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Holy Rollers Paperback – November 15, 2011
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Byrnes has polished all of the characters to perfection, and has you rooting for or against them during the planning, the trials and the tribulations of the caper. The book is a guaranteed page-turner and toward the end has you wondering why no one has optioned the movie rights of the book, yet.
A highly recommended read that gets my full five stars for both gay and non-gay readers alike. But for some reason though I can't get that Lonely Goatherd song out of my mind.
One question: Why hasn't anyone made a TV series using these characters yet?
HOLY ROLLERS is the second book to feature Grant Lambert and Chase LaMarca - partners in crime and life both - con men who come up with foolproof and simple plans to score big, and then start to bump into bigger and better fools. In the first book, STRAIGHT LIES, they decided to blackmail a "brave" gay actor who - it turned out - was actually straight. In HOLY ROLLERS, their target is a crooked - and incredibly wealthy - right-wing mega-church. 7 million dollars in a barely guarded safe? Easy money.
Except, of course, when the caper starts the stumbling blocks start to line themselves up. Soon our con men - and the crew they pull together to make the job work - come across one hitch after another. If it's not an ex-gay conference, it's the suburban homeowners association. But not even a "cleverly" re-written even-more-religious version of "The Sound of Music" is going to stop this gang from making a play for the money.
For fans of this series - and for those who've read and loved all of the Byrnes books - there are cameos aplenty that bring a sense of extra reward for the long-time fan. For those who haven't tried Byrnes before, though I'd suggest you try STRAIGHT LIES first because I'm the sort to read everything in order, you could easily jump in here with HOLY ROLLERS and not be at all lost.
It's fun. It's funny. It's a crime caper as worthy as Westlake or Ocean's 11. Just remember: if you're reading in public, prepare to feel foolish when you burst out laughing. Maybe order the pizza in.
Byrnes presents a well-written, very amusing and reasonably credible story of right-wing hypocrisy and greed posing as religion, featuring a diverse slate of fully developed characters. I especially loved the hysterical side story of the gang dealing with the pretentious head of the homeowners' association, in the upper middle-class area in which they lived while working the job. Just the thing for a light holiday read! Five stars out of five.
- Bob Lind, Echo Magazine
Character development and dialogue were both funny and engaging, with even minor characters, like Leonard who gets the plot moving, drawn well enough to get a good sense of his or her personality. I particularly enjoyed the FBI agents and their rather sly take both on life as agents and Grant 's gang who unwittingly assists their case. I downgraded one point here, due to the fact that, although we are told that the protagonists have been together for 17 years, in the first half of the book there are really no tells, no casual signs of affection for example, to demonstrate their relationship as lovers, even well-established ones. I might as well have been reading about Thomas' business partners Wu and Durant, rather than this gay couple. This does change somewhat in the second half of the book - the odd kiss or subtle affectionate ribbing - but I would have liked to have seem some consistency throughout the book to better establish their relationship.
The plot was extremely well-developed with all suspects, including the mega-church's pet Congressmen who seem at first to appear very marginal to the story, having believable and necessary motivations.Read more ›
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The premise was good — I'm always up for a good romp through Holy Roller theology, and this book had a couple of high points, but much of the action seemed really silly to me. Read morePublished on June 30, 2013 by Le Grincheux
Couldn't finish reading this all the way to the end. It was a bit predictable and contained too much adolescent humor for me. Not one of Mr. Byrnes better books in my opinion.Published on June 24, 2013 by Amazon Customer
A hard to put down caper with the funniest thieves in the country. A big gay comeuppance was had by all.Published on June 9, 2013 by Chandler Adams
Just loved this book and how it was able to take me away from the day to day life of work. If you're looking for a good pure escape read with some very witty reparte then this is... Read morePublished on December 22, 2012 by paly6066