Thursday, November 17, 2011

Review: Under the Neon Sky by Jay Rankin

Under the Neon Sky by Jay Rankin

Publisher: self-published
Pages: 268
Format: ebook
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  A gripping, true story about a Las Vegas doorman who worked the graveyard shift at one of the major hotels on the Strip.  The sights, smells, and page popping characters are unforgettable as we take a journey that will transform how we used to envision the city that never sleeps.  We watch as this doorman begins to emotionally break and wonder if he will become broken seeing his friends, his wife, hotel guests, and himself cross too many boundaries in this riveting, page turning story.

Kritters Thoughts:  After sitting a day to write the review, I am still on the fence for this one.  From one side of the fence, there were a crazy amount of curse words and the language was very crass.  But the other side of the fence - this book provided an awesome insider's view of the city that many wish to visit for one reason or another.  

A doorman for the largest hotel in Las Vegas that within it are held the biggest boxing matches on the same nights of concerts, shows and more.  A huge job that at times can be downright overwhelming partly because you are dealing with the public the entire time.  I felt for him at his job where his supervisors were conniving and his co workers were deceitful.  From his work life to his home life, he was surrounded with destruction.  But I wonder and I think he wondered if it was all due to living in Las Vegas?  

An entertaining story that due to my being in Vegas for a quick work trip helped me see a different view of the city that maybe vacationers don't want to admit to seeing while they are in town.  When I go back to vacation, I will definitely have this book in the back of my mind with questions about how well the employees are being treated in such a harsh atmosphere.    

Rating: enjoyable, but didn't leave me wanting more

GR Oct-Dec 2011 Challenge: Through the Decades: 2000-2009

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from the author in conjunction with NURTURE Book Tours.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Follow the author:

Twitter – Under the Neon Sky & Jay Rankin

Schedule of the Tour:
November 1st – Jaidis S. @ Juniper Grove
November 2nd – Krystal L. @ Live To Read
November 3rd – Beverly G. @ Everyone Loves A SiNner
November 4th – Lisa Ma. @ A Casual Reader’s Blog

November 7th – Stephanie Ba. @ Mother Of Insanity: Are we crazy yet?
November 8th – Bobbie @ NURTURE Virtual BOOK Tourz™ Blog
November 9th – Tina A. @ Read More
November 11th – Bonnie S.B. @ Hands and Home
November 14th - April R. & Wendy @ My Book Addiction and More
November 15th – Jaidis S. @ Juniper Grove
November 16th – Mason C. @ Thoughts in Progress
November 17th – Kristin D. @ Kritters Ramblings
November 18th – Lynda M. @ Hubpages
November 22nd – Evangeline H. @ Sugarpeach
November 23rd – Lea. R. @ Journey Reader

November 25th – Farrah K. @ The Book Faery Reviews
November 29th – Bobbie @ NURTURE Virtual BOOK Tourz™ Blog
November 30th – Lindsay H @ Everyday Is An Adventure

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