[BOOKS] ⚦ A Decent Ransom: A Story of a Kidnapping Gone Right ✰ Ivana Hruba – Moi-sosedi.info

A Decent Ransom: A Story of a Kidnapping Gone Right The fact that the story was told in several characters perspectives was a novel way to tell the story But sometimes it was confusing and I would realize I wasn t sure who was narrating Lots of interesting characters and I liked how each switch of narrator revealed of the inner thoughts of each as well as further the story The pace of the book kept you on your toes I a A DECENT RANSOM is a story of a kidnapping gone right according to the tag on the book More than that it s a story about a bit of a misfit that somehow ends up okay, despite all the odds being stacked against him.The storyline is pretty simple to start off with two young as is revealed half brothers, each a misfit in his own right, coming from a totally dysfunctional background, live in the dire circumstances that their mother deserted them in The elder comes up with a classic get rich quick scheme, the younger brother Phoebus is the one who deals with the majority of the consequences Their intended victim, Kathy, is the beautiful, yet mentally fragile, young wife of a seemingly wealthy man Her husband, Rupert, is a womaniser and when he opts to refuse to pay the ransom asked, the brothers are presented with the dilemma of what to do with their captive What A DECENT RANSOM has done with this scenario however takes the reader on a substantially complicated journey Told in multiple character points of view, the author somehow has designed a story that elegantly presents each characters viewpoints without the need to label or overtly lead the reader There are subtle pointers to Available To Download From , Smashwords, Barnes Noble Etc On The Net.Essentially A Tale Of Redemption, The Contemporary, Fast Paced Thriller Blends Pathos With Intrigue, Drawing The Reader Into The Private World Of A Vulnerable Fifteen Year Old Boy, Who Believes Himself To Be The Keeper Of A Kidnapped Woman Against All Odds, The Two Forge An Alliance With Dire Consequences For Some. Phoebus is a good, simple minded backwoods kid who idolizes his big brother Kenny Kenny, not much brighter, is full of spunk, full of himself, and full of plans His plans generally revolve around getting away from the small town he grew up in and being someone His father but not Phoebus was a small time crook, and Kenny dreams of being , of pulling off something big.The central plan of the story is the title caper, a ransom job, and, despite the title, it does not go decently for all The novel weaves through a handful of narratives, different small town pairings, that slowly coalesce into a rich tapestry of intrigues, betrayals, and failures Each point of view is distinctly rendered, and the different perspectives on shared events add depth to both the characters and the novel as a whole, especially as things build to a head.The voice drew me in, and if you have some qualms about their capabilities and the central caper, don t worry all will be revealed.My favorite viewpoint was that of Mai Lin aka Janelle , who has dreamlike visions She and her friend lover Lien are Chinese strippers who live above their club their club or the club where they work , doing the odd trick on the side They, of course, have a dark secret, and Kenny s story is wound in with that as well A good number of colorful characters are realized throughout the novel, all with their own stories, most looking for a way to change their lives Everyone dreams of This is a must read for serious readersThis book delighted and thrilled the writer in me I loved the turns and twists in the storyline and found the five primary characters fascinating Each evoked either compassion or empathy and I cared about what was going to happen to themsomething every writer wants their reader to feeland something every reader hopes for.The structure choice may confuse some, but I suggest letting go of expectations In this novella, as the story unfolds, each of the major players express how they feel about the very same e The author challenged the usual boundaries of contemporary fiction and bravely narrated the novel in the 1st person and through multiple perspectives of both male and female characters The story time line is not straightforward and it keeps the reader engaged it gets complicated throughout the story but still, it remains amazingly clear to the reader There are a few things that make this style of writing very distinctive The way the author presents various foreign accents which makes a platform for the comic element in the novel The author also challenges the usual written sentence structure which also contributes to the funny side of the story We had a conversation In the truck, going down the mountain I didn t like it I didn t Like it the opening of Chapter 84 There are very distinctive and elaborate monologues that quite often switch to dialogues between the character and another part of the character such as consciousness or Me which I understand is an inner voice vocalizing fear and stressing the adherence to what is proper as a response to the character s desires Further, there is somewhat surreal atmosphere An interesting plot driven story with appropriate redemption and come uppances in the end.The style was intriguing four first person point of view narratives that interwove from chapter to chapter, sometimes playing out the same scene from alternating viewpoints very cinematic There was sparse dialogue, and whenever it was presented, it came as part of a character s narrative somewhat telling instead of showing.The claustrophobic, sexual tension of the initial kidnap scene gave way to movement in the second half of the novel, when the characters moved out of the house and new characters were introduced and various plots within the the plot became evident.This helped pick up the pace and keep me gripped and reading until the end.A couple of items that did not work for me 1 the multiple first person narrative style was also the book s undoing these four narrators included a heavily accented Oriental woman, a stammering teenager, a housewife and her pool equipment operator loser husband Had they been allowed to speak , as opposed to narrate, their characters would have been better drawn all four At the begining of this book, I was captivated by the story It is written differently then anything I have read before Each chapter, you don t know which character you re reading about until the end Sometimes it is the same character as the one you just read, sometimes a different character It s one of those stories where you can t see the ending going well And, well, it ended better than I thought, but I generally didn t enjoy the ending I just think the m In her first adult novel, author Ivana Hruba tells the story of a kidnapping gone awry I suppose saying so beckons a definition of a successful kidnapping, which would depend on one s perspective as either the kidnapper or the kidnapped We have in A Decent Ransom the perspectives of both It is perhaps, then, up to the reader to determine if the unusual twists in this particular kidnapping end well or not and I don t intend to give the twists away entirely This something of a roller coaster ride of perspectives is both the strength and weakness of Hruba s novel Three cheers for the juggling it requires for an author to switch adeptly between one character to another, one perspective to another That s a trick, and Hruba, mostly, carries it off with skill and gusto Where she misses, and that juggled plate comes on occasion crashing to the floor, is by using first person I for ALL perspectives, ALL characters Since we are talking about a relatively large number of characters, this can lead to unnecessary confusion The chapters are usually not too long, and each chapter tends to switch characters and perspectives Maybe my mind is aging, but for me, this meant that I had to read sometimes as much as a full paragraph into the chapter before I could identify through which character s eyes I was now peering More than once, this would force me to read to identify, th Intoxicating Whirlwind of a NovelIvana Hrub is a mesmerizingly clever, witty, intelligent, gifted writer A DECENT RANSOM is not only a wholly well spun tale of a bungled kidnap caper which is not what it initially appears to be, but it is also an exercise in creative writing that places Hrub in a high echelon of contemporary writers One of the many aspects of Hrub s writing that marks her as an artist of note is her ability to create a varied cast of characters from young teenagers to old men sugar daddies and used loose women, immigrants with issues particular to their backgrounds to average middle class couples in brittle relationships, older relatives with perversions to women with neuroses psychoses who converse with their alter egos And in bringing such animation to vivid life, Hrub elects to allow the reader to hear from each of these many characters, divided for convenience into individual brief chapters, in the first person singular Rarely have characters bristled with life as vibrant as the strange folks involved in A DECENT RANSOM Phoebus is a young teenager without parents who lives with his half brother Kenny, a wreck of a guy whose time is spent drinking and carousing with a Chinese pole dancing call girl called Janelle though her given name is Mai Lin who in turn entertains men while being in love with her fellow pole dancer Lien Needing money from Kenny the girls tolerate their jobs and their needs drive Kenny

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