- Paperback: 268 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (May 31, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1499511507
- ISBN-13: 978-1499511505
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,982,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Another Man's Treasure Paperback – May 31, 2014
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"...a brilliant novel... delving into the dark and nefarious world of the Chechen mafia, its violent, it's ugly, with unlikable characters that are flawed...but it's amazing!" - Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews
"Another Man's Treasure did not disappoint, not one word of it." - Boys in Our Books
"I love what happens when two authors write together and create a story unlike anything they've published before. It's exciting, scary and important, from both the writer and the reader perspectives, and it's happened here with these two. Their writing is strong, as usual." - Prism Book Alliance
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This is actually a really great love story between an older Eastern European mobster and a young man who just wants to be loved. Relational problems with his parents, especially his father, causes him a great deal of emotional turmoil.
But he meets the love his life who loves him enough to help him see himself as deserving of love. His lover's death throws him off course emotionally and it takes a lot to get back on course. Not to mention serious violence that causes him to doubt everything. It's one of her more challenging books to read, but it is a J.A Rock book...so caution is needed when reading!
This is an exceptionally well-done psychological suspense, I'd say better than most mainstream suspense out there. It's definitely not for the squeamish. Bad things happen, but the characters are so intriguing and at time painfully relatable that it doesn't come off as cheap voyeurism. I was genuinely emotionally invested in these characters, so much so that by the time I hit the half-way point in the book, I stayed up the rest of the night to finish it.
The only faltering point is that the ending drags on for too long. Otherwise, the story is tight and the manuscript clean. If the summary seems like the kind of story you'd like, then I would definitely recommend you give it a try.
So I found Nick a non-character. He's so unrealistic that he feels more like a figment of Ilia's imagination than a person. Just too over the top. Tsk, tsk. 'Cause the potential is here for this to be a fantastic part of a sequel.
I went into Another Man's Treasure with one expectation but finished reading it with an entirely different experience. I hesitated purchasing this, not because of the chilling blurb, but because I thought this would be an erotic BDSM novel, based on the cover art and other books written by these authors, and that is not a genre I'm interested in. Another reviewer assured me this wasn't the case but warned against its dark elements, so I bought this book and finished it in two days. This is a novel you do not want to put down. Its pages are filled with raw, harrowing insights into the mind of young man--Ilia--who, after struggling to find happiness in a family that just doesn't seem to get or accept him, finally finds love and peace in the powerful Chechen mob boss Mikhail, only to have it snatched away violently one night during a police raid in which Ilia's police captain father is the leader. Before Ilia even has time to cope with this grievous loss however, he is taken captive in his own sanctuary, the apartment he and Mikhail shared, by Mikhail's younger, sociopathic brother Nikoley. This is where the novel's rapid decent into darkness begins, and although the events are disturbing, the authors' handling of them is so realistic and gripping that I commend them for delving into such a distressing situation while remaining authentic, credible, and far from melodramatic.
The writing was fantastic. They so perfectly captured the emotions of Ilia, into whose mind we have a direct connection, as well as the personalities of Nick and later captive Patrick, who tell us how they feel through their words and actions. Even the minor characters--Ilia's mother and father, the other mafia leaders, and past cast members, float off the pages until you feel as though you're reading the true account of some famous kidnapping case. You quickly empathize with Ilia and Patrick and pray for their safe return to normality, though you know they'll always carry these life-changing scars. Watching Ilia unfold after you've already seen him happy with Mikhail is especially fascinating, particularly as his whole story, right until the very end, is punctuated with brief interludes into his past with Mikhail, which only emphasize how starkly and tragically different his life now is. Another thing I love about this novel, though, is that nothing is black and white, save for Nick's sociopathy and position as antagonist, which is so believable you don't even think to question it. Even though Ilia is estranged from his parents, especially his father, he doesn't deny love for them or cast them into total bad guy role. Patrick, though he seems quiet and shy, reveals himself to be a much stronger friend than Ilia previously assumed and maintains his firm conviction that they will escape this trauma or die trying. Ilia questions his own strength and worth and must decide where he stands on a number of difficult decisions as well as to whom he must ally himself. Ilia even starts to see his perfect, beloved Mikhail in a new light as Nick seeks to tarnish his brother's image by reminding Ilia, both verbally and by example, of the things a mob boss must do in order to remain on top, something Mikhail never brought into the sanctuary.
And the ending. Oh. My. God. I'm *NOT* GOING TO GIVE ANYTHING AWAY, but let me just say like many other things in this book, it was unexpected and shocking. I wanted more! How could the authors just end it like that!? But the fact that it ended the way it did just makes this novel all the more brilliant and really sets it apart.
Another Man's Treasure is not for those wanting a light, happy read. But it is still beautiful and dark and perfect for those looking for something off the beaten track. Go into this expecting a wonderfully written psychological thriller with brilliant insights into the dynamic mind of a kidnap victim and you will not be disappointed.