Author: Aaron Powell
Type of book: New York, 1990s, Tae kwon doe, erotica, adult, racism
Year it was published: 2012
There’s not much for a young person to do in Corning, a small industrial town in upstate New York. While parents are working swing shifts to make ends meet, their restless children resort to acts of depravity and self-indulgence. Set in the late 1990’s, this is a story of a twenty-year-old man who is struggling with questions of purpose and existential nihilism. Patrick Mitchell spends most of his time at the YMCA, while attending community college classes, and training at the local karate dojo. He’s distracted by frivolous relationships, fights, and drugs, but his personal moral dilemmas will all seem much less important when an unusual occurrence shakes him to the very core.
If Patrick does go through some growth, I think it might be in the future books, whatever they are, instead of the current book. Patrick is a rounded character who wants to succeed in life, and is a risk-taker. He is also loyal, and wants to be a good role model towards his younger brother. Other characters are there too, but we don't get a lot of spotlight with them and they simply appear and disappear throughout the book.
Its written in first person narrative from Patrick's point of view and does deal with drugs, boredom, stalker behavior and so forth, and yes, it is erotic. This is a bit more realistic than Benjamin or Sugar Baby or even "Scream, Aye Sir!" and somehow more believable. I have to believe that is a series of sort. It also describes the everyday life of Patrick and doesn't spice it up so to speak.
The United States
Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Romance
About this author
Aaron Powell served as a Marine during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 2003 with a bachelor of arts in criminal justice, minoring in psychology. He also completed a second bachelor of arts in business administration at Ashford University, where he graduated with distinction in 2011. He is the author of the Doomsday Diaries series, C-Town, Sugar Baby, Hurry Up and Wait, Benjamin, and Scream, “Aye, Sir!” He enjoys reading—particularly military history and nonfiction—writing, and is an active marksman. Aaron and his wife, Michelle, and son, Luke, live near Austin, Texas.
The book focuses a lot on everyday when it comes to Patrick. Yet instead of finding this a boring and a pointless story, there is the right mix of tension, sex, friendship and loyalty. The author dwells a lot on actions, causing the reader to enjoy the everyday life in Corning during the late 1990s. I grew up in 1990s, but I don't think I recall that DVDs became popular, at least until the turn of the century. Its a light reading that promises to lead to bigger things. I read some reviews on goodreads and have to wonder if this is series or part of series?
Quick notes: I would like to thank the author for the opportunity to read and review the book.
4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)