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Author Jack Kearney  - BookViral Spotlight Review

Inside Out - One Actors Nightmarish Journey Of Incarceration

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As an actor, Danny Belson has played many criminal types, but as the prisoner transport bus pulls out of the LA county jail, the realization of his conviction overwhelms him. The irony is that only six months ago he taught an acting workshop at the same institution he is now going to be incarcerated in. Danny had been chosen to take part in California's answer to New Jersey's highly acclaimed “Scared Straight” by actually working with the inmates of the Medium Security Federal Prison in Lompoc. In his short stay, Danny made some interesting friends as well as unforgiving enemies.

Utilizing a groundbreaking format, Follow Danny as he goes from a care free beach volleyball loving, pool shooting, actor, who's only worry is knowing when his next audition will come, to a convicted murderer. Written using flashbacks, with no chapters, learn what a struggling actor goes through, and how, after his incarceration, Danny's life is turned INSIDE OUT.  

 

Our review......

Smart and powerful, Inside Out by author Jack Kearney delivers an emotional palette that is hard to forget. Flirting with typical prison antagonists and a pseudo-familiar plot, he neatly sidesteps the spectre of predictability to deliver a refreshingly original, realistic and highly believable narrative. Moving along at a frantic pace the reader is given a sobering glimpse of the extreme conditions created by the American correctional system as protagonist Danny Belson is forced to adapt to his brutal new surroundings or die. It makes you realise the unjust nature of the world we live in, and how the worst things can happen to the most undeserving people. On this level it serves as thought provoking social commentary and a poignant reminder that a system designed for reform all too often drives people to become far darker versions of themselves by the simple necessity of survival. Kearney captures this with well observed dialogue and an array of eclectic characters, but he also leaves room for acts of humanity and compassion and it’s this contrast that will linger in the minds of many readers.

 

Devoid of contrivance or undue complexity, Inside Out delivers a highly satisfying and memorable read from an author deserving of your attention. It is strongly recommended.

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