Poor Billy Green! When he was just turning four, his father tried to throw him in the trash. He was a smart kid but that just seemed to create enemies. His mom did everything to protect him. But this was Detroit, armpit of the wasteland! Catholic school didn’t help much, except the time he got his first kiss from an atheist nun. Home life was dismal. Was his father capable of anything but drinking beer and farting? And what was with that neighbor who made puppets and tried to molest Billy? Golly! Detroit was sucking the life out of him. At such a young age. Then adolescence swirled around him. Like water in a toilet bowl. High school was a B movie. Only without a plot. So finally he did something about it. Billy ran away ... to college. Cornell University. That was a good move for sure! He studied hard, lost his virginity, met the love of his life. Things were definitely looking up! What could possibly go wrong?
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John Rachel has a B.A. in Philosophy, has traveled extensively, been a songwriter and music producer, political activist and is a bipolar humanist. Since 2008, when he first embarked on his career as a novelist, he has had eight fiction and three non-fiction books published. These range from three satires and a coming-of-age trilogy, to a political drama and recently a crime thriller. The three non-fiction works were also political, his attempt to address the crisis of democracy and pandemic corruption in the governing institutions of America.
Never knowing when enough is enough, the hyperthyroid Rachel continues to be very busy. He has three more novels in the pipeline for publication late 2017 through 2018: Sex, Lies and Coffee Beans, a spoof on the self-help crazes of the 80s and 90s; Love Connection, a drug-trafficking thriller set in Japan; and finally The Last Giraffe, an anthropological drama involving both the worship and devouring of giraffes, which unfolds in 19th Century sub-Saharan Africa.
John Rachel's last permanent residence in America was Portland, Oregon where he had a state-of-the-art ProTools recording studio, music production house, a radio promotion and music publishing company. He still writes music and, much to the annoyance of his neighbors in the traditional rural Japanese town where he now lives, attempts to sing his original songs.
"Phenomenal story! Must read! This unique story is about Billy Green's struggle growing up. It begins when he is a small boy, taking us through his tragic childhood, rocky adolescence, and then attempting the impossible task of just getting through his teenage years with hope for a better future."
"With crisp and cutting prose, the author immerses us in the life of a young man you cannot help but sympathize with and root for. With a mind for facts and a heart full of love,Billy winds his way through the mine-filled sands of a hometown that hope has long forgotten."
"At first I thought this was going to be a coming of age story but it turned out to be so much more. An extremely intelligent read we find our hero growing up in Detroit in a family that reminded me of the 'All in the Family' TV show."
"This book delves into so many interesting subjects that Billy has in his life or things he thinks about. Very insightful thinking by John Rachel. I will be reading this series over and over again. I would recommend this book to anyone who has passion for life. All aspects are covered in this book, politics, love, hate, learning, and growing."
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