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I started my first novel sometime in mid-2000, on a Metro-North commuter train traveling into Manhattan, writing on my then new Mac Powerbook. The title stuck--The Third Revolution--but the rest of the work I'd completed was tossed out in early 2002 when I started the project anew. I completed that manuscript, found and worked with a professional editor, and, after spending about a year learning how not to attract a literary agent, I eventually took a chance on the then cutting edge publish-on-demand technology and got the book "out there." The first paperback edition of The Third Revolution appeared on Amazon (as well as in several local bricks-and mortar bookstores) in May of 2004. I have to admit, I liked the feeling.

Better than a decade later I'm still working on that same Mac Powerbook, and have somehow managed to write and publish six novels (The Third Revolution, Middle America, Little Birdies!, The Last Bartender, The Cenacle Scroll and Aqua Vitae).

In my pre-MBA days, a time when I had ready access to fast motorcycles and sympathetic women, I worked as a bartender at the historic Peter Luger Steakhouse in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Manhattan, the El Morocco Club on Second Avenue, the infamous Diamond's Whisky Parlor in Flushing and poured shots-and-beers (and kept my head down) through several stabbings and the occasional gunfire at Pirate's Pub in Kew Gardens, Queens. I re-entered the industry in 2011, working the bar at Frogs End Tavern within the elegant Glenmere Mansion, an exclusive eighteen-room boutique hotel in Chester, NY, and from behind the stick at the President's Bar at the venerable Powelton Country Club in Newburgh, NY. Today I can be found plying my trade at The King Street Restaurant & Bar in Chappaqua,NY. The motorcycles and women have yet to reemerge, but I remain ever hopeful in that regard.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452891435
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452891439
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,845,865 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By FURB Furbish on August 25, 2010
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With "The Last Bartender," from Anthony F. Lewis comes this master tale. Set in the not too distant dystopia, "The Last Bartender" chronicles the exploits of Justin Gardiner, a sharp shooting bartender turned brew meister.

Justin, bar owner Sam, and local guitar hero Larry, have all been put out of a job as new federal regulations have shut down their Flushing, Queens establishment. When Justin has a house party fueled with homebrewed beer, local goombah Johnny V. becomes very interested in wort Justin has been cooking up since he put his claim in for an unemployment check. And so Justin, Sam, and Larry begin their entry into the market for beer despite its being outside the legal paradigm.

From the get-go, their brewing operation is a success, and expansion efforts have quickly tapped out all the available space in Justin's home. During a keg party at the American Legion hall, Justin hears of an abandoned upstate resort that is going to be auctioned off at a tax sale. With Johnny V.'s underworld connections, further rapid expansion of the brewing business is quickly realized.

Johnny, Sam, and Larry quickly set up the available brewing equipment in the kitchen of the resort. Since the Sherriff of the local county was involved in the sale, Sam invites the local blue light gang to enjoy some libations. All decide that it should be a regular weekend thing, and the resort becomes a cops only speak-easy.

Things quickly spiral out of control, with a maelstrom of cops, mafioso, and snipers. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, with its spirit of adventure, rebellion, and mafia figures. "The Last Bartender" has a few enjoyable tangents which tie together very nicely at the climax of the book. Unlike the beer of the same name, "The Last Bartender" truly is a Meister Brau, and its author is a master craftsman.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rocketfuel on September 27, 2013
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I love stories about overreaching governments that get outsmarted at their own game. Unfortunately, most of the really good, main stream writers of adventure still have government agents of one type or another as the hero, and in our modern world that is getting less and less realistic. This is a great story idea that is also very well written. The hero is also a modern day rebel--a perfect combination. The government passes prohibition again; the hero opens a bigger bar, hidden in the middle of nowhere and makes friends with all the cops who still want to drink. The mob gets out of control; he takes them for a ride of his own. The net starts getting too tight; he finds an ingenious way to take the money and run. Other than his training in the military as a sniper, the main character doesn't wear a cape. He is, however, a smart guy who doesn't want to be a sheep and it is fun to get inside his head for the 3 or 4 hours it takes to read this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RockDoc on June 14, 2011
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Great story, well developed plot, and believable characters. Not nearly as deep or long as the author's other works but is a solid read and well worth the kindle price.
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By Jerry Ross on November 8, 2014
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This one of the best novels I've read in recent years. What I liked most is that it's different. No boy meets girl, extramarital love affair, rouge cop fighting against the odds. Just a well written good read. The technical info about beer brewing and sniper warfare is accurate and informative. Read it in one day as I couldn't put it down. (Wife was unhappy that dinner wasn't ready when she got home!)
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