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Katka Paperback – December 15, 2008
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In Czechoslovakia, Gavin meets a Czech woman named Simona, who runs a mail order bride service. Her clients were young, good looking women who wished to find and marry rich males, preferably Americans. After meeting Gavin, Simona tells her friend Katka that she felt he would make a good front man for her business. After getting recruited by Simona, Gavin finds himself getting involved in a world of booze, sex, and money,
This is a fast paced book that should retain your interest. I gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 because of the amount of swearing and explicit sex scenes.
handsome, young man who is trying desperately to run away from his past.
Katka is Gavin's girlfriend who is convinced that money, and love
combined is her top priority. Simona is a gorgeous, seductive woman who
is convinced that business is number one, and everything comes next.
She is sneaky, and as tough as a brick wall. Gavin and Katka team up with
Simona to scam buyers of mail order brides in the Czech Republic. Gavin's
plan was to convince Katka to sell herself to a buyer, take the money,
and run. His intention was to use that money for him and Katka to begin
a new life together. However, the plan backfired when Katka takes off
with a client, then Gavin works with Simona. As his greed increases,
so does his guilt in losing Katka. As he becomes successful, his loss
of Katka haunts him more-and-more. I recommend this novella to adults
who crave a read that's filled with excitement, directing your attention
to love, betrayal, and loss. Stephen Ross Meier managed to create
characters that fit an intriguing story like a glove, and a picture
perfect setting made for the movie screen. The author takes the reader
on an emotional roller coaster ride as you experience feelings of
success, and failure. But, "KATKA" isn't your ordinary thrill ride, it
feels more like a rocket! Your ride begins at Wall Street as you follow
Gavin to Czechoslovakia, where he meets up with Simona and Katka. Then,
the fireworks begin. You get a glimpse of a world filled with booze,
sex, and deceit. Your imagination of the Eastern European girls explodes
as you read on about a life lived that most would hope was just a bad
dream.Read more ›
Written in the novella style, it reads like a crass version of a soap opera in written format. But, language aside, the underlying story is filled with sincerity and heart that make for an interesting read.
Katka is about the business of mail order brides. Most of the action takes place in Prague, and the protagonist--Gavin--is a young American who has an uncanny charm for closing deals that make him sick to his stomach (turns out Gavin has serious money problems that led him down this rabbit hole, but I won't spoil it). The piece explores some of our darker tendencies, but manages to do so without being judgmental: selling young women into a kind of slavery might repulse you (it should!), but the story will--make you horny.
Mr. Meier lets his characters do all the talking, that is, there is very little in the way of exposition. The (almost) entirely dialogue-driven narrative produces a refreshing effect: the characters leap of the page. Mr. Meier would do well for himself to write for the stage (if he hates money), or some other dramatic venue (film/television) because his dialogue and characterization creates vivid and intriguing characters. Trust me: you wouldn't mind having Simona jump out of your copy of Katka.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I just finished Katka last night and LOVED it! Author, Stephen Meier, takes the reader back and forth between times, places and stories. Read morePublished on November 9, 2010 by Laura Hallenberger
Katka is a book that gets down and dirty into the business of mail order brides. The scandal grabs you from the soul and makes you dig for what happens next. Read morePublished on October 2, 2009 by k_ryan
Gavin, a young American , has come to Prague to escape his past. He gets caught up in a life of sex and greed which reveals truths about himself that he cannot escape. Read morePublished on September 24, 2009 by C. E. Mathews
I am an avid reader and I loved this book!! All the twists and turns it takes leaves you wondering... who is backstabbing and who is being backstabbed? Read morePublished on August 31, 2009 by Katherine J. Gardner
A gripping erotic thriller from the first page and all the way to the end. I couldn't put it down, and am keen to see what Stephen comes up with next. A must-read.Published on June 14, 2009 by The Apetalous Poet
This gripping peek into the seedy side of the mail order bride business takes hold of the readers and keeps them captivated through to the very last word. Read morePublished on June 8, 2009 by Amazon Customer
Stephen Ross Meier's "Katka" is an exciting story that travels from Prague to America. It is the story of Gavin and Katka, who fall in love and want to be together. Read morePublished on June 8, 2009 by Nichel B.
A gritty and edgy novella that will not disappoint you. Stephen Meier's Katka is an incredibly well-written book about love, greed, disappointment and heartbreak with vivid... Read morePublished on June 1, 2009 by Heather Pillman
If you've ever pondered about the mail order bride business then Katka would be one unbelievable way to find out how it works. Read morePublished on May 29, 2009 by Rosie Ortiz