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Battered, bruised, and bloodied by the economic collapse, Clyde Twitty has all but given up hope for the future. The factory has shut down, the pick-up needs repairs, and the place he calls home is the town the American Dream forgot. Right about now he could use some help. Enter Jay Smalls, a charismatic martial artist who exerts an intense magnetic pull. Under Jay’s ...more
Hardcover, First, 320 pages
Published April 15th 2014 by Soft Skull Press (first published March 17th 2014)
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*


This is how it ends. I toss this book to the wind and admit defeat. It's been awhile since I dnf'd a book but this sucker earned the right. I usually can give no craps about formatting, spelling errors and what not when I'm reading (esp. an ARC copy) but this...raising his middle fifnger to the fifeld. and these juicy tidbits Even if Clyde had possessed the money to fifx it's many problems .
(At first I thought it was just the words with f in it and that it was an honest mistake but then they
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Jenny (Reading Envy)
Feb 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommended to Jenny (Reading Envy) by: Dale
This is a first novel that Publishers Weekly blurbed three times, I suspect because the author worked there pretty recently. (Not many books would get that much attention!)

This is not the type of novel I would normally read, but I decided to try it anyway. It is the story of a guy down on his luck in a small town that industry has vacated and nothing is left except the Wal-Mart and the meth industry. I lived in a town like this for four years in nowheresville Indiana, and started my time there
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Josh Weil
Jan 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate enough to get my hands on this book before it's release -- though, honestly, it feels more like it got its hands on me. This is simply some of the most powerful, precise writing I've seen. On a story level, it's plenty full of tension and the events that sweep up Clyde, the protagonist, move along with such an inexorable momentum that I was dragged right along with them. Maybe even more important, the story isn't easy. Harvkey tackles something really tough here -- the way that ...more
Col
Mar 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, h
Synopsis/blurb…..

Battered, bruised, and bloodied by the economic collapse, Clyde Twitty has all but given up hope for the future. The factory has shut down, the pick-up needs repairs, and the place he calls home is the town the American Dream forgot. Right about now he could use some help. Enter Jay Smalls, a charismatic martial artist who exerts an intense magnetic pull. Under Jay’s brutal instruction, Clyde begins a series of increasingly frightening tests that draw him into a seedy underworld
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Marvin
Apr 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
In The Course of Human Events is more of a character study than just a novel that follows a steady plot. Not that it doesn't have a linear plot. It has a very good one. It follows the life of Clyde Twitty who has been engulfed by the ass end of the Great Recession. He lost his job. one that wasn't very promising to begin with, and sees no real future for himself. He falls under the influence of a charismatic martial art expert who strives on conspiracy theories and the kind of racial hatred that ...more
Johanna Wright
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
First: 4.5 stars.

The cover is apt. The novel itself is a punch in the face--a nimbly worded, completely addictive punch in the face. Almost every character drew knee-jerk feelings of revulsion out of me at some point. These strong reactions immediately made me want to trace them to their roots, and I found myself uncomfortable, being forced to observe and acknowledge the intellect, disenfranchisement, and frightening tenacity of dangerous people with whom I have extreme differences of
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SeriouslyJerome
Apr 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Sometimes discipleship looks like the Apostle Paul pouring his knowledge, wisdom & time into his child in the faith, Timothy. Sometimes it looks like Jay Smalls grooming & seducing a directionless Clyde Twitty. Clyde is in need of purpose, & he discovers the pride in catching the attention of a strong leader, who is willing to invest in him, & improve his sense of self. Sadly for Clyde, he was being courted by a charismatic devil.

The story sucked me in, & just when I thought
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Louisa
Apr 22, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: will-not-read
This book is all about racism and the evil of White America. I was told to read it by a student, and normally do read books they want me to read. But I cannot/will not read a book such as this.
Brian
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
very pertinent to day....
Chris Roberts
Aug 08, 2015 rated it did not like it
Tractor and Juggs set a spell, gabbing on "In the Course of Human Events."

Tractor: (swats at a June bug) "Damn gal, Mizzorah ain't even part of the union no more. I'd soon go to Mars as I would step one right foot in that state."

Juggs: "Weren't damn Jesse James kilt there? His train robbing self is the only soul that those from Mizzorah can hang their history on. That is a lick-fast-in-the-summer shame."

Tractor: "I red this here book after you gave it to me. That Clyde feller was all in with
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Sharon Bodnar
Aug 26, 2015 rated it liked it
This was a book club selection and I had a hard time getting into it at the beginning. Having just visited the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis and with Donald Trump spewing his negativity across America I was genuinely repulsed by the characters in this novel. One of the promotional blurbs on the cover called it a satire (which perhaps I don't understand) and one fellow said it made him laugh. From what's been happening in society today I think the kind of thinking reflected in this ...more
Laura
Oct 15, 2014 rated it did not like it
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Gary Gassman
Jun 15, 2014 rated it liked it
A timely tale of militias, neo-nazism and hate. The main character is a gullible, down-on-his-luck mid-western young man who,enthralled by the powerful personality of a man, Jay Smalls, finds himself buying into the White Supremacist mystique. It fell a little flat at it's attempts at satire and never really gave me the chills a story of this type would/should do.
Mindy
Jun 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is more of a reaction than a review: I have to admit this book was difficult to read and the end left me staring straight ahead... But I am glad I read it. Clyde's character was human and relatable in his anger and how he became who he was. I don't agree with him- but I can see how he became who he was and his story was very sad and compelling to me.
Ilyssa Wesche
Feb 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Third book in a row that I read about people defying/not recognizing government authority. After the billionth review in PW I added this to my list - glad I did. I even dug the ambiguity of the ending. Some of the bits in the beginning were tough to slog through but overall a good & at times suspenseful read.
Kristen
Feb 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Interesting read on white supremacists and how they operate. Different from anything I have ever read. I just haven't come across too many fiction recommendations on white supremacists
Mel Bosworth
Mar 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Tense and terrific! Great ride.
Mike
May 22, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Loved it, of course.
Ray
Oct 14, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: not-read
I tried to like this book, but couldn't. At first I thought it was going to be funny, but it turn out to too goofy for my taste.
Mira Shaw
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Pamela Loring
Apr 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
However many hours Clyde Twitty gets at Walmart, he’s smart enough to know he’s going nowhere, and he, like so many across this country (and planet), is angry, disenfranchised and hopeless enough to be ripe for cherry-picking tyrants like Jay Smalls, a karate master and White Supremacist who, appealing to Clyde’s need for self-worth and self-determination, begins to groom Clyde for ‘greater things.’ (Sound familiar? Look who was elected to lead the ‘free’ world.) Well, author Mike Harvkey ...more
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Mike Harvkey is the author of the novel, IN THE COURSE OF HUMAN EVENTS (2014) and researcher-reporter for the #1 bestselling true crime book, ALL-AMERICAN MURDER (2018), by James Patterson and Alex Abramovich. Mike’s writing has appeared in Esquire, Salon, The Believer, Poets & Writers, Fiction Writers’ Review, Nylon, Mississippi Review, Zoetrope All-Story Magazine, and Alaska Quarterly ...more