Reviews

by Kaye George, Author of “A Patchwork of Stories”, for Suspense Magazine posted on February 16, 2012

Let’s start off by saying this thriller’s cover blurbs are by James Patterson and Donald Trump. That sets the bar high, but Lieberman attains it.

Kevin Davenport narrates the story in present tense, starting with his summer job at Kosher World Meat Factory. It isn’t an ideal job, working with blood and bones and smelly flesh, but it pays well. He got the job through his association with Jimmy Balducci, a guy with connections. Kevin, a college student, doesn’t know where he belongs, but knows it’s not in a meat factory. This is just a summer job for him. Neither does he quite fit into the privileged stratum of his college classmates, although he used to. That was before a hit and run driver killed his father, a dedicated DA, and his little sister when he was ten. The accident took away his way of life until he obtained a basketball scholarship to a posh school—where he didn’t quite fit in either.When Kevin shows up for work hung over, he’s given an even more miserable work detail than hauling carcasses: the tongue room. He’s treated worse and worse at the factory until he volunteers to represent the company in a boxing match to redeem himself. He does for awhile. But an employee turns up dead, mysterious things are happening in the factory, Kevin doesn’t know who to trust or who’s out to get him and his seamy odd jobs get odder and more complicated.

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by Grady Harp (Los Angeles, CA United States) posted on August 26, 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars
Read even the first few pages of this debut novel by New York writer Ben Lieberman and then try to believe that this is his first novel! ODD JOBS is a quirky, entertaining, at times edge of the seat novel that is most impressive in the quality of writing that Lieberman demonstrates. He is always in the moment of the story, has created enough of a history for each of his carefully drawn characters that benefit the credibility of each of them when the asides happen, and most of all he understands architecture of knowing when to begin and end chapters that makes them like the connected cars on a moving train, a train so fast moving that the reader dares not jump off for relief. Yes, he really is that fine a writer.

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by C. A. Webb "Conversations Book Club" (Jackson, MS) posted on September 20, 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars

In ODD JOBS author Ben Lieberman uses his love of a great story and skills to craft a book that takes us into the mind and motives of Kevin Davenport. Davenport has had to deal with the death of his father and his own feelings of his worth because of his abilities (or lack thereof). Along the way of trying to prove himself and even discover what his purpose is, we also find a manner of making things right in the process.

Kevin wants justice for his family but also feels compelled to right a wrong that affects many. Some of those in his life become affected by the path he as chosen, but at the end of the day he has to make a decision whether he will go for what is right or do what seems to be easy.

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by Julie A. Smith "Julie @ Knitting and Sundries" (Cleveland, Ohio United States) posted on August 13, 2011
4.0 out of 5 stars

This is a pulse-pounding type of read; very fast-paced and with some very tense, nail-biting moments. I think it started out a bit slow, but as I continued to read, I would likely have finished it in one sitting, I became so engrossed in the drama and intrigue.

Definitely a worthy read.

I have seen some reviews panning the writing (typos, grammatical errors, etc.), but I'm thinking that those reviewers may have read the first self-pubbed copy. My copy went through a publisher and the editors there must have done a fine job, as I did not have any of those complaints.

All in all, I would totally recommend this one for lovers of thrillers who aren't afraid of a little grit. There's even a touch of a really cool romance, and the friendships here are true-blue. I really enjoyed this one.

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by Israel Drazin (Boca Raton, Florida) posted on August 11, 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars

This first book by Ben Lieberman received well deserved praise from many sources. James Patterson, for example, called the novel "a tightly-wound, well written mystery." Readers will find themselves being drawn more and more into the mystery as they read it, making it difficult to put it down. Patterson wrote that he read it in a single sitting.

The book is about Kevin Davenport, a 21 year old, whose father, a Deputy DA, died in an apparent hit and run accident. His mother was unable to face the calamity and sank into passive depression, leaving Kevin, then aged 11, to care for the two of them. They were soon quite poor.

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by F. Hill "FLORIDA FRANK" (TAMPA, FL USA) posted on January 22, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
I GOT MY KINDLE AT CHRISTMAS 2010 AND HAVE READ ALMOST 200 BOOKS SINCE THEN. BEN LIEBERMAN IS ONE OF THE BEST AUTHORS I HAVE READ IN A LONG TIME. I THOROUGHLY ENJOYED "ODD JOBS". I WAS A GREAT PLOT AND WELL WRITTEN AND I WOULD RECOMMEND IT TO ANYBODY. NOW TO LOOK FOR OTHERS HE HAS WRITTEN AND HOPE THEY ARE AS WELL DONE. SALUDOS MR. LIEBERMAN.

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by Francis J. Schaefer "hootie man" (florida) posted on January 31, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars

Only have one thing to say.....please write a few hundred more of this type of story. this book has me staying up way past my bedtime which is a really good thing because I can't put the book down.. I'm really looking forward to his next effort but for now thanks for your fine effort.

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