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The Golden Rules [Paperback]

R.M. Ryan
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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May 14 2002
On the strength of a strange help-wanted ad in the local paper, Owen Hill, a third-rate actor, decides to pack it all in and search for treasure at the headwaters of the Amazon. An action-packed, tongue-in-cheek thriller, The Golden Rules is an entertaining tale about the myth of easy money. "Ryan creates a tapestry of exotic, whimsical characters." — Publishers Weekly "A romp, a page-turning adventure story, an R-rated Treasure Island." — C. J. Hribal, author of American Beauty

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Somebody stuck this book in my luggage when I went to L.A. for New Year's. No kidding. Must have gotten switched from someone else's bag to mine during the luggage search. Well, it's pretty cold up here this time of year and the libary is none too big, so I decided to see what this little book was all about. Turns out it's about the eternal quest for GOLD which seems to drive men to go to the strangest places, like Alaska or the Amazon jungle. I was on my way to Alaska once myself, but ended up settled here in the Yukon for reasons that would make a novel in themeselves. Anyway, this novel by R. M. Ryan is a good one. He must be a poet, because he does go on and on sometimes, but most of it's interesting. And the weather and the sex in this book are so hot that I got warmed up just reading it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars this is not Proust Jan. 17 2003
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Format:Paperback
In 'The Golden Rules' The author, a well starched midwestern stockbroker, opens his closet door on an ensemble of eclectic characters pursuing the classic dream of the archetypal American Loser. The story is well written and paced to keep you awake if not engaged. The flaw, as is often the case with first novels, is the profusion of gratuitous perversons that obscure and prevent a reader from ever connecting with the characters. Where Flannery O'conner can write a rape scene that reads like a religious experience, Ryan's muse seems to be the letters to the editor in a cheap porn magazine. While the ending is obvious the ride is well constructed and the story works. With the exception of the used car salesman who shows up once too often to be credible, it is scary to think that some of these characters really could be out there somewhere. If you can find a copy in a used bookstore on the dollar table and morality isn't an issue... there is a lot of talent in these pages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Golden Rules a Golden Read Jan. 10 2003
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A delightful, fast-paced read:protagonist Owen Hill III answers an ad that promises riches - a quest for gold - and in his travels, bumps into all sorts of sinister characters like Rotbart, who is all that his name implies; along with losers, winners, charmers - all unforgettable. A sort of modern "Candide". Couldn't put the book down. Almost every page full of surprises. And it's well written!
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Great story, great details, characters that you can really love and hate -- what more do you want? The perfect summer road novel. Even though this is kind of a guy's novel, it has a couple of great female characters. I can't wait to see who will play Maybellene in the movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Golden Rules a Golden Read Jan. 10 2003
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Format:Paperback
A delightful, fast-paced read:protagonist Owen Hill III answers an ad that promises riches - a quest for gold - and in his travels, bumps into all sorts of sinister characters like Rotbart, who is all that his name implies; along with losers, winners, charmers - all unforgettable. A sort of modern "Candide". Couldn't put the book down. Almost every page full of surprises. And it's well written!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book that will keep you warm when it's cold outside Jan. 20 2003
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Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Somebody stuck this book in my luggage when I went to L.A. for New Year's. No kidding. Must have gotten switched from someone else's bag to mine during the luggage search. Well, it's pretty cold up here this time of year and the libary is none too big, so I decided to see what this little book was all about. Turns out it's about the eternal quest for GOLD which seems to drive men to go to the strangest places, like Alaska or the Amazon jungle. I was on my way to Alaska once myself, but ended up settled here in the Yukon for reasons that would make a novel in themeselves. Anyway, this novel by R. M. Ryan is a good one. He must be a poet, because he does go on and on sometimes, but most of it's interesting. And the weather and the sex in this book are so hot that I got warmed up just reading it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this book and read it before they make a movie out of it June 29 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Great story, great details, characters that you can really love and hate -- what more do you want? The perfect summer road novel. Even though this is kind of a guy's novel, it has a couple of great female characters. I can't wait to see who will play Maybellene in the movie.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars this is not Proust Jan. 17 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
In 'The Golden Rules' The author, a well starched midwestern stockbroker, opens his closet door on an ensemble of eclectic characters pursuing the classic dream of the archetypal American Loser. The story is well written and paced to keep you awake if not engaged. The flaw, as is often the case with first novels, is the profusion of gratuitous perversons that obscure and prevent a reader from ever connecting with the characters. Where Flannery O'conner can write a rape scene that reads like a religious experience, Ryan's muse seems to be the letters to the editor in a cheap porn magazine. While the ending is obvious the ride is well constructed and the story works. With the exception of the used car salesman who shows up once too often to be credible, it is scary to think that some of these characters really could be out there somewhere. If you can find a copy in a used bookstore on the dollar table and morality isn't an issue... there is a lot of talent in these pages.
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