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.

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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].

4.7
Based on 14 Reviews
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Karen McCarthy
November 12, 2022

Just Keeps Getting Better and Better

I’m an occasional reader. I read, I put down, I pick up. Every time I picked up “A Man of Remarkable Restraint”, I was immediately drawn back into the story reading more than intended. Today I joyfully found myself at the surprise ending leaving me both satisfied and wanting more. A perfectly orchestrated piece. I loved it!

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KDR
August 12, 2022

Hilarious and timely, worth your time

Enjoyed it tremendously, great story

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Wordcommando
July 29, 2022

John Breneman's Madcap Magnum Opus

“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.

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Kurt
June 8, 2022

A thoroughly enjoyable read

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.

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flanhj
June 2, 2022

Perhaps a first time novelist – Definitely not a first time writer !

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 !

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M.E.
May 16, 2022

Brilliant and captivating!

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!

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Ethan
May 8, 2022

Excellent read

Definitely worth checking out

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Ethan Floyd
May 8, 2022

Definitely worth checking out

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