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Poor Boy Road: A Gritty Hard-Hitting Thriller Series Book # 1 (JAKE CALDWELL) by [Weaver, James L.]
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An AWARD FINALIST crime thriller! Book one in the Jake Caldwell series.


"Gripping page-turner! I absolutely loved it!" -Goodreads Reviewer

For fans of Jack Reacher and The Prey Series by John Sanford, this "great suspenseful read" is "more truth than fiction" that you won't be able to put down!


Mob enforcer, Jake Caldwell is in the dark business of breaking kneecaps and snapping bones. But each job sends him one step closer to turning into the man he swore he’d never become – his violent and abusive father. Leaving the mob is easier said than done, so when his boss offers a bloody way out, Jake has no choice but to take it, even if it means confronting ghosts of old.

Arriving in his Lake of the Ozarks hometown, Jake has two things on his mind: kill ruthless drug lord Shane Langston and bury his dying father. What he doesn’t expect is to fall in love all over again and team up with his best friend Bear, the Sheriff of Benton County, to take Langston down. Racing through the countryside searching for Langston, the web of murder, meth and kidnapping widens, all pointing toward a past Jake can’t escape and a place he never wanted to return – Poor Boy Road.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2428 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Lakewater Press (21 March 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B019X3WELC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #306,484 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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You know a book is good when your head is still in the story several days after it came to a very satisfying conclusion.

Jake Caldwell, chief protagonist of James L. Weaver’s debut novel Poor Boy Road is an endearingly attractive bad guy with a heart of gold.

He could have been too good to be true - the mob enforcer who fixes things by paying off the other man’s debts instead of beating the hell out of him. But, without slowing down the plot with too much back story, Weaver sympathetically shows how and why Jake ended up on the wrong side of Poor Boy Road.

And now Jake wants out but, first, he has one last job that can’t be fixed with a fistful of dollars.

This is a wonderful character-driven thriller and, though I struggled at first with the bloody beginning, the violence is an integral part of the plot and, in fact, provides the impetus for Jake to try and mend bridges with the folks he left behind in America’s rural mid-west.

They’re an interesting bunch - Bear, the childhood friend, who becomes the town’s sometimes unorthodox sheriff; Willie, the small-time drug runner who finds himself hopelessly out-of-his depth when a deal goes wrong; and Maggie, Jake’s former girlfriend, now the mother of a feisty teenage daughter.

One way and another, they all help Jake redeem himself both in his own eyes and in the eyes of those he loves.
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By Todd Simpson TOP 50 REVIEWER on 7 April 2016
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This is the first James Weaver book that I have read, and I really enjoyed it. Jake Caldwell is a great tough guy character, which you can’t help but like. The Author has done a great job of filling in Jake’s background, and taking us back to his past. You can see from the way his father treated him growing up, that it shaped him into who he is. This story ticked all the boxes for me. It was entertaining, it kept my attention and I wanted to keep reading it. Great ending. I’ll be keeping an eye out for James Weaver’s next book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Continuously moving, packed with tension and suspense, Poor Boy Road is a gritty and dirty mob verses drug gang story that no on 1 March 2017
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Continuously moving, packed with tension and suspense, Poor Boy Road is a gritty and dirty mob verses drug gang story that no one can really win.

Jake Caldwell, bone breaker for the mob, wants out. His dad is dying and Jake is called home for his father’s last days. Unfortunately, Jake’s home town happens to be the stomping ground for his boss’s rival. His boss offers him a choice. While he is home for his father’s last moments he must take out Shane Langston… If he doesn’t, Jake’s way out involves a box with his name on it. It’s not really a choice. But going home stirs up more than just bad memories.

James L. Weaver has written a gripping tale full of tension and suspense. This was a very enjoyable read. The second half simply flew by. The characters are rich with history and backstory. Even then typical bad guys have depth. The town has such a realistic feel that you start to eye back alleys and side streets with suspicion and old country back roads with a heathy amount of fear. I’m really looking forward to Jake’s next story in Ares Road
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good read! 12 April 2016
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I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I purchased the book because I know James Weaver in his professional role outside of his identity as an author. I confess I was skeptical, but as soon as I cracked the cover (so to speak as I was reading on my Kindle) I was hooked. Jake Caldwell is an imperfect character that you will find yourself exasperated with, yet rooting for at the same time. There is a perfect blend of mystery, violence, romance and suspense in this novel by a man I now consider to be an emerging voice in this genre. I love the wry sense of humor that is woven throughout the story, and find that Mr. Weaver manages to strike just the right balance between the light and dark aspects of his characters. The fact that this is billed as book 1 gives me hope that book 2 is in the works. I will keep my eye out for its because I am a fan!
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5.0 out of 5 stars You don’t want to travel down “Poor Boy Road” alone at night! 29 November 2016
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In recent months I have been kept quite entertained reading works published by or otherwise associated with Lakewater Press, the new publishing start-up in Australia. There is the hilarious laugh-on-every-page “A Falling Friend” by the Brits Sue Featherstone and Susan Pape, the alien sci-fi mystery “Winell Road” by English-born Aussie and publisher Kate Foster, their newest release “Butterfly Bones” – a YA in the magical realism tradition by Colorado’s Rebecca Carpenter as well as Baylor professor Maura Jortner’s very suspenseful “The Life Group”, forthcoming in January.
I recently raced through the gritty crime noir “Poor Boy Road” by the American writer Jim Weaver and I’ll say this: either Mr. Weaver has a preternaturally vivid imagination, or he has spent an unhealthy amount of time in the company of used car salesmen, bounty hunters, small town drug dealers and the men who chase them – sheriffs and their deputies – and one very scary drug kingpin named Shane Langston.
The main character is Jake Caldwell, whose own continued existence is contingent upon his ability to hunt down and kill the aforementioned Mr. Langston – no easy task, given the kingpin’s reach and connections and the fear that he strikes into the hearts of those who stand in his way.
It took me several chapters to get pulled in and fully oriented in this tale, but once I was in, I was in to stay. Weaver has constructed a story line which keeps us guessing and it is only once we are too far along to turn back that we realize that a lot of nasty stuff lies ahead.
But we plow on, and every time we think that Jake Caldwell, our intrepid hero, is going to succeed in rescuing himself or someone else, another roadblock is put in place. Weaver throws in some severe complications – one involving a reappearing love interest and another involving a character whose life is in danger and who suddenly means a lot more to Jake than he was counting on.
I read the last thirteen chapters in one fell swoop. So will you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast read. Great suspense. Kept me on the edge of my seat! 23 May 2016
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Poor Boy Road is a fantastic thriller with interesting characters and great action scenes. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, and although Jake is a bad guy, you can't help but root for him, especially when you learn why he is the way he is. And don't we all have a good and bad side? The transitions he goes through to leave his life of crime are satisfying and realistic, and I hope there's another book on the way.
5.0 out of 5 stars Such an exciting read. A fast-paced and gritty crime thriller. 26 February 2017
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I have a life-long obsession with all things mob related and am often disappointed with the books that purport to have mob-related characters or story lines. POOR BOY ROAD was not a disappointment. I was hooked from the first paragraph.

Jake Caldwell is an enforcer for the mob. Now he’s heading home where the abusive father he escaped from years ago is dying. He is also on deadline, his boss has given him a way out of the “business” only it involves taking his bone-breaking work to the next level: murder.

Jake’s new life and the old collide as he faces family obligations, old friends, a rekindled love, and the ticking clock of a murderous and unforgiving boss.

POOR BOY ROAD is a fast-paced thriller that was hard to put down. It is well written with realistic characters and dialogue. My interest never waned and I really cared about the characters. This is a story that could be happening in any town right now, which makes it even more realistic. I can’t wait for the next book in the series.