- Paperback: 282 pages
- Publisher: Wasteland Press (February 5, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0988374501
- ISBN-13: 978-0988374508
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 173 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,134,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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* (By Sweet Georgia Press) Monster, by Ben Burgess Jr, is a coming-of-age story. This debut novel, which reads like an autobiography, exposes Ken's vulnerabilities at its core. The story was at once thought-provoking, revelatory and groundbreaking. Not since Michael Baisden's, Men Cry In The Dark, have I read a book that truly captures the vulnerability of men. While there is no excuse for the character's brazen deeds, the book explores human weakness and how it can often lead to the reckless behaviors exhibited in many men (and women).
This book realistically explores what causes the human soul to be vulnerable, as Ken is damaged time and time again, regardless of the actions he makes. The story is fast paced, and the descriptions of sex, partying, drinking and misbehaving are ever present, but they are depicted in a gritty and realistic way that works well for this dark tale. The dialogue is vibrant, and the characters who speak are fully formed, helping to shape Monster as a highly enjoyable read.
UBAWA Magazine:Monster is everything I thought it was going to be - fast paced, suspenseful, and full of page-to-page action and drama. I couldn't help but get tempted by the mesmerizing vibrations of Ben's words as he took me by surprise with one sensual treat after another. It kept me turning the pages,looking for more. Monster is dope and a very relaxing, yet stimulating read. I couldn't believe I finished it all in one sitting! Rating 5 stars (Blue Ink Review)This is a skillfully developed tale with likeable characters, including the broken Ferguson,a well-paced plot and pitch-perfect dialogue.Fast-paced and exciting, the novel Monster by Ben Burgess Jr. is an entertaining read.The story unravels quickly because of a writing style that is both crisp and vivid. The author's use of realistic dialogue should not fail to engage the reader. Reading this book is also like taking a glimpse of what is behind a man's vulnerability. It compels the reader to look deeper and try to understand why people behave the way they do. --readersfavorite.com/book-review/8769
About the Author
Ben Burgess Jr is the author of the new novel "Monster" and the author of the poetry book "Times Have Changed and Life is Strange" He is an active performer of spoken word poetry. Ben Burgess Jr uses his love of writing to inspire and influence youths to strive for what they believe in, and to never give up on their dreams. His poetry book "Times Have Changed and Life is Strange" is currently used in two schools in the lower east side of Manhattan. Ben Burgess has a BA degree in Business Management, and a MA degree in Educational Leadership. He is the proud father of his daughter Jaelynn and is active in trying to improve urban neighborhoods and communities.
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It's a real eye opener and a must read for all.
Explict, graphic, and sexy!
A heck of a roller-coaster ride, in it we learn through all that Ken goes through that we cannot let negative experiences poison us and change who we are.
This Epic story demonstrate how one can turn into a "Monster" but how we can also turn our lives around.
Thumps up for this exhilarating masterpiece!
Ken Ferguson has had an interesting life. Ken has grown up with self-esteem issues because he is very dark-skinned and was teased as a child, he doesn't know what healthy love looks like because his parents are the poster children for being in a dysfunctional relationship. The only thing that Ken has going for himself is the fact that he is a very nice and sweet guy, this makes his friends love him all the more and as he gets older it draws the women to him. When Ken gets his heart-broken by the one woman who he thought was going to be his wife this changes Ken, changes him into something that he can deal with and something that no one wants to see. How will Ken survive in life with this mentality or will he survive at all?
Monster is a very well written love story. This story makes you smile and at times it makes you frown but the fact that it ignites your emotions is going to keep you reading. The story line is strong, the characters keep you talking and questioning them to get the answers that you want or maybe need but it keeps you there in the story. This is my first read by Ben Burgess Jr. and I look forward to reading more from him in the future.
This is a story; I feel everyone can relate to on some level. In life, we all have to go through pain, but it's up to us to gain knowledge from it. I did find a few errors in this book, but it didn't take away from the message the Author was trying to convey.
Barbara Joe Williams, author of Forgive Us This Day