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BOX Paperback – August 8, 2012
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“If I’m lucky, two or three times a year I uncover a gem. A book that makes me laugh, with an impossible-to-predict story line, characters I care about, and dialog I want to highlight and share with my friends. BOX is this year’s gem!”
“BOX is hilarious, irreverent, quirky, and fun. It is such a cliché to say I couldn’t put it down, but how else can you describe reading an entire book in one sitting? I couldn’t stop. I simply had to see what happened next!”
“John Locke’s BOX is the fastest, easiest, most enjoyable book I’ve read in a long time. I love hating Gideon Box and hate loving his new girlfriend, Trudy Lake. But as the story unfolded I wound up loving them both.”
“This is the quirkiest love story I’ve ever read. And I loved every page of it!”
“BOX is an outrageous tale that will make you laugh.”
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NY TIMES BEST-SELLING AUTHOR! 8th MEMBER of the KINDLE MILLION SALES CLUB! First self-published author to hit #1 on Amazon/Kindle! First self-published author to hit Kindle Million Sales Club! John sold 1,100,000 eBooks in 5 months by word of mouth! John wrote and published 6 best-selling books in 3 separate genres in 6 months, part-time! John has had 4 of the top 10 eBooks on Amazon/Kindle at the same time, including #1 and #2! He’s also had 6 of the top 20, and 8 of the top 43 at the same time! Every eBook John Locke has written and published has become a best-seller. 8 authors in history have sold more than 1 million eBooks on Kindle. They are: John Locke, Stieg Larsson, James Patterson, Nora Roberts, Charlaine Harris, Lee Child, Suzanne Collins and Michael Connelly.
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This book was knee-slapping fun, even if it seemed to stretch the limits of the believable at the time. Locke sucked me into the story with such skill there was no time to question anything. All I could do was hold still (except for my thumb hammering the Kindle) and enjoy the ride. I've got to get the rest of this series and hunker down for some more fun and a read that sweeps me away.
It's hard to review a book like "Box" without ruining some of the fun, so I'm going to be intentionally vague. As per usual, Dr. Box has gotten himself in a heap of trouble. When you think things have hit rock bottom for him, they get worse.
Imagine, the homecoming queen (young and beautiful, the belle of south) dares you to steal a policeman's handcuffs, then lets you handcuff her to the fence behind the diner, and kiss her. This is the kind of thing Dr. Box lives for ... though he wants more than a kiss ... and the cop turns out to be the girl's father!
This is the start of Dr. Box's trip, landing him in hot water before he makes it to even one of the three women he's supposed to hook up with. When things go bad does he stop? Nope. But by the end of the book it's clear he should have.
What John Locke does well with Box is what he did even better in "Bad Doctor" (my hands down favorite of the Box books), he keeps you turning the page with outlandish scenarios and engaging dialogue. The books feel short, but if you look at the page count, you'll see they aren't. They're just so fun that they read at lightning speed.
These aren't "thinking" books, they're suspend disbelief and have fun books.
In "Box", every southern trope was done, every stereotype explored, and still, it was a good read. I miss the medical aspect that was present in "Bad Doctor" and am disappointed that the book didn't pick up where "Bad Doctor" left off, but those are the breaks I guess.
Oddly, an excerpt from "Bad Doctor" appears at the end of "Box", which is out of order since "Bad Doctor" (I believe) came first. "Box" ends at 87%. Always a bummer.
But the book was a good time. I like the characters, the off-the-wall plot, and John Locke has an undeniable knack for pulling a reader in and dragging them along for a speedy ride. His pacing is fantastic, his dialogue perfect, and he's original. Seriously, kudos for making this stuff up.
A recommended read if you're looking for a good time.
There's this lady ... and she's waiting to show you her horses.
No, it's not awful (the most noticeable difference is that Box seems to have started as a cardio-thoracic surgeon who inexplicably morphed into pediatrics). In fact, it's rather entertaining - if your idea of entertainment is following the good doctor's escapades through the back woods of Kentucky chasing down three women he met on an online dating service. Every country bumpkin cliche you've ever heard is in there (plus a few you probably haven't), and along the way Box gets beaten up, hung, arrested and held at gunpoint yet manages to live to brag about it. At no time, though, does he do any real doctoring, nor does his tendency to kill people who've done him wrong back in his hospital setting show up anywhere as in "Bad Doctor."
For the most part, the book is silly. Sometimes, I admit, silly is funny (my favorite is the retort Box's young, shapely girlfriend makes to an older, portly ex-girlfriend who's just made a reference to the former lady's need for a training bra: "At least I get measured for my bras...instead of surveyed."
Mostly, though, silly is just silly, and the best I can say beyond a few chuckles is that it's short - I read it in under three hours. Based on my love of what I thought was the first book in the series - which I got free at Amazon.com - I was willing to ante up $2.99 for this one and another $2.99 for the third, "Outside the Box." I'll put it this way: If "Outside" is at least half as good as "Bad Doctor," I'll figure I got my money's worth.