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Book Review
by Guy Jacobs   
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Last edited: Sunday, July 08, 2007
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.

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Reviewed by Chris Wright
Congratulations for bringing home the 2007 New York Book Festival Award! I'll definitely be checking this one out. Many blessing to you and all your great future works.
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