Thursday, June 21, 2012

"The one serious conviction that a man should have is that nothing is to be taken too seriously." Samuel Butler


Robert Dugoni deals with the sensitive subjects of rebellious teenagers, parental relationships and the hold that drugs can have on a young person's life.

After a session at the local courthouse, Jake Carter is scheduled to attend a substance abuse program. His step-father, successful attorney David Sloane, doesn't know how to reach Jake who has been impossible since his mother died.

David's friend, Tom Molia, suggests Dave and Jake join him and his fourteen-year-old son, T.J. on a hiking and fishing vacation. David thinks that this might be a good way to keep Jake out of jail.

They rent a room in Truluck, California. The first night, Jake and T.J. get caught after breaking into a local store and stealing liquor and a gun.

The boys are caught and given a quick trial and sentenced to the Fresh Start Youth Training Facility.

The town is owned by Victor Dillon and there seems that there is nothing the two lawmen can do to rescue their boys. The judge is like a character from the old west who controls the town. The police department is hired locally and is equally as uncooperative.  The training program might be a good idea in general but the more the men find out about it, the more it sounds like a place were the guards are sadistic and abusive.

The suspense mounts causing the reader to become totally involved in the story. We feel for the fathers and wonder what could be done by the two men who are against an entire town. Sloane is the kind of parent many of us wish we could be. He wants to protect his troubled step-son but how will he be able to succeed?

Dugoni is a professional story teller and this smoothly plotted mystery is a joy to read.

Well done and highly recommended.

Giveaway rules.
1. be a follower of this blog.
2. use above link and go to the amazon review and indicate the the review was helpful.
3. leave email address and indicate steps one and two are complete.
4. U.S. and Canada
5. Ends July 6th.

Good luck.


Karen B said...

Steps 1 & 2 done. Sounds like a great read.


ronnkelly3 said...

Steps 1&2 done...thank you for the giveaway...

Gale Nelson said...

Did both steps! Thank you!
Gale Nelson

Tore said...

I completed steps 1 and 2. I am in the USA and I am a follower. Please enter me in contest.

Kasee said...

Steps 1 & 2 are complete.
Thank you for this giveaway. The book sounds like one I could share with my husband and my oldest son.
Kasee Johnson

Connie said...

Hi! I liked your review on the book. I haven't heard of that author before so it was nice to learn something new.
Thank you for the giveaway.

Margie said...

Sounds like an exciting book. Thanks for the giveaway.
-new email subscriber
-Liked the Amazon review
Thanks for the giveaway.
mtakala1 AT yahoo DOT com

skkorman said...

Thanks for another great giveaway, Mike! Steps 1 & 2 are complete!

skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

Carl said...

I am a follower of this blog by Google Groups but I would rather follow directly through email so that notification of new posts comes directly to my email box. Is there a way to do this?

I marked the review as helpful.

Thanks you for hosting this giveaway.


Angy said...

I did steps 1 and 2. Thanks for the giveaway !


Sharn3960 said...

Hi Mike!!

I've completed steps 1 & 2.
I'm hoping to win this one for my dad! Thanks so much for the opportunity!

sharn3960 (@) comcast (.) net

mamabunny13 said...

This sounds like a good read. I can't wait to read it.

I have completed steps 1 & 2

mamabunny13 at gmail dot com

Marjorie/cenya2 said...

All steps completed, sounds like a super read.

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Carol M said...

steps one and two are complete

Thank you for the giveaway!

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Michael Draper said...

Congratulations to the winners:
Margie and Ronn.

Thanks to everyone for joining in the giveaway. Please continue to do so.


Belljuyw said...

Steps 1&2 done...thank you for the giveaway...

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