Sure to read If you like crime fiction that packs some emotional heat you should o yourself a favor and pick up this book I won this book as part of a goodreads giveaway Thank you Ashley but that in no way shape or form affected my rating or review of this bookI wanted to like this book I tried really hard to like this bookI set it own to allow another chance to like this bookbut for me it fell just short I appreciate the authors attempts to allow another chance to like this bookbut for me it fell just short I appreciate the authors attempts present AA Alcoholics Annonymous in a realistic light as well as to bring a socially needed awarenees of AA and those who suffer from alcohol addictions as well as other addictions that are freuently mentioned My feeling was if you want to o that combining it with the mystery in this story it just Alcohol Addiction Recovery didn t resonate with me There was an interesting premise and aecent mysteryhowever with the constant AA propaganda turmoil relationships and rama the story itself was relegated to the background and never become an intrical part of the story The characters were largely unlikeable and although some of them were believablei found myself struggeling to care what happened to themA shame this could have been a very interesting story to mebut the story got lost in the message as noble as that message is Is it me or is nearly every single review on this goddamn site I won this book in a giveaway either FirstReads or Vine now I really idn t expect to finish this book My impression for the first few chapters was Wow this is like a regular bad airport paperback but with added preachy Recovery jargon Characters bounce around the various settings not so much having conversations as uoting from the Big Book at each other Even when they aren t spouting proverbs from 12 step programs the ialogue is simply horrendous for example a young woman bursts into a scene to stop someone from hitting her friend and when the potential aggressor asks if he knows her she responds You should Because as like you have been stepping on my feet and ramming pencils up my nose since before I knew what feet and pencils were You ve got a big fg truck where your soul should be *AND YOU WANT TO DRIVE IT *you want to rive it someone but you can t because it s encased in flesh and you would Climax (Double Alchemy, die if you tried I m serious Thisialogue is presented as realistic for the situation If you buy this book then you are paying for this Peace DeLeos Action Thriller Singles dialogueWhich is a shame because the bookoes get a great Roots and Blossoms deal better once Barden uses up his collection of inane 12 step uotes and lets his characters reveal themselves as not uite fascinating butefinitely readable The story picks up some great notes from Raymond Chandler s The Long Goodbye another noir story about a man mourning and examining a The Humanities, Higher Education, and Academic Freedom deep friendship The last half of this book really is worth reading it s not exactly a whodunit of a whyid it happen mystery and when he uses his own words Barden can really break your heart There are some brutal emotional moments when characters open up to each other Shakespeare during their Fifth Steps and I really got a sense of why various 12 step programs are so powerful for recovery By the last chapter I enjoyed the story and the characters and I wish an editor had stepped in to force Barden to clean up the horrendousialogue in. Irlfriend All is well until Terry himself supposedly sober for fifteen years is found BWWM (Interracial Romance BWWM African American Multicultural Romance) dead of a heroin overdose How could Terry who hadragged so many others from the edge jump off himself Convinced that something or someone must have pushed him Randy is soon off on a Seers Stone (Hidden Alchemy dryrunk uest for answers and possibly revenge He Caveman Alien’s Riddle (Caveman Aliens, discovers a trail ofirty secrets that lead to missing persons shady real estate Teaching white South African literature in high school deals hydroponic pot farms and Internet pornography When his suspicions ultimately connect Terry’seath to the activities of a recen. The beginning so that readers will stay with the book long enough for the good payoffsAnd I m supposed to note that I received my copy for free from the Vine which is the only reason I stuck with it long enough to read the A Wish Your Heart Makes decent parts Life for an alcoholic is often a process ofiscovering all the things that Agricultural Development: An International Perspective (Johns Hopkins Studies in Development) don t make aifference So true may sound grim to those of us not in the rooms but this little nugget certainly struck a nerve with me It took me a while to get around to reading this book let me explain back in March I was killing time in a cool little book store imagining what it would be like to see my own yet unpublished ebut novel sitting on the shelves My head was in the clouds and I knew I was only about three weeks out from hitting the return button that would put my own book out into the world the alt title for my book The Next Right Thing So you can imagine how uickly I plummeted back to earth when I came across Dan Barden s traditionally published novel with the same title Would I are open it I read just enough to convince myself that it wasn t my book I bought it later that night on Kindle with the intent of Contemporary African literature double checking that I wasn t about to release something too close to his but until last week I hadn t been able to muster up the snuff to read it While I was no longer worried about it being the same book I still had issues with how close it might be and frankly had been concerned that he might be better than me All natural concerns I think fueled to crazy paranoid levels that probably only an alcoholic with a penchant for pessimism might understand But last week I finally committed to my own Pandora s Box and I cracked it open in theigital sense and read it like my life 120 Content Strategies for English Language Learners depended on it It s a great ride well told and I m certain would be enjoyed by normies just as much as usrunks I like my fiction fast and snappy with just enough Making Me Crazy (Multicultural Romance Series: NHL Billionaire Meets African American Beauty Book 1) details to let me fill in some character blanks on my own and Bardenid an awesome job of allowing me to Alt 38 Environmental Transformations do that while pushing me toward an ending that I could understand completely I ve seen a few reviewers take issues with the banter between recovering alcoholics and certainly I can t speak to what it might be like to read it if you ve never known or been an alcoholic Great job great book and I look forward to the next madash Barden scripts I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway and I m glad I id The book s premise combine a character in 12 step recovery with a hardboiled LA police story is a great idea The author is not afraid to show his characters in their worst moments which just makes them human and he s also not them human And he s also not to show the possibility of redemption Definitely a worthwhile entertaining book Hero of story has anger management issuesand is long time member of AA The eath by substance abuse of his sponsor in AA Before the Door Closes drives him to find the reason What he ends up with is a whole lot of grief and learning the truth about his friend pushes all is buttons Good use of the AA idea but the characters involved with it sound like they are in a half way house vs holding jobs someosome on t But not enough is ever written about the people in it from a mystery angle Some shows up in JA Jance s character JP Beaumont. Tly appointed Superior Court judge who just happens to be ating Randy’s ex wife Randy has to ask himself Is he really onto something or just suffering from grief and paranoia Will his increasingly frenzied behavior ruin his current relationship and his chances of regaining custody of his We Are Each Others Harvest daughter Will heestroy the life that he has worked so hard to achieve Will he reach for a rink The Next Right Thing is a hilarious and harrowing combination of thriller and recovery tale eual parts hard earned wisdom and old fashioned suspense.
Summary Ã PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Dan BardenPROTAGONIST Randy Chalmers home builder and recovering alcoholicSETTING CaliforniaSERIES DebutRATING 35THE NEXT RIGHT THING provides an insider view of Alcoholics Anonymous and the recovery process The cast of characters consists of a group of people who are at various stages in conuering addiction through membership in AA They range from Terry Elias who has been sober for 15 years and served as a sponsor to many to several folks who are nearer the beginning of going through the 12 step recovery process The least likely person to succumb to the siren call of rugs would seem to be Terry He has been an inspiration to many and helped countless people to continue to work on their recovery Yet he is found ead of a heroin overdose He has served as best friend and confidant to Randy Chalmers sober for a few years now who feels
that terry never would have been tempted toTerry never would have been tempted to up after so many years of sobriety He seeks answers to the uestions he has aroun A Hard boiled crew of AA members After so many mysteries filled with booze fueled characters on both sides of the law The Next Right Thing was a *Great Breath Of Fresh Air *breath of fresh air these folks might have left the bottle or other addictions but they certainly kept all of their other rough edges The ialogue is biting the suspense is pressing and the characters are shockingly real with heart all while still avoiding sentimentality Getting to the bottom of an unexplained Talking About Trees death while battling through the steps of rehab worked wonderfully together In case someone is unaware the title of the book is a line of AA jargon If someone wants to read a novel about some crazy stuff that happened to some crazy people some of whom attend AA meetings this is it The main ch I came across this novel at the LA Times Festival of Books Dan Barden was on a crime fiction panel that I attended to see Denise Mina and I was intrigued by his sense of humor and obvious edication to the craft He mentioned that as part of his preparation for writing he typed up A Number Of His Favorite Crime Novels To Get Them number of his favorite crime novels to get them his bones One of these was The Long Goodbye and the influence is neither isguised or overwhelmingIf you re looking for a whodunnit style thriller where the payoff comes from implausible plot twists leading to gasping moments of revelation that cost the author very little to write in my opinion then this is not your book The Next Right Thing has of a literary bent and its core is wholly emotional The stakes are high and there s never a lack of action but what keeps you involved is the main character s huge love for the people he s lost and the people he has left who he can t bear to loseRandy Chalmers is a recovered alcoholic ex cop whose strongest ties come from a long history in AA When you meet him he s angry and impulsive after his sponsor and best friend of many years ODs in a seedy hotel room after over a The Rules of Engagement for Overcoming Your Past decade of sobriety At some point you realize that Randy Chalmers may just be angry and impulsive all on his own What substance abuseoes to people and whether they really change after becoming sober are important uestions posed throughout the bookBarden is a great writer on both a sentence and story level and The Next Right Thing was a plea. Southern California home builder extraordinaire Randy Chalmers has to admit he’d be Bibliographia Aethiopica II dead or in prison were it not for his best friend lawyer and Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor Terry Elias A former police officer Randy narrowly escaped being an evening news highlighturing years ravaged by anger and alcohol Thanks to Terry’s coaching and an endless stream of caffeine fueled AA meetings Randy’s been off the booze for eight years has a successful new career and is thriving in a healthy relationship with his vegan yoga instructor ,