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The Boatwrights just won 318 million dollars in the GeorgiaState lottery. It's going to be the worst day of their lives.

When Shaw McBride and Romeo Zderko pull up at a convenience store off I-95 in Georgia, their only thought is to fix a leaky tire and be on their way again to Florida — away from their dull Ohio tech-support jobs. But this happens to be the store from which a 318,000,000 million dollar Jackpot ticket has just been sold — and when a pretty clerk accidentally reveals to Shaw the identity of the winning family, he hatches a ferociously audacious scheme: he and Romeo will squeeze the family for half their prize.

That night, he visits the Boatwright home and takes the family hostage, while Romeo patrols the streets nearby, prepared to murder the Boatwrights' loved ones at any sign of resistance. At first, the family offers none. But Shaw's plot depends on maintaining constant fear — merciless, unfaltering terror — and soon, under the pressure, everyone's sanity begins to unravel...

At once frightening, comic, and suspenseful, Ravens is a wholly original and utterly compelling novel from one of our most talented writers.

Review:

"Soon after Mitch and Patsy Boatwright, two down-home one-step-above-poor-white Georgians, win the $318 million Max-a-Million jackpot in this stellar thriller from bestseller Green (The Juror), they receive two unwelcome visitors — Shaw McBride and Romeo Zderko, who are fleeing nowhere techie jobs in Ohio for a never-never Florida dream. Shaw, the brains, and Romeo, his half-unwilling brawny pawn, threaten to kill the Boatwrights' loved ones unless the couple agree to hand over half their winnings. Through rapidly shifting points of view, especially the clear eyes of daughter Tara Boatwright, a community college student, Green frighteningly and unequivocally shows how victims can come to adore their tormentors, amid a mix of madness, fear, isolation, greed and delusions of power and glory. This exquisite novel of psychological suspense builds to a devastating resolution that will leave readers with the cold shudders for a long time afterward. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Green...is skilled at psychological suspense. More than half a dozen major characters are fully developed, and their evolving reactions to their situations and to other characters are sure to engage readers who like to feel the narrative screws tightening." Booklist

Review:

"The Desperate Hours on crank, with a deeply unsettling spiritual spin." Kirkus Reviews

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"Much of the disquieting pleasure of Ravens comes from how [Green] subverts the typical lower-middle-class Southern family, jettisoning sweetness and light for wilder, nastier streaks....Green succeeds because he consistently puts human motivation at the forefront." Los Angeles Times

Synopsis:

The Boatwrights have just won the Georgia State lottery. Unfortunately, it's going to be the worst day of their lives as the family is taken hostage by two drifters intent on getting half the payout. At once frightening, comic, and suspenseful, Ravens is wholly original and utterly compelling.

About the Author

George Dawes Green is a highly acclaimed novelist and poet. He currently divides his time between Georgia and New York.

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Jennmarie68, March 12, 2010 (view all comments by Jennmarie68)
This one was a page turner. I was so hooked right from the word go with this one.

The story was narrated by a few different characters. It jumped back and forth, but it didn't seem choppy. The story just goes on, but from a different perspective. It wasn't like it would switch to a new character and rehash what the last character just told us.

The writing was good. There was only one thing that bothered me, when a character is talking the author would use Said Shaw instead of Shaw Said. But that was really the only thing I didn't like.

I liked the beginning, it gave us enough info about the characters to pull me into the story, without giving so much detail that it became mundane. It follows the Boatwright family and then friends Shaw and Romeo. The Boatwrights win the lottery and that's when Shaw and Romeo really enter the picture.

The suspense in this novel doesn't come from not knowing what's going on. Quite the opposite, we know what's going on right from the word go. The suspense comes from hoping that someone will slip and everyone else will know what is going on. I would say it's more psychological that physical suspense.

The ending threw me for a loop. And while the last passage confused me a little it still was a great ending.

Overall good writing and a great story.
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Vicki Newell, October 27, 2009 (view all comments by Vicki Newell)
Patsy Boatwright spends every Wednesday night the same way...curled up on the couch with a drink waiting for the winning Jackpot numbers. Even though week after week she is disappointed, she knows without a doubt that sooner or later, her numbers will win. And she was right, one night she falls on her knees screaming "Grace Of God, Grace Of God, Grace Of God" over and over. She had won three hundred and eighteen million dollars.

Romeo and Shaw are on their way from Ohio to Florida when they stop at a convenience store to check their tire pressure. One of them overhears a clerk on her cell phone talking about the store selling the state Jackpot winning ticket. Together they hold the Boatwrights hostage, telling them they'll murder some family members if they don't cooperate. This is another book that I feel must have a short review for fear of posting spoilers. The author has done a good job of letting us get to know these characters. They are all so different it kept me interested and entertained. George Dawes Green has added many facets to this book, and some were hilarious, the power Shaw has over everyone. I love this book because it's full of a different kind of suspense than most books. You're not trying to figure out who the bad guys are, you already know that. The suspense is waiting to see how it all ends. I hope to see more from this author.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780446538961
Author:
Green, George Dawes
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Subject:
Hostages
Subject:
Lottery winners
Subject:
General
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Suspense fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20100715
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 x 1 in 0.66 lb

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Product details 352 pages Grand Central Publishing - English 9780446538961 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Soon after Mitch and Patsy Boatwright, two down-home one-step-above-poor-white Georgians, win the $318 million Max-a-Million jackpot in this stellar thriller from bestseller Green (The Juror), they receive two unwelcome visitors — Shaw McBride and Romeo Zderko, who are fleeing nowhere techie jobs in Ohio for a never-never Florida dream. Shaw, the brains, and Romeo, his half-unwilling brawny pawn, threaten to kill the Boatwrights' loved ones unless the couple agree to hand over half their winnings. Through rapidly shifting points of view, especially the clear eyes of daughter Tara Boatwright, a community college student, Green frighteningly and unequivocally shows how victims can come to adore their tormentors, amid a mix of madness, fear, isolation, greed and delusions of power and glory. This exquisite novel of psychological suspense builds to a devastating resolution that will leave readers with the cold shudders for a long time afterward. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Green...is skilled at psychological suspense. More than half a dozen major characters are fully developed, and their evolving reactions to their situations and to other characters are sure to engage readers who like to feel the narrative screws tightening."
"Review" by , "The Desperate Hours on crank, with a deeply unsettling spiritual spin."
"Review" by , "Much of the disquieting pleasure of Ravens comes from how [Green] subverts the typical lower-middle-class Southern family, jettisoning sweetness and light for wilder, nastier streaks....Green succeeds because he consistently puts human motivation at the forefront."
"Synopsis" by , The Boatwrights have just won the Georgia State lottery. Unfortunately, it's going to be the worst day of their lives as the family is taken hostage by two drifters intent on getting half the payout. At once frightening, comic, and suspenseful, Ravens is wholly original and utterly compelling.
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