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The Pool Boy's Beatitude

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  34 ratings  ·  28 reviews
In space, the expansion of the universe exceeds the speed of light. In a jail cell the speed of light slows, time ages and deteriorates slowly to a crawl.

Jack Joseph understands physics. He understands the nature of quarks, leptons, dark matter and the desire to find the God particle. What Jack doesn’t understand is Jack.

He has a Masters degree in particle physics, an ex-w
Kindle Edition, 217 pages
Published July 20th 2013 by Rebel ePublishers (first published July 2nd 2013)
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Natalie ✩★ The Biblioholic ★✩
Jack Joseph understands physics, but he doesn't understand himself. He knows he's an alcoholic. He knows he's self-destructing. He just can't help himself. He's got a Masters degree in Particle Physics but he works as a pool boy. He's married to Elle, but his drinking messed that up. He's having an affair with one of his married clients, but he won't stop because she keeps bailing him out (more like enabling his addiction). He's also in love with his new girlfriend Sarah, whom he keeps cheating ...more
Sherry Fundin
I originally told D J Swykert I would review one of his other books, but he had this one hanging around and sent it instead. I am always game to try something different, so here we go.

Jack is a pretty poor excuse for a husband and a human being. He is an alcoholic, striving to reach the bottom…of the bottle. Breaking the promises he makes before he even gets them out of his mouth, he figures one little slip, one little drink, what does it matter if he jumps into bed with a client.

A man whore, bu
Chris Torretta
You know those movies, shows, and books where you’re dreading the character arc because although something needs to happen to make the main character change, you’re also totally dreading it! Character arcs are always something that kicks the character in the teeth. It is that ONE thing that makes the character change. It’s normally a really good thing really but they always happen so horribly that it makes life harder in the moment but so great afterwards.

In this book, the main character, Jack,
Oct 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-reveiw
*I was given a copy of this book by the author, in exchange for an honest review*

Meet Jack Lee Joseph, he is a pool boy, an alcoholic, a poet, a lady’s man, and a college grad with a degree in Particle Physics. His is married to Elle, who is tired of him drinking, so she gives him an ultimatum; sober up or get out. Needless to say, the siren song of alcohol wins. He goes about his days in a down ward spiral of alcohol and pills, to function. He has several relationships with women he cleans pool
Dec 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jack is an alcoholic, drug-using, womanizing, university dropout who stumbles through life by cleaning swimming pools.

This was an interesting story on a number of levels. Firstly, Mr. Swykert knows how to put words on a page. The writing is crisp and engaging. Which is a good thing, because the main character, Jack, needs all the help he can get. To say he’s not an easy character to like is to understate the obvious. He’s cheating on his wife, cheating on his girlfriend, and in general willing t
Aug 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lad-lit
When I started reading this book I didn't think I was going to like it. Jack Joseph is a pretty unsympathetic character at the start. He's functioning alcoholic, and despite being married appears to be providing sexual favours to most of the women on his pool cleaning round. He's also a failed astrophysicist keen to inflict his theories of the universe on the reader.

But when a falling out with his wife leads to a meeting with a new and attractive woman, and a drink driving offence raises the spe
Feb 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jack Joesph a pool boy by trade with a Masters degree in particle physics, has a wife and a married girl friend, plus he's addicted to alcohol and Xanax! To make matters worse, when his wife kicks him out and threatens divorce, all he wants is his booze so he can feel good. He lays down in the yard and continues to drink then passes out to be awoken by two cops kicked his foot. Then Sarah from next door to his wife's apartment came to his aid. Jack juggles two married women as his wife goes thro ...more
Amanda Orozco
Mar 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review to come.
Jack Messenger
This amusing and disturbing story is about a drunk and drug-addicted man who finds redemption through love. His chaotic existence and frequent falls from grace are leavened with reflections on the uncertainty of life and the imbrication of coincidence and destiny. The second half of the book is particularly well done, describing experiences and characters that few readers will know about. There is a palpable tension to this part of the narrative, where the possibility of a new and different life ...more
“In space, the expansion of the universe exceeds the speed of light. In a jail cell the speed of light slows…” and the universe contracts. But in a super-large universe, small humans might be just as tiny as particles in a Hadron collider. Hence author D J Swykert’s novel of an existential scientist, aimlessly spinning ever faster till he meets his mirror particle.

The Pool Boy’s Beatitude convincingly portrays a life of entropy and mess, filled with the temptations of drink, drugs and sex, broke
Kilian Metcalf
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Jack is a walking contradiction. He has a master's degree in particle physics, yet he works as a pool cleaner. He is married, yet has affairs with any woman willing to give him the time of day. He drinks and takes any drugs he can get his hands on. He's the type of guy you would run from in real life, yet in this book he is charming and likeable.

He takes a chance one time too many, and it lands him in jail for drunk driving. Fortunately one of his lady friends is rich enough to hire him a decent
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When an alcoholic, young pool cleaner is struggling to hide the extent of his addiction from his wife while sleeping with multiple clients, he learns that his wife wants a divorce and he needs to figure out housing for himself.
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Pretty much at the same time, during a routine stop for running a yellow light, he gets a DUI and realizes he will be serving prison time since this is his second offense!
He has to come to terms with his addiction an
Destiny Bridwell
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
 I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I got this book from the author. I was not sure how this would turn out, but Jack has a lot of issues and drinking and drugs are at the center. That is not all there is Elle does her best to support him but she wants to change him and he is not ready for that. Then he meets up with Sarah. She does change him but it is not as easy as just saying that. They had their problems as well, but how does it turn out? I will not tell but I did ...more
Alyssa Yutko
I got this book from the author in turn for a review. It is a good story and is through the eyes of an addict/alcoholic. I love how the book shows Jack's struggles with addiction and his struggles in life his love life. If you are interested in a book like that this is the story for you ...more
Colleen ~ The Clever Girl from Gallifrey
**I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.**

This book was not what I expected it to be, and I say that in a positive way. Jack Joseph is your atypical particle physicist turned pool boy and full-time alcoholic. He is incredibly knowledgeable about the universe and fully aware of the lack of definitive answers to any of the questions in life. This unnerves him to the point of becoming an alcoholic who part-time self-medicates with prescription drugs to quit
S.L. Berry
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you spent six years of your life in college in the quest to obtain an education only to find out that what you have been studying leads to the conclusion that nothing is permanent or knowable or that there is no end nor beginning, that all of what makes up your life is relative, would you be disillusioned? What would you do? Keep on seeking? Quit? This is the story of Jack Joseph, a budding scientist fresh out of school with a Master's Degree in particle physics. The Theory of Everything has ...more
Elite Group
A bizarre but entertaining book with a strangely likeable lead

Jack Joseph is a particle physicist, pool cleaner, womanizer, drug-addict and an alcoholic. When his wife Elle kicks him out for refusing to clean up his act, Jack only descends further into his chaotic lifestyle – until he meets Sarah, the one woman of the many in his life who might just be able to save him from himself. Jack vows to quit the booze and start a life with her, but unfortunately his previous poor choices means that he m
Colleen Chesebro
* I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review which follows. *

Jack Joseph is a conundrum. He possesses a Master’s degree in particle physics yet owns his own pool cleaning business. Jack appears to live within the constraints of his mind while pondering the dark matter of the universe. Jack even has high aspirations and would love to find the God particle, even though he dropped out of college when he found physics to be too tedious. You see, Jack just wants t
Amanda ChocolatePages
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I went into this book, not really knowing what it would be about. I only knew that I liked the Author’s other books, so I was expecting to like this one too. The cover doesn’t give much away, I could see obviously the pool on the cover and the “physics equation”. Each chapter also starts in a similar way, which is good and different. ( E = {1} ) and so forth for each chapter.

The main character Jack Joseph is a physicist (by degree) and a pool cleaner by job. He also comes across as quite a philo
Carol Johnson
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Pool Boy’s Beatitude
Jack Joseph is a mess. That’s all there is to it. He’s an alcoholic, a chronic skirt-chaser, and a semi-reluctant gigolo. He’s got a brilliant mind but works as a pool cleaner. He says, “I’m a toker, a smoker, and never in much of a hurry to do anything, in college since 1999 studying all kinds of things, plants, germs, books, music, art, bugs, stars, and numbers.”
He does a lot of philosophizing, some deep, some not, and Carl Sagan is his hero. When he began musing ove
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Jack is a particle physicist; Jack is a pool boy; Jack is a lizard; Jack is a serial lover; Jack is an alcoholic drug addict; Jack don’t know crap about himself or real love … until Sarah.

Jack leads an unconventional life in Detroit, Michigan. He has a Master’s degree in Particle Physics and yet cleans pools. He has an ex-wife and a girlfriend that he discovers
Catherine Putsche
Jack Joseph is the main protagonist who is a functioning alcoholic, womanizer, weed smoker, physics philosopher and swimming pool cleaner that holds a master’s degree in particle physics. His marriage is in turmoil due to his heavy drinking and broken promises to his wife who eventually kicks him out. Jack has a lot of emotional and financial worries going on in his life that he needs to clean up, but just like his physics states, everything is in a state of flux, decomposition and failure and h ...more
Nick Rossi
Feb 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The pursuit of higher education can be perceived as an accurate treatise on the human psyche. The lofty ambitions that accompany the designations that only higher learning can provide sometimes act as a shield towards having to live life and be subject to experiences that one just cannot get from books.

In "The Pool Boy's Beatitude" by DJ Swykert, we have such a character. Jack Joseph is so smart that his grasp of physics is second to none. But with such incredible intelligence comes the relentle
Ericka Katwal
I was sent this free book by the author in exchange for an honest review
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In this story the main character is Jack Lee Joseph. He is an alcoholic and flirtatious man with a knack for Particle Physics that cleans pools for a living. In the beginning he was married to a woman named Elle but because of the lack of keeping his promises to stop drinking after she clearly told him she would leave if he didn't become estranged. Then he meets
Sarah Jackson
Jul 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Too frequently new authors are overlooked in favour of the old staples and many are missing out on brilliant works. Don’t miss this one!

Jack, pool cleaner extraordinaire, and servicer of bored housewives, believes himself to be “cock of the walk”. He dropped out of College, considering his Physics studies tedious, is married to caring woman, and believes that he has no master - except perhaps for alcohol and drugs.

He manages to walk the tightrope between lad and stewbum, at least until his wife
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4.5 stars

"Given a long enough period of time,
not only is it possible for the impossible
to occur, but eventually it does.”
– Jack Joseph

Jack Joseph is caught between a rock (the chaos of his substance-fueled existence) and a hard place (the awareness that his life’s purpose is lost somewhere between universal truths and his daily choices.) While Jack is many things -- a philanderer and a pool cleaner with Master’s in physics – when we meet him he’s a full-time juggler trying to keep the increas
Terry Houchin
Jan 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jack Joseph is a troubled man. He is a physicist who works as a pool boy. So right off we know that something isn’t right. Why is someone, who obviously is a smart man, working as a pool boy?

Jack is an alcoholic, but that is only one of his problems. The alcoholism ruins his marriage and a DUI lands him in jail. He has plenty of time to try to figure out where he went wrong.

They say you have to hit bottom before you are ready to change.
Alcohol, drugs, sex….none of them really helped him get what
Jun 03, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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DJ Swykert is a former 911 operator, and wolf expert, living in Northern Kentucky, USA. His short fiction and poetry has been published in: The Tampa Review, Monarch Review, Sand Canyon Review, Zodiac Review, Scissors and Spackle, spittoon, Barbaric Yawp and BULL. His novel, Maggie Elizabeth Harrington, won a literary competition with The LitWest Group in Los Angeles in 2002.

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