- File Size: 943 KB
- Print Length: 252 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Ex Parte Press; 1 edition (January 11, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 11, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008BXBP52
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #578,430 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Countless times while reading I found myself underling passages. The author can turn a phrase. I am thrilled to find that there is more to follow in the story of Jesus. (Not pronounced like the Savior) Jesus has style, fallibility and he is not one dimensional; the book is not predictable either. It is a roller coaster ride with a lot of twists and turns. I like the art work on the cover of the book because it makes it clear that we are not reading a book aimed a 9 year old, and it does not pretend to. It is smart, Savvy, and full of Attitude. I cannot wait to read the next one.
You are Jesus Dias which is kind of awkward at first until you get used to it. It seems kind of like an early text based computer game-- You enter a hall. You scan the room, etc. But it does work. The only other problem I had with it was realism. It is lacking in that department. However, the witty banter, the gritty details of Jesus' life, and the reveal in the end more than make up for that.
Now on the title... It has nothing to do with Jesus Christ and everything to do with Jesus Dias. It is simply a Beatles reference that is played out in the second half of the book. Calm down.
This may sound a little like the Sopranos and a little like Pulp Fiction, but Jesus Diaz isn't any ordinary hitman. This guy thinks of himself as a ninja and raps about Han Solo and the Matrix. He has the funniest sense of humor for a dangerous guy. Don't worry. There's plenty of violence in this full-on action story, but the heart of this story is when the reader gets to climb inside Jesus's mind and see how he thinks.
The writing is just superb and it is really hard to understand why this isn't on the best seller lists.
What other hitman thinks about what shoes he should have worn (as in he should have worn his Nikes instead of his twelve hundred dollar Tannino Crisci shoes) when chasing Panama Bob onto a thin ledge hundreds of feet above the street. He muses that it wasn't as if he could have refused the job, but he "should have stayed home, eaten a pot cookie with spongebob for company and given the mission a little more thought." A hitman waxing on like this?
Jesus is a Cuban boat refugee who survived the ninety mile journey only to see his brother and his parents die and to be captured by a man who kept him a prisoner in a basement for years, torturing and abusing him. After breaking free, Jesus makes it to Jersey, and then, In the wake of 9/11, joins the Army. When he returns, there's no job he's qualified for except working for the machine.
Jesus has watched a lot of television and a lot of movies and his thought pattern is to wonder about what would happen if this were a Hollywood movie. He says that life is often like a Coen Brothers movie. He says "Pacino never had to con the bad guy, save the girl, make an awesome getaway and at the same time desperately yearn to hit the can. The worst Harrison Ford ever hot was frozen in carbonite or a scratch on his forehead as Indiana Jones."
He learned English by reading Mickey Spillane novels. How's that for a cultural reference in a crime story?
But this is a guy who after a fight with his nose bleeding everywhere worries about barreling into his apartment because blood never comes out of shag.
The characters in this book are great. Big Denny Molina is a diet-conscious hoodlum with the manners of a cockroach. His last diet included a substance that caused him to loose bowel control while running after a dealer who was putting more up his nose than he was selling.
He is dating Lilly, the daughter of another senior advisor to the Machine. Lilly tells Jesus she can handle herself because she is her mother's daughter and any man who lays a hand on her will have a stump for an arm. He'd follow Lilly across Heaven and Earth "and hell, too, as it turns out."
This book is as tough as it can get. There's a scene with a bookie telling a guy that he has the wrong idea about their relationship when he rolls in with four hundred dollars on a $30,000 debt. A guy who comes in with his kids' piggy banks, now that's a guy who gets the nature of the relationship. "Bad guy. Bad father. Bad husband. But a good risk. He squeezed everything he had in order to come up with more dough before he came to me."
From beginning to end, this is one top notch crime novel. It is a smooth, easy read.
Chute has noted that he plans five books in all for this terrific series.