Living The Dream

Living The Dream

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by Tim Baker
     
 
"Living the Dream" is a semi-humorous crime story about a loser named Kurt who thinks that his ticket to Easy Street lies in a half-baked kidnapping plot. After the road trip from hell he arrives in Florida to find that Vicky, his intended victim, is out of town. Vicky's husband, Jimmy, is thinking of divorcing her and probably won't pay the ransom anyway. And Leslie,

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"Living the Dream" is a semi-humorous crime story about a loser named Kurt who thinks that his ticket to Easy Street lies in a half-baked kidnapping plot. After the road trip from hell he arrives in Florida to find that Vicky, his intended victim, is out of town. Vicky's husband, Jimmy, is thinking of divorcing her and probably won't pay the ransom anyway. And Leslie, Jimmy's mistress, wants a piece of Kurt's action. Just to make matters worse, Kurt has a bookie, a biker and an ex-Navy SEAL all wanting a piece of his hide. Kurt had no idea that kidnapping was such hard work. His plan might work if it doesn't get him killed first.

Tim Baker was born and raised in Warwick, Rhode Island. After graduating from The Wentworth Institute of Technology in 1980 he embarked on a career in Architecture and Engineering. Along the way he has also worked in the natural gas industry, construction and ice cream sales In his spare time he enjoys a wide variety of activities including sports of all kinds, music, photography, model building and, of course, writing. An avid dog lover, Tim was a volunteer puppy raiser for Guiding Eyes for the Blind, raising and socializing potential guide dogs. He has also studied and taught martial arts. Living the Dream is his first published novel, his next novel Water Hazard will be published in the fall of 2009. Currently, Tim is enjoying life in Palm Coast, Florida.

To contact Tim or find out about upcoming works please visit his website at www.blindoggbooks.com

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781608440870
Publisher:
Dog Ear Publishing
Publication date:
07/13/2009
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.77(d)

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Living The Dream 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
NYM More than 1 year ago
I'm not normally one that feels any sympathy for the bad guys, but this time I found myself shaking my head at Kurt's bad luck. I guess Karma decided enough was enough. :) The lives and times of the other characters in the book, and their dream sequences, made for a fast and entertaining read. There's quite a bit of foul language, so be warned. Not that it's out of place given the characters, but it's there. I enjoyed this and will definitely keep my eye out for additional works. Thanks Tim!
JosieKramer More than 1 year ago
Poor Kurt. I know none of the characters are the best example of model behavior, but Kurt. You just wanted to help him out. Even while he was doing illegal things, you just want to help. Nothing ever went his way. I enjoyed this book. It was well written (there were two formatting issues) and the pace was great. I enjoyed each chapter focusing on one of the four main characters as it kept everything fresh. The author has a good book here on his hands. I think all that read it will enjoy it and will find it surprising that they find themselves rooting for the "bad guy". Tim has perfected making his characters so pathetic and unlucky that he has managed to make his readers sympathetic. That is quite rare to do, much less for a new author. Well done Tim.
ApexReviews More than 1 year ago
Not-so-loveable loser Kurt wants a ticket to Easy Street, so he devises a half-cocked kidnapping plot one day. Little does he know, though, when he arrives at the home of his intended victim, not only does he find that she's left town, but he also discovers - much to his dismay - that her husband doesn't care enough about her to pay the ransom anyway. Even worse, her husband's mistress soon learns about the plot, prompting her to want in on the action. With a host of other parties all wanting a piece of his hide, Kurt soon realizes the irony that lies in having to take such a tough road to Easy Street... Cleverly crafted - and surprisingly amusing - Living The Dream is quite the entertaining read. In it, author Tim Baker has crafted an engaging tale with enough imaginative flair to hold the reader's interest until the very end. Furthermore, as the story unfolds, he somehow manages to elicit empathy for rather seamy characters that one would typically find repulsive - not an easy task to pull off, but one that Baker nails in impressive fashion. In the end, Baker understands the visceral appeal of rooting for the underdog - even if he happens to be a cad - and in Living The Dream he successfully taps into that all-too-human sentiment that we all share...whether we like it or not. A fun read. Josee Morgan Apex Reviews
CaApril More than 1 year ago
All Kurt wants is a break and he can't understand why he can't get one. Deciding to take matters into his own hands he comes up with a plan to kidnap Vicky. He is sure her husband will pay the ransom and then his life will be on the right track, he will be a loser no more. Unfortunately for Kurt, things go from bad to worse as he drives to Florida in what becomes the road trip from hell. Once there, he discovers Vicky is out of town and her husband, Jimmy, doesn't care enough about her to pay a ransom even if Kurt could managed to kidnap her. Just when it seems like Kurt's plan is over, he meets Jimmy's mistress, Leslie, who has some plans of her own and Kurt starts to believe he may finally get to "live the dream". When I first started to read "Living The Dream" by Tim Baker, I wasn't sure if I was going to like it. Three of the main characters have no redeeming qualities and it was hard to care about what happened to them. Then I realized that I didn't have to like them in order to appreciate the story and the imagination that went into the writing. The things that kept happening to Kurt were crazy and creative and I was impressed with how events unfolded in a way that kept me interested despite my lack of empathy for the characters. I eventually found myself turning the pages furiously to see what was going to happen next and, by the end, felt that the book was well written, creative, showed lots of imagination and I would definitely recommend it. One note of warning, there is a lot of coarse language in this book so if you are easily offended, this is not the book for you.