Book Review – The Promotion: A Novella by Jacke Wilson

The Promotion is the second novella I’ve read by the talented Jacke Wilson, and I didn’t think it was possible but I actually enjoyed it more than ‘The Race’

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It follows the story of a lawyer who is tasked with the job of recruiting new attorneys to join the firm he works for. From the get go we can see he’s not having the best of times. His wife who became addicted to gambling has left him and his work life isn’t much better. The new job role gives him a sense of purpose, or passion, to try and encourage people to join the business, only after a few odd lunches with two other colleagues Jennifer and Martin, he can’t help but feel that things aren’t going too well.

He becomes obsessed with a woman named Mina Meinl and soon it is all he can think about, almost like one last hurrah, if he can solve the mystery of her, his life will improve. But underlying all of this is the story of someone who has lost his or her way in the world. I’ve seen some people describe this mans decline into madness, but what I got was the slow, subtle cracks of someone falling into a depression.

I may have read it wrong but I wonder if Jacke was making us think the character was male, but is actually female. Either that or Mina represented a broken off part of the character. The final part of the book seems like the characters need to go back to simpler times, a search for some normality as the world crumbles around him. And the ending of life and death and the pounding on the door ended the book perfectly, the moment right before you know which path the character will take.

Another well-written novella, with many layers of thought threaded throughout. If you want something that you can read fairly quickly and keep you intrigued, this is the perfect book for you.

Star Rating out of 5: 5

Mina. Meinl. Me. Mine.

Happy reading fellow book lovers!

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Currently Reading.

Having read and enjoyed Jacke Wilson’s novella ‘The Race’ so much, I got in touch with him and linked him to my review and asked if he had anymore of his work he could send my way. So he sent me this and it’s what I’m currently reading.

The Promotion: A Novella by Jacke Wilson.

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As usual I will post a full review when I’m done, in the meantime if you would like to learn more about Jacke, you can head to his blog here; http://jackewilson.com/

Until next time fellow bookworms!

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Book Review – The Race: A Novella by Jacke Wilson

Jacke Wilson is another writer I came to know through doing my blog, so when I got in touch with him and he was kind enough to send me his new novella The Race I was keen to give it a whirl.

I’m no connoisseur when it comes to politics in the US or the political campaigns that are run, but it seems that no experience or prior knowledge is necessary when reading this novella. It follows Tom Olsen, a Governor, who wants to run for Congress, despite scandal in his last term of running in office. Tom cheated on his wife with an Italian lover and now it seems the whole of Wisconsin, and the US, are running their own hate campaign against him. When he calls on a writer to put his biography in some order, and put in a ‘crackerjack ending’ what entails is a journey between the two that exposes the brutality of politics, the testing of one man’s confidence and the idea that it’s possible to lose your genuine self.

For a novella this was incredibly written and the characters felt well formed and authentic. I’d recommend this book to people who are interested in politics or are looking for a quick read that deals with the power of determination and the human spirit.

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Star Rating out of 5: 5

You can view Jacke’s blog here; http://jackewilson.com/

Happy reading fellow bookworms.

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Currently Reading.

This one didn’t come out of my TBR jar but is something I’ve been meaning to read for a few weeks now. Jacke Wilson was nice enough to send me over a copy, so it’s only fair I read it and review it. You can view Jacke Wilson’s blog/website here; http://jackewilson.com/

The Race by Jacke Wilson.

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As usual I will post a review when I’m done.

Happy reading fellow bookworms.

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