Odd Jobs

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"A pure hit of uncut suspense. Ben Lieberman is one to watch.” — Harlan Coben

"Odd Jobs is a tightly-wound, well written mystery that I read in one sitting." —James Patterson

"Odd Jobs is an exciting and enjoyable read. I would love to get the main character, Kevin Davenport as a project manager on my show." —Donald J. Trump

Hauling cow carcasses through a freezing warehouse isn’t Kevin Davenport’s idea of summer fun. But it’s not his first crappy job. And with tuition due and his widowed mom strapped for cash, ...

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Overview

"A pure hit of uncut suspense. Ben Lieberman is one to watch.” — Harlan Coben

"Odd Jobs is a tightly-wound, well written mystery that I read in one sitting." —James Patterson

"Odd Jobs is an exciting and enjoyable read. I would love to get the main character, Kevin Davenport as a project manager on my show." —Donald J. Trump

Hauling cow carcasses through a freezing warehouse isn’t Kevin Davenport’s idea of summer fun. But it’s not his first crappy job. And with tuition due and his widowed mom strapped for cash, he’s in no position to turn down good pay.

But there’s more than meatpacking happening at Kosher World Meat Factory. And the truth isn’t quite so—well—kosher. Turns out the business is a front for a criminal syndicate. While working at the corrupt meat factory, Kevin discovers who killed his father, and now all bets are off. Kevin finally has the chance to settle the score, and he’ll tackle any job — club fighting, bookmaking, even drug dealing — to earn his revenge. But can he do it without becoming the very thing he’s trying to destroy? Or, God forbid, flunking out of school?

The Sopranos meets Animal House in this darkly comic coming-of-age novel about the price of vengeance — and the burden of truth.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781477807569
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
  • Publication date: 9/10/2013
  • Pages: 292
  • Sales rank: 962,636
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2012

    Recommend this book

    For 99 cents, I was expecting a short story. I was wrong. It was a full length novel at 620 pages. I really liked this book. What a way to start a career. At the end of the book, the author tells us that one of the chapters was deleted, due to editorial decisions, and that if interested,he would email the omitted chapter. So, I did, and learned a lttle more about the main characters life.
    As I said, I really enjoyed this book.

    12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2012

    This is a fantastic book! I am a voracious reader but also a to

    This is a fantastic book! I am a voracious reader but also a tough critic. This book grabbed me right away--I stayed up until 3 a.m. finishing it because I just couldn't put it down. I cannot believe that this is Ben Lieberman's first novel. I loved it and I truly hope Mr. Lieberman is working on his next novel. Don't miss "Odd Jobs"!! I promise you won't be disappointed!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 24, 2011

    unputdownable

    Definitely an unputdownable book!

    Male bonding, some fight club-ish-nish, good guys vs bad guys.

    I liked the character so much that I would love to read a series or at least a sequel with him!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2012

    HIGHLY RECOMMEND

    Highly recommend all James Pattersons books. This book leaves you wanting his next book to read. Great suspense as always.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 29, 2012

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    Fantastic read!

    Odd Jobs is the debut novel by author Ben Lieberman, a mystery novel that had me turning the pages, unable to put it down. The plot was well-written and engaging, the action perfectly well-paced. In my opinion, it's the characters that drive the story. Enough of a history is created for them, without overwhelming the story with too much distracting back story. Kevin Davenport is the real push to the story, a character that is easily believable. His life hasn't been easy and the trials and tribulations that he has been through has left him somewhat damaged. It is those faults that make him a great character. It makes him real, rather than a larger than life lead that isn't all that similar to the average reader.

    This character, combined with a fabulous plot, gives a book that I truly hope is made into a series, or at least followed by a sequel. I read the book in a night, completely unable to put it down. I will definitely be reading more from this author as he publishes!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 29, 2012

    Took awhile, but worth the time.

    It took awhile for me to get into the book, but once I did it was pretty good. It could have been alot shorter. James Patterson gave it alot higher recommendation then I do!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2012

    Entertaining read

    Thanks, Ben Lieberman, for writing a book that is completely entertaining, develops believable characters, and kept me from guessing the outcome. I'm looking forward to more.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2012

    Do not recommend

    A lot of blood and gore. Did not like at all.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2012

    Good Read

    I really enjoyed this book. It starts quickly, has a small lull and then picks up again quickly. Very well written.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2012

    Very good.

    Nonstop action from start to finish. Very god. Loved yhe main character..recommend for
    an entertaining read

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 7, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    I really hate to give a bad review to a new Author, and up front

    I really hate to give a bad review to a new Author, and up front I'd like to say I do not care for books written in 1st person and that may be why I did not care for this book. I stopped reading it around page 158 just because I could not get into it. I for one could not bond with the characters which to me is of extreme importance in enjoying and getting lost in a novel. I love it when as I approach the end of a book feeling a little sad because I know I am going to miss the people in the book until my next good read. This book just did not have that. I also was not interested in the meat packing businesses and their problems...the whole book to me was a let down. Since the popularity of e-books I have been reading many new authors, 1st time books and going back and getting their 2cd novels and even 3rd if they have one out and am on the look out for them always when I go to buy new books. I was really sad that I did not care for this one but it just was not be my style of reading even though I am a big Patterson, King and Koontz fan and have read all their books...one reason I am hunting for good new talent. On the other hand, my hubby who he and I read together out loud taking turns at night before we go to sleep did seem to like the book a tad more than I did but when I said I really do not care to finish this one he did not protest in starting a new book w/this one unfinished which is a extreme rarity for me to start a book and not finish it. Very Sorry Mr. Lieberman, I will look for another book from you and if the reviews from everyday people like my myself look good I may even buy it and give it a 2cd chance .

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 8, 2011

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    A GOOD DEBUT

    Kevin Davenport has worked a variety of Odd Jobs throughout his life to put himself through college. His dad and little sister were killed by a hit and run driver when he was just ten years old. His mother was never the same and Kevin became the man of the house. After he finished middle school he won a scholarship to a private high school and became friends with a very important young man. This relationship changed his life forever. Or did it really change the day his dad and little sister died?

    His "odd job" during a summer break from college was working for his high school friend's dad. While there Kevin discovers some shocking news. His father's death was not an accident, it was a hit! His sister was collateral damage. Kevin is out for revenge and is going to do everything in his power to bring down his father's killer or die trying.



    My Thoughts
    The front of the book has praise from James Patterson. The back has praise from Donald Trump. Odd Jobs has a gritty intense plot and I did enjoy it but parts were a little unbelievable. It was a good escape for a few hours.

    The plot started well, it was just hard to believe what this college student was able to pull off. Kevin was the type of underdog character you wanted to root for. The detail and descriptive writing was really good. There are some gory parts as with most books of this genre.

    This is a debut novel and as with most first time authors the writing had a few peaks and valleys, but in the end it all came together. I think as the author hones his writing skills he will be very successful. This is a very good first effort. I will be watching for more stories from this author.


    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from The Cadence Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 27, 2011

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    Pow! Up Pops Ben Lieberman!

    Read even the first few pages of this debut novel by New York writer Ben Lieberman and then try to believe that this is his first novel! ODD JOBS is a quirky, entertaining, at times edge of the seat novel that is most impressive in the quality of writing that Lieberman demonstrates. He is always in the moment of the story, has created enough of a history for each of his carefully drawn characters that benefit the credibility of each of them when the asides happen, and most of all he understands architecture of knowing when to begin and end chapters that makes them like the connected cars on a moving train, a train so fast moving that the reader dares not jump off for relief. Yes, he really is that fine a writer. The story involves a college kid, Kevin Davenport, who despite his attraction to drinking it up with the guys, is dedicated to paying his way through college: his father and sister were the victims of a hit and run accident, his mother is so depressed she cannot assist him, so Kevin must go on his own. He lands in a good paying job - hauling beef carcasses and other odious jobs at the Kosher World Meat factory - but has to prove himself (and opt for more income) by becoming the fighter for the factory. Once accepted by the workers and by the manager of the factory, Kevin climbs his way into the machinations of the truly illegal situation that entails not only the men of the Kosher World Meat Factory but the sidelines of crime involving men who he discovers are privy to the details of the accident of his father and sister. And from that point on he endures life threatening situations, uses his brain, and is driven by revenge on the order of a comic book hero. Though stories of his type flood the screens of the movie theaters and the pulp fiction books one the stands at airports, few can compare tot he way Lieberman uses this action plot as a launching pad for his debut of his writing skills. Actually, Lieberman is better than this story: it feels as though he needed an entry into a well-loved terror drama format to get his feet wet. Unfortunately, the title ODD JOBS is followed by the designator 'A Kevin Davenport Novel' - and that usually means that the focus of his creativity will be devoted to 'the further adventures of' type books. And unfortunately he elected to have applauding quotes from James Patterson and Donald Trump on the cover of this edition. In reality, Ben Lieberman doesn't need gimmicks to launch his career - he is simply a very fine writer who doesn't need popular crutches to assist his potential as one of the rising American talents in literature. But all of this may have been publisher/editorial advice to sell this first book, and maybe they are right: endorsements and popular story tastes do a novel sell. But this reader would rate the story 4 and the skills of Ben Lieberman 5, and hope that he will branch out and rise to his potential. In that way Ben Lieberman (AKA Kevin Davenport) could make the best of the gifts given him. Grady Harp

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2014

    Great book!

    Waiting for the next!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2013

    Highly recommend!

    Loved this book! Waiting to see if he continues on with the character albeit in special forces..... Fascinating thought process in building up to the climax of his plan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2013

    Boring

    After 15 chapters I just could not get into the book. Maybe it was because it was written in 1st person or maybe it was just that boring. I would not waste your time.

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  • Posted January 14, 2013

    Excellent story! This was a full-length novel worth every penny

    Excellent story! This was a full-length novel worth every penny and more! Yes, there is blood and gore but what would you expect from a mafia novel?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2012

    Good Read

    Well written. I enjoyed the pace. The vengence angle was good.

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  • Posted September 14, 2012

    A fortunate mistake

    I ordered this when I saw James Patterson's name on the cover and was dissapointed when I opened it up and saw he was merely reccomending it. However it turns out that his recomendation is as high a quality as his writing. After taking a few pages to get into the story I really enjoyed this read. Off beat characters and unforseeable plot turns have kept me engrossed through this lenghty (but too short) 600+ page read.I have several books backed up to read on my Nook but will certainly looking for Ben Lieberman offerings in the future.

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  • Posted September 13, 2012

    I loved the first person narrative, and this book had a fast pac

    I loved the first person narrative, and this book had a fast pace that I just couldn't put down! I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes action and character developement in their reading.

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