Beer, Balls and the Belgian Mafia

Beer, Balls and the Belgian Mafia

by Sam Holberry

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ISBN-13: 9781483524351
Publisher: BookBaby
Publication date: 05/01/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 150
File size: 434 KB

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Beer, Balls and the Belgian Mafia 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
AlyceofBoston More than 1 year ago
I originally bought this on Kob and frustratingly there is no way there to leave a review. I have recommended to many friends in recent weeks. Although it is idiosyncratically English, I found it robust, fresh and totally unique. I loved the dialogue which was authentic, believable and funny. I also loved the characters which were free of cliche and the relationships between the three major protagonists felt so real I felt like I was in the room with them. I fell in love with the town in which it was set and even walked its streets on Google Earth to see if I could find some of the locations mentioned. I can't tell you what a thrill it was to find these places do exist! I suspect this may be the author's first work and I will be keeping a lookout for any future work.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Michael McManus for Readers' Favorite The coal mines in the town of Worksop, England have closed, leaving the local economy in a downward spiral. The spirit of the population has decayed; crime and drug abuse are on the rise. Vincent McLean, a former resident of the town, who spent several years in America amassing a small fortune and making important connections, has developed a vision for reinvigorating the town and restoring it to what he remembers as a great town to grow up in. He convinces two other former residents, Ricky Larwood and Samantha Harding, to return with him to help found a new company called “TATM”, the meaning of which McLean seems reluctant to reveal.  Vincent’s plans for the town run in two directions. He has already bought the old brewery, which he plans to revive and expand, and he has purchased other properties that are the beginning of a redevelopment project for the town. Ricky, an expert in public relations, is tasked with building a positive image for the brewery, while Sam works closely with Vincent to organize the development projects. The two form a relationship that falls just short of romantic. Everything is going swimmingly until Vincent gets involved in the local football team and a roughneck hooligan named Frankie, a free-wheeling, fun-loving, trouble-making player who is brilliant on the field, but somewhat less than brilliant in his off-field escapades. When Vincent plays fast and loose with some limitations in Frankie’s contract, all hell breaks loose. Sam Holberry, the author of Beer, Balls and the Belgian Mafia, has put together an excellent story with memorable characters, especially Vincent McLean, who appears to be able to move through any circle of people and take control. The setting of the story is primarily England, but trips to mainland Europe give a variety of locations that add much to the book’s appeal. I am happy to recommend this book to a broad audience.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I only bought this because I had just gotten back from Belgium. I've never read anything like this before. A true one off. Loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A genuinely unique piece of work with surprises around every corner. Brilliantly drawn characters and believable - and laugh out loud - dialogue. I was totally drawn in to a world and locations that were new to me. I thought it was better described as general fiction with a 'thriller'element rather than 'crime' which is the only reason I gave it 4 stars rather than 5.