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P friendship The last half of The Worst Thots Ever: A 512 Scandal Vol. 1 this book really worth reading it s not exactly a whodunit of a why did it happen mystery and when he uses his own words Barden can really break your heart There are some brutal emotional moments when characters open upo each other during heir Fifth Steps and I really got a sense of why various 12 step programs are so powerful for recovery By he last chapter I enjoyed Literary Machines 931 the story andhe characters and I wish an editor had stepped in o force Barden o clean up he horrendous dialogue in he beginning so hat readers will stay with he book long enough for All the Colors We Are: Todos los colores de nuestra piel/The Story of How We Get Our Skin Color the good payoffsAnd I m supposedo note The Girl in the Maze that I received my copy for free fromhe Vine which is he only reason I stuck with it long enough o read he decent parts Life for an alcoholic is often a process of discovering all he hings hat don Tapas Deck: 50 Little Dishes that Capture the Essence of Spanish Cooking t make a difference Sorue may sound grim o hose of us not in he rooms but his little nugget certainly struck a nerve with me It The Real James Herriot: A Memoir of My Father took me a whileo get around o reading his book let me explain back in March I was killing My Own Worst Enemy (MOWE, time in a cool little book store imagining what it would be likeo see my own yet unpublished debut novel sitting on The Fly Trap the shelves My head was inhe clouds and I knew I was only about hree weeks out from hitting he return button The Ninth Buddha that would put my own book out intohe world he alt itle for my book The Next Right Thing So you can imagine how uickly I plummeted back o earth when I came across Dan Barden s raditionally published novel with he same itle Would I dare open it I read just enough o convince myself hat it wasn His Own Life Story and War Diary t my book I bought it laterhat night on Kindle with Double Clutch (Brenna Blixen, the intent of double checkinghat I wasn about o release something Accidental Cowgirl too closeo his but until last week I hadn Gibbous House t been ableo muster up he snuff o read it While I was no longer worried about it being Life After the State the same book I still had issues with how close it might be and frankly had been concernedhat he might be better han me All natural concerns I hink fueled Kentaurs to crazy paranoid levelshat probably only an alcoholic with a penchant for pessimism might understand But last week I finally committed o my own Pandora s Box and I cracked it open in he own Pandora s Box and I cracked it open in he sense and read it like my life depended on it It s a great ride well old and I m certain would be enjoyed by normies just as much as us drunks I like my fiction fast and snappy with just enough details Peek-a-Boo to let me fill in some character blanks on my own and Barden did an awesome job of allowing meo do hat while pushing me oward an ending Wimpy Shrimpy that I could understand completely I ve seen a few reviewersake issues with eBoys: The First Inside Account of Venture Capitalists at Work the banter between recovering alcoholics and certainly I can speak Eyes on the Street: The Life of Jane Jacobs to what it might be likeo read it if you ve never known or been an alcoholic Great job great book and I look forward o he next mad dash Barden scripts I won his book in a Goodreads giveaway and I m glad I did The book s premise combine a character in 12 step recovery with a hardboiled LA police story is a great idea The author is not afraid o show his characters in Stay in Your Lane: Judge Karen's Guide to Living Your Best Life their worst moments which just makeshem human And he s also not afraid o show he possibility of redemption Definitely a worthwhile entertaining book Hero of story has anger management issuesand is long ime member of AA The death by substance abuse of his sponsor in AA drives him o find he reason What he ends up with is a whole lot of grief and learning he ruth about his friend pushes all is buttons Good use of he AA idea but Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil the characters involved with it sound likehey are in a half way house vs holding jobs some dosome don Meet Miss Fancy t But not enough is ever written abouthe people in it from a mystery angle Some shows up in JA Jance s character JP Beaumont. Tly appointed Superior Court judge who just happens Cheat On Your Husband (with Your Husband): How to Date Your Spouse to be dating Randy’s ex wife Randy haso ask himself Is he really onto something or just suffering from grief and paranoia Will his increasingly frenzied behavior ruin his current relationship and his chances of regaining custody of his daughter Will he destroy Schumann: The Faces and the Masks the lifehat he has worked so hard The Weekend Makeover: Get a Brand New Life By Monday Morning to achieve Will he reach for a drink The Next Right Thing is a hilarious and harrowing combination ofhriller and recovery ale eual parts hard earned wisdom and old fashioned suspense. The Next Right ThingOking for a whodunnit style The Mission, the Men, and Me: Lessons from a Former Delta Force Commander thriller wherehe payoff comes from implausible plot A Little Book about Colors (Leo Lionni's Friends) twists leadingo gasping moments of revelation Mean that costhe author very little Button and Bundle to write in my opinionhen his is not your book The Next Right Thing has of a literary bent and its core is wholly emotional The stakes are high and here s never a lack of action but what keeps you involved is he main character s huge love for he people he s lost and he people he has involved is he main character s huge love for he people he s lost and he people he has who he can Not Anyone's Anything t bearo loseRandy Chalmers is a recovered alcoholic ex cop whose strongest Blueberry Truth ties come from a long history in AA When you meet him he s angry and impulsive after his sponsor and best friend of many years ODs in a seedy hotel room after over a decade of sobriety At some point you realizehat Randy Chalmers may just be angry and impulsive all on his own What substance abuse does Desire to Inspire: Using Creative Passion to Transform the World to people and whetherhey really change after becoming sober are important uestions posed Confetti Covered Quicksand throughouthe bookBarden is a great writer on both a sentence and story level and The Next Right Thing was a pleasure o read If you like crime fiction hat packs some emotional heat you should do yourself a favor and pick up Systems Analysis and Design this book I wonhis book as part of a goodreads giveaway Thank you Ashley but The Sea of Lost Girls that in no way shape or form affected my rating or review ofhis bookI wanted o like his book I ried really hard o like his bookI set it down o allow another chance Cool Nail Art: 30 Step-By-Step Designs to Rock Your Fingers and Toes to likehis bookbut for me it fell just short I appreciate he authors attempts to allow another chance o like 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part ofhe story The characters were largely unlikeable and although some of Cent Discours Pour La France them were believablei found myself struggelingo care what happened o hemA shame his could have been a very interesting story o mebut he story got lost in he message as noble as Playboy Under the Mistletoe that message is Is it me or is nearly every single review onhis goddamn site I won Sunlight this book in a giveaway either FirstReads or Vine now I really didn expect Personal Knowledge to finishhis book My impression for Supermarket!: Super Sturdy Picture Books the first few chapters was Wowhis is like a regular bad airport paperback but with added preachy Recovery jargon Characters bounce around Red-Spotted Newt the various settings not so much having conversations as uoting fromhe Big Book at each other Even when Grave Dance they aren spouting proverbs from 12 step programs he dialogue is simply horrendous for example a young woman bursts into a scene o stop someone from hitting her friend and when Dollface: una novela sobre los violentos años 20 the potential aggressor asks if he knows her she responds You should Because as like you have been stepping on my feet and ramming pencils up my nose since before I knew what feet and pencils were You ve got a big fgruck where your soul should be and you want o drive it over someone but you can because it s encased in flesh and you would die if you The Border (Power of the Dog, tried I m serious This dialogue is presented as realistic forhe situation If you buy The Cliterate Male: a Primer on Pleasuring Women (Good in Bed Guides) this bookhen you are paying for The Malice of Waves this dialogueWhich is a shame becausehe book does get a great deal better once Barden uses up his collection of inane 12 step uotes and lets his characters reveal hemselves as not uite fascinating but definitely readable The story picks up some great notes from Raymond Chandler s The Long Goodbye another noir story about a man mourning and examining a dee. Irlfriend All is well until Terry himself supposedly sober for fifteen years is found dead of a heroin overdose How could Terry who had dragged so many others from he edge jump off himself Convinced hat something or someone must have pushed him Randy is soon off on a dry drunk uest for answers and possibly revenge He discovers a rail of dirty secrets hat lead o missing persons shady real estate deals hydroponic pot farms and Internet pornography When his suspicions ultimately connect Terry’s death Judgment tohe activities of a recen. ,


PROTAGONIST Randy Chalmers home builder and recovering alcoholicSETTING CaliforniaSERIES DebutRATING 35THE NEXT RIGHT THING provides an insider view of Alcoholics Anonymous and he recovery process The cast of characters consists of a group of people who are at various stages in conuering addiction hrough membership in AA They range from Terry Elias who has been sober for 15 years and served as a sponsor o many o several folks who are nearer he beginning of going Slave Girls of Watchnest Hall throughhe 12 step recovery process The least likely person o succumb o Fire Frost the siren call of drugs would seemo be Terry He has been an inspiration o many and helped countless people o continue o work on heir recovery Yet he is found dead of a heroin overdose He has served as best friend and confidant o Randy Chalmers sober for a few years now who feels hat Terry never would have been The Ultimate Situational Survival Guide: Self-Reliance Strategies for a Dangerous World temptedo shoot up after so many years of sobriety He seeks answers o he uestions he has around Terry s death and is aided by several other recovering addicts most notably a young man Troy who has just finished he fourth step of he program and wants Randy The New Tunisian Crochet: Contemporary Designs from Time-Honored Traditions to be his sponsor Whathey learn is surprising There are various schemes involving hydroponic pot farming shady real estate Global Environmental Governance and Small States: Architectures and Agency in the Caribbean transactions and Web porn It was hearteningo learn Goya in Perspective that Terry s long held dream of fathering a child had been realized but sado hink hat he would never be a part of No One Will Hear You the familyhat he craved THE NEXT RIGHT THING is a debut novel and as such it has plusses and minuses I found it hard o get a handle on he characters until midway National Development: Being More Effective and More Efficient: Being More Effective and More Efficient throughhe book and he plot relied oo much on coincidences The overall writing however is strong and Barden brings a lot of empathy and understanding o he ongoing struggles of he addict rying o stay straight Dan Barden is a recovering alcoholic and he has provided an intimate view of how AA works is a recovering alcoholic and he has provided an intimate view of how AA works focus on people in various stages of recovery was uite eye opening We see heir internal struggles and how difficult it is Dad Fucks My Pussy Hard to conuer addiction even years of being sober THE NEXT RIGHT THING could easily have been a lament on lost lives but instead it is really a story of hope and love A Hard boiled crew of AA members After so many mysteries filled with booze fueled characters on both sides ofhe law The Next Right Thing was a great breath of fresh air Yeah hese folks might have left he bottle or other addictions but On the Run with Love they certainly kept all ofheir other rough edges The dialogue is biting Malka the suspense is pressing andhe characters are shockingly real with heart all while still avoiding sentimentality Getting o he bottom of an unexplained death while battling Like Pizza and Beer throughhe steps of rehab worked wonderfully ogether In case someone is unaware he itle of he book is a line of AA jargon If someone wants Dig This Gig to read a novel about some crazy stuffhat happened The Forward Pass in Football to some crazy people some of whom attend AA meetingshis is it The main character likes The Strange Laws of Old England to beat people up Except for his ex wife people seemo have some respect for him Um sure There is also We Will Rise - Rebuilding the Mexikah Nation the mafia pornography drug dealing and I forget what else Oh plenty of AA Ihink he it s possible he author might have some issues I am not opposed o books hat are a little crazy but Masked Desires the brand of crazy inhis one did not work for me at all I came across Born Of Darkness this novel athe LA Times Festival of Books Dan Barden was on a crime fiction panel hat I d attended o see Denise Mina and I was intrigued by his sense of humor and obvious dedication o he craft He mentioned hat as part of his preparation for writing he yped up a number of his favorite crime novels o get
them in his 
in his One of hese was The Long Goodbye and he influence is neither disguised or overwhelmingIf you re lo. Southern California home builder extraordinaire Randy Chalmers has o admit he’d be dead or in prison were it not for his best friend lawyer and Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor Terry Elias A former police officer Randy narrowly escaped being an evening news highlight during years ravaged by anger and alcohol Thanks o Terry’s coaching and an endless stream of caffeine fueled AA meetings Randy’s been off he booze for eight years has a successful new career and is hriving in a healthy relationship with his vegan yoga instructor

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