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Fast Paced Action Thoroughout
on November 1, 2012
There was pretty much of a male adrenaline rush throughout this story. But there were no feelings of love by the central character for anyone else but himself. Our main character is named Kenneth "KIP" Weiler, and he is a has-been writer teaching creative writing at Brixton County Community College somewhere in the coal mining region of the Garden State. Actually, I wasn't aware of coal mining as being a thriving enterprise in New Jersey, but be that as it may.
Kip becomes the local celebrity and hero when he stops a deranged student in his class from causing an episode similar to Columbine or VA Tech. This causes Kip to revel back into the roll of being worshiped as he was when he actually wrote novels that sold before he used way too much coke and alcohol, thereby shortening his writing career by decades. He is worshiped by one male student in his class named Jim and literally adored by the prettiest girl in his class and we are lead to believe at the entire school or region, whose name is Renee Svoboda [it seems that Slavic names are a major feature of this story for some reason]. However the juvenile, misogynistic, and narcissistic Kip thinks Renee is as pretty as and fairly well resembles the girl on the St. Pauli's Beer label so he persistently refers to her as the or my St Pauli's girl throughout. Obviously Renee wasn't a strongly feminist type or she might have taken an affront to that appellation. At the same time and for reasons only known to himself, Kip is still in love with his ex-wife named Amy, who he does call Amy, although he describes her as having somewhat ordinary physical attractiveness and not much of an athlete in the bedroom at that. In fact she compares unfavorably to Renee in almost every way imaginable, but he still has a thing for her, especially if Renee wasn't within stroking distance.
Due to Jim's hero worship and Renee's adoration, Kip is asked to join their bizarre handgun toting, role playing quasi-religious group at the Gun Church. This gun toting group of psychopaths and their antics do take a big leap of faith in the suspension of disbelief category, but if you can make that leap, then you will like the story, especially if you are into misogynistic hero types. There is and abundance of gun play and several murders all brought together at the story's end. There were quite a few good one liner's in the book, with my favorite coming from page 94 where the characters are talking about hunting and prey. "[A] sport's only a sport when both sides know they're playing."
Overall this a fast paced novel with good story development but with a very unlikeable central character. That being said and accepting that fact I would recommend it for this genre.