Reviewer Amy Lignor: Amy is the author of a historical fiction novel entitled The Heart of a Legend, and Mind Made, a work of science fiction. Presently, she is writing an adventure series set in the New York Public Library, as well as a teen fiction series, The Angel Chronicles. She is an avid traveler and has been fortunate to have journeyed across the USA, where she has met the most amazing people, who truly bring life and soul to her books. She lives in the Land of Enchantment (for now) with her gorgeous daughter, Shelby, her wonderful Mom, Mary, and the greatest friend and critic in the entire world - her dog, Reuben
Author: Richard Arneson
I think all readers can agree that when a book starts out with a man named Dick telling Popcorn Bob that he speaks with Billy the Bump on a daily basis, than you know you're in for a great ride
Author: Richard Arneson
I think all readers can agree that when a book starts out with a man named Dick telling Popcorn Bob that he speaks with Billy the Bump on a daily basis, than you know you're in for a great ride.
This book centers around Dick Citizen, who is so named because his mother took one look at him when he was born and said, "Yes, he looks like a..." Well, you get the point. Dick lives in a trailer park in the middle of nowhere, Texas, with his friend Lennie. Lennie, when we first meet up with him, has taken on a bet and is dressed in pantyhose, a Japanese baseball jersey, and a cowboy hat. These are the types of characters in Dick Citizen's' life. He works every night at a small radio station that only serves about two hundred listeners. Dick takes some time during every graveyard shift to offer up news, weather, sports, and the occasional interview, but most of the time he enjoys the solitude of the place where no one ever bothers him.
We are introduced to a company called CommGlobalTeleVista - a telecommunications company in Dallas, Texas that is doing well in the stock market but has yet to understand that cell phones and the World Wide Web are waves of the future. The main character at this company is Noble Tud, he is the CEO who would rather face castration with a butter knife than deal with Janet, the frightening sales manager of the company. He employs a brilliant man named Guillermo, who can barely speak English; a CFO named Kent who not only has smoking patches attached to every part of his body, but also has a strange aversion to using public restrooms and must spend a lot of his time in the small gas station/mini-mart nearby. Noble likes to sit inside his huge office, decorated with fifty-six thousand dollar curtains, hitting golf balls at them, instead of going home to deal with his wife every night. He does harbor a crush for his secretary Jeannine, who not only likes to humiliate her boss, but does "step-up" and do the one thing any assistant would cringe at - shaving the hairy back of her boss. We also have a character named Art, who did all the work to become registered in the securities industry, yet truly believes that his meal ticket will come in the form of his hot daughter, Lima, attaching herself to the right man. (Lima, by the way, is a hairdresser who suffers from far-sightedness so she ends up slicing peoples' skulls when she cuts their hair.)
Suffice to say, what all these colorful characters bring to this story is remarkable, completely overshadowing the actual plot of lies and manipulations in the world of finance that will elevate the stock of the company by completely "faking" the information they release. Dick Citizen, who is always told that he has an accent straight out of Canada, is basically your unambitious guy who likes to hit golf balls, and does well at that, but the last place he wants to find himself is exactly where he ends up...Corporate America.
Again, although the plot and story is a bit "over-done" at times, the humorous traits and outrageous behaviors of the characters will keep the reader going to find out exactly how crazy these people are.