar, Brooklyn punk turned yuppie architect, breaks up with his girlfriend on New Year's Eve, abandoning a choice table at Windows on the World, he winds up in a downtown bar with a switchblade-packing whore who, in turn, winds up dead on the floor of Jimmy's Soho loft--an accident, yes, but dead all the same. Jimmy has no choice but to call his brother, Gus "The Ghost" Gambuzzo. So begins a long night's journey into day for the Gambuzzo brothers, who relive their misspent youths and sort through a closetful of unresolved emotions, all the while trying to figure out what to do with the stiff in the trunk. Reminiscent of the movie After Hours, this nightmarish picaresque novel mixes elements of slapstick, the surreal, and the absurd, all delivered in rambunctious, wildly profane Brooklynese. If the result leans a bit heavily on blue-collar sentimentality, Carillo generates more than enough wacky energy to keep most readers from caring. Bill Ott

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By John Williamson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 4, 2012
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This is the second time that I've read Charlie Carillo's My Ride With Gus. The first time was in the late 1990s when a friend asked me if I wasn't originally from Brooklyn, and when I replied that I was, he handed me this same book in paperback and said, "Then you'll appreciate this."

I remember this as I stayed up most of the night reading it, and was glad to find it here as a Kindle edition, where I could enjoy it a second time.

Right there in the first chapter we meet our hero Jimmy Gambar, a New York success story, a man of 38 who's about to be made partner in an important architectural firm. He's sitting there at a table, waiting, thinking about all the things that he liked about his adventurous girlfriend of two years, of how she had had gotten him involved in things that he would have never consider doing on his own. He contemplates their adventures together camping, white-water rafting, motorcycle riding, skydiving and such. Picture this:

"Yes, Jimmy told himself; yes. He was seated alone at a table in the Windows on the World restaurant on New Year's Eve, awaiting the arrival of his girlfriend, Wendy Orgel. Far below, the lights of the Brooklyn Bridge twinkled like the strands of a magical necklace. It was a crystal-clear night, the perfect occasion to ask the woman you loved for her hand in marriage."

The Windows on the World was the restaurant at the top of the ill-fated World Trade Center, but this was before the 9/11 attacks, and it was the perfect setting for such a romantic New Year's Eve date.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tina B on September 30, 2012
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In the novel, My Ride With Gus, by Charlie Carillo, the center theme of this novel is the love of family. Jimmy Gambar, the main character is in a dilemma and the only person he can think of to help him is his brother Gus, whom he hasn't been in contact with for many years. The story captures the bond between brothers, the trust of family, and the undeniable fact that no matter what happens in your life, your family will always be there for you. Thank you, Charlie Carillo for making me one of your biggest fans. Your knack for storytelling is amazing and this is one of those stories that will not only make you laugh, but will also make you want to read more stories by this author!! So when are they going to make a movie based on this story?
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Marsha Todd on February 27, 2012
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This is one of those rare stories that keeps you smiling all the way through. I love Charlie Carillo and will read anything he writes. Encore. please.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By carol on September 1, 2012
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i found this book to be funny yet serious stuff. A death that's an accident and a coverup that was down right weird but yet funny. A connection with brothers( one in the mob,) that did not like each other much but had a bond to help one in trouble.Definitely recommend it for anyone who doesn't take the topic too serious.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By green giraffe on March 31, 2014
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This was a compelling story. Seems to be rather an exciting ride, but yet it is more of a slow revealing of the the characters. The characters are very nicely developed. The best novels let you experience someone else's thoughts, if for but a small part of their journey through life. This novel satisfies this desire.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John L on September 26, 2012
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I found the book to be extremely enjoyable; the author has a good sense of humor and timing with unexpected twists in the plot and heroic traits in his characters.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr Ed on June 22, 2012
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This story is a fun read of a very imaginative adventure. Every page has unexpected turns with with each becoming more bizarre.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mpeaches463 on June 22, 2012
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It was an easy read, I really enjoyed the story line. It's a book about family, that regardless of what happens in the end your family is who you can really depend on to get you through the roughest of times.
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