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

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  • File Size: 1599 KB
  • Print Length: 313 pages
  • Publication Date: July 27, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008QDGMRS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #713,605 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Essa Alroc is a general miscreant, occasional recreational drug hobbyist, and frequent user of the word 'shenanigans.'

She also writes books. You should read them.

You should also use the word 'shenanigans' more. It's just so fun to say. Like any minute now, a bunch of short Irish children are going to come bursting out of a closet and some old guy is going to complain "damn those shenanigans!"

What the hell was I talking about again? Was this supposed to be my author bio? Also, I'm supposed to be talking about myself in third person.

It shows I'm fancy.

Sorry, anyway Essa Alroc writes books. You should read them. Finally...

Shenanigans.

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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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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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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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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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Avid reader, first time reviewer.
It's amazing what an amazing book will make you do. Although I am extremely opinionated, I have never took it upon myself to consider writing about a book before. Even if the book was good.

Well, this author accomplished something amazing with her first full length novel. The author kept my attention enough to finish her book. From constantly reading books I have a tendency to categories books about halfway through a book, predict the ending, and then not finish the book. The flow in which Essa Alroc wrote her book kept me entertained throughout the whole thing.

Unfortunately, I started reading, Strangely Sober, close to my bed time thinking it was going to be a good enough book to put me to sleep (failed to remember the saying,'never base a book by it's cover'). In the beginning of the book it damn-near had me gone, then the author introduced Sal and the book took off from their. Never has 'sarcasm and a gun' been written so well by an author. The author creating a character like Sal was ingenious and made her book funny throughout the whole book. Men will LOVE this book with it's action, women will LOVE this book because the usual take-charge, in your face, genius mastermind is a woman!, and couples will love this book because the author made a fantastic combination with our hero and heroine. They don't overshadow each other, they are both strong, and both are hilariously funny in their own way that makes this book a great read for anyone.

Maybe Spoiler alert.....? Don't read
I somewhat hope their is a sequel and we find out what, "tiny thing", Sal has to do for Carmine before she is totally on the straight arrow.... well straight enough for her :). No field work is a big deal for her.
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