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Inside Out

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  46 ratings  ·  40 reviews
For most of my life I was a struggling actor. I appeared on such shows as Mash,WKRP in Cincinnati, and General Hospital. For a short time, I even taught an acting workshop. Today I am a struggling acting coach in Northern California, but back in the mid-seventies I was a recent graduate of the very prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts where I was part of the first ...more
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Published June 30th 2015 by Page Publishing (first published June 17th 2015)
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Oct 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The System. Justice being meted out, the guilty are convicted and the innocent go free, right? No matter how hard we try, the system often fails or is tainted by backstage machinations. For young actor, Danny Belson, that failure would forever change one easy-going young man into a convicted murderer, a prison inmate and a man who would always think twice before trusting anyone.

It all happened the night the woman dashed out in front him and he could not avoid hitting her and he discovered that t
Oct 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Despite this book being written from experiences that the author himself encountered, this is not a memoir. This book is fiction but it also reads like a script from a television show while watching that script play out. Danny is the male lead in the story. He surprisingly turned out to be a loveable and engaging character. I instantly connected with him and felt his sorrows as he struggled in the acting world and in prison. This is why I was so engaged in reading this book. Well that reason alo ...more
David Baird
Sep 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Inside Out is a rather interesting book. It reads easily with no chapters just page breaks which is something I’ve not come across before but it worked well.

The plot I enjoyed a lot, Danny’s life has been turned upside down due to a wrongful conviction and we get a first-hand account of how things came to be as Danny looks back at the recent events in his life

What I really enjoyed about the book was how quickly the author managed to change the energy of a scene.. one minute you think things are
Colleen Chesebro
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
*The author provided me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review which follows*

Danny Belson is the epitome of a struggling actor. Young, good-looking, gifted with the body of a young adonis; he has done his time waiting tables, scrubbing toilets, appearing for auditions, and waiting for his big break in Hollywood to finally come. When he isn’t playing pool or meeting beautiful women, Danny Belson is just a normal guy trying to make a make a living as an actor.

Always looking for t
Jul 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book that you need to make time to read. The story will capture your attention and not let go. Fortunately it takes only about 2 hours, more or less, to read. There are no chapters in the book. The story, instead, moves from scene to scene. It felt, to me, like a movie playing in my mind. The author is very good with descriptions and scene setup which helps. However it can be jarring if you aren't expecting it. After adjusting my reading, I had no issues with the way the story is told. ...more
Oct 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review for Stephanie's Book Reports.

Inside Out is written by Jack Kearney. Mr Kearney is now an acting coach but was for most of his life a struggling actor who had a few roles on tv shows and a soap opera. He also taught a workshop for actors and weekly attended a acting workshop himself. His female teacher of this workshop asked Mr Kearney if he would come along to an improv workshop at the Federal Correctional Institutio
Lizzy Seitz
Jun 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Summary: Danny is an actor that has yet to make it big. While he has some talent, the right opportunity has not arrived for him to be a household name. However, through improv classes that Danny is helping his friend Ellie teach at a local prison, Danny is able to make some friends, and well, enemies at the prison. But, when Danny is arrested and sent to the same prison to serve his time, Danny has to find a way to survi
Charity Rowell
Nov 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Danny Belson is your typical actor wannabe in Hollywood who scrubs toilets, mails head shots, goes to auditions, and attends acting workshops while hoping to get a break. Things start looking up for Danny when he becomes friends with Vince, an East Coast transplant who receives lots of invites to Hollywood parties. When Vince allows Danny to tag along, Danny makes a big impression on a studio head and finds himself in the running for a prime part in a major film production.
I received a free copy
Kirty Shakthawatt
Jan 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Inside Out-
The story is a duo-tone with raven color of prison life and lurid colors of Hollywood, highlighting one actor's journey of incarceration.
It is a perfect title for portraying the story of Danny Belson living the life Out here in LA scrubbing the toilets, sending head shots and shooting rail shots on 8 ball. And of the same Belson struggling for his survival in Medium Security Federal Prison in Lompoc, California.
The book evokes strong emotions with the harrowing episodes of his life. D
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was able to read the book through booktasters and the author, so big thank you to both of them.

Why I really wanted to read this book is, because I really like the idea behind the book the 80’s vibe and the script idea. I really wanted to read a book about a failed system and a struggling actor. The cover of the book intrigued me to read the book.

Overall, I can say that the book hasn’t failed my expectations. I never had the feeling the book was missing in depth even though it has more a scrip
Boundless Book Reviews
Inside out is a touching story written from point of view of the main character, Danny. Readers are taken on an emotional journey through the tragic experiences in his life. Danny is introduced to us as a young, struggling; but working, actor in LA. The decisions and consequences of his life take us on a roller coaster ride of love, empathy, and hate; for Danny and his unique group of friends. 

If you like suspense, Inside Out is the book for you. Jack Kerney brilliantly writes to keep the reader
Sep 27, 2015 added it
I received this book for an honest review. The review is posted on Boundless Book Review.

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Jack Kearney graciously agreed to do an Author spotlight for us too! You can see the full interview at
Another Thyme
Nov 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I started reading and didn't stop until I had read the last entertaining word. A unique writing style, a unique storyline and a satisfying conclusion make this a book I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a good read. ...more
Kerstin Vollbrecht
Dec 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the story of the struggling actor Danny, who, just as he is about to obtain the first important role of his life, is convicted to jail-innocently. In jail, ha lives a very intense and meets both amazing people and very disturbing ones. The struggle for justice, within a system that only cares about what appears to be right of wrong, and takes care of those who have power, begins. Will be be able to obtain his freedom and thrive after depressing time in jail?
This is a very unique story,
Erik McManus
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The book is about a struggling actor named Danny who is just trying to get his shot at fame in Hollywood. However, the beginning of the book shows that he is on his way to prison and the first half is flashbacks that he is having while on his journey to the prison, telling you how he got to this point. The way that Jack Kearney makes you relate to his character is incredible and you feel such emotion for his character as he surpasses different trials in the book. All the other characters build a ...more
Dec 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Overall a pretty good read. I found some of the writing style to be a little bit off putting, not being a big fan of flashback or daydream prose. I also felt that the conclusion was a little rushed like the author was under a deadline. I did like the main body of the story and felt that it could be a top notch novel.
I was provided this book for an honest review.
Susans bookworld
Nov 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
loved the book bit usual where theres not chapters but apart from that loved it all it did take me a while to read it buit i enjoyed it and i enjoyed the characters
Terry Halley
Very well written. The author kept my attention to the very end. A clever way of not judging a book by it's cover. Good read! ...more
Araceli Morales
3.75/5 stars is my actual rating for this book.
**I was sent this book in exchange for an honest review**
I thought this book was a good and very quick read and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Although I do have 2 or 3 slight problems with this book I still liked it.

Quick Plot Summery
This book is about an aspiring actor named Danny Belson who is trying to land acting jobs but never seems to be cast as a lead role. Along the way he meets a woman named Ellie who has a project in mind for her and him to sta
Jul 07, 2016 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I had a choice of a few books to review, and I chose this one because the cover didn't look generic, and was quite creative and eye-catching.

The author clearly knows his stuff, having been a jobbing actor himself. I particularly liked the descriptions of the workshops inside and outside of the prison, and I really warmed to the character of Ellie in particular. The structure worked well; even though there aren't any
Brienne Dubh
Dec 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Danny is pretty self-assured. Assured in himself, in his place in the world. He knows that acting and paying the bills with acting is a tough path, but he knows he’s tough enough to take the knocks. He knows he’s a good actor. Plus he has connections. He waited a long time and stumbled into them by chance but he has them. He also has good a good friend and acting coach whom he esteems. So when she asks him to lend a hand for a few weeks in the workshop she runs in the men’s prison, why wouldn’t ...more
Kelly Tarr
Jul 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Inside Out was captivating! I really enjoyed the story and I thought the author did a good job of helping us to get to know Danny, make the reader sympathetic toward him and root for him in the different scenes.
The story takes place in two different settings, Hollywood and the actors circle and prison. The story is not broken into chapters, it is one story.

There were some grammatical errors and a few things that were a bit unrealistic. I didn't like the way Danny portrayed women, even though I
Aug 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a book that definitely needs to be on your 'Must Read' list. 'Inside Out' is the story of Danny Belson, a struggling actor, who gets an opportunity to do a workshop with inmates of a medium-security prison, but by a twist of events and fate playing a poor joke, he ends up in the same prison few months later. The realism of the prison portrayal is nightmarish and the entire plot is as engaging as it gets. Once you begin reading the book, you get hooked on to the story line which is unique ...more
Jana Ognjenović
Aug 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a captivating, suspense story! While reading “Inside Out” I couldn’t shake off the feeling how little is needed for a life to be turned inside out. The story follows Danny Belson, a random guy in Hollywood, a wannabe actor who is shooting pool and playing beach volleyball, while waiting for that big break. He is so close of having it all; a promising big role on a contract and potential Mrs. Belson in his arms. Instead he ends up in jail, as a victim of circumstances. The writer very intere ...more
K Hart
Aug 11, 2016 rated it liked it
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
First of all, I have to say I thought the topic was interesting. I did enjoy several elements of the story, but in many parts I found it difficult to follow the writing style - this may be something personal to myself. Additionally, as I believe someone else has already mentioned, this story contains an account of prison life. I worked for several years in drug services, meaning I learnt rather a lot about prison life. I admi
Sep 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
The cover of the book is cleverly done, it is about everything in it, the Hollywood part, the prison, the glamour and the tough reality.
I liked the story and for the most part, the main character Danny.
He is struggeling as an actor and just when he is about to get a break, he is falsly accused of a crime, landing him in prison.
The story to me seems believable enough, not too far-fetched.
I liked a part at the end when it seems like everything is going very wrong, but no spoilers here ,)
What I
Biswanath Banerjee
Sep 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoir
Light, camera and action…..
Life is something more amazing than shown on celluloid-because real life is directed by an imaginer who can outrace the wildest imagination of the craziest director of the globe. Life can take you to new heights-life can take you to new low. Nobody can ever imagine what would happen in the next moment. Life is a game-where twist and turn occurs in every instant-enough to beat the gifted pen of the most talented thriller writer. It is the uncertainty, the improbability
Henk-Jan van der Klis
Inside Out is a semi-autobiographical fiction suspense thriller about the struggling actor Danny set in 1978. Thrown into prison as a non criminal Danny's professional career seems over. And yet, he's giving improv workshops with inmates and develops a couple of entertaining acts. The prison's full of interesting characters, some very violent, others friendly en helpful. Danny's life as beach volleyball loving, pool shooting, actor, who's only worry is knowing when his next audition will come, i ...more
Jul 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The book cover is a great depiction of the story contained within. This is a great story. Very in-depth and unpredictable for the most part. The only drawback I have is the absence of chapters. I think there needed to be a little bit more of a break in some places, but overall the story flowed. I liked the not so glamorous look into what a working actor has to do to make ends meet, even once they start getting steady gigs.
The flashbacks, though abundant and without quite enough clarification bet
Nov 27, 2016 rated it liked it
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