Full Moon Saturday Night

Full Moon Saturday Night

by Mark Barkawitz

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Overview

Mike Hepp is an L.A. millennial post-grad, who dreams of making it big in the TV & film industry. He auditions by day and tends bar at night to satiate his massive student debt, credit card payments, and rent. Until one knuckle-busting, full moon Saturday night launches his life into complete upheaval, suddenly placing him in the middle of an international drug-smuggling operation and undercover police sting, consequently ruining his reputation in Hollywood.

Can Mike survive his unsolicited undercover work and cleanse his sullied reputation? Or will he end up as shark bait for double-crossing the wrong people?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940163132720
Publisher: Woof Books
Publication date: 11/19/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 946,231
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Mark Barkawitz has earned awards for his fiction, poetry, essay, and screenwriting. His work has appeared in newspapers, magazines, literary journals and anthologies, and on dozens of websites. He had IMDb feature film credits for The Killing Time (New World Pictures) and Turn of the Blade (Mark Bark-NorthStar Ent.). He lives with his wife, has two grown children, and a dog in Pasadena, CA.

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Full Moon Saturday Night 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Grymm 13 days ago
I’d not heard of Barkawitz before this book fell into my lap. It’s easy to see it’s been professionally edited, and well thought out. The author clearly put a lot of care into this book to ensure the reader enjoys it. I feel like this book is like a movie. Barkawitz avoids going overboard with detail and explanation, and does a wonderful job creating visuals. The plot didn’t really jump out at me, but the characters did speak to me, and that kept me going. Mike’s early questioning of his artistic career? His experience with Cooper right at the beginning? His mindset? Those all feel very real. It’s easy to slip and forget that these are characters, not people I know. Though the main action doesn’t pop off right away, we do see immediate confrontation. The book flows real well, the pacing is strong, and the character development and great writing help us through the couple of lulls in the story.
Anonymous 21 days ago
California author Mark Barkawitz is a screenwriter, actor, creative writing teacher, athlete and track coach whose fiction, essays, poetry and screenwriting have won multiple awards. His books to date include GIANT KILLERS, THE DOG WITH THE OPPOSABLE THUMB, 29 AGAIN AND OTHER CANCER-FIGHTING STORIES, and now FULL MOON SATURDAY NIGHT. In addition to his many literary accomplishments, Mark is a cancer survivor whose indomitable spirit has influenced many with critical illnesses as well as bringing support to the City of Hope research and patient care. He lives in Pasadena, California.

Perhaps Mark's skills, outlined in brief above, gained in screenwriting and in dealing with the ‘wages of life,’ are in part responsible for this exceptionally fine thriller. But whatever the nidus for his talent, this new novel places him solidly in the forefront of contemporary fiction authors. He is able to convey a breathlessly paced mystery while peppering it with a wry humor that serves to make his prose unique.

A sample of Mark’s talent opens his story – ‘When our dates for the party excused themselves to use the bathroom, I took advantage of their absence and leaned closer to Cooper with his back to the wall. “Just so we’re straight,” I said confidentially, staring into his lazy eyes, a stupid smile on his sophomoric, look-I-can-grow-a-mustache-now face. “I don’t like you.” “What?” He seemed truly shocked by my candor. He was young, dumb, and handsome, dating my ex-girlfriend Mandy with eyes for my current girlfriend Marie. It was a small party: mostly undergrads from the state college from which I’d recently graduated and others. The music was loud, so no one appeared to take notice of my confrontation. “Why-why not, Mike?” He took a slug of his apple beer – clueless…’

Once the principal character Mike has been defined, the story revs up, and the plot unfolds – ‘Mike Hepp is an L.A. millennial post-grad, who dreams of making it big in the TV & film industry. He auditions by day and tends bar at night to satiate his massive student debt, credit card payments, and rent. Until one knuckle-busting, full moon Saturday night launches his life into complete upheaval, suddenly placing him in the middle of an international drug smuggling operation and an undercover police sting, consequently ruining his reputation in Hollywood. Can Mike survive his unsolicited undercover work and cleanse his sullied reputation? Or will he end up as shark bait for double-crossing the wrong people?’ Truth – and consequences, and the velocity of the action is way past the speed limit.

It is not often a book can be stamped “brilliant” but novel meets the criteria! Very highly recommended.
CupAndSaucer 28 days ago
Full Moon Saturday Night by Mark Barkawitz is a fast-paced and exciting read following the escapades of out of work actor, Mike, whose life is turned completely upside down one Saturday night. He goes from having no acting work to speak of, to needing to pull off the performance of his life in an unexpected undercover operation. Will he survive the Saturday night to act another day or is his big Hollywood dream about to end tragically? This is a great thriller novel - it’s exciting, brutal, unpredictable, and full of excellent characters. Very good read. 
jbarr5 3 months ago
Full Moon Saturday Night by Mark Barkawitz Book starts out with Mike, working weekends at the bar and writing scenes for a tv show. He's been promoting it for several months til he realizes it's on the tv but they are using a different sports players... He's in trouble at the bar also, he had been involved in a fight and that night he also swept up the bookie's books, very wet and he had given it back to the bookie weeks later. Besides the local cops they know of the cocaine at the bar and want him to become a paid informant..... Mike gets himself deep within and is spying on others as he goes from realtionship to relationship and we learn the connections between the others at the bars. Some things go wrong at events and he's brought in, on charges and all he can do is blame it all on the full moon and it's gravitational pull. Action, adventure, mysteries, deaths, tv screenwriter, location, drugs and cops and I can really see this happening in city. Like the epilogue as it brings closure and you wonder how long he will stay on the good path... Received this review copy from the publisher and this is my honest opinion.