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Stagecoach Road: The Bullies Must Die Paperback – January 23, 2013
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About the book itself... well, it took me back to my own school days. I went to the high school in the story, and graduated in the mid-70s, so this is right in my wheel-house. But it's plain the author isn't a professional writer. The writing is, to be kind, prosaic. The flow is a bit stilted, even taking the liberal use of flash-backs into account. The "vengence" exacted is described in gruesome detail, and feels disproportionate. I mean, anyone who has been bullied would like to see the bully "get theirs," but this is pretty over-the-top. And there are a few jarring detours into poorly-written pornography, unnecessary to the plot. These episodes sound like something out of an old Penthouse "Forum." To be fair (and not give anything away), the wrap-up to the main storyline is handled fairly well.
I went into this book WANTING to like it, wanting to be surprised by discovering a really good story set in my hometown. The trip down Memory Lane was okay while it lasted, but ultimately disappointing. If you're not from "Miller Beach," I think you're just going to be disappointed. I hate to be harsh to a "home-boy," but it is what it is.