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Minor King

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  55 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Jim Christianson is a miracle. A man who lost his way only to find himself at the edge of his life too soon. As the end closes in around him, he is plucked from the darkness by the voice of God–and his life changes. He squares his accounts, meets a woman, realizes his calling as a writer, and begins a furious ascent to the pinnacle of the American dream. But when he gets t ...more
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Published December 20th 2014 by Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
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James Willamor
Nov 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Minor King is the story of protagonist Jim Christianson’s journey from a broken home, alcoholism, and homelessness to sobriety and middle class, albeit fragile, success. It is here that Christianson comes face to face with class struggle in modern American, and his drive that helped lift him from nothing to middle class is not content on his plateau of the daily grind.

As author Jim Mitchem says through his character Christianson, “Life had been reduced to the struggle of a mundane, innocuous, p
Laurie Smithwick
Dec 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Minor King is an outstanding novel, and for a first novel, it is breathtaking. Literally. As in, it frequently takes your breath away. Jim Mitchem is a talented storyteller who is so skillful at weaving "complex concepts" into his narrative that you hardly even notice them. You just come away with the sense that you are a better, smarter, more interesting person for having read his words. The protagonist, Jim Christianson, is also a great storyteller. He is as cynical and observant as Holden Cau ...more
Gabriel Miranda
Nov 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Jim Christianson realizes he is sold on the American dream after barely surviving the pitfalls of a not so perfect childhood and a self-destructive life after serving in the military. He is a Copywriter seeking purpose within the daily grind of "The "Machine" and his growing distaste for the rich and powerful forces who are chipping away at his resolve. Frustrated with the reality that everything he has built is beginning to fall apart, Jim tries to find a balance between keeping his family comf ...more
David Schlosser
This is a terrific tale well told. The author has done great work creating an accessible, compelling protagonist who confronts the reality of what it means to live in 21st Century America -- the undeniable challenges of striving to maintain one's family, sanity, and soul with so many aspects of our culture conspiring against that simple goal.

This is an efficient, tightly composed book that's both a pleasure and easy to read. Recommended for the effortless, efficient quality of its prose as well
Feb 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Jason Fox
Dec 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Some people might consider this review biased as I have virtually known Jim for five or six years now. But in truth, I would just forgo doing a review at all if I didn't have an objectively glowing review to post. As both a fellow writer with dark undercurrent flowing through my psyche, and an online acquaintance of Jim, I found this book especially appealing. Obviously, to those who follow him, based (at least at a skeletal level) on Jim's own life, the narrative will nonetheless be very compel ...more
Nov 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Minor King is a story for those of us who question whether the American Dream is an illusion, a cultural and generational ideology. Those of us who have come to realize the futility in seeking the Dream and have embarked on a quest to find purpose and relevance, and freedom from the cages of responsibility and obligation and supposed normalcy. This is the plight of James Christianson, the narrator, a talented man, husband, and father who overcame his share of demons to achieve a modicum of succe ...more
Steve Bucci
Jan 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Vivid and compelling

I started this book a while ago and had to put it down for a while because it starts uncomfortably, to say the least. I didn't think it was a book I wanted in my head before bedtime, my usual time to read. Anyway, I finally found the stretch of time to read this book and it was every bit as vivid and compelling as Jim Mitchem's blogs. His writing stays with you, and I mean that as high praise.

Minor King was excellent and I'm glad to have finally read it. Really it became hard
Nov 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Jim has a way with words most of us do not. Rather than reviewing the plot here or adding in spoilers, I'll say this -- I bought the book long ago, and I always had "something else" that prevented me from reading it. When I finally got to reading it, I was bummed I'd started so late. It only took two reading sessions to finish... I was that hooked and that engaged (and at times, as heartbroken or frustrated or as happy as the character within).
Ian Gordon
Dec 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
A fast moving story about a father wrestling with what the middle-class American Dream has become, that anyone (or at least 99% of us) can relate to. If you're reading these reviews to help you decide whether Minor king is worth reading, it is. Get the book and go on the emotional and unpredictable ride Jim Mitchem takes you on.
Gabriella Sannino
Nov 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow, wonderful literary work. I did not put it down until I read the last page. I know Jim could write but to stir emotions and so many head nods throughout the book was nothing I expect. I'm glad I read it, and even more glad I know him virtually.
Debara Zeller
Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
The ending made no sense to me at all.
Feb 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Minor King is about that part in all of us that wants to be free. That feels trapped-- by our success and our failure. Our success within the system that provides for our families; and our failure to break the rules set by others and make something of our own.

Jim Christianson, the protagonist, is a rags-to-middle-class guy. Hard knock childhood, wake-up-call in his early 20s, hard work and street smarts in his middle life. And by all outward measures, he's successful: loving wife, amazing daugh
Oct 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Jim Mitchem's debut novel is a work of art. If you want to read a great piece of American Fiction, Minor King is it. I felt myself relating to Jim Christianson and his middle class plight all too easily. It was hard to see myself in certain situations. However, I understood where the main character's thoughts and struggles were coming from. I did not expect the ending, which was hard to swallow, but the only way I could see it ending. This is a great book to share with your peers. It's also a gr ...more
Tim Devita
Nov 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Was looking forward to reading this book, as I have known the author for over 20 years. I followed his blogs, and chronicles in life for a lot years. His first book "Minor King" did not disappoint me. Jim's passion, grittiness and thoughts on society are prevalent throughout the book. Honestly was hoping for a different ending, but look forward to his next novel!
Pam Balog
Nov 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic debut

I loved the story and the characters. It kept me turning the pages until the end. I laughed, I cried and I was often surprised by the twists and turns in this tale. I simply loved it!
Deepuk rivarde
Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was ok

Good read into the lives of those who hate , working for the "the man".
Dark in places, but real in terms of the daily humdrum many of us live that just gets in the way for some of us.
Didn't see the end coming!!!
darryl ohrt
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Really great story and...wait for it...
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Jim Mitchem is a copywriter who found his way into advertising via a dirt path on the outskirts of society. Born with no obvious talent, Jim began writing at a young age as a way to lasso the stories that ran circles in his mind. Dismissed as folly when he shared them, he gave up writing for drinking at the age of 17. After a stint in the USAF, and armed only with a pen and looseleaf paper bound b ...more

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