One of the wonderful joys of becoming a book reviewer is that you in no way know what is going to turn up in your mail box. There are so many wonderful new writers out there. In truth I have a confession to make, did you know that you could take me to a bookstore and I can quite a lot assure that I would not be capable to uncover a book that I wanted to study! Book stores sell the NYT very best sellers and little else. Properly I don’t like the Clancy’s and Stephen King’s of the world, I like new authors, ones that have some heart in what they write.
Which brings me to Richard Ide and his new book 3 Aces. I study the synopsis, and I have to admit that I was not sure that as a plot line it would operate. Ex Vietnam vet with PTSD (Post Traumatic Tension Disorder) turned lengthy distance truck driver meets a depressed alcoholic poker playing young lady and they try to rehabilitate every single other with the aid of a three legged dog!
Well I was wrong! The plot line performs splendidly. Richard Ide pulls it off with aplomb.
Abner Weaver is a man who has lost his ambition, a truck driver who has grow to be fed up with the globe and who is small by tiny heading down a really dark path. His trucks are becoming much less appealing as are the loads he hauls. But does he care? No, the solace of the cab is all that matters. Abner has discovered his nirvana behind a bug covered windshield and an old and tired diesel engine thumping beneath him.
A possibility encounter with what Abner at very first thinks of as a ‘lot lizard’ begins to adjust his opinions. Dawn Carlisle is no hooker, she is just a rather sad young lady, operating from a failed marriage, and an ugly custody battle. A battle that she cannot discover a way to win, with no job she stands no opportunity of getting her young daughter back. She has no skills, other than a all-natural penchant of math, but her only use for that is in playing Poker. That will hardly endear her to any judge.
So with this as the backdrop Richard Ide takes us on an fascinating voyage of discovery. I have to admit that the a single individual that I do really feel sorry for possessing study this book is the editor. He or she have to have had some sleepless nights with the trucking and poker lingo! It took me a little although to pick it up. I definitely discovered a couple of new terms, I truly like ‘lot lizard’ – what a fantastic description of the low-finish hookers that hang out at truck stops.
I was also impressed with the research that Richard Ide has done each in his use of locations and also the historical vignettes that he inserts from time to time. 3 Aces covers a lot of ground, actually and metaphorically.The book ends with the very best synopsis of the Vietnam war I consider I have ever read. Brief and to the point.
Fantastic book, I loved it, and you can get your copy from Amazon.