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Odd Jobs
     

Odd Jobs

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by Ben Lieberman
 

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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.

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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, 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781563154720
Publisher:
SterlingHouse Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/02/2010
Pages:
294
Product dimensions:
0.66(w) x 8.00(h) x 5.25(d)

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Odd Jobs 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 64 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
vvb32 More than 1 year ago
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!
KikiD870 More than 1 year ago
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!
nanaof3WV More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It starts quickly, has a small lull and then picks up again quickly. Very well written.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
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."
Grady1GH More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Waiting for the next!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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B_Winn_Art More than 1 year ago
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 More than 1 year ago
Well written. I enjoyed the pace. The vengence angle was good.
Zenqual More than 1 year ago
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.
HEOJKM More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To much bad words !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast read. Kept my attention.First few pages were kind of confusing. But it wraps up real quick. New author?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is NOT a James Patterson book! The review was by him...look at the cover again :-) just didn't want you trashing a great author because of a mistake ty
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LynzeeRose More than 1 year ago
I found the subject matter boring: how to make money illegally, use and abuse family and relationships with friends, and generally promote a "how-to" for everything undesirable. Didn't finish the last 100 pages, just too uninteresting with an overdone and unconvincing plot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
SLOW RAMBLING AND NOT INTERESTING NOT THE USUAL JAMES PATTERSON VERY POOR READ