When Shaw McBride and Romeo Zderko pull up at a convenience store off I-95 in Georgia, their only thought is to fix a leaky tire and be on their way again to Florida-away from their dull Ohio tech-support jobs. But this happens to be the store from which...more
so you win the lottery, big time, and this makes you a target for a couple of jokers who want half of your 318 million. so, they trick you into letting them in, and o...more
Just like Shaw thought... no luck at all but bad...
But when Shaw enters the gas station he overheard the lady behind the counter talking excitedly on the phone...
"Yes! The 318 million dol...more
I admit, I was seduced by the cover of this book in the library. It was there on a shelf, complete with text from various newspaper reviews, "Loved by reading groups across the land" and a great big sticker that said "I could have my money back if I didn't love it..... terms and conditions apply".
Suspicioulsy, there was no detail on what the story was about or about the author.
Although the book and story is quiet enjoyable,i personaly was't able to fully submerse myself into it.It just had't got that "can't put it down" quality to it.
It stars a family who just won the mega lotto and things take a turn for the worst for them.We see how there lives are affected and the relatationships between the family and there captures after the win.
And it does make for some very good reading and suspence i can say,but its not quiet the story i would go for.But th...more
If you don’t accept the existence of the Stockholm Syndrome then you will probably be incredulous of the behavior of the Boatwright family in Ravens. Objec...more
The next day their life has changed from a dream to a nightmare. Shaw has decided that he deserves...more
Now, I like a good balance of power between good and evil; it adds intrigue to the story and makes things more intense. But when the bad guy practically wins the hearts of everyone in the town for 99% of the book, it gets really, really irritating. The worst example is Patsy, who (view spoiler)[goes from fearing him like the plague for him...more
This is a story of what could possibly happen if you were all of a sudden to hit the largest lotter...more
I don't often completely dislike a book. This book tested my resolution to always finish a book and make my mind up based on the full story rather than just the first half.
There were many things that drove me up the wall when reading this book...
1) The characters: I found that the characters were more like different facets of the same person and their overall personalities were flat and indistinct. I didn't like any of them at all and everyone seemed to be utterly...more
Ravens is the story of the Boatwright family, residents of a small Georgia town, who have been teetering on the brink of finan...more
Unfortunately, the rest of the novel just never quite lives up to the promise of the opening chapters. I never really got a handle on either Shaw or Romeo's motives (and I couldn't quite believe the bond b...more
As time progresses the majority of the family falls in thrall to and begins to identify with Shaw. Shaw also begins to assume a...more
Shaw visits the Boatwright family that night and takes the family hostage, while Romeo acts as the threat against othe...more
Shaw, the smarter of the two, weasles his way...more
A Nawth Carolina family, the Boatwrights, who win a huge jackpot in the lottery are descended upon by an opportunistic psychopath, Shaw, and his increasingly reluctant sidekick who terrorize the Boatwrights into splitting the winnings with them; more than that,the Boatwrights must publicly declare how much they love Shaw and regard him as almost one of the family. The public of course swallows tis wholesale, and a cult builds up around Shaw; worse still, the Boatwrights, with the exception of te...more
Bonus points for t...more
I found it disturbing but interesting the way Shaw got his information. A little MySpace, some Google, and bam- an easy scam. It makes me wonder how easily I could be extorted based on random bits about me...more
The Boatwright’s are a living paycheck-to-paycheck existence in stagnate Brunswick, Georgia. Mitch, the father, is a devoted elder of his church and Patsy (mom) is a gin-drinking lottery fanatic devoted to the television e...more
Ravens is a great idea for a book. Two guys, Shaw McBride and Romeo Zderko, who are down on their luck decide to terrorize the Boatwright family until they split their lottery winnings - $318 million. They hold them hostage and make sure they know that they're ready to kill their loved ones if the Boatwrights try to escape or call the police.
Ok, that's a great plot line. But you end up finishing the book feeling like nothing really happened. Everything said on the back of the book happens, don'...more
And what's with the use of question marks? That really bothered me? Because although our new colloquial English is often characterized with each sentence ending with a question mark? It usually is used by teenage girls? Or young...more