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Strangely Sober [Kindle Edition]

Essa Alroc
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When life handed her lemons, Sal isolated the citric acid and made a corrosive chemical similar to pepper spray.

Several years after being diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, Sal has settled into her new normal. She has a great job…as the scam planner for a group of low level cons. She has a large circle of friends, including her mob connected uncles, her drug addicted brother, and a recurring hallucination of an 80s action star. Her life is full enough. The last thing she needs is a complication. Instead she gets three.

Complication number one takes the form of Cole Warner, a security consultant hired by Sal’s sister, Tia. Complication number two is that Tia was kidnapped, and Cole thinks the kidnappers were after Sal. Complication number three is that Sal is pretty sure he is right.

Cole’s goal is to get Sal to a safe house in Nevada while he investigates the case. Sal’s goal is to figure out which one of her jobs went bad so she can hide the evidence.

The plan is simple; hitch a ride to Nevada with Cole. Organize a meet with the Dapper King of Vegas, a man whose criminal cunning is only outmatched by his keen fashion sense. Then, make a deal and disappear. Above all, stay normal, because even the simplest plan gets a lot more complicated when you toss in a suitcase full of explosives, a limited moral compass and a crazy genius who doesn’t always remember to take her meds.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1391 KB
  • Print Length: 313 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1478341467
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #236,422 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just read it! 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Adventure and a crazy family matters. 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
Format:Kindle Edition
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Essa Alroc Rocks! August 19, 2012
By Eli
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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
3.0 out of 5 stars I was so surprised by this book! 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
3.0 out of 5 stars Skippy Plot 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 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
5.0 out of 5 stars I reccomend reading this book November 1, 2012
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I liked this book because it interest and I couldn't wait to see what.the next move.of Angel was A little far fetched .but quite amusing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars incredible
No, literally! That's what makes Sal so brilliant. To call her a kick-ass heroine would be to deny her genius. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Sasha
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
I LOVED this book and since the synopsis is at the top of the page I won't bore you with repeating the details. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Teresa Collins
4.0 out of 5 stars strangely amusing
Good story but a bit sappy at times. But it has the qualities that make you read on to the end.
Published 11 months ago by Angelyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, funny, funny!!
Laughed the whole time!! Was a great read.. Can't wait to see what's next in store for the crazy lady and her gang.
Published 13 months ago by Alyce Di Rosa
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT
This is a prequil to ASYMMETRIC ANGELS. It was one of those "I can't put it down" books that kept me interested from front to back.
Published 18 months ago by Ruth E. D'water
3.0 out of 5 stars Strangely Sober
A hard-boiled mystery where the main character as well as the secondary characters surrounding her are full of personality quirks, major flaws, and at times, downright evil... Read more
Published 18 months ago by BigAl
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, Simply Amazing.
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves characters that fight for who and what they want and are unwilling to give in until they fix problems for their family and friends... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun read....
Strangely Sober is a fast action thriller with more twists than found in a pretzel factory. The exploits of mayhem and intrigue by a cast of eclectic characters keeps the reader... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Joe Epley
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun book
I was a bit skeptical when I started this book. However, I soon found that I had a hard time putting it down. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Mark1068
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun and entertaining read!!!
This book was very entertaining. I had a hard time putting it down because I wanted to find out what was going to happen next.
Published 23 months ago by Whitney
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More About the Author

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 matter how wrong she may be.

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