||Dec 15, 2008
When three friends organize a scheme to make money selling mail order brides from the Czech Republic, greed and jealousy turn a simple con into a life-changing game with unexpected costs.
Katka by Stephen Meier is a gritty, edgy novel of greed, love, and swindles gone very wrong. When Gavin and his girlfriend team with her best friend Simona to pull a phony mail order bride scam in the Czech Republic, Gavin gets in way over his head in the high-stakes and dangerous business of selling wives. When Gavin talks Katka, his girlfriend, into becoming part of the merchandise, planning to bait-n-switch the client in the end, things go awry and Katka disappears with the client. Partnering with the jealous and volatile Simona, Gavin begins to lament this risky life he has chosen, but finds the money is something he can’t walk away from. Gavin’s doubts grow; the con begins to consume him, and he finds himself thinking of Katka, the fate he dealt her, and whether he can undo the biggest mistake of his life. Written with staccato grit and streetwise savvy, Katka reads like a Quentin Tarantino movie. Stephen Meier’s work will leave you begging for more.
"No you cannot touch the merchandise!" Gavin shouted with ill intentions.
"Well, her tits are a little smaller than I had hoped."
"So fucking buy her some new ones! Fuck! Are you kidding me?" Said Gavin staring
hard and uneasy at a slightly older and overweight man who was eyeing a beautiful
Czech girl sitting across the room of a very lavish Hotel Suite.
Gavin was clearly agitated and on edge. This one was very different from the others.
None had been this hard, and the phone call the night before hadn't helped matters.
After she hung up, he couldn't get back to sleep.
Worse, he couldn't stop his mind from racing with horrible thoughts and fantasies.
"I don't really know if she's going to do."
"Are you fisting me?! She's fucking nails man, and the best fucking pussy you'll ever
get! Look at you! You're fucking disgusting and this girl is willing to be your wife,
cook, clean, suck your little dick, whatever you desire! Guys would kill for a girl like
"Whoa there, calm down! What's your deal?" The older man asked obviously
surprised by the aggressiveness.
Gavin shook his head in utter frustration.
He couldn't help but think, why didn't he say something last night?
"I sure would like to touch her," said Dale with that look of a fifty something year old
conservative man who obviously stays up late at night looking at porn on the net.
Gavin was astonished.
"Man, this isn't a new car. What the fuck?!" He shouted getting up and heading to the
other side of the room, distancing himself from Dale before he did something he
would regret. He looked over at Simona, a twenty-two year old knockout, with jet-
black cropped hair. Very hip and chic, sexier than hell. The kind of girl whom if you
spent five minutes with you would be convinced was the devil, but still would want
to fuck whether you are a guy or a girl.
She nodded her head in agreement.
"Alright man, but you're pissing me off!"
Dale looked like Christmas came early.
He actually began to loosen up his fingers.
"Man, you are a freak!"
"Hey, settle down. I'm the one who is about to give you a shit load of money. I think
the least you could do is let me touch her, see her up close."
Gavin smiled, bit his lower lip and motioned for the girl to come over. She did,
walking over to Dale like a girl on a mission.
All the girls had an amazing ability to make these guys fumble over themselves.
They all wanted a shot at a better life.
Misch was no different.
Standing in front of Dale he immediately began fondling her.
It was sad, disgusting, and pathetic, just as you would picture a man who got no ass
Gavin watched for awhile until visions of another girl, Katka, replaced those of this
Katka was a striking beauty with blond razor cut hair worn stylishly messy, hard
cheek bones and lines, and a smile that said heaven and hell.
Eyes that said home.
The visions were quick, flashing, like jabs from a boxer.
To the bone.
Quickly he got up and headed to the bathroom to splash water on his face, hoping to
wash away the pain.
Simona watched very closely with great concern.
He's gotten worse she thought to herself.
The last couple hadn't gone so smooth, and with what happened last week, this
could prove to be fatal.
Once in the bathroom and standing in front of the mirror, Gavin stared hard at
himself and began talking aloud, wondering how he got here.
He no longer recognized the man staring back at him.
He had lost his way.
And the words Simona had said the week after it all began echoed in his head, "Don't
ask the questions in which you're not prepared to hear the answers."
He shook his head in complete despair.
"Jesus, what have I done?"
Katka-A Director's Dream
Right from the start, at the first page you know this is no ordinary book you are now reading. The blatant bad language makes you wonder what have you gotten yourself into with picking up a book like this to read. But reading on I found myself wondering what will happen next to each of the characters; Gavin the handsome young American who's run away from legal problems in the states to clear his head in Prague; Katka the beautiful Czech girl who Gavin meets and falls in love with or does he? Perhaps he loves money more. Then there is Simona another great Czech beauty who has a mind for business and knows what men want. You get a glimpse into the European bride market and may find yourself disheartened that love could be for sale, even true love.
Katka reads like a bit like a screen play and I found myself picturing all the details up on the screen flashing in front of an audience. Filled with international intrigue, drugs, sex, love, and money flashed by beautiful people I can see Katka becoming a director's success much like The Bourne Identity. Stephen Ross Meier captured me with this written work and I wish him much success with this one!
A Great Read
I've read more and more, and watched several movies, about this topic to know enough about what is going on, but no matter how much I learn there is always something out there that I get ahold of that moves me. Meier's book Katka, is a great example of this.
Katka gets into all the dirty, sordid details, that come along with any trade involving people. I didn't feel like any of it was over the top though, and I was into the story from beginning to end. The story line is actually very believable, and I am sure there is someone out there who has lived in the shoes of at least one of these characters.
All together, a great read, not too long so anyone can get through it, but honestly once you start reading it, you won't put it down till you're done.
A crackling page-turner
Meier's KATKA is a brisk and seductive dissent into the seedy underbelly of the mail-order bride racket in Prague. At it's core is an electric yarn of love lost not in sweeping, epic constructs but in tiny human moments--of things unsaid, the silent regret of things that can't be taken back, and the flash-bulb-pop of each characters' imperfections as they escape the clever and beautiful masks.
The writing is terse, and approachable; the characters flawed and compelling; and the book crackles with Meier's razor-edged dialogue. An intoxicating cocktail-shaker of love, sex, and filthy money all awash in subtly rendered moral ambiguity--Meier's KATKA will leave you wondering just how much it's all worth, and just how much is enough...
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