Like many fans of Jonathan Tropper, I have been eagerly awaiting a new book since his breakout novel, This Is Where I Leave You, was published in 2009. Often compared to Nick Hornby, Tropper has proven to have a unique gift in capturing the essence of comically flawed and American males and their dysfunctional families.
Tropper’s latest novel, One Last Thing Before I Go, has all the qualities Tropper fans love about his previous novels, with new depth.
The story focuses mostly on the middle-aged Silver, once the drummer of a one-hit-wonder band whose life has since fallen apart. His college-bound daughter has revealed to him that he’s pregnant and his ex-wife is soon to be remarried, to a doctor who can perform life-saving surgery on him that he has decided not to have. Silver has decided he’d much rather make peace with those he’ll leave behind, rather than continue with a life that has gone down the toilet and done no one else much good.
Unlike Tropper’s previous novels, One Last Thing Before I Go is written in the third person, shifting between the story’s main characters, allowing the reader to understand each character’s perspective of the story as it unfolds. Classic Tropper with a new twist.
Review By Seatlepi.com
I personally love Jonathan Tropper books and this one is by far up at the top of the list. After reading “This is where i leave you” Tropper is one of my favorite authors. He has a way about his writing that brings his characters to life and you will find yourself laughing out loud and at times crying because your laughing so much. “One last thing before i go” Is a tragicomedy and i would highly recommend it. I started it on the 29th and was done by the 31st. I could not put it down.
I give it 5 Stars…..
Mike Noonan, a best selling novelist, is suffering from writers block four years after his wife’s sudden and tragic death. He starts having nightmares of their summer house out in TR-90, Maine. He finally decides to see what all his dreams are about and moves into the cottage he and his wife name Sara Laughs, after the black blues singer Sara Tidwell who now seems to be haunting his house. On his first day he sees a three year old Kyra Devore walking down the middle of a busy street. He stops traffic and rescues her as her mother, Mattie, comes racing down the street to find her. Mike finds out that Kyra’s grandfather, billionaire Max Devore, is trying to get custody after Krya’s father dies. Mike enlists the help of an expensive New York lawyer, John Storrow to help Mattie. Mike and Kyra start sharing ghostly encounters through refrigerator magnets and Mike starts to realize not all is as it seems in the TR. He is haunted by ghosts who want to hurt him because he is interfering in a revenge plot set by Sara Tidwell by one of Noonan’s ancestors. He digs deep and finds out what had actually happened to Sarah and a conspiracy brushed under the rug by all of the TR.
I rate this book, on a scale of 1-10, a 6. I actually had to stop reading it at one point and only picked it up a year later because I had nothing else to read. The story is an amazing one, but King wraps it around in layers of nonsense that bores you to tears. The only reason I didn’t rate it lower than a 6 was because the parts that actually get your blood pumping are written in amazing fashion. I have said it before and I’ll say it again, I idolize Stephen King and it hurts my heart to rate this book bad, but I think he was too good for his own good in terms of writing.
Two cousins from Boston watch a movie and it gives them the idea to start a hooligan firm for baseball. Watch as Jack and Bobby’s lives get turned upside down as they are forced to test their relationships to see their firm succeed.
The Nation is one goodread that should be in everyone’s bookcase. The story is very well written and I think Ben Bayani does an excellent job of painting a clear picture for the reader. The author’s descriptive style and street talk dialogue makes this an enjoyable and entertaining read. The book focuses on a pair of cousins who live to support their Boston team at any cost. They form a fighting firm and in the process gain national attention through newspaper headlines. These boys put their lives on the line for their team. This story is action packed and stresses the importance of loyalty, trust, and honor. The book is well worth the short time it takes to read. I highly recommend this to any sports fan or Boston natives. I hope to see the sequel in the near future.
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When British and American intelligence catch wind of a major Al Qaeda operation in the works, they instantly galvanize- but to do what? They know nothing about it: the what, where, or when. They have no sources in Al Qaeda, and it’s impossible to plant someone. Impossible, unless . . .
The Afghan is Izmat Khan, a five-year prisoner of Guantánamo Bay and a former senior commander of the Taliban. The Afghan is also Colonel Mike Martin, a twenty-five-year veteran of war zones around the world-a dark, lean man born and raised in Iraq. In an attempt to stave off disaster, the intelligence agencies will try to do what no one has ever done before-pass off a Westerner as an Arab among Arabs-pass off Martin as the trusted Khan.
It will require extraordinary preparation, and then extraordinary luck, for nothing can truly prepare Martin for the dark and shifting world into which he is about to enter. Or for the terrible things he will find there.
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I rate this book, on a scale of 1-10, a 7/10. It was an interesting book to read. I got it free and had nothing else to read. Forsyth gives you a retired agent who is called back into battle by his younger brother and it is to pose as a terrorist. If you aren’t privy to the whole war on terrorism, there is a fast (and I mean fast) crash course on the subject in the beginning. I haven’t read any of his other works, but from other reviews I have read, his fans are very disappointed. To me it was either way. I myself thought it was a decent enough read. It was suspenseful and a good story.
Jack’s mother passed away before he had graduated high school, putting his father into a deep alcoholic depression. His father ended up losing because of this leaving Jack, the oldest brother of three, in a tight bind. He could have gone to college, but he was afraid of how his brothers would get food and other things they needed, not to mention his fathers abuse of the youngest and smartest brother, Jerry. This is where he meets Ray who, for lack of better terms gives him an offer he can’t refuse. He offers him to become a part of an “Irish family” who run rackets, loan sharks, you know the works. As Jack gets older he takes to family business fast and moves through the ranks. He puts his brother Jerry through Harvard and supports his middle brother’s, Tommy, boxing career. As Tommy goes for the title in Madison Sq. Garden, Jack is approached by the Irish family (In representation of the Italian family) from New York and is told to make Tommy throw the fight. Tommy had been training for that day his whole life and Jack wouldn’t allow him to throw it all away. Now because of his disobedience, Jack not only has to watch out for his Irish family, but also the Italians.
I rate this book, on a scale of 1-10, 10/10. I loved this book from beginning to end. Curry really shows the struggles of a family when a disaster hits and how much pressure is put on the oldest brother when both parents are dead. I could put more into the description, but I don’t want to ruin anything. This is my favorite book and the only one I have read more than once.
America and Europe are in a race against time to restore the capstone to the Great Pyramid of Giza so that when the Tartarus rotation is complete they can perform the ritual and have absolute power for their country for 1,000 years. The only problem is Alexander the Great divided the capstone and spread it throughout the world. Another problem is Jack West Jr and his team of misfit nations (Canada, Ireland, Israel, Australia, United Arab Emirates, Spain, Jamaica and New Zealand) are in the race as well, only they don’t want absolute power, instead these nations want to perform another ritual which will will bring 1,000 years of peace instead of power. In order to perform the ritual you need the oracle. Europe stole the oracle pretty much out of the mother’s womb when he was born, Alexander, but they didn’t know that she had twins. Jack West Jr had performed a cesarean section to extract Lily and become part of the race.
With an upper hand on the Americans we follow West and his team as they try to find the capstone pieces in various worldly wonders. With a mix of Indiana Jones, Tomb Raider and a little Da Vinci Code, Seven Deadly Wonders brings us on a thrill ride.
I rate this book, on a scale of 1-10, a 7/10. Although the story is action packed and a good read, most of the time he tried to throw a curve ball, I already knew what was going to happen. Some of the things were hard to understand, but the characters were easy to fall in love with. His knowledge of the worldly wonders is great and his knowledge of army equipment is outstanding. And even though there is a clear hatred for America, I liked the book.