edited: Sunday, July 08, 2007
By Guy Jacobs
Rated "PG" by the Author.
Posted: Sunday, July 08, 2007
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There's nothing soft about the new novel "Hard-Boiled Men" by Guy Jacobs (ISBN-10: 0595382444). Guy Jacobs is a fresh, real and talented new author who has written a solid, humorous tale of a fictional university professor on a journey of single-life in a Big City.
Hard-Boiled Men works well because of a great chemistry of old school story-telling mixed in with a modern day unique contemporary style.
Guy Jocobs understands character development. The author's ear and eye for character thoughts and dialogue are a major successful achievement that adds the depth his story demands. Dr. Benjamin Wise is a university professor on personal journey of finding meaning in recent relationships ("When think back to my days with Miriana, I often wonder if I misled her… I always assumed that she knew that our time together was limited…"); Developing new relationships ("Two ships heading in different directions could never maintain a common course."); and relationships overall ("I always viewed relationships as a platform for mutual development, the man must help the woman fulfill her dreams, build and develop herself, but the woman should reciprocate.").
"Hard-Boiled Men" is a window into current human connections universally. It is smart, raw, tight and inventive while maintaining some old-school literary style. In a recent interview the author says, "One of the main issues that my novel deals with is single life for a man in his mid-thirties. Single life can at times feel exciting and at times lonely, at times enthralling and at times cold. I believe that no city better represents these emotions better than New York. I could not think of a better place to live but then again, I would not bring this city home to meet my mother."
"Hard-Boiled Men" is written for a mature audience. It's been described as "Sex in the City" from a male point-of-view. There's plenty of Sex. A great 'Big City' descriptions so I see the comparisons, but "Hard-Boiled Men" is different and much smarter than any "Sex in the City" episode because the characters in "Hard-Boiled Men" are real which gives the reader more of 'reality' point-of-view rather than Hollywood fantasy. The author says, "Benjamin Wise is myself, my best friend, the guy I borrowed twenty bucks from and never paid back as well as a few other people that I ran across in my times. I do not think that anyone can write a novel that doesn't have some biographical elements in it but I would not admit to anything I wrote down."
I highly recommend "Hard-Boiled Men" - It's more Real than any 'Dr. Phil Show' and a whole lot more fun.
John Weaver, Page One Literary Reviews