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Blood Turns Dollar Green Volume

Blood Turns Dollar Green Volume

Paul O'Brien's debut, Blood Red Turns Dollar Green, was one of the more enjoyable books I read last year, a wonderful combination of organized crime and professional wrestling circa the early 1970s. The book ended with a rather intense cliffhanger, and fortunately for fans of the first entry O'Brien is now back to pick up the story in Blood Red Turns Dollar Green Volume 2

As we learned in the first outing, professional wrestling in the early 70s was not the huge, centralized business it is today, but rather was broken into various territories held by individual owners spread throughout the country. And though the owners worked together to a certain degree for the greater good of the sport in general, at the same time each protected their turf ruthlessly. One owner, Danno Garland, has managed to claw his way to the top of the heap and now controls the World Heavyweight Champion, which gives him tremendous power. It wasn't an easy climb, however, and the backstabbing and double-crosses are now catching up with Danno. When his rivals lash out at him in a particularly horrific way, Danno turns his back on everything he's ever known and loved and directs the same single-minded focus he used to build his wrestling empire to a new purpose-revenge.

The story is told by flashing back and forth between the time leading up to the lynchpin event and the days immediately following it. It's an interesting juxtaposition, one which lets O'Brien fill in pertinent details and backstory from the first book in a very subtle way, allowing readers who may be joining the story in progress to hit the ground up to speed and running. It's also a technique which provides for a natural buildup of tension, with the reader waiting for the inevitable head-on collision of the two storylines as they converge like runaway trains on single track.

O'Brien's background is in writing for the stage, and that really shines through in Blood Red Turns Dollar Green Volume 2. The character development is a joy to watch unfold, with O'Brien proving to those who may have thought the wrestling setting of the first book was a gimmick (sorry, I couldn't resist) that made him a one trick pony that they couldn't be more wrong. Already in the twilight of his life, though at the top of his career, the events of Blood Red Turns Dollar Green Volume 2 utterly destroy Danno Garland, turning him into a man running on little more than grief, fueled by revenge, with the only question being whether he will accomplish his self-appointed mission before completely flaming out. As written by O'Brien, it's a transformation which is both thoroughly engaging and utterly heartbreaking.

But as captivating as Danno's breakdown is, it's Danno's second-in-command, Ricky Plick, who really steals the show. A loyal man, Ricky tries his best to keep Danno from running completely off the rails and destroying both himself and the business. As loyal as he is, however, Ricky is also very shrewd, and as Danno's downward spiral progresses Ricky knows that even after all their years together a decision will have to be made as to where his ultimate loyalty lies. After all, Ricky has his own crosses to bear, simultaneously dealing with his own failing body after years of abuse in the ring, as well as now looking out for his partner, Ginny, who isn't the same following a traumatic event during the climax of Blood Red Turns Dollar Green.

And while Blood Red Turns Dollar Green included a significant amount of detail about wrestling, including some wonderful descriptions of in-ring action, which may have made some readers a bit wary, Blood Red Turns Dollar Green Volume 2 is a straight-up crime fiction novel which just happens to have the business of 1970s territorial professional wrestling as the backdrop. There's still enough pro wrestling flavor to make fans of the sport happy-particularly in the character of Shane `The Sugarstick' Montrose, a colorful, aging superstar-but if for any reason the wrestling angle had scared you off the first one, its extremely limited "on screen" time in this outing means there's no excuse for you to not give Blood Red Turns Dollar Green Volume 2 a try.

In fact, as much as I liked the first book, I believe Blood Red Turns Dollar Green Volume 2 is even better. Telling a good crime story is hard enough, but doing so while putting a very human face on the devastation and consequences which flow from greed and power run amok is very tricky business, one which O'Brien manages with impressive aplomb.

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  • Kyle Richmond says:

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  • Francisca Norton says:

    my english class is doing something based on the american favorite poem project, and i really need one on todays society and how it is all kinda messed up and stuff like that(well that my opinion on it) so if you know any good ones please please please answer this and it has to be a poem not like song lyrics I(which is really annoying )

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    I need a poem to analyze that was written in the past 50 years. Preferably something happy/light/lovey. Any ideas? Thanks. Also not super long but not super short.

  • Zelma Romero says:

    Hi :) i really enjoy poetry. poems like annabell lee ( <3 Poe) and other really reflective poems (not necessarily dark). What would be a good suggestion? i really love things to make me cry or think. im not necessarily into the sports poetry and stuff like that. our teacher (unfortunetly) hasnt taught us Shakespeare yet (im in 9th grade) so im not as good with Shakespearean although i can pick out phrases and some main ideas but not really analytical. next semester we are reading the Odyssey. i love asian culture so id probably love poetry from asia too. ( <3 aya kito <3 )! music is very important to me also (band student). any length, anything that is just wow. things that deal with freedom, selflessness, hope, strength, optimism, crying, destruction of nature or hope and love, containment, or just really descriptive scenes and things like that really get to me. SORRY IF THIS IS TOO DISCRIPTIVE!!!!!!!

  • Jordan Richmond says:

    can any one recommend any good cool poems like Lost Generation and the one about the girl who's dad died in 9/11...those sort of ones that have a bit of depth to them too??? :) thanx

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