Follow The Money

Follow The Money

by Ross Cavins

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ISBN-13: 9780982772003
Publisher: Ross Cavins LLC
Publication date: 05/24/2010
Pages: 266
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.56(d)
Age Range: 16 Years

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Follow the Money 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
rdemarest on LibraryThing 25 days ago
Ross Cavins has put together a collection with a fun premise. This selection of linked shorts follow the trail of a certain 3 million dollars as it winds its way through the greed of America's heartland. It was billed as humorous and entertaining, but personally I found it much more saddening as I sat witness to the depths of dissipation these people sunk to. As such, I was happy, yet not entirely to see where the money ended up in the end. That said, the characters seemed a bit two dimensional and quite similar throughout all the stories; it felt like there were three main archetypes and that was it. The misogynist male, the greedy female, and the doddering old person. It was a bit tiring after a while. It was a decent way to pass the time, but not a book I'm likely to read again.
Laitue_Gonflable on LibraryThing 25 days ago
I won an eBook version of this as part of LibraryThing member giveaways so here is my payment for the book, in review form. I feel very privileged as (apparently) the only Australian to have read this book so let me try and answer Mr. Cavins' question as to whether his comedy translates well to a non-American audience.The premise of this collection of short stories is inherently intriguing, although it is also a time-honoured plot device: the first story introduces a vast sum of money gained by illegal means. As each story commences we are introduced to a set of characters that somehow chances upon the character from the previous story in possession of that money and ends up taking possession. We as readers are then invited to 'follow the money' as it passes from one character/story to the next.The book is fun, for the most part, and the first two or three stories certainly hook you in with the mystery of how the new set of characters will intermingle or come to associate with those of the previous story. However, the hook that is baited well by the first two or three stories becomes rather stale by about the sixth or seventh, as the formula becomes all too clear, and the premise of each story becomes extremely predictable. There are some highlights. Story 3 (Sammy¿s Night Out), and Story 6 (Have Fun Tonight) are hilarious simply because their premises are amusing, and the narrative execution is spot on. Some of the stories, however ¿ particularly later in the book ¿ use story merely as a sidelined device to service the flow of `the Money¿ through characters¿ hands. I think the best works here are those stories that work perfectly well by themselves; where the money passing through is merely incidental to the individual narrative.Basically, there are two ways I could imagine this book better: firstly, it could be shorter. Two or three of the stories could quite happily sacrifice themselves and each `twist¿ in the remaining stories would remain more fresh; secondly, if some of the stories were themselves more engaging, the book would itself be more of a stimulating read. A lot of the characters are quite stereotypical Americana fare, and when the stories themselves are not particularly interesting (Story 9 ¿ For the Road, is a prime example), the characters are not likeable or unique enough to hold my interest.One further point: the underlying theme of the book is greed ¿ lust for money. What makes the first half of the book (in my opinion) superior to the second half is that there is a concurrent theme ¿ sexual lust. It intrigued me how for a number of the stories in the first half of the book, characters seemed to have this internal struggle between lust for money and lust for sex. In some people, it¿s the money that wins out, while in others it¿s sex that wins out ¿ and consequently, also loses out.I would have liked to have seen this theme explored in more depth, and I think it would have added more meat to the latter half of the book ¿ where the money flow seems more incidental and pedestrian.Those thoughts aside, `Follow the Money¿ is undoubtedly a witty and entertaining read. Mr. Cavins is an interesting writer with a keen understanding of dialogue and farce. I am interested to see how well his style would translate to longer prose.
jkaustin02 on LibraryThing 25 days ago
Not at all what I thought it would be. Don't really KNOW what I expected, but this book was so surprising...it blew me away! A collection of interconnected short stories where each "chapter" introduces new characters, but also weaves in some previous ones in such a devious way that you are basically left with your mouth hanging open. I absolutely LOVED this book! I won't give away too much of the plot...that would really ruin it for everyone (because you HAVE to read this book!)...but let's just say there is a bunch, and I mean a BUNCH of money involved. A cast of the most misfit characters I've ever met (and yes, you'll feel like you met them too when you're finished). Ross' way of writing is hilarious...you'll catch yourself either laughing or shaking your head because you just GET it! Highly recommended. Great job Ross (now, seriously...where's the money?).
nizmart on LibraryThing 25 days ago
This book had me laughing out loud! I usually don't read short stories, but they're all connected by "the money" so it worked out well. Highly recommend for a laugh (or two!).
Marynamo on LibraryThing 25 days ago
This is a humoristic compilation of short stories. One story relates to another. The book contains several cussing and is only suitable for adult reading. There is a big sexuality desire that meets with the intellect of the college boy¿s way of thinking. The character personalities are clearly visible in each story and you do not have to guess who is who. The story line is clearly mapped out with the money the main agenda in each story.
Ani36ol on LibraryThing 25 days ago
I received this as an e-book through LibraryThing and it wasn't anything like I expected. I was expecting a dry read about how to rework my non-existent finances but instead I read a great collection of short stories that provided me with quite a few laughs. I loved how characters intertwined in different stories. A great read and something anyone looking for a good laugh should read.
lg4154 on LibraryThing 25 days ago
I won this book thru Library Thing and I was lucky enough to get an autographed copy. Normally I tend to turn my nose up at short stories, but I found this book quite clever and only wished it had not ended so soon. I like how the author shows the money changing hands throughout the book, each of the ten stories follows the progression of the money. The characters are pretty believable and I loved the authors¿ sense of humor. I would love to see a follow-up to this book or continued characters in another book. His style is along the lines between Harlan Coben and Janet Evanovich, bust a gut laugh out loud funny. I would recommend this book to anybody who likes a great, quick read.
tanyaj101 on LibraryThing 25 days ago
I liked this book. I laughed hilariously and was kept guessing about what would happen next.Not my usual type of book, but I thorougly enjoyed this one enough that I will read other Cavins books when they come along.
Justjenniferreading on LibraryThing 25 days ago
A review e-book copy was provided for review by the author. This book was hilarious, right from the dedication through to the end. I still hate to admit that I have a sick and dark sense of humor, but the fact that I laughed through most of this book I think just sets that even more in stone... The stories were so weird. They all seemed to revolve around, what most people would consider, "trash". Sadly though there were a few characters that when I started reading them I thought to myself "This is just like ..." It was both a frightening and liberating, it meant I could laugh at it because I was part of it.For being short stories the characters are very well developed. The fact that some of them carry through one or two of the stories helps build them even more. I think the ability to create such developed characters within the limitations of a short story is a sign of a great author. The stories are well written. Sometimes it took me a minute to find the "connection" to the previous stories, but once I figured it out it all really started to make sense. Again I have to mention the humor that was so well-placed in the stories. I don't want to give anything away but my favorite bit of humor is the toe/thumb... (That's got you thinking doesn't it???) Like I said, it's kind of dark twisted humor. While I didn't get lost in the story, and the characters were all fairly despicable I do have to say that I really enjoyed myself while reading this book. I really hope Cavins writes something else because I think I'm going to have to read this a few times. Not only to pick up some of the things I may have missed but also because I enjoyed it so much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I first picked up Follow the Money I was unsure what to expect; ten short stories packed into 235 pages almost seemed an impossible feat. What I found was a pleasant surprise: artful language, hard to forget characters, and dark moments that leave you breathless. While his characters may be uneducated Ross Cavins most certainly is not, and he pulls off the dialect impeccably. The collection of stories flow one into the next each with a clever twist and always keeping you guessing about where the money is and what extremes the next character will take to get it. The book forces you to ask yourself, what would I do for 3 million dollars? Steal? Sell yourself for one night? Leave three people dead on the side of the road? Where is the line? Is there one? These are the questions Cavins forces you to address, and makes you realize just how far money can push someone to go.  There was, however, a homophobic vibe that distracted from the story. I had a hard time getting past this and into the stories. All of the characters use the word “fag” in their common language making comments like how “fags” always wear tight jeans.  In the end I attributed this to the uneducated vibe of the characters, and tried to move past it instead of making judgments about Cavins himself.  Cavins manages simultaneously to make you think deeply about how money corrupts and to give you a good laugh. So whether you to look at the deeper meaning or just get a good laugh I advise giving Follow the Money a shot. 
Jennmarie68 More than 1 year ago
A review e-book copy was provided for review by the author. This book was hilarious, right from the dedication through to the end. I still hate to admit that I have a sick and dark sense of humor, but the fact that I laughed through most of this book I think just sets that even more in stone... The stories were so weird. They all seemed to revolve around, what most people would consider, "trash". Sadly though there were a few characters that when I started reading them I thought to myself "This is just like ..." It was both a frightening and liberating, it meant I could laugh at it because I was part of it. For being short stories the characters are very well developed. The fact that some of them carry through one or two of the stories helps build them even more. I think the ability to create such developed characters within the limitations of a short story is a sign of a great author. The stories are well written. Sometimes it took me a minute to find the "connection" to the previous stories, but once I figured it out it all really started to make sense. Again I have to mention the humor that was so well-placed in the stories. I don't want to give anything away but my favorite bit of humor is the toe/thumb... (That's got you thinking doesn't it???) Like I said, it's kind of dark twisted humor. While I didn't get lost in the story, and the characters were all fairly despicable I do have to say that I really enjoyed myself while reading this book. I really hope Cavins writes something else because I think I'm going to have to read this a few times. Not only to pick up some of the things I may have missed but also because I enjoyed it so much.
pixiesand More than 1 year ago
I love it! So funny! Before I talk about the actual stories, I have to say that I think this book is a "men's romance". hehe This is what I mean... Usually in romances the woman is a regular gal, with flaws and everything, who could be just like me. She meets a sexy, hard-bodied, perfect man to have sex with and live happily ever after. So, alternately, a men's romance would be about an average dude who finds a young, tiny, tight-bodied woman with big, bouncy boobs. To look at and have sex with. If I learned anything from this book, wait.. I don't read to learn, I read for entertainment. Well, I think I understand men a little better now. Oh, and now I know every slang word for penis. haha This book is exactly the kind of movie that I love to watch (Crash, Valentine's Day) where the characters stories are separate from each other, but they cross paths. It was so much fun to "follow the money" that I didn't want it to end. At least not until the money landed in my lap. I really liked Sammy and wished that there was more of him in the stories. My favorite story was Have Fun Tonight. It was so outrageous and I loved how the EMTs responded to Richard's condition. But, my very favorite character would have to be Wally. Every time he said anything, I laughed out loud!
angelalovesbooks More than 1 year ago
Ross Cavins has written one of the most creative books of short stories that i have ever read. All the stories are imaginative, resourceful, witty and creative . each story is connected by..................,you guessed it, money. After the 1st story, I was in deep like, after the 2nd story, i couldn't put the book down. Ross should quit his day job and become a full time writer. I can't wait for his next book.
crazypsychobookloverLC More than 1 year ago
Follow The Money: A Collection of Interconnected Short Stories Author: Ross Cavins Publisher: RCG Publishing ISBN: 978-1438253961 I knew I had discovered a Kindred Spirit in author Ross Cavins when he started this collection of short stories with an all time favorite quote of mine from Moliere: "Writing is like prostitution. First You do it for love, then for a few close friends and then for money." This book is among the funniest I have ever read. What I especially love is that the humor sort of sneaks up on you, and leaves you laughing out loud and gasping for breath. Thankfully, I was not reading in a crowded room. Laughing and okay, actually snorting my way through these stories, I marvelled at the bigger than life characters, and for many of them, they rang true as the personalities of some family members and friends, all of whom shall remain nameless. From a couple of inept "good ole boy" kidnappers to a slimey but smart " investment" con man to a fast talking (and even faster thinking) young redneck fellow in a rush to get on with what he hopes will be a romantic evening with his girl, these are really great characters, each memorable and a little bit nuts. There are ten stories in this book, and it left me wanting lots more. All ten are excellently done, with great characters and innovative plot lines. I'm glad I don't have to pick one favorite, cause that would be tough. Each are unique and charming. The characters grow on you, and all of them could be the subject of a book by themselves. I really look forward to reading more by this funny, funny author. Read it all at once, or savor each story slowly, either way, you'll be glad to have followed the money.......what a ride!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago