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If I may my background is quite varied: 1) My early years were spent in Smokey Hollow, and Brier Hill of Youngstown, Ohio 2) My greatest interest was in the local library, where I spent an unconscionable amount of time. 3) owned and operated beauty salons. 4) Taught ballroom dancing; Arthur Murray, Fred Astaire, and my own studios. 5) A longshoreman in Houston, Texas 6) Trained at The Ringside Club in Houston. 7) Served in the Air force for 4 years and later reenlisted in the Army. 8) Owned a nite club in Cleveland, Ohio. 9) Investment Advisor for over 30 years. 10) And now retired and a writer.
A great read. This book introduces you to many exciting places and people with authentic details that could only have been derived from the author's direct experience. It has a thought-provoking and imaginative storyline. Nick, the main character, is very real, someone who is ego-driven and flawed, yet in many ways very ethical and deeply introspective. You can just tell that this author is an old-fashioned Storyteller with a penchant for deep philosophical thought who is steeped in real-life experience, and not a desk-bound English professor.
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This novel gives a wonderful adaptation of the youngstown society which is now hopefully extinct. Or then again maybe not. Chicone did a great job as a first time writer. Let's see what he will do with his second novel.
Having also been raised in Youngstown Ohio it seems that Ron Chicone's perspective of Youngstown is that he is the only one not involved in the mob or connected in some way. He throws everybody under the bus but himself. His mother and father were Bootleggers, His grandmother was charged with voter fraud. His godfather, a steel worker and his brother and Ron's father, some how got the Youngstown Police and the Grand Jury to look the other way while they took the law into their own hands to avenge an attack on a family member. Did he ever visit any of the many churches within walking distance of where he lived on Walnut Street? Does he mention the thousands of hard working steel workers that worked everyday just to get buy that had no connection to the mob……..this author and this book are a fraud…..One Man's Opinion