DOING MAX VINYL
by Frederick Brooke
This fast-paced thriller has a colorful cast of Chicago characters. Enter the world of Max Vinyl, whose computer recycling company is enjoying growth that can only be called explosive, especially when his environmentalist girlfriend finds out his dirty secret. Learn how returning Iraq war veteran Annie Ogden reacts when her sister is threatened by two of Max Vinyl’s thugs. How will Max Vinyl counter the devastating attacks of three violent and vengeful women? By the end of the week, having extricated himself from one situation after another that would be hilarious if only they were happening to someone else, Max Vinyl finds himself in a desperate struggle, fighting for his survival. Will Annie Ogden find the answers she’s looking for? Nonstop comic action leads to a killer finale in this genre-bending tale of corporate chacanery and good old-fashioned betrayal.
“I am a big fan of urban-based thriller novels, and I love humorous wacky off-color authors like Bill Fitzhugh (Pest Control, Cross-Dressing) and Christopher Moore (Blood-sucking Fiends, The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove). With a similar flair and skill for raising the mundane to a comic sublime, Brooke presents us in “Doing Max Vinyl” with Annie Ogden, a fascinating central character rich in complexities ranging from sibling rivalry to combat trauma. She is smart, strong, and driven by haunting reverberations of her military service, yet true to the phenotype of post-traumatic stress disorder, is adrift in a society to which she has trouble re-adjusting. Her character echoes other strong female leads but stands out in its anchoring in her internal struggles, vulnerabilities, and iron discipline to press on and make a difference” E. Ingersoll
Frederick Lee Brooke hits one out of the park with DOING MAX VINYL: a terrific cast, a female military veteran looking for her place in the world, and a timely topic. Brooke does a wonderful job with his characters – such a good job that I struggled with who I liked most With Max Vinyl, I fluctuated between feeling sorry for the guy and cheering for whoever would find the means to measure Vinyl for a pair of concrete loafers. Ike and Tranny are a couple of small-time hoods with serious personality disorders, but you’ve got to love their stick-to-itiveness and willpower … Quick-read chapters and intelligent writing make this book a fun and interesting read. Would recommend it to everyone – even if you don’t think this is your kind of book – it actually is.by Deanna S.
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