"Powerful, inspiring and heartfelt. Hard-Boiled Men is The Catcher in the Rye all grown up; there’s a little bit of Ben Wise in every one of us." ~ Dr. Paul S. Lieber, Emerson College
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Hard Boiled Men
2007 NEW YORK BOOK FESTIVAL AWARD
Follow under-sexed, over-analytical university professor Dr. Benjamin Wise, fresh off a horrific break-up, on a journey to reawaken his libido. Set against the backdrop of Asian massage parlors, University hallways and West Village anarchy, Hard-Boiled Men provides an honest and hilarious account of single life in New York City. The book exposes men’s secret thoughts on the nature of love, marriage, and sexuality.
Although Hard-Boiled Men is as likely to infuriate as entertain, Guy Jacobs’ account of promiscuity and debauchery on the road to love speaks to our eternal quest for intimacy, home and finding out just who we are.
“Dear admission committee members: I have known Tatyana for about ten
minutes now. Based on her beautiful brown eyes, her soft laugh and overall sexy nature, along with my never-ending need to get laid and my complete loneliness,I recommend that you accept her into our university’s undergraduate program in American literature. Hopefully, if you will admit her, she will reward me with a
nice Russian blowjob. Contact me if you require any further information. Sincerely, Dr. Ben Wise, Assistant Professor.”
John Weaver, Page One Literary Reviews
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.
Book of the Month - February 2007:
This novel, while itself unique, reminds me of a variety of other books I've read in the past. How's that for starting off a review with words that don't make sense. "Hard-Boiled Men" has a Sex in the City/Bukowski/more simple version of Henry Miller-esque-ness to it. (Yes, I'm creating my own words now, leave me alone.)
The story is about Ben Wise, a recently singled man in lonely New York City. Ben has never truly gotten over his last girlfriend, and though he does everything he knows he should, moving on just doesn't come easy for him.
If you're easily offended by perverse sexual discussions, I would recommend you not pick up this book. There is an honesty and frankness similar to that written by Henry Miller throughout this novel..the author holds nothing back and leaves little up to the readers imagination when it comes to the characters' sexual encounters.
Aside from being humorous and perverse, the undertones are sad. Ben truly is an unhappy guy..through every one night stand and blind date, the reader knows there is more to Ben Wise, and wants almost as desperately as he does for him to find happiness.
Give it a read ... its a good one
Sherri A. Marchese
Guy Jacob's character Ben Wise is completely intoxicating, seductive, confused, true to life, addictive, and a character to be identified with. Jacobs is truly a talented writer effortlessly able to keep you riveted and enthralled from cover to cover. This novel is a breath of fresh air to the usual single/dating life account cleverly laced with a healthy dose of humor. Nothing about this novel is ordinary from the characters to the racey love scenes. You will put it down feeling completely entertained and satisfied.
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