Book Of The Year

The winner of The Naked Reviewers 2018 Godiva Book Of the Year is…

Pigeon by Pres Maxson!

Luc Martin, a lowly busboy in Paris, finds himself tasked with locating the Sir Larabee Waterford Cup—which vanished over 20 years ago from a social club for the ultra-elite.

Now, one of the original thieves has just surfaced after having been presumed dead for years. The busboy and his unlikely partner—a reluctant and wealthy club member named Alaina Amandine—must navigate a world of gargantuan egos, exotic pets, and a sport so exclusive that no one outside the club has ever heard of it.
“A mad-cap, giggly hypothesis of how the one percent probably behave when we’re not looking. I choose to believe every word of it.”
-Ryan Everett Felton, author (The Good-Bye Garden, The Man Who Ran For God)

A little about Pres first:

719yBHvxCWL._UX250_Pres Maxson is a 2016 and 2017 NUVO magazine nominee for Best Local Author in Indianapolis, Indiana. His latest novel, Pigeon, was released on August 28, 2017.
His novel, Bender at the Bon Parisien, has an average rating of 4.7/5 stars on Amazon and has been called “a clever, energetic little yarn with a cast of fascinating characters, a twisty plot worthy of Dashiell Hammett, and a fun sense of humor” (Darrin Snider, Indy In-Tune Radio) with a “fabulously untidy ending” (Nerd Girl Official).
Pres has appeared in support of his work on Indianapolis’ NPR affiliate 90.1 WFYI; on internet stations Indy In-Tune and Radio Free Indy; and on the Brother, Brother Beer Cast. Pres also performs live readings, most notably in the spring of 2016 at the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library.
A career copywriter, Pres enjoys spending time with his family, playing music, and reading classic fiction and historical nonfiction.

RA Winter’s Review: 4.5-Stars

I really liked Pigeon by Pres Maxson. It reminded me of slap-stick comedy from the thirties, a kind of ‘who’s on third’ skit.

Pigeon, or Luc, or the busboy finds himself in a white pants society of billionaires… who are absolute idiots in an adorable way.

Hornet honey anyone? But only if you have on white pants and they’re made of almost silk-

It’s a mystery and a lot of other little pieces of fun. I would have called it YA and said read it to the kids until almost towards the end… there’s the f* bomb. It’s too bad really, this would have really been a great story for young readers to expand their imagination.

Luc is mistaken for ‘the greatest detective in the world’ and offered two million euros to solve a twenty-two-year-old mystery of the – I’m just going to say the white pants club. Luc is pushed into a world of excess and head-shaking fun.

And an ex-girlfriend who comes back at the exact wrong time with her seventeen brothers.

There were so many funny one-liners and really neat set-ups. This is my type of humor.
I found this to be very enjoyable and giggled while reading it. The POV at times could use some tightening, that was the only thing that I didn’t care for and kept me from rating it a 5 star. It’s not quite 3rd person POV nor Omni 3rd. Closer to a deep Omni 3rd person POV…

If you love Laurel and Hardy or Abbot and Costello, this book is for you.

Sherry Terry’s Review: 4-Stars

Pigeon is a funny little story. I love the cover, and I think it matches the story perfectly. While I didn’t laugh out loud, I did smile at quite a few of the antics.

The main character Luc is minding his own business, working at his parent’s restaurant when a strange man thinks he is the best detective of all time and convinces Luc to solve a 22-year-old crime. The crime of stealing a trophy. With the offer of a huge amount of money, Luc takes the case.

Lots of comedy and twists and turns.

I thought the dialog was a bit repetitive, but the story has lots of good one-liners.

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