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12 December 2009

A Jolly Good Fellow by Stephen Masse: A Book Tour and Review

Title: A Jolly Good Fellow
Author: Stephen V. Masse
Publication: Good Harbor Press
Publication Date: November 26, 2007
Paperback: 220 pages
ISBN: 978-0979963803
Genre: Fiction


About the Book:

Two weeks before Christmas, Duncan Wagner gets into his car for another attempt at kidnapping the son of his most despised enemy, State Representative Win Booker. When he drives into the wealthy Boston suburb, he is surprised to find the boy hitchhiking.
So begins Wagner’s quest for revenge as he finds himself face to face with a real boy, and without a clue about how to run a kidnapping. Wagner, a self-styled charity Santa Claus, comes to realize that eleven year old Gabriel Booker is truly a runaway, much more curious than scared. Gabriel has no idea who Duncan Wagner is—or could be.

My Review:

Stephen V. Masse takes the subject of kidnapping to a completely new level in writing A Jolly Good Fellow. Duncan is out for revenge and devises a plan to kidnap a Senator's son, believing that a lesson needs to be made as well as some cash to tide him over for some time, since his current "job" is of a loveable Santa who takes the money home with him at the end of the day. While Duncan is thinking up various kidnapping scenarios he happens upon the very boy he hopes to kidnap. Gabriel has had enough, skipped school and decided to hitch a ride, never expecting the person stopping to pick him up would become his captor. Duncan picks him up without a fuss and brings him back to his apartment to begin planning and a new bond begins to form between these unlikely of friends. Duncan and Gabriel are two of the most delightful characters I have read in such a genre. Each possesses inner knowledge and beauty they are unaware of and each teaches the other invaluable life lessons. A Jolly Good Fellow is a delightful and witty Christmas novel with a well-placed twist at the end.

About the Author:

Stephen V. Masse was born in Boston, Massachusetts. Educated at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, he studied creative writing and historical biography, and was the author of a weekly column, “Out of Control.” His first novel, Shadow Stealer, was published by Dillon Press in 1988. When not writing, he restores and renovates homes in the Boston area, and serves as an ambassador each year in the Santa Claus Anonymous fundraising benefit. You can visit his website for more information.

Join Stephen V. Masse, author of the suspense fiction novel, A Jolly Good Fellow (Good Harbor Press, Sept. ‘08), as he virtually tours the blogosphere in December on his second virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book Promotion!

I received a copy of A Jolly Good Fellow by Stephen V. Masse from Pump Up Your Book Promotion as part of the tour. Receiving a copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned novel.


1 comment:

Farrah from The Book Faery Reviews said...

I agree. I got to read this one last winter season and enjoyed it. It was one of those I wasn't so sure I'd like when I first got but was quickly turning pages and engaged. Masse did a great job with the two main characters and what a twist on the end!