Destined to be a cult classic!
I was given a copy of this book to read and give my honest review. At first, I didn't know if I could continue on. There was gratuitous, constant hard core swearing. But I really got into the book big time when I realized that the main character wasn't Abraham Lincoln Jones, the radical talk show host turned activist of sorts. He was just too full of himself. The main character was the New York Times journalist, Jack Winthrop, who was teaming up with ALJ for a tour: talk directly to the American people. If you have read "King of the World", this plot line kind of reminded me of that book. Here is where the book really peaks my interest. Jack Winthrop was in the audience when a gunman (or was it two? He thought he saw two) took aim at Jones while he was on a stage after a parade. Jack saw two different guns aiming for Jones, but Winthrop looked away for just a moment, and the 2nd gunman (who did not fire a shot) had vanished. The first gunman was toying with Jones, Winthrop realized. He talked things out with his "second family" at the Tit for Tat strip club. These are some crazy characters that you never saw coming/ They make up the majority of the laughs. Wenke's writing style is a bit bizarre and may not be for sensitive people. However, that is what makes his writing style so good to me. It is fresh, bizarre maybe (ok, not maybe), humorous and unpredictable. For these reasons, I believe this to be a great read, if you are up to the challenge. I will read this book again and again. It may become a cult classic!
- C. M. Anderson, 4/22/2015
Great book! This title sometimes reminds me of Elmore Leonard's works. The author consistently honed a very fine and dark edge with a cool ensemble of characters.
- David Noron, 5/21/2015
I really enjoyed reading this book. Another reviewer wrote that It would make a great movie, and I must agree. I can imagine Samuel L Jackson playing Abraham Lincoln Jones. That would be spectacular. The novel also really captures the dark and dangerous side of New York City. Great read!
- Sam Cassanoon 5/17/2015
I love thrillers and The Talk Show is a great thriller!
But it's really more than that. It addresses many of the most important issues of our time like race, police in the community and LGBT rights. It's also one of the funniest books I've ever read. I love its use of language, which is so playful and creative. The people who are criticizing it for its use of the F word or other obscenities need to grow up. I highly recommend this book to all sophisticated readers of thrillers and other works of fiction
- Chelseaon, 5/16/2015
An absolute must read!!!
I love thrillers and The Talk Show is a great thriller. But it's really more than that. It addresses many of the most important issues of our time like race, police in the community and LGBT rights. It's also one of the funniest books I've ever read. I love its use of language, which is so playful and creative. The people who are criticizing it for its use of the F word or other obscenities need to grow up. I highly recommend this book to all sophisticated readers of thrillers and other works of fiction
- Chelsea, 5/16/2015
An intelligent, thought provoking thriller
I want to thank Goodreads First Reads and author Joe Wenke for the good fortune of winning this wonderful book! Author Joe Wenke is a terrific author, one of the best that I have come across. He is able to set a scene brilliantly, putting the reader right in the action. This book was a thought provoking commentary on our country, our society, and humankind in general, set in an exciting storyline. His characters are terrific, amongst them are a lesbian transsexual Catholic priest, strippers, and a larger than life charismatic talk show host, as well as some real bad guys. These strange characters could have been cartoon people, but Wenke fleshed them out turning them into real people. This book has a lot of say, and I recommend that anybody who cares about the future of our society should read it.
- StaceyN, 1/126/2015
This is the type of novel that makes you think, all the while enjoying your journey with the characters that
Wenke brings forward. Wenke isn't an author who isn't afraid to speak his mind while engaging his audience.
It's not a tale for those who are easily offended, but is a fantastic look at life and times. The author build
suspense slowly to a crescendo, keeping you racing towards the end in this all to vivid tale.
Wenke creates characters that are raw and real. They aren't afraid to be crass or speak their minds, drawing
you out of your world I and into theirs. He provides some candid moments that allow readers to get up
close and personal with the characters. The slang and local dialect that the dialogue is comprised of makes the characters so much more approachable.
As a whole, this was a unique & fulfilling novel that I quite enjoyed.
- Pure Jonel, 10/24/2014