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Length: 313 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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  • File Size: 1598 KB
  • Print Length: 313 pages
  • Publication Date: July 27, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008QDGMRS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #574,176 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Essa Alroc is an Orlando, Florida based freelance writer who recently released her first full length fiction novel, Strangely Sober. When she's not working on the sequel, she can be found spouting off her opinion on her blog, Essa On Everything, writing angry letters to the government or yelling at the news.

As a self-proclaimed expert on everything, she considers it her personal duty to tell everyone else what to do...no matter how wrong she may be.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ms. T VINE VOICE on August 20, 2012
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This book is really good - surprisingly good for a first novel. The characters are very well done and completely engrossing - so just read it already - you won't regret it! I also bailed on it after the first page or two, thinking it was a little more gritty than what I like to read, but it's really not at all - I'm so glad I kept going and now I can't wait to finish it - in the meantime, I'm just enjoying the wild crazy ride. Very talented author - I'm looking forward to reading more from her.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Janette Skinner on November 8, 2012
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This book is a well written first novel and concentrates mostly on the characterisation of the many players. The plot at times seems secondary to the crazy people who make up the main family. The issues of violence, mental illness and hallucinations are treated in an amusing and novel way and it is all so far fetched at times you have to laugh. However it is entertaining and the pace is good with numerous changes in location and lots of action. I ended up liking the most bizarre members of the family like the dope smoking brother Mooki and uncle Mumbai who looked like a refrigerator. The dialogue is colourful and gems such as the time Sal is being asked to let Cole handle a difficult situation she appears to agree then says,

`Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go shoot our hostage in the face.' Hilarious in context.

The mystery of the twins Angelica (Sal) and Tia being separated at birth and kept from each other unfolds bit by bit and keeps the story very interesting. They end up trying to go it alone and becoming involved in gun fights, drug lords and human trafficking.

It is all well written and most of the ends are tied up neatly at the conclusion with a drop of romance, but there is still room for a sequel to be written. It's not literature, it's well over the top, with lots of violence, but it is fun and keeps you reading.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Angi on October 11, 2012
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This book is a highly detailed, well thought out, intriguing read that I enjoyed immensely.

The author manages to dangle little tidbits of hints throughout the book but manages to do it in such a way that you don't automatically know what is going to happen later on. She does it with such skill that you can't possibly guess how it all might tie-in up ahead, or if it even does. There is a good chance the hint might just be a figment from the imagination of a paranoid reader!

The main character is well... she's Sal. She likes fire, smokes and adrenaline rushes. Oh and creating new weaponry out of household goods. She uses over the top weapons when she gets the chance, but relies on the simplest forms of immobilization when possible. All choices are validated with sound logic and/or hallucinations (which are also strangely logical).

The supporting characters are so well rounded I believe there is something for everyone, including but not limited to: those lacking self empowerment, damsels in distress, hair dressers, pot heads, guys that resemble refrigerators, lackeys, mob bosses, evil masterminds, holocaust survivors, phobics of all manner of diagnoses, large Russian women, people with mental instability, people that like topless women, people that prefer men in pink mesh half shirts, gorgeous independent contractors and Gary Busey.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Eli on August 19, 2012
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Essa Alroc's Strangely Sober is a rollicking ramble from start to finish. Even her minor characters are colorful and endearing; be on the lookout for Jay, Lana and Bobby Buttons. Alroc manages to remind us of our societal moral failings without being preachy as she recalls the Holocaust, decries human trafficking and abominates the poor treatment of snakes. Join the excitement with Sal, Tia and Cole as they take their righteous indignation hangrily to the bad guys.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GrumpyGirl on March 7, 2013
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I was lucky enough to catch this for free on Kindle so I didn't expect much, but it was good. It does contain a myriad of errors and typos so if that kind of thing is a dealbreaker, there it is, but the story was entertaining and while some of it was a bit "strange" and as someone said "out there", it worked well!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Curt Hooper on November 21, 2012
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At times, the plot really skipped around and,chronologically, it missed. That said, it was very quirky about quirky characters - which made it interesting. Worth the read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By gmsnowshoe on November 20, 2012
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Enticing characters, great plot, awesome storyline. This is yet another book that you will lose sleep over. I had to immediately read it again to see what I missed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on November 1, 2012
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I liked this book because it kept.my interest and I couldn't wait to see what.the next move.of Angel was going.to.be.. A little far fetched .but quite amusing.
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