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The Twenty Dollar Bill [Kindle Edition]

Elmore Hammes
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Follow the path of a twenty dollar bill as it is stolen, given, spent or otherwise passed from person to person, traveling from place to place.

No bombastic explosions, steamy sex scenes, political intrigue or cosmic encounters. Just slices of life from the people you walk by every day - glimpses into how ordinary people interact, how they think, how they feel and how they love.

A contemporary novel exploring every day interactions and relationships.

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About the Author

Elmore Hammes has published several novels, including The Holmes & Watson Mysterious Events and Objects Consortium: The Case of the Witch's Talisman (middle grade mystery/fantasy), The Twenty Dollar Bill (contemporary fiction) and The Cloud (science fiction). His short stories have recently appeared in The First Line and Espresso Fiction.

Product Details

  • File Size: 597 KB
  • Print Length: 180 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Kanapolis Fog Publishing Emporium; 1st edition (November 22, 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0012MYS44
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #678,760 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT!! July 31, 2009
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If you have not read this yet, you should!! It's so inventive and creative. I heard a slight complaint that someone wished they had had more of each person's story, but I think that's what makes this book so great, you get just a snippet of each person's life as they receive and pass on the twenty dollar bill and you have to imagine the ending for them. It's extremely well thought out and well written, I could not put it down. It was like having 20 or so stories all wrapped up in one, but it certainly had a conclusive beginning and end that brought it all together. Great writing!

It's a decent length at about 2500 Kindle locations, and the formatting looked great. The text was free of errors except for one missing comma somewhere. LOL Other than that it looked great on the Kindle.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Novel Idea July 21, 2009
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Plot/Storyline: 4.5 Stars

I loved the idea behind this book. The author takes us on a journey of a twenty bill while giving us brief glimpses of the lives it touches.

I liked the fact that the twenty didn't seem to have a whole lot of effect on anyone. It didn't save anyone's life and no one died over it. Often, it was just given as change for a larger bill. Instead of trying to inject mysticism, the author chose realism.

You would also get to see different events unfolding from different viewpoints. Truth is in the eye of the beholder.

Unfortunately, the book loses some of its cohesive feel towards the end. There were just a few too many 'stories'. However, this is only by maybe the last 3 or 5, not including the last necessary two.

Character Development: 3.5 Stars

I think the author would have been better served to have the twenty cross fewer hands and instead have given more in depth views of the lives it touched. We are given very brief glimpses into people's lives, so brief that good character development is almost not possible.

I will add that the author did develop as much as he could within the boudaries of his format.

Writing Style: 5 stars

Each segment was told with flair. The author did extremely well telling each part through the voices of different characters. His storytelling method is wonderfully condensed while still being informative.

Editing/Formatting: 5 Stars

There were no editing or Kindle formatting problems.

Overall: A terrific book that I enjoyed immensely. I have already purchased another book by this author that I am looking forward to.

Rating: PG for some adult situations
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Snapshot of Many People's Lives April 13, 2010
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The Twenty Dollar Bill was an interesting, cleverly written book about all the hands a certain twenty dollar bill passes through. We get a snapshot of each person's life and want to know more about their lives. Each person's story is short, but we are able to get a "feel" for the person, whether they are basically good or not so good, and then we can imagine where his or her life is headed. Actual character development was limited due to only a few pages devoted to each person, but for the most part we can see a glimpse of their lives and their moral character.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and it has led me to want to read more by this author. The formatting and quality of writing was very good. It was a quick, uncomplicated read and held my interest throughout. I recommend it, and you can't go wrong with the inexpensive price.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting concept June 18, 2012
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The Twenty-Dollar Bill is listed as a novel, but I didn't really see it as a novel. It is more of a collection of very short stories, laced together by one twenty-dollar bill as it passes from hand to hand. I would call these "slice of life" stories, as we drop in on these individuals in the middle of their lives, going about their business, and we are able to glimpse just a brief slice of their life before they pass the twenty on to the next person and we jump to that person's story. The book was well written, and each story felt real, and true. It illustrates the struggles we all experience in our lives as individuals, and the fact that we are all connected in so many ways to each other. I will never look at money the same again. After reading the book I took a bill out and held it and wondered at the lives it had passed through, and the struggles and triumphs of the people who had held it before me and those that would hold it after I passed it on. It also struck me that money is just energy being passed along. It has no inherent value except by collective agreement, and yet just by appearing in all these character's lives it allowed them to gain something before passing it on. Really an amazing concept for a book. It's an easy, fast read, and will lever you thinking about it for quite some time.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book But May Prove Frustrating for Some May 17, 2011
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I loved this book. I liked the fact it showed small glimpses of so many lives & then just cut off because the bill was passed on to someone else. Some might find this fustrating. Did they ever fall in love? Who won the game? Where did he get that wad of cash? etc etc. I'll give an example of what I mean. This story was not in the book but it should have been.

Let's say a man who has the $20 bill walks into a bar & orders a drink. He sees the waitress & thinks she is perhaps not Hollywood georgous but certainly next door georgous. She reminds him in some small way of his ex fiance' Cindy. He starts thinking about the past & how 6 days before their wedding she was killed in a car accident. He then starts thinking about how many times he has been to that bridge. The bridge that invites him every so often to end his suffering once & for all. "Tonight is the night" he says to no one in particular. He realizes he could never love again even if she was as beautiful as the waitress. He pays for his drink & gives the waitress his last $20 as a tip. No need in the money sitting at the bottom of a wattery grave. Of course he suddenly realizes what if he once again cannot summon the courage to jump. Then he will not even have bus fare to get home. No! He must do it. He exits the bar almost running toward the bridge before he changes his mind.

That would be the end of that portion of the book & it would start talking about the current holder of the bill, the waitress which we'll name Deborah.

This can be frustrating because we never learn if he jumped or not. So many unanswered questions in this book but it sure is a brilliant idea. One I wish I had thought of.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not What I Expected
I'm not sure what I was expecting with this book but I felt kind of let down by it. I think it could have been so much better with the premise of where a $ 20 bill goes.
Published 3 days ago by DLWEIKEL
5.0 out of 5 stars Short stories connected by $20 bill.
Fascinated by where that bill would go next. Will re-read.
Published 4 months ago by Howdy dog
3.0 out of 5 stars Predictable, but fun
Of course the journey is interesting and predictable, but I just kept reading to follow the thread. The characters are able to hold their own against the backdrop of the... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Reviewer#1
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and effective
I love this book, both for the original subject -- the life of a $20 bills as it travels from person to person -- but also for the slices of human life portrayed without any trace... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Antares
4.0 out of 5 stars Clever concept, well executed.
This novel takes you on a ride along with a $20 bill as it is passed between a slew of interesting and sometimes not-so-interesting characters and situations. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Simmons Norwood
5.0 out of 5 stars very unique format...enjoyed immensely !
Great character development in small space...enjoyed seeing situations from 2 perspectives...a peaceful fulfilling read when you want to just be carried away and not overthink a... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Linda S. Dawson
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story
A thoughtful compilation of stories- the common thread is the $20 bill each touched. A great connecting thread to weave through the lives of many unrelated people. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Michele
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting concept, serie of random short stories which make a full...
The book description says it all. The banknote changes hands and we learn a snippet from each person's life. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Prince Bayaya
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting idea
This story followed a twenty bill all over and it was interesting seeing how money could move around to create stories.
Published 19 months ago by Franklin Morrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully Different!
This book was a pleasant treat, and I couldn't put it down after the first couple of chapters. What a novel and fun idea to trace a twenty dollar bill through all its travels from... Read more
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More About the Author

Elmore Hammes is primarily a writer of fiction. His short stories have appeared in publications ranging from obscure e-zines to nationally distributed magazines. His writing is as eclectic as his reading habits, including young adult fantasy, science fiction, contemporary literature, humor and superhero stories.

He participates in Mainstage Community Theatre in Anderson, Indiana. His favorite roles would include Jonathan Brewster in Arsenic and Old Lace, Professor Marvel in the Wizard of Oz and Uncle Barnaby in Babes in Toyland.

Twice a year, he goes on mission trips with St. Patrick's Church of Oxford, Indiana to help build homes in Mexico.

He shares his home with two cats, Chuck and Snuggles, although Snuggles does not acknowledge Chuck's existence. He volunteers for the Animal Protection League in central Indiana, and is currently fostering Holly, who was unhappy with being caged at the shelter. If she decides to play nice with the current residents, she may just stay!

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