Flare Up Review – Jim Bennett (KBR) 5 Stars
Love, sex, anger management and art dealing. A fine narrative.
As always, do not let my star count override your judgement of content. More on the stars, counting, and my rating challenges later. If you are interested in art dealing, or the machinations of the extremely rich, this book is for you. If you’re interested in relationships, this book is for you. If you like a good novel, this book is for you.
Much of Beck’s book is a love story. This is handled extremely well, totally credible. There is some sex, but it is not graphic. Beck clearly understands the desires of both genders.
Part of Beck’s story is about anger management. Part of the tale is about monetary ambition, understandable in a gallery art dealer seeing incredible wealth in the top clients. Part of it is, to be blunt, about the lust of a healthy man for the attractive women about him, some of whom seem to be coming on to him. Part of it is, thus, about temptation.
Much of the story is about art dealing. Normally I check all references outside of my knowledge base, but knowing Beck I didn’t do this. I’m sure all the many references to artists, paintings, and galleries etc. are absolutely correct.
Appreciation for art is another main thread in Beck’s work. You will follow a rich trophy wife learning what she likes about art, while she detests the ‘old masters.’ You will relax with Beck’s chief protagonist looking at an art gift.
That should give you a decent idea of what this book is about. It is a compelling read of over 300 pages with a surprise resolution at the end. You may think from the above that I have given the book away. No. There is far much more in every Beck paragraph. Now for the star count boilerplate
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