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Dead in 5 Heartbeats (Patch Kinkade) Mass Market Paperback – July 27, 2004
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Top Customer Reviews
Reality is what he offers in his first fully non-autobiographic book. (I've read all his others.) You easily imagine Barger substituting for the protagonist in any of the scenes described.
Don't expect intricate plot lines, twists, literary allusions, or gratuitous love scenes. It's straight-at-you action from start to finish.
You don't like motorcycles? Don't understand the 1%'er view of brotherhood? Don't bother.
Barger has written a very enjoyable and predictable novel. Given the fact that a movie is being made, as we read, the book often seems to be a screen play.
None of this should take away from the fact that I found the characters well developed enough to want to read a sequel.
But then I've been a biker for 45 years.
I have always found novels written by authors who have such an intimate knowledge of their subject matter to be fun to read, and Sonny's first effort as a fiction author is no exception. In "Dead In 5 Heartbeats" the acton fairly explodes from the page, painting a vivid portrait of life in a biker club that only an insider like Sonny himself would know about. This book is rich in detail from the very first sentence, and by the end I felt as if I were caught up in the action. This is definitely worth a read, and I would recommend it to anyone who likes a lot of action when they read a book.
The plot centers on "Patch" who has recently been parolled from prison in Arizona and wants to relocate there. His life in Oakland Ca has fallen apart, a tragedy has ended his 12 year marriage, and he is looking for a fresh start with a new charter in Arizona. Events, seemingly unrelated, in Oakland call him home almost immediately: a shooting of a club brother at a biker bar,the murders of two rival bikers on a highway, a riot at a casino. Patch is a likable and believable protaganist. The only problem I had was that he was able to dial a brand new cell phone while in a high speed chase.
A second point of view was provided by a character named Angelo, a club brother, who had to decide between family and the club. His character was multi-dimensional...not the stock bad guy and I found myself caring about this character.
The bad guy is an FBI agent, and if you have read anything by Donald Clark Davis (The Aging Rebel.com)...and you should (he's great) he is, in my opinion, based on The Aging Rebel: Dispatches From The Motorcycle Outlaw FrontierOut Bada real life ATF honcho.
The ending of this book was very satisfying. You will not be disapointed.
The action and story was good with a bare minimum of BS. The main
character was believable. I enjoyed reading this book and look forward
to more of Sonny's novels.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's better than most in this genre but it's worse than I expected, since the actual writing was done by two supposedly professional ghostwriters. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Trouble
I really love this book. Outstanding writing. Characters are very well developed and the book is very fluid. Good reading. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Eggie
Awesome story line. I had a hard time putting the book down. If you have the biker / outlaw spirit this is a great book to read. Plus the book has a movie!! Read morePublished 12 months ago by Marc Vidale