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Book Review: The Pool Boy’s Beatitude by D J Swykert.

15 Jan
Book Review: The Pool Boy’s Beatitude by D J Swykert.

I have read quite a few of D J Swykert’s books, and I have enjoyed all of them. This Author writes with knowledge he has gained from working as a 911 officer. What I liked about Swykert’s books is that he includes really interesting facts along with his plot and characters. Because I enjoyed all his other books, I decided to give this one a go.

LEARNING 60 MINS

Description:

In space, the expansion of the universe exceeds the speed of light. In a jail cell the speed of light slows, time ages and deteriorates slowly to a crawl.

Jack Joseph understands physics. He understands the nature of quarks, leptons, dark matter and the desire to find the God particle. What Jack doesn’t understand is Jack.

He has a Masters degree in particle physics, an ex-wife, a sugar mama, a passion for cooking and chronic dependencies he needs to feed. He cleans pools to maintain this chaotic lifestyle.

Spinning about in a Large Hadron Collider of his own making, the particle known as Jack is about to collide with a particle known as Sarah

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Published July 20th 2013 by Rebel ePublishers

My Thoughts:

I went into this book, not really knowing what it would be about. I only knew that I liked the Author’s other books, so I was expecting to like this one too. The cover doesn’t give much away, I could see obviously the pool on the cover and the “physics equation”. Each chapter also starts in a similar way, which is good and different. ( E = {1} ) and so forth for each chapter.

The main character Jack Joseph is a physicist (by degree) and a pool cleaner by job. He also comes across as quite a philosopher to me. This part of the character shone out to me, as written by D J Swykert. His characters are always seemingly intelligient with their words, but not so by their actions. The majority of characters I have known by Swykert have been addicts of some kind. Jack Joseph is no different, an addict but with an interesting outlook on life. Within the first few pages, he is showing us his philosophies.

“I am not a being of my own choosing, but I am free to make choices for myself.”

Although Jack is an alcholic and a cheat, he is likable. I could kind of understand his actions. He has gotten himself in a difficult place and has to survive the best way he can. Some choices he makes are debateable and some make total sense.

What I also loved about Jack was that he was a passionate foodie. He loved to cook and eat good food. We see him buy some ingredients and make delicious sounding dishes. Not something that I would typically pair with an addict. But Jack isn’t your typical addict and that is what makes him so likeable and readable.

The book is more character driven that plot ( in my opinion). We follow Jack through his days, with the side line characters and the things Jack has to do to get by, the plot is good and I wasn’t sure which way Jack’s life would go.

After Jack has a chance meeting with Delilah (as he called her), his life may be about about to change. But he also has a Wife, a sugar mama and a dependancy with which he needs to satisfy. It was Jack’s state of mind and philosphies that made me enjoy this book so much.

Will Jack go to prison? Who will he end up with, or will he end up alone? You will need to read to find out.

There are so many great quotes I could give from Jack’s thoughts, but I will finish with this one.

“I’ve always thought the best attributes you can have as a person are empathy and compassion, if you feel these, and you feel them passionately enough that they direct your life, then you’re a pretty good person.”

But to see the other side of Jack:

“I like the world better when I’m high”.

Sometimes, I think a few carefully chosen quotes from a book says quite a lot about the characters.


I recieved a copy of the first edition by kindle. There is now a second edition available with this cover and was published in October 24th 2018 by Magic Masterminds

new edition pool boy

Links:

Goodreads.

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

Twitter/@djswykert

www.magicmasterminds.com/djswykert

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Posted by on January 15, 2019 in Books

 

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4 responses to “Book Review: The Pool Boy’s Beatitude by D J Swykert.

  1. irena_bookdustmagic

    January 16, 2019 at 6:07 am

    Hi Amanda, I remember that you liked this author before.
    I have to admit that this book doesn’t appeal to me.
    The new cover looks better, but it’s still not perfect
    Btw, I wanted to tell you that yesterday I was approved for new Sophie Kinsella via Netgalley.
    I hope they approved you too.

     
    • chocolatepages

      January 16, 2019 at 8:54 pm

      Oooh so happy that you got approved for that book! I haven’t yet, but here’s hoping.
      Although you and I have similar tastes in many books, there are a few that we don’t. Life would be boring if we all liked the same things! 😉

       
  2. Meggy | Chocolate'n'Waffles

    January 16, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    I love the quotes you picked! I think this is a nice book to explore characters and their choices. I am not a fan of the covers, but I know you love this author so I’m sure the novel is a good one! xx

     
    • chocolatepages

      January 16, 2019 at 7:58 pm

      Yes, I found the cover and the blurb didn’t give much away. But because I liked his other books I thought I would like this. It isn’t my favourite of his books, but I did enjoy it. Thanks Meggy.

       

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