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- Print Length: 370 pages
- Publisher: Tempus Fugit; 2 edition (December 24, 2013)
- Publication Date: December 24, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00BFC657O
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About the Author
Today Keith teaches 7th Grade Language Arts and writes to his heart's content during his "spare time". The best of these moments are nearly always by moonlight. The worst of them are also by moonlight.
Keith lives with his wife, Corina, in Hillsborough, NJ.
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There are really two stories here - the story of sexism, and a radical solution to it, and the story of a victim healing, or not, from sexual violence done to them. The stories are two sides of the same coin, and represent the opposing forces in the story who we see through the eyes of our two protagonists.
The first story is embodied by the novel itself, and given the voice of Obe, a prisoner on the island. He is caught in a situation that is completely beyond his control and he is trying to adapt and survive. He is also trying to reclaim his personality and control his environment to the best of his ability.
The second is told through the story of Josie who we first meet as a demure sixteen year old girl. After she is assaulted, her life changes forever and the question becomes one of whether she will turn to violence to solve her problems, or will she truly heal and move forward. If she she does move forward, does that put her life in jeopardy from those on the island.
This is an intense story full of beatings, murder, rape, torture, brainwashing, humiliation and manipulation. It asks the question: Is violence for violence the right path to correct aberrant behaviour in criminal offenders? When do the wardens become like the prisoners when violence is involved? How much is too much? Is torture ever the answer?
There is one horrifying scene that I simply cannot get out of my head that includes a misbehaving man, a woman who is the head of training, and a scalpel. Who needs serial killers when you can have egregiously nasty scenes like these where the trainer slices and dices human flesh, but keeps a calm and honeyed tone in her voice while saying the most outrageous things; explaining exactly what is happening and the reasoning behind it- while resting former body parts on his chest. It gives me chills just thinking about it.
Once you start this book, I hope you don't have plans, because you will not be doing anything other than reading through to the end. No chores will get done. No work will get done. Do not start this book at night unless you plan on staying up until morning. You won't do anything but READ until it is over.
The characters of Obe and Josie are diametrically opposed and yet, as the story goes on, we find parallels between them. By the end of the story, the characters are closer together than at any other time in the story. They trade off as the interwoven voice of the story, along with a few other characters, but primarily Obe and Josie. They are complex, layered and damaged characters, but get stronger over time. I appreciated the emotional development that occurs here in their story arcs that seems to be missing in many stories these days.
In fact, all the characters are quite vivid and are emotionally challenged. I loved the characterization of Dirtie Gertie. Her attitude is reflected in her physical body which is over the top, and her obsessions are absolutely priceless. Prisma colored pencils - such a small thing, but to someone who knows about art supplies, knows they are the best on the market. Says something about Gertie. I would never want to meet her, but as a character she was fascinating. It's the small details about characters that tell you so much about them and K. Edwin Fritz does a masterful job of inserting all those finer details about each character to round them out and set them apart from each other - like those colored pencils.
The Bottom Line: This is a fantastic new horror story that will grab you by the throat and throttle your brain while you are blazing through the pages. The forward and afterward were highly insightful and not to be missed. You will never look at a sex crime the same way again. 5 full stars! Bravo K. Edwin Fritz! Highly Recommended for not just fans of horror.
I know it's labeled as book one, but it's more like episode one because its as if the author reached a certain word count and based the ending on that. I will check out the second book, this author is a fantastic writer, with hopes it's less of a rough draft than book one. An avid reader, I'm getting tired of sloppy books and from now on, even if discounted or free, I'm going to use the preview chapter thing before I tap the buy link.
In all fairness to the author, I had to come back and edit my stars from 3 to 5. Man Hunt is labeled as the first book in a series and book two is released so I can easily read on, and the problems with the formatting is in the works.
This amazing story, that deals with misogynists, rapists, and vigilante sociopaths out to rid the world of abusive men in such graphic detail you can't help but flip the pages while cringing, characters so real you can't help feeling for the men haters as well as the women haters, is a must read for XX and XY alike.
Fritz has woven a deliciously cringe-worthy, dare I say cautionary, story of torture and pain; through vivid imagery and emotional projection his words come alive in each scene. The writing style is simplistic and the sentences are not over worked. He has a gift for painting a picture that the reader can understand in their minds and expound upon.
The plot is one of the more interesting things I’ve read in a while as the collective rage and violence of these women builds a lattice of tension that to me wobbles like a bowl of jello. The surface is stable until force is introduced then all hell breaks loose. The horrors that take place on that island are a concentration of what’s been happening to women since the dawn of time. I loved it! Keep an open mind when you read this one.
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I won't give any spoilers, but the story speaks to me as a survivor of abuse. I began this book picturing the face of my abuser on all the hunted men, savagely enjoying every description of torture and death. I finished it in confusion- a cathartic confusion. This book teaches that evil is evil, no matter which side it comes from, and no matter the reason for it. It shows the fight for equality and humanity on an island ruled by a tyrant who truly believes that what she is doing is right. The main male character is anonymous, in that we are not told his back story. We don't know his crime- was he a rapist, a beater, a catcaller? This means he has a clean slate with us, the readers, and we can sympathise. We don't read the book thinking that he deserves death. We read it thinking how awful it is, what has been done to him. We read the female characters with equal wonder- and the important thing is, we see them all as human and relatable. Josie is fighting for equality, having gone back on her original hatred for all the men (a catharsis like mine, I think). Obe is fighting for freedom, having no idea of his crime and only a desire to live a good life. Gertrude is fighting for revenge, for all the women who have been wronged by men. There is also a journey into the phenomenon of minority influence and the power of authority (reminiscent of Milgram's classic experiment, or the reigns of dictators), in Gertrude's iron rule over the women and lack of discrimination between murder, rape, punches, and wolfwhistles. She persuades dozens of women to follow her cause, and for this reason I find her character very interesting.
The book is very well-written, and engaging. Chapters are fairly short, so you can read any time and not stop in the middle of one. I would recommend it to everyone of every gender, especially if you have an interest in gender equality and/or psychology. The author himself is a lovely man, who took an hour to talk to me the other day when I told him how much his book had affected me, and that raises the book even further in my eyes!
In short, I recommend this book to everyone reading this.
Other females are completely forgettable and interchangeable, with many characters who get barely a mention and I found myself getting confused when their names are referenced later.
Not a classic for me then, but enjoyable enough and I am intrigued enough to get the next book.