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50 Rooms

by Jason Allan Cole

      Jason Allan Cole has an interesting pedigree. He is the grandson of a CIA agent and the son of journalist, screenwriter, and author, Allan Cole, who wrote Quincy teleplays and is known for the Sten Chronicles sci-fi series. From the feel of his first book, 50 Rooms, the younger Cole will be making a name for himself as well.

Inside the pages of 50 Rooms, Jason Allan Cole presents eleven stories of people living on the edge in the neighborhood around an abandoned Hollywood hotel. Most of the characters are young, living unfulfilled lives. There's Lance Turner, the Hollywood stuntman, and his latest girlfriend who both become victims of their own desperation. There's the homicidal midget at the convenience store who only wanted to end his shift and get drunk, until someone pushed him too far. And there are many more characters and their stories. Threaded through these other lives are the tales of two punk rockers who just want to find a place to keep getting high.

The stories are raw and disturbing and most often depressing. However, they show Jason Allan Cole's ability to condense a moment in time and distill character into a few pages of action and dialogue. 50 Rooms is a remarkable work about the underbelly of LA by a skilled new literary talent.

The Book

February 2008
Trade Paperback
1934135755 / 978-1934135754
Fiction / Mainstream literary
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The Reviewer

Janie Franz
Reviewed 2008
NOTE: Reviewer Janie Franz is the author of Freelance Writing: Itís a Business, Stupid!and co-author of The Ultimate Wedding Reception Book and The Ultimate Wedding Ceremony Book. Coming Soon: The Ultimate Wedding Workbook.
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