- File Size: 2510 KB
- Print Length: 296 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: February 10, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01BM99YFO
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,665,110 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Rage Kindle Edition
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The Rage is dark and salty; the language strong and abrupt.
The story centers on Damon, a young man dissatisfied with life and an anger that is a living entity. He hates his job, he hates his living conditions, his inter-personal relationships are false, he has no family to speak of, he loves his girlfriend but not what she's attached to, and their relationship brings more tension than peace.
Damon begins to transform. Physically and emotionally. The rage he keeps on a tight leash begins to uncoil.
In some ways, Damon's dis-ease is symptomatic of the place of masculinity in modern society, our attempts to appease our unhappiness and anger by clamping it down. But Damon's story has more layers to it than that.
This was, at times, an uncomfortable read. Damon is a train wreck. He is exhausting to read and bear witness to. Reading this story, Damon's rage was infectious.
By fifty percent, I wanted to escape or have some movement/development as to where the story would go. It was well-established that Damon was rage-filled and I wanted the plot to be moved along.
I was willing him to turn his life around, make changes, and get a handle on himself. Damon's life did change, but in unexpected ways.
Answers to the puzzle that is Damon are revealed, but left me with more questions. This is far from a negative. It makes me curious as to what Babaoye is going to do next.
Damon is an unhappy, angry young man. He lives in a tiny apartment in a ‘gutter’ neighborhood and rides a bus to work. At work Damon is the top appointment setter who is annoyed by his co-workers and annoyed that all he gets for his efforts is a pat on the back and greater expectation from his boss. Damon is dissatisfied with his life but only half-heartedly willing to try to change it.
The only bright thing is his beautiful girlfriend, Monica. But even that has problems in the form of an overly eager little sister and a mother who really dislikes Damon and wants Monica to return to her ex-boyfriend. Plus Monica insists that Damon keep his weekly visit with the psychiatrist.
Damon has always had a lot of anger but lately his inner rage seems to be growing beyond his ability to maintain control in social settings. Damon is initially distressed by this. Then he and his basketball playing friends realize that Damon’s body is changing. He is getting leaner and stronger; they can barely recognize him. The hotter his rage grows the more his body changes until Damon, as he knows himself, is consumed.
My initial comment on this book is that it should come with a warning for extreme bad language with the "F" word filling up a good portion of the book. Had I looked at the sample before accepting the story for review I may well have said ‘no thank you’. At 25% I was ready to stop but then decided to push along to see where the rage was taking Damon. I was sort of thinking this was a story like the Hulk, but no.
About a third in, although still put off by the language, I enjoyed the basketball action and thought, okay… now we are getting somewhere. I really wanted to know where the story was going when finally, beyond three quarters in, an interesting transformation occurs. The language stops and a different type of action picks up. This leads to a full out chase and escalating confrontation. The ending brings along a twist which was hinted at and had great potential. Unfortunately for me the ending left me disappointed and wondering what the purpose was.
Sorry – but this really didn’t work for me. Half of the book was bad language that could have been removed and left some interesting character building. I had hopes for the hinted-at conspiracy but the ending left me with no satisfactory feelings. The writing moved along well, except for the excessive bad language and some typos that may be fixed in the published version. Readers who like horror and aren't bothered by bad language might find this an interesting character study.
I received this from the author for an honest review.