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Doing Max Vinyl (Annie Ogden #1)

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  143 Ratings  ·  69 Reviews
Earth first. Okay, maybe second. Third? She'll KILL you!

Max Vinyl’s type of success story can only happen in America. Rising from humble beginnings, he has reached the height of the computer recycling racket. Problem is, he’s using Lake Michigan as his own personal profit center. Even that wouldn't have been a problem if his environmentalist girlfriend Tris hadn't found ou
Kindle Edition, 464 pages
Published April 28th 2011
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Sep 20, 2012 Katy rated it liked it
Recommends it for: those who enjoy seeing rather than being
Recommended to Katy by: Frederick Brooke
Shelves: ebook
Book Info: Genre: Mystery/Thriller Reading Level: Adult Recommended for: Those who like to watch and see rather than to feel and be.

Disclosure: I picked up a free copy from Smashwords last year. While I’m under no obligation, I am happy to provide an honest review.

Synopsis: Max Vinyl rose from meager circumstances to run a highly profitable computer recycling company along the shores of Lake Michigan. But when his girlfriend discovers his dirty little secret, she sets off a series of increasingl
Vone Savan
Nov 04, 2011 Vone Savan rated it really liked it
Doing Max Vinyl is a novel with quirky characters, absurd situations, and a lesson on the hazards of waste disposal on the environment. Though the novel is fiction, it isn’t typically a genre (parodic/satirical mystery) I would read—but I’m glad I did. This well-written novel lends itself to having a very detective, film noir feel. I could practically hear the saxophones playing in the background of certain scenes.

My favorite elements of the book were the characterizations of the diverse cast o
Sep 01, 2012 Cale rated it it was amazing
I think the brilliance of this novel was not the cunning characters, or the riveting plotlines, but in the overall message it sent, that was both enlightening but without being too “in your face”. Corporate greed and the destruction it is doing to the planet is something that no one can (or should) ignore, but it is all too often swept under the rug or justified. I appreciated that this book brought some of those issues to light in a very real way, while still maintaining the enjoyableness of be ...more
David Ottenstein
Jan 30, 2012 David Ottenstein rated it it was amazing
This book has a lot to reccommend it. The plot is woven pretty tightly, the characters are memorable, it's paced very well, and exposition is kept to a minimum.

A psycho ex-girlfriend, a cute red-headed war vet, and a bolt-in-the-eyebrow wearing ex-con are just a few of the characters you'll become aquainted with. And like! The best thing I can probably say about a book is that I cared what happened to the characters; good and bad!

I highly reccommend Doing Max Vinyl. It was a fun time.
Frederick Brooke
Jul 15, 2013 Frederick Brooke rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
This is my book so I'm not going to review it. But I will say it's the first book in the series of Annie Ogden books. The second book is Zombie Candy, and the third is Collateral Damage
Georgiann Hennelly
Doing Max Vinyl is an environmental thriller. truly enjoyed the story. When Manny fires Tris, she goes to Max because she found out he was illegally dumping all the used computers in the Lake. Tris is an Enviromentlist, but she knows if caught Max would just get fined so she decides to take things into her own hands.Meanwhile two of Max's workers lose the Gps device at a restaurant when they go back they find its not there and they trash the kitchen, they find out there waitress may have taken i ...more
Scott Bury
Mar 19, 2013 Scott Bury rated it it was amazing
A fun thriller

Some books are just plain fun to read — like Frederick Lee Brooke’s Doing Max Vinyl.
This is a book that succeeds on several levels. First, it’s a perfectly crafted crime-thriller with a believable, sympathetic protagonist in Annie Ogden and a watertight plot. Second, all the characters are drawn from real life. Third, the writing is flawless, the style smooth and professional. And it’s full of observational humour. The laughs come from recognition — you know people like this, you’v
Leise Chadwick
Mar 06, 2013 Leise Chadwick rated it really liked it
Doing Max Vinyl, An Annie Ogden Mystery by Frederick Lee Brooke reminded me of War of the Roses, but in the business world.

Max Vinyl's company TSR, Inc. recovers old data processing equipment, recycles useable parts and disposes of hazardous parts using environmentally sound methods. Unfortunately, Max's method of disposing of the hazardous waste is to load it on a barge and dump in the river, in the middle of the night.

The novel is revenge personified! Max's "tree hugging" receptionist/lover, T
John Martin
Dec 03, 2011 John Martin rated it really liked it
This is a terrific book.
I get the feeling that readers are getting in on the ground floor and the only way is up for this author.
He conjures up good, strong characters - some of them right on the very edge of believability, which is where, personally, I like them. They're not cardboard characters but people you start to care about.
The story, too, is good - definitely Carl Hiaasenesque: a bit absurd, again how I like it. This is fast-moving all the way but especially at the end when everything in
Randy Richardson
Nov 18, 2012 Randy Richardson rated it it was amazing
In “Doing Max Vinyl,” the first Annie Ogden Mystery, Frederick Lee Brooke splashes into the murky waters of Lake Michigan to build a multi-layered eco-mystery about the evils of corporate greed. Blending mystery, satire and environmental consciousness in a literary stew, Frederick Brooke stirs up a delightful feast for readers. Equal parts comic romp, morality tale and thrill ride, “Doing Max Vinyl” is an eco-mystery that both charms and informs with a touch that rivals Carl Hiassen.
Jennifer Mosher
Oct 25, 2012 Jennifer Mosher rated it really liked it
Read this as an ebook - greatly entertaining as well as subtly educational. The things I didn't know about the recycling industry were fascinating. The characters in this book were fun and original - great fiction!
Dec 28, 2014 Sheila rated it it was amazing
5 stars - I recommend to all readers who are looking for a fun read.

A combination of mystery, thriller, and environmental issues, plus a healthy dose of humor and satire make this book a pleasant contrast to most of the thrillers currently published (and it is not part of a series - yeah!!). This book is obviously meant to be entertainment, not literature - something we all need at times. There is a bit of a "Home Alone" feel to the bad guys that make the story much more engaging. When strugglin
Jun 09, 2012 LaLine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction
I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

The author is definitely a good storyteller and writer. I enjoyed his use of words and, in general, the overall structure of the book. However, I almost didn't bother reading the whole thing because of all the gratuitous cursing in the first few chapters. There was no need for it and it didn't give a good first impression - of either the story or the author's intelligence. Also, there were a few short scenes/vignettes that, for
Elyse Salpeter
Oct 14, 2012 Elyse Salpeter rated it it was amazing
There are novels where you completely fall in love with the characters and you think you know everything about them, but then as you read further, you slowly come to realize they are not what, or who, they appear to be. That’s exactly how it was for me when reading Doing Max Vinyl.

This is a well written tale about Max Vinyl, a man who runs a computer recycling company. When his girlfriend finds out he may not be as altruistic as he claims, the story really takes off.

The author introduces us to
Stuart Haddon
Jan 25, 2012 Stuart Haddon rated it it was amazing
Frederick Brooke's opening chapter fools you into believing that this is a lighthearted piece of fiction (and none the worse for that). I found the Max Vinyl character entertaining but instantly unlikeable and his female companion of the moment (but not for long) veered on my empathy scale from one extreme to the other. The various 'heavies' associated with Mr Vinyl's operation are suitably unprincipled and gratuitously violent. Then along comes Annie Ogden. She has all the characteristics of a ...more
Gae-Lynn Woods
Jun 22, 2012 Gae-Lynn Woods rated it it was amazing
Frederick Lee Brooke hits one out of the park with DOING MAX VINYL: a terrific cast, a female military veteran looking for her place in the world, and a timely topic. Brooke does a wonderful job with his characters - such a good job that I struggled with who I liked most!

With Max Vinyl, I fluctuated between feeling sorry for the guy and cheering for whoever would find the means to measure Vinyl for a pair of concrete loafers. Ike and Tranny are a couple of small-time hoods with serious personali
Richard Bunning
Mar 29, 2012 Richard Bunning rated it it was amazing
This is a great entertainment, written with flare. Brooke certainly has an ability to write, and to weave an interesting plot. The comic moments are well crafted from the story; comedy built out of a nice muddle of possible mishap, and peoples very mixed abilities. Some of the characters are so sharp, so accurately portraying individuals we might well know. Then Brooke variously stretches personality to logical yet ridiculous extremes.
By half way one can guess some of the end, but that doesn't m
Julie Ramsey
Aug 03, 2012 Julie Ramsey rated it liked it
Shelves: done
DOING MAX VINYL (An Annie Ogden Mystery)
Author: Frederick Lee Brooke

Max Vinyl thinks he has it all, he owns his own business (TSR Inc, a computer recycling company), has many loyal employees because he is smart (or so he thinks) and hires them straight out of prison, he has a girlfriend who seems to enjoy their relationship as much as he does and he is just finishing up a huge business deal that will net him alot of money. Suddenly his girlfriend (who is also his secretary) quits her job and b
Aug 27, 2012 Kai rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Doing Max Vinyl is humorous. Max's General Manager Rodriguez fired his girlfriend Tris for nosy-around the company. It just turned out that Tris discovered that Max and TSR, Inc is not environmental friendly as Max led her to believe. Throw in Tranny and Ike, two ex-convicts into the story. Ike kept correcting Tranny for using the wrong words.

With Tranny and Ike, they accidentally left their GPS at Domino Diner and went back to get it. The waitress Alison, Annie Ogden's sister, took the GPS, th
Martha Bourke
Feb 19, 2012 Martha Bourke rated it it was amazing
Doing Max Vinyl is an environmental thriller disguised as a hilarious ride of mix-ups and who-done-its. Usually, I find that an author is skilled at writing either description or dialogue, but rarely both. Brooke handles both deftly. He crafts each character’s backstory, painting a portrait of the characters’ lives while bringing each to life through engaging and entertaining dialogue. The combination creates uniquely compelling characters that become so real, you wonder if you won’t bump into o ...more
John Johnston
Aug 19, 2012 John Johnston rated it really liked it
Doing Max Vinyl is a fun and wacky read! as I was reading this book kind-of-wondering where this story was going, I was thinking that it was a Seinfeld meets Oscar Wilde in 'madly off in all directions'.

The characters in Doing Max Vinyl are numerous, and the plot thickens as their stories intertwine. Characters find themselves in wackier and wackier situations, yet the author extricates them (or doesn't!) plausibly. My favorite characters is the Ike and his partner, a couple of ex-cons working
Mataos Ponticello
Nov 28, 2011 Mataos Ponticello rated it it was amazing
Some really great belly laughs!

I absolutely love the way Brooke wrote this story. I must admit at first I really had to focus, and it didn’t seem to be an easy read, but then Brooke really kicked in this bizarre story with a cast of remarkable (though some abnormal!) characters which includes my favorite, the female war veteran Annie Ogden. Annie, as well as the other characters (whether they are the good guys or the bad guys….it doesn’t matter!), and the storyline, are addictive.

“Doing Max Vin
Joshua Merrick
May 08, 2012 Joshua Merrick rated it really liked it
Doing Max Vinyl
by Frederick Lee Brooke

From the tree-shaded squatter’s cabin she calls home, to the darkened allies and brick walls of the city, Annie Ogden is one woman you should pay close attention to. Recently returned from her third tour in The Sand Box (where she lost the man she loved), her life seems devoid of purpose; she struggles with depression and feels like a stranger even among her own family.

Unrelated and unknown, but soon to become pivotal in Annie’s world, Tris, the Brazilian s
Feb 19, 2013 Marina rated it really liked it
The review was originally posted at Library Cat book blog.

God damn! I never thought that recycling could be so fun!

Max Vinyl owns a recycling company. He collects old and used computers, resells what can be used again and destroys the rest. Well, sort of. His girlfriend (a tree-hugger) finds out and leaves him. The two men who work for him lost his GPS. The waitress took it. In order to bring the GPS back, they are stealing the old cell phones from the waitress’s boyfriend. But the waitress has
Leisl Kaberry
Aug 07, 2015 Leisl Kaberry rated it really liked it
So I would actually give this book 41/2 stars if I had the option. It had me thoroughly engaged and I loved the way the story played out. It was cleverly crafted in such a way that I never knew what to expect. So many times I thought I knew what I was being led into and then Whamo I get hit with something I didn't see coming... And that happened all the way to the explosive end. I have to admit I do like to try and predict what is going to happen and I feel pretty darn good when I'm right but I' ...more
Jennifer Chase
Jul 23, 2013 Jennifer Chase rated it it was amazing
There are three things that rank high on my list when I read a new book – well-written, interesting characters, suspense to keep you on your toes, and some fun thrown in for good measure. This book had it all. So what do you get when you mix an Iraq War veteran Annie Ogden who has spent three tormented months living in a cabin alone trying to re-discover her purpose in life with Max Vinyl's entrepreneurial and somewhat sketchy computer recycling racket? You get one heck of a story that’s for sur ...more
Deborah Court
Oct 03, 2011 Deborah Court rated it it was amazing
"Doing Max Vinyl" by Frederick Lee Brooke is a wonderfully written, very unusual story in the style of detective novels (although there isn't a real detective but a female war veteran, Annie Ogden). It doesn't deal with the usual whodunit but with problems we all have to face nowadays: Environmental pollution and illegal waste disposal. But instead of simply stating his message, Brooke delivers it in a highly addictive, very funny story which isn't just educational, but an intelligent, entertain ...more
Rosanne Limoncelli
Oct 18, 2011 Rosanne Limoncelli rated it it was amazing
“Doing Max Vinyl” had me conflicted. It’s so well written that I wanted to savor it, reading each page slowly and enjoying the prose. But the stories and the action of the plot made me want to read it fast in order to find out what would happen next. This book is full of so many real and interesting characters and they all came alive in my head instantly. From the beginning I was committed to following them closely and since I finished reading the book, they've been following me. There are too m ...more
Aug 26, 2012 Lubna rated it it was amazing

The opening chapter began on a slightly slower pace than I would have expected. Max Vinyl has just sold 20 per cent of his computer recycling company - TSR Inc to the Koreans and is looking forward to enjoying his moolah running into three millions. But, then his troubles begin, and it has nothing to do with the Koreans or his ex wife.

After the slow paced first chapter, the book is one wild enjoyable ride, where a variety of diverse characters
Marilou George
Feb 02, 2012 Marilou George rated it it was amazing
Frederick Lee Brook has succeeded in bringing to life a cast of characters very distinct and diverse while weaving together an unforgettable storyline that will satisfy you in its conclusion.

Max Vinyl owns and manages a recycling business where he illegally dumps old computer parts into Lake Michigan. His main ambitions in life are money, women and his beloved car collection. Max has no conscience as he benefits from his criminal activity, he actually sees himself as a victim.

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Frederick Lee Brooke launched the Annie Ogden Mystery Series in 2011 with Doing Max Vinyl and following with Zombie Candy in 2012, a book that is neither about zombies nor sweets. The third mystery in the series, Collateral Damage, appeared in 2013. The first book in Fred’s entirely new series, the Drone Wars, is called Saving Raine and appeared in December 2013.

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