Boystown Season 4 By Jake Biondi

Boystown Season 4 By Jake Biondi

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Boystown Season 4 By Jake Biondi

Book Info

Book Series
Boystown #4
About the Author
Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, Jake Biondi fell in love with "The Windy City" at an early age. He left the Chicago area for four years to attend the University of Notre Dame, from which he graduated with degrees in English and Business. He was awarded the university’s prestigious William Mitchell Award for Playwriting. Upon graduating from Notre Dame, Biondi returned to Chicago where he attended and graduated from the Loyola University Chicago School of Law. He has been living in Chicago's Boystown neighborhood for over 20 years.
Publication Date
November 13, 2015
ISBN
9781516897353
“From outside the building, flames could be seen and yells could be heard. In the distance, the sound of fire truck sirens gradually grew louder. As the club windows shattered, fire and smoke emerged, working their way up into the sky. The wind pushed the smoke across nearby blocks quickly and it soon passed over the area where Derek’s bloody body rested on the ground. The moon hung high over the city of Chicago, casting its warm glow on everything beneath it.”
-BOYSTOWN Season Three

The horrific night club fire leaves lives and relationships forever scarred. As the flames die down and the smoke clears, survivors struggle to rebuild. At the same time, the race to save Derek Mancini and to bring his shooter to justice begins -- while the search to identify the new Mancini brother continues.

More catastrophic than the fire, a special birthday celebration propels lives in dangerous directions. While some work to end the Mancini-Ciancio feud permanently, others use it as motivation to put a life-threatening plan in place. Meanwhile, two couples prepare for their weddings, one couple struggles to survive its secrets, and a new couple forms an alliance that will ultimately destroy several people around them. Plus, the arrival of a new doctor and his son to Boystown impacts the lives of everyone they meet.

It all builds up to a wedding weekend that will leave the lives of Boystown residents in peril.

There’s no place like BOYSTOWN!

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Starts with a big bang, but it ends with a terrifying cliffhanger

And it all started with a big bang! So ends the theme song of American broadcast network television’s biggest comedy hit, CBS-TV’s The Big Bang Theory.
And so begins Jake Biondi’s, four-star Boystown Season Four: there’s a big bang – one that causes the lives of its tragedy-prone characters to spin out of control.  
 
Yes, Season 4 starts with a big bang, but it ends with a terrifying cliffhanger that renders the cliffhanger question of yesterday, “Who shot J.R?” impotent and lame.
 
In between the sky high explosive beginning and the cataclysmic cliffhanging ending, Season Four barely gives the residents of Boystown time to catch their collective breath, much of which is hard breathing in the passionate throes of athletic and innovative sex.
 
If you don’t already know, the individual books of Biondi’s Boystown oeuvre are not self-contained; they don’t stand-alone. Characters and storylines started in one Season are laced throughout subsequent ones. So, dear reader, you can’t begin with Season Two or Three and expect to know who is who, or even, who is doing what to whom. 
 
Perhaps that’s why I’ve recently seen free download of Boystown Season One, offered to one and all. Give someone a free first taste of Boystown, and he’s likely to become a devotee who will purchase all subsequent seasons.
 
Primarily this series follows the dicey follies and foibles of two Italian-American families: the Mancinis and the Ciancios. Their lives, as well as those of their friends and business associates are ongoing orgies of sex and violence, with backstabbing, duplicity,lies, disloyalty, and infidelity, thrown in for good measure. 
 
Most of the action takes place in, but is not restricted to, Chicago’s highly diverse Boystown neighborhood.
 
The Mancini-Ciancio battles are endless, and “winner takes all” is always the name of the game. These clans are in for the pound, and not the penny.
 
I’ve never met Jake Biondi, but, professionally speaking, I love the guy. How could I not? He’s an Italian-American, raised on television’s prime time soap operas. Who better to create a Blog cum novel franchise that reads like the beloved TV sudsers of his youth?
 
Forget the lofty literary ambitions of an Ibsen or G.B. Shaw. Biondi’s Boystown was birthed ready for prime time television.
 
The Mancini and Ciancios are really the Ewings and the Barnes,’ the Carringtons and the Colbys, novelized, and played sideways – and with a gay twist. 
If they existed in the world of musical theater, they’d be the Jets and the Sharks: relentless, unrepentant rivals who’d sooner poison, shoot, or stab one another than concede one iota to the enemy.
 
In this reviewer’s opinion, it’s to the television industry’s shame that a premium cable network has not forced a pile of money and a contract into Biondi’s well-deserving lap. 
 
Boystown is really Queer as Folk for the terrorist-plagued twenty-first century. But like QAF, BT must be a premium cable, and not a broadcast, or a basis cable, series. That’s because there will be, there must be, scenes of full frontal nudity. As with QAF, unabashed full exposure is part and parcel of Boystown’s sex and guts saga. 
 
Put the series on broadcast network television, or basic cable, and it will quickly succumb to what I like to call Swingtown syndrome. For the uninitiated, Swingtown was an impressive 2008 CBS-TV drama about 1970s swingers in suburbia. It belonged on premium cable where the swingers would have been allowed to----well, “swing.” Instead this promising series suffocated under the confines of CBS’s broadcast network’s standards and practices. 
 
Beginning precisely where Season 3 ended, Boystown’s Season 4’s explosive opening heralds a four hundred and fifty plus page jet set journey that torpedoes the reader through the debaucheries and debacles that makes this series the very definition of page-turner. 
 
It’s all wham, bam, and thank you, Sam, without detail, shadings, certainly not with pesky emotional depth.
                
When I call Biondi’s writing style “comic book,” I mean it to be a compliment to a talented guy who has clearly mastered the simplistic style. It bothers me not a whit that deep down inside, Boystown is shallow.
                
As I noted in reviews of previous Seasons, Boystown reads more like a teleplay than a novel. So if your reading pleasure demands fully realized characterization,
common sense plot developments, and happiness that last longer than an orgasm, then you’ve come to the wrong town. 
 
But if you crave heart pumping, prime time soap action, balloon dialogue, and crisp, easy resolutions to complex situations, then welcome to Biondi-land, where primetime TV soap opera meets electronically published pulp.

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