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Monster by Ben Jr. Burgess

Tormented while growing up for being dark-skinned, and the son of a womanizer who deserts his family regularly, Ken Ferguson longed for that feeling of being loved. Ken promised himself that he wouldn't be a manipulating, deceitful man like his father, but after being cheated on and dumped by the girl he thought he would one day marry, he begins his transformation. Fueled by anger, and tired of being the "nice guy", Ken drowns himself in one-night stands, threesomes, affairs with married women, and sleeping with one conquest after another. He adopts the philosophy of having no commitment and no attachments, but meets his match with Ashley, a girl that makes him want to stop his promiscuous ways. But Ashley turns out to do even more damage to his ego and his heart, wounding him deeply. With his philosophy reinforced, Ken spirals out of control and becomes a MONSTER. Sleeping with and mistreating random women he meets at bars and clubs, Ken uses sex to forget about his insecurities, his anger, and his sadness. Will Ken learn to let go of his heartbreaks, or will he be consumed by them and continue to be a MONSTER?

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ISBN-13: 9780988374508
Publisher: Benjamin Burgess Jr.
Publication date: 02/05/2013
Pages: 282
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.64(d)

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Monster 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
kbaby920 More than 1 year ago
Let me first start by saying, any woman who is a die hard man hater, you will only be reinforced in your passion to hate by the happenings in this book. HOWEVER, let me reinforce my own point here. This is absolutely one of the most appealing, informative, thought provoking, and empathy twisting books I have read to date. For one, Ken is a lovably sweet person who has been wronged in the most horrible way by a woman he loved very deeply. We have all been here before, heart broken , destitute, struggling to find the answer for why we were wronged and deciding that we have to change. Ken experienced this same type of drastic behavior before taking it to the extreme where he became worse than the woman who hurt him. On top of it all, he was hurt again in almost the same cruel way. While I didn’t agree with how Ken reacted to heart ache I could understand his mindset. It was almost as if he was a wounded starving animal searching for sustenance, and who could fault him for acting in an instinctual animalistic way when kicked as he was down? Not only did I find myself torn between loving Ken and hating him, I found that if he wasn’t hurt he wouldn’t have accomplished so much in his life that had been lagging in the background as he searched for love. Ultimately he found success, money, strength and most importantly confidence. One of the things we lack when hurting is a sense of confidence and I found that this made Ken much more relatable. If he had just turned into a monster slut I think he would have lost the audience. But the fact that he built a confidence in himself despite not knowing it outright forged a link between me as a reader and him as a highly dimensional character I wanted to know more about. There is so much more to this book than the characters. The dialogue is very engaging, the situations are realistic and ever changing to keep me interested. And overall for a debut novel, it was refreshing. It kept a good pacing that flowed from start to finish. The bonus was seeing inside the mind of a man trying in earnest to protect him self by forging the only protection that is basic in his mind- Being a player and distancing him self from people. While many may not agree with this tactic, we cannot argue that it is seen and felt everyday, That these same occurrences aren’t happening right now somewhere to someone. Very good job Ben, this was a great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Where to start with this book? The emotions were working over time with this one. Such a personal account of someone going through such a destructive period in their lives. I have to admit I was really uncomfortable reading the majority of this book because it gave me an insight into the psyche of the male brain and how it works and for most females even if they don't admit it a males brain is not where they want to be. As a reader I try to become one with the characters I am reading about, and for this story the journey for me was tough, and sometimes I would stop reading because I felt drained and devoid of feelings like Ken. I have never been in the situation in life that the main character Ken has so to me most of what he went through was foreign, however I could still relate to him on some level.His story does make you think about your own life, and how the actions you have taken in your past can and do affect your life now and that is another thing I must thank him for. When I started reading this story of a life that has so many twists and turns I wanted to hate Ken to despise him with all my heart, but there was just something there that made me think there was hope for him. I love feeling that much emotion for a character it just makes reading the story all the more enjoyable.Some might be reading this and thinking that I hated this story but that is so far from the truth. I absolutely loved everything about it. The characters were real and so believeable, and the dialogue made you feel like you were a fly on the wall. I do however have one argument with Ken feeling it was all his fault when things started falling apart. Although he did act as the title of the book suggest "a monster" it does take two to tango as the old saying goes. So for the women to blame him for everything I find a bit hard to take, that is just my perspective and I am sure that many that will read this book will probably disagree. I must congratulate Ben Burgess on a wonderful gift that he has given the world in the form of this story, a study of human nature at its finest (and not so finest). I absolutely recommend this book to everyone that is not afraid to open themselves to a story that will more than likely make you step back and take a look at your life and hope that what happened to Ken will never happen to you. If you love a story that really gets you thinking then please give this book a chance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AMAZING READ! I must admit that I intentionally delayed reading the entire book because it's such a great read and I didn't want it to end.  It's very difficult to put the book down. Kenny, Kenny... You love him and hate him, as well as some, if not all, of the characters.  What an emotional roller coaster ride.  What I love most is that you and or someone you know can relate to and or with the characters in this book.  This book is definitely a book you would want to re-read.  I will continue recommending this great read.  I can't wait for the next book.  Thank you Ben.    Monster is a MUST READ!
CEVERAGE More than 1 year ago
This book is great. I started reading it and could not stop. The words written are so vivid. I felt the pain, love and lust. I felt sorry for him because he turned off his feelings and became numb; just like the title, he became a "monster". I do recommend all to read this book. is very exciting...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
“MONSTER” by Author Ben Burgess, Jr. is one of those novels that we got a mixture of responses from for the ladies who have read the book. There was a general consensuses among the ladies in the thought that there was a lot of sex scenes within this book. One thing that was relateable was the hurt that one male/female feels when reacting to heartache. A few of the ladies shared their experiences with heartbreak and insecurities, in which although we all may not have agreed with how Ken reacted to his heartache we all could relate to it because we all have experienced it at one point or another in our lives.   The author did a awesome job. This is definitely a good read. BBC looks forward to reading more from Author Ben Burgess, Jr. in the future.   ~ The Ladies of Brownstone Book Club
SavannahMae More than 1 year ago
Monster is an exceptional read! I was first attracted to Monster when I received a post update from a fellow blogger. I have to say that my main attraction was the book cover. When I started to read her review, my initial thought was geared towards her response to the book and it started out with this: “This story was not my normal read. Before reading be warned there is a LOT of sex in this book….” HA! That was it. I was hooked. The next thing I know Ben is submitting his book for review. Growing up, Ken Ferguson was teased for being dark skinned and always felt that sense of not being good enough. His father was a lying cheating bastard that always made his mother cry. Ken was determined to be careful and not follow in his father’s footsteps. Ken starts the narration of his story with heartbreak. A sensitive, good guy finding out that his fear was true. Bri was cheating on him. After long days and nights of being depressed, he gets up and changes his mind. He has to be a man. Bri didn’t want a soft mushy guy she could walk over, a guy who would beg for her to stay. She wanted a tough, rough neck guy who could handle her and take control. The hurt turned to anger and set the path for Ken’s transformation into becoming a Monster. In my life, I had a similar situation that destroyed my heart and soul. It cost me a great deal of pain, heartache and several years of depression. This story resembles mine. Ken was me, acting out on my heartbreak. While Ken’s story goes much further over time, mine story ended within about 5 months after the heartbreak began and landed me pregnant with my son. I couldn’t help but relate to the fact that I was Ken, using myself as a weapon and hurting people around me. Leaving people hanging on waiting for me to make my next move…..Partying and lying and lying and partying. There was no stopping me. I was on a man hunt, ready to destroy any man that showed interest in having more than just a friendship with benefits. These men were my target. I was preying on those with soft hearts and insecurities. While Ken’s story is much more dramatic than mine, it is the same. There is a lot of explicit sexual content throughout. Not only did the scenes seem to arouse my hormones, I felt a couple of times that I might even get pregnant from reading all the sex. It was just that good! I had a personal connection to this story and if you have ever been a heartbreaker you will love this story. I recommend it to all! Interesting enough, when the book was over, it was over. A sense of closure was there. Monster is an exceptional read!
misscsolo More than 1 year ago
Love and loyalty should go hand in hand when in a committed relationship, but how do you deal when the person that you are loyal to and are in love with no longer feels the same way about you?  Do you do your best to cope with the situation or turn your back on love forever? Ken Ferguson has had an interesting life.  Ken has grown up with self-esteem issues because he is very dark-skinned and was teased as a child, he doesn't know what healthy love looks like because his parents are the poster children for being in a dysfunctional relationship.  The only thing that Ken has going for himself is the fact that he is a very nice and sweet guy, this makes his friends love him all the more and as he gets older it draws the women to him.  When Ken gets his heart-broken by the one woman who he thought was going to be his wife this changes Ken, changes him into something that he can deal with and something that no one wants to see.  How will Ken survive in life with this mentality or will he survive at all? Monster is a very well written love story.  This story makes you smile and at times it makes you frown but the fact that it ignites your emotions is going to keep you reading.  The story line is strong, the characters keep you talking and questioning them to get the answers that you want or maybe need but it keeps you there in the story.  This is my first read by Ben Burgess Jr. and I look forward to reading more from him in the future.
MissMOLY More than 1 year ago
Monster tells the story of Ken Ferguson and the aftermath of “Love” doing him wrong. Ken grew up in a dysfunctional family – being a witness to his father’s infidelity and the effects it has on his mother, being bullied for his skin color, and being cheated on by his one “True Love." Not knowing how to deal with his problems Ken sets out on a path of destruction. Will Ken be able to learn from his mistakes? This is a story; I feel everyone can relate to on some level. In life, we all have to go through pain, but it's up to us to gain knowledge from it. I did find a few errors in this book, but it didn't take away from the message the Author was trying to convey.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite "Monster" is the story of a man's struggle with a difficult childhood and how his early experiences with love transform him into a heartless human being. As the story unravels, we see a once sensible human being turn into a playboy who shuns away from attachments and uses sex to appease his ego and insecurities in life. After a life of endless one night stands, affairs with married women and various promiscuous activities, Ken Ferguson meets Ashley and his views about love seem to change. What follows is a twist that is both compelling and surprising. Fast-paced and exciting, the novel "Monster" by Ben Burgess Jr. is an entertaining read. Here is a troubled man whose life is forever tormented by his childhood scars. Ken Ferguson's character is well-developed so that even after learning how he treats the women in his life, the reader can still feel sympathy for him. He is on a journey of self discovery and seems to have it all: a flashy car, beautiful women, and an enviable lifestyle. His life experience has made him an empty man, however, and this will be the stumbling block in his search for life's meaning. The story unravels quickly because of a writing style that is both crisp and vivid. The author's use of realistic dialogue should not fail to engage the reader. Reading this book is also like taking a glimpse of what is behind a man's vulnerability. It compels the reader to look deeper and try to understand why people behave the way they do.