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#1 New York Times bestselling author Jocko Willink’s fast-paced thriller Final Spin: a story of love, brotherhood, suffering, happiness, and sacrifice.
A story about life.
Shouldn’t be in a dead-end job.
Shouldn’t be in a dead-end bar.
Shouldn’t be in a dead-end life.
But he is.
It’s a hamster wheel existence. Stocking warehouse store shelves by day, drinking too much whiskey and beer by night. In between, Johnny lives in his childhood home, making sure his alcoholic mother hasn’t drunk herself to death, and looking after his idiosyncratic older brother Arty, whose world revolves around his laundromat job.
Rinse and repeat.
Then Johnny’s monotonous life takes a tumble. The laundromat where Arty works, and the one thing that gives him happiness, is about to be sold. Johnny doesn't want that to happen, so he takes measures into his own hands. Johnny, along with his friend, Goat, come up with a plan to get the money to buy the laundromat.
But things don’t always go as planned…
Former Navy SEAL and children's book author Willink (Way of the Warrior Kid series) marks his adult fiction debut with the downbeat and gripping story of a group of characters abandoned by the American Dream. At age 23, Johnny cares for his alcoholic mother and mentally challenged brother, Arty, while holding down a dead-end job as a stock boy at a big box store. Arty is obsessed with clean clothes, and when the Laundromat where he works is slated to be sold, Johnny decides to buy the business in order to keep Arty employed. To come up with the $40,000 he needs, Johnny and his best friend, Goat, decide to rob the safe at their store, hand off the money to the owner, then hightail it to Mexico. They get the money, but the getaway scheme is flawed from the start, and Johnny and Goat quickly have the state police on their trail. To make matters worse, Johnny is forced to say goodbye to his girlfriend, Jessica, who has just found out she is pregnant. Willink tells his story in quick blasts of haiku-like writing (Johnny on the customers at his workplace: "People: Flesh-covered robot beings in need of fuel and meaning./ They find both here"), with dialogue reminiscent of early David Mamet. Told with a gritty simplicity, this retains a hold on the reader right through to the inevitable tragic climax.
Loved the plot and character development, definitely a fun short read. But that is my only complaint is that it is a short read, I was so invested in these characters that I got bummed out to see there were only a few more pages left. Great read definitely recommend
The book is a great and easy read but boy is it sad. In fact after a coup,e chapters deep into the book I had to take a break because my heart was too anxious. I new what was coming and wanted to stop it from happening but I couldn’t. I kept reading and sure enough it happened. Talented writer. Sad story.
I wanted to read more.