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Heavy Duty Attitude: Book Two in The Brethren Trilogy Paperback – December 14, 2011
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There is a deficit of actual events, replaced without satisfaction by seemingly endless analysis by the (not terribly interesting) narrator about the few important events that do exist. He says many, many times, as he examines the possible reasons, ramifications, and motivations, something to the effect of "but ifs and maybes don't get you anywhere." I concur. And yet the book seems to be centrally composed of just such tail-chasing.
It's of course difficult to follow any splendid book such as Heavy Duty People with a sequel. But one can choose not to follow up at all.
The writing is convincing. Obviously the real-life author is a rider and intimately familiar with outlaw clubs, but the first-person technique of assuming the main character role and inclusion of a real book--"Heavy Duty People," ISBN 9780956161512--into a work of fiction becomes only the first step in blurring the line between fact and fantasy. The story is action packed, the plot tight, and the reader doesn't know what is going to happen next. There are opposing sides and shifting alliances, both inside the club and out, combined with that of an unknown player and a journalist caught in the middle. Like any good mystery or spy thriller there are unexpected twists and you feel like you can almost, but not quite, grasp the thread running through the story as suspense builds towards the climax.
British 1%er clubs formed a bit later than those in the U.S., but the author follows the historical timeline for the consolidation of independent clubs into chapters of international organizations and creates an amalgam from various incidents during the "biker wars" of the last couple of decades. In reality, over a 150 people died in the conflicts between the Hell's Angels and the Rock Machine in Montreal; the Hell's Angel's clubhouse in Copenhagen was attacked with an anti-tank rocket and AK-47's in 1996; the Warwickshire chapter of the Outlaws MC gunned down a Hells Angel member in 2007; and there have been car bombings. Iain Parke fictionalizes all of these events and brings them together to create a very compelling adventure story that smacks of authenticity.
This is the second book in The Brethren trilogy. The first was "Heavy Duty People," a novel so convincing that it has frequently been reviewed as being a biographical novel based on prison interviews with former Brethren president Martin "Damage" Robertson. Although the second book is a sequel and certain elements and characters link them, each stands completely on their own and each has a distinct style of writing. In fact, I read the second before opening the first and now can't wait for the third, "Heavy Duty Trouble," that will be released later this year.
"Heavy Dury Attitude" begins when Steve "Wibble" Nelson invites, Iain to a sit down. "Wibble" is now the president of the "The Brothern MC UK" and he has a request of Iain, or is it a task he wants completed.
Iain takes this story from suspition to assumption, from fear to admiration. You will ride with Iain as 'Wibble' takes him down the road with the "Brothern'. You will become a part of the respect these two men develop. You will come to understand how these two men can become associates. You will understand why this associastion must end never to be rekindled. You will understand why this is a "Damn Good Read."