Freaks I've Met

Freaks I've Met

by Donald Henry Jans


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Freaks I've Met by Donald Henry Jans

Spokane, Washington, is nearly perfect for most people, but Jack Fitzpatrick is not one of them. Hours after graduation and armed with his final paycheck from his nemesis, Jack heads for Southern California. Dreams are a dime a dozen in the City of Angels. Broke, barely scraping by, and hating his life as a temp, L.A. is definitely not what Jack expected. But after reading "Best Paying Jobs of 1987" in Time magazine, he decides to go after the only one he thinks he has a shot at: institutional bond broker. Once frustrated that his dazzling lack of experience keeps getting in the way, Jack is ecstatic to land a job at Freedom Capital, a no-name firm with a hire anybody mentality. Pumped to be on his way to his first few million, Jack eagerly engages in the challenged ethics of his new employer. When a series of innocent events lands him in prison, he's sure things can't get any worse. He would be wrong.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780996175609
Publisher: Sheabeau publishing
Publication date: 05/15/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 328,484
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.48(d)

About the Author

A Chartered Financial Analyst and Gonzaga University alumnus--survived more than twenty years in the institutional bond market and encounters with all kinds of freaks. The author of several screenplays, he is currently working on his second novel. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his two children.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 May, 1987..... 1

Chapter 2 Sweet Good-Byes..... 3

Chapter 3 Graduate Disillusionment..... 9

Chapter 4 On the Road, Again... 15

Chapter 5 El Aye...... 17

Chapter 6 Getting Lighter..... 23

Chapter 7 A Friend to Lean On...... 32

Chapter 8 Get a Job...... 40

Chapter 9 Temp Is Short for Temporary.... 43

Chapter 10 “Real” Job Hunting.... 46

Chapter 11 October 19, 1987.... 50

Chapter 12 Training Camp.... 53

Chapter 13 The Trenches.... 55

Chapter 14 Man’s Business...... 60

Chapter 15 Shiny, Happy People........ 64

Chapter 16 Morning Y’All.... 66

Chapter 17 My Hero.... 69

Chapter 18 All in the Family... 71

Chapter 19 Ho-Down... 72

Chapter 20 Do or Die... 75

Chapter 21 Saved by Elvis.... 78

Chapter 22 A New Beginning.... 80

Chapter 23 Finally Some Friends... 85

Chapter 24 If You’re Gonna Do Something, Do It Right.. 88

Chapter 25 Fair and Fair Alike.. 90

Chapter 26 Girls, Girls, Girls... 92

Chapter 27 Learn to Take It Like a Man.. 95

Chapter 28 Rough and Ready.... 98

Chapter 29 The Secret..... 100

Chapter 30 Head North, Young Man.... 105

Chapter 31 Scary Campfire Stories Are Not for Kids..... 107

Chapter 32 San Francisco! Open Your Golden Gates.... 112

Chapter 33 Don’t Shit Where You Sleep......... 116

Chapter 34 Sugar Momma....... 123

Chapter 35 Loving Ewe...... 124

Chapter 36 Party Time........ 126

Chapter 37 CTRL ALT DEL...... 128

Chapter 38 Paradise Lost.......... 133

Chapter 39 Trailer Parks R Us........ 137

Chapter 40 Bar Brokering....... 140

Chapter 41 Work My Fingers to the Bone....... 143

Chapter 42 The Beginning of the End...... 150

Chapter 43 Easy Street.... 153

Chapter 44 Becoming Celibate..... 157

Chapter 45 Losing My Mo-Jo...... 158

Chapter 46 Love American Style..... 163

Chapter 47 Hard Time...... 169

Chapter 48 Kangaroo Court....... 176

Chapter 49 Freedom Fight....... 185

Chapter 50 Tail between My Legs..... 189

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Freaks I've Met 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
FrankWeemholt More than 1 year ago
Fast paced, and laugh out loud funny look at A journey to Wall street from a completely different perspective of a small town kid that travels to California to strike it rich, and all the Freaks he meets that try to keep him down. Fast and fun read. I laughed out loud.
GrandmaBabsy13 More than 1 year ago
I won this book at you! This is a dark comedy about recent college graduate Jack who leaves his hometown in Spokane and his attempts at becoming a millionaire in Los Angeles and the 'freaks' he meets along the way. This is a hilarious laugh out loud story with a dark undertone that blends seamlessly and keeps you turning the pages until you reach the surprising end. It's hard to believe that this is the author's debut novel and I'm looking forward to more from Donald Jans. He has written three screenplays and I might give them a try. I highly recommend 'Freaks I've Met' to anyone who wants to read a crazy good book.
Badkitty70 More than 1 year ago
I won this book as part of a Goodreads First Reads giveaway and rated it 2 1/2 stars. Jack Fitzpatrick decides that after graduating from college, he is going to leave his hometown for a much bigger and more competitive city, where he just knows he'll become successful and make a lot of money. This is his coming of age tale and how things don't always work out the way you expect them to....and that's not always a bad thing. I was SOOOOO excited to win this book. I had entered giveaways for it numerous times trying to snag a copy. Not only were the reviews fantastic, but I live in Spokane after having moved here from California (close to LA) with my family. I figured it would be hilarious! I mean he's leaving a small town (well, to be fair, Spokane isn't actually a small town at all......but when compared to LA? Yea), the only place he's ever known, and heading to LA where he thinks he's going to "make it big." How could that not be funny? Well, surprisingly for me, it wasn't. Oh don't get me wrong, it definitely had its moments and isn't a bad book, but it was hardly the laugh out loud story I thought it was going to be. Maybe my expectations were just too high or maybe it's because there really aren't any "freaks" in this story, but it took me forever to get through this book. Jack, the protagonist, was more annoying than anything. I didn't find him even remotely likeable so when various scenarios would come up where you should want to feel for him, I couldn't. The only part where he didn't come off like a jerk was the end, which I liked. The author definitely did the "full circle" part well. I don't have to like the main character to enjoy a book, but in this case, it seemed like it would have helped. It is a dark comedy, which are usually my favorite, but more on the crude side. I'm thinking I am just not the target audience for it. If you are a recent college graduate or someone who has done the whole small town to big city thing, then I think you would enjoy this book and really get a good laugh out of it.