A Man Of Remarkable Restraint

Charles is definitely going insane. Has been since he was a kid. But with intense focus and, yes, remarkable restraint, he’s managed to keep a tight grip on his loose-cannon inner psycho… until he gets laid off from his job at the newspaper.


Uh-oh. Something’s gonna blow. Could be a blood vessel in his brain. Could be a goddamn helicopter packed with ammonium nitrate. Good thing he meets a rowdy but warm-hearted Vietnam Vet named Stanley “Apocalypse” Nowell when he heads straight to the bar after losing his job. At least now he has a friend.

Things appear to be looking up when he gets some freelance work ghostwriting a novel for a cartoonishly badass ex-military, soldier-of-fortune type; and when he awkwardly meets a nice young woman who works at the post office. But, alas, things are destined to go down in flames.

Come along on this madcap, darkly comedic odyssey with a deeply troubled, self-antagonistic protagonist. A man with a bright mind and a dark soul — Charles [last name withheld to protect the innocent].

Based on 13 Reviews
August 12, 2022

Enjoyed it tremendously, great story

July 29, 2022

“Madcap.” A “romp.” not words you hear much these days but they apply to John Breneman’s thoroughly entertaining debut novel. Every sentence is funny.

June 8, 2022

Let me start with the fact that I love John’s writing style. His use of language is exceptional. The book is darkly funny, and gives a glimpse of the inner dialog that we all have but won’t admit to. Charles is a man pursued by his inner demons, and limited by his childhood trauma. You can’t help but root for Charles to work things out. I suggest you read the book and find out if he does.

June 2, 2022

This was a good read with a bit of a surprising twist at the end. Once you get into it, you won’t put it down.. Delightfully profane and funny. Enjoyed it !

May 16, 2022

Brilliant writing, captivating, dark-ish but witty and humorous at the same time! It was difficult to put this book down! It’s a great read! And not the typical kind of book I normally read! Congratulations to John B, author!

May 8, 2022

Definitely worth checking out

Ethan Floyd
May 8, 2022

Definitely worth checking out

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