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The Talk Show Paperback – October 15, 2014
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I didn’t really care for this story for several reasons. First I thought there was way too much swearing you don’t need all that kind of language to get your point across.Although the writing was good considering. There was also a lot of racial slurs.The writing style was a little weird as far as I am concerned and for some reason I didn’t enjoy it. The story was also slow moving for the most part and I had a lot of problems keeping any interest in this story. I was disappointed with this story.
He was the master-mind behind the Emancipation Tour.
The speaking/rally engagement was close by the Plaza Hotel & Sherry-Netherland Hotel.
Abe’s life was ended that day by a sniper or 2 maybe.
Jack Winthrop (NY Times reporter) swore he would figure out who did the assassination & bring justice/closure to the matter.
Jack’s favorite hangout was the Tit for Tat strip club.
Manny Snider was the owner, Donna Marone (stripper) managed the place/girls; Sheila (stripper) Robin (stripper), & Bree (stripper). Slow Mo was the vegetarian bouncer. Karina is Sheila’s daughter.
The Gay Religious Action Committee for Equality (GRACE) was held on St. Patrick’s Day,
Captain Frank McCarthy (NYP/D) arrested Jack, Rita Harvey (transgender ex-priest, LGBT? activist) & several others.
Don Germany (aka Felix Quinn, ex-homicide detective NYP/D) is helping Jack figure out who the killer(s) are.
Danielle Jackson (media expert, aka Danny) is helping Jack piece the puzzle together also.
A Speck name keeps popping up?
Manny sells the place to Donna, she partners with several others & hires Gerad (bouncer) Misty (stripper) & Z (stripper).
Don Germany is found dead in his lavish/luxurious apartment.
Fast forward the Emancipation tour of 12 cities is set. 1st stop Central Park. Mayor Hector Martinez, Jason Bradley & Sheena Bradley (wife, super model) are the honored guests.
Entertainment is provided by Anthony Baines aka Rocket man (High wire act), Yo Bitch (female rap group), & Spunk Gism (heavy metal band).
Who is Speck?
What a very fantastic intelligent author/writer & what he gives back to the GLBT? Communities.
I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review. Only an honest one.
A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A very well written who-dun-it crime book. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great who-dun-it crime movie, or mini TV series. A book I couldn’t put down. There is no doubt in my mind this is a very easy rating of 5 stars.
Thank you for the free Goodreads; paperback book
Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)
I'm a fan of political thrillers, but I didn't know how much I was getting into a satirical, evangelical trip with this one.
Joe Wenke gave me an interesting story with nice, intelligent phrasing (like ALJ's almost evangelical, hip-hop dialogue) that built suspense slowly, keeping me engaged with his description of surroundings, characters and action. The satire (or cynicism) was spot on, but the cuts weren't too deep and uncomfortable - Wenke kept it pretty generic, but made his points. It was realistic, in a skeptical sort of way - it was real (down and dirty), didn't sugar coat things, and presented such things as a strip bar, its employees and its patrons in a everyone-takes-their-pants-off-one-leg-at-a-time way.
Wenke had some pretty complex characterizations, and I would have liked to see more of it in the minor characters to draw me more emotionally in. I love the diversity in race, gender, age, religion, sexuality, social status, professions, backgrounds, you name it. With all of that build up, though, I did feel the ending was almost a let down. What with all the nice hype, and some foreshadowing cueing me in on what might happen, it didn't quite come up to my high expectations, didn't engender the emotional reaction in me that it had with the people in the story itself. It was kind of like the author had to describe people getting excited to let me know that this was how excited I should be.
I haven't done this much, but let me vent for bit on a pet peeve. There are those who caution that this book is not for everyone, which is true. But every book is not for everyone, so this novel shouldn't be knocked or downrated because of that. This comment was mainly made, I believe, due to the offensive language. Counter to some, I didn't mind but expected the language to be off-color, so to speak - that's what can come with the realism and satire, and I went with the flow and humor and even applauded it. It provided some color to the story (sorry, again I can't stay away from the puns). It's unfortunate a book gets a low rating for being what it is. If it's good at it, it should get a decent rating (if it's a YA or light romance, then don't downgrade it for its YA or romance focus - same with satire/political suspense).
So, like every book, take into account the genre when considering this as a choice. And if you like this type, then this one is a good one. Amen.
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