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The Beggar's Bowl [Kindle Edition]

Gerald Rice
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Book Description

DeGere is a thief. But stealing has become much too easy for the man of many masks who bides his time between jobs seducing local women into stealing for him. His fence, Manson, gets all the details of his latest conquest, all the while questioning if the stories the thief tells are true. But then the two find out how very dangerous lies can be.


Product Details

  • File Size: 392 KB
  • Print Length: 12 pages
  • Publisher: Razorline Press (March 8, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,603 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The beggars bowl. November 5, 2013
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This was an incredibly good story. I loved the ending. Sweet, sorrowful revenge! Yep, I'd recommend this story and author to anyone.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Tastes Vary July 24, 2013
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I stumbled at the phrase 'a life of unencumbrances' and fell to skimming at the unembarrassed coincidences and shameless lecture. It's is neophyte writing. If you read for plot alone you may like this; tastes vary.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An adventure worth reading May 17, 2012
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DeGere, a highly successful thief, spends time sipping wine and reminiscing over past jobs and all the lovely ladies he has acquired. Mason a fence lavishes every detail living out his wildest dreams through DeGere. Before the night ends things turn bad and they both find out the true hazards of being a thief.

Rice really knows how to craft characters and their dialogue. He strikes a perfect balance of adding enough details and action that makes this a great read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful short story! February 18, 2012
By A. Cole
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The concept is simple enough, and the way the story is told is beautiful.
The infatuation the protagonist had with the "villain' is laid out in a way that makes you wonder if the "villain" is everything he makes himself to be. Is he, or isn't he?
I have often said that I have a love-hate relationship with short stories because a good short story has to balance carefully between resolving the plot and leaving the reader satisfied but wanting more.
This short story did all that. Some of the dialogue was a bit off, but the twist at the end more than made up for any moments where I had to pause and read again.
I look forward to reading more from this author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Knock on the Door February 8, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The Beggar's Bowl is a short story about two men, Manson and DeGere, who get together so that DeGere can pass on stolen goods and Manson can listen to tales of DeGere's adventurous life. Manson live vicariously through DeGere's tales and realizes that he doesn't really mind if the stories are true or not. The evening progresses and the two men become tired. Suddenly, there is a knock at the door and Manson finds out what lies and adventure can lead to.

Gerald Rice's story is well structured. Rice focuses on creating vivid characters and realistic dialogue. A few oddly constructed sentences make the reader pause and it somewhat disrupts the flow of the story.

Overall, however, The Beggar's bowl is an interesting story with a twist at the end.
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More About the Author

Gerald Dean Rice is hard at work on something right now. Whether it's vampires, zombies, or something you've never seen before, he's always dedicated to writing something unique or in a unique way. He's the author of numerous short stories, including the Halloween eBook "The Best Night of the Year", "30 Minute Plan", and "Fleshbags". Visit his website at for details about upcoming works.

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