Monday, June 21, 2010

Follow the Money: A collection of interconnected short stories

Ross Cavins
RCG Publishing (2010)
ISBN 9780982772003
Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views

"Follow the Money" is a hysterical collection of short stories that share a connection about a cache of stolen money.  The stories begin with two bumbling brothers who get outwitted by their kidnapped victim.  The adventure escalates when she takes off with their money.  Well, it really is her money, since her dad paid it for her ransom.  As she embarks on her new life, she encounters some scammers who manage to talk her into letting them invest it for her.  In spite of her worldliness, especially for a teen, she learns a hard lesson about something being too good to be true.

Each story tells a quirky, hysterical tale about where the money goes. The author, Ross Cavins, gets an A+ for creativity.  How he manages to connect all of his ideas into one book, I will never figure out.  The only thing that comes to mind is that he randomly opens a dictionary and chooses topics from the words that are on the pages that fall open.  I love this aspect of the stories, because nothing is predictable, except that the money will soon end up in someone else's hands.  As the stories progress, things seem to come around full circle, demonstrating the interconnection of all things in life.  This of course is not always a good thing though.

I am truly glad that I didn't read "Follow the Money" in a public place because my inability to hold in my laughter would have strangers assuming that I am in serious need of some kind of psychotropic medication.  I highly recommend this novel to people who enjoy a good, laugh out loud adventure, and who are not offended easily!

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