1 of the wonderful joys of being a book reviewer is that you never ever know what is going to turn up in your mail box. There are so many great 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 much assure that I would not be capable to locate a book that I wanted to read! Book retailers sell the NYT ideal sellers and little else. Well I do not like the Clancy’s and Stephen King’s of the planet, I like new authors, ones that have some heart in what they create.
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 confident that as a plot line it would operate. Ex Vietnam vet with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) turned long distance truck driver meets a depressed alcoholic poker playing young lady and they attempt to rehabilitate every other with the aid of a three legged dog!
Effectively I was wrong! The plot line works 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 quite dark path. His trucks are becoming less attractive 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 likelihood encounter with what Abner at initial thinks of as a ‘lot lizard’ starts to modify 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 locate a way to win, with no job she stands no possibility of obtaining her young daughter back. She has no capabilities, other than a organic 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 exciting voyage of discovery. I have to admit that the 1 person that I do feel sorry for getting study this book is the editor. He or she need to have had some sleepless nights with the trucking and poker lingo! It took me a small whilst to choose it up. I surely discovered a handful of new terms, I actually like ‘lot lizard’ – what a great description of the low-end hookers that hang out at truck stops.
I was also impressed with the study that Richard Ide has done each in his use of places and also the historical vignettes that he inserts from time to time. three Aces covers a lot of ground, literally and metaphorically.The book ends with the best synopsis of the Vietnam war I think I have ever read. Short and to the point.
Wonderful book, I loved it, and you can get your copy from Amazon.