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Grumblebollock [Kindle Edition]

Mick Mears
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Book Description

Arthur Grumblebollock eeks out his existence in a city of the near future called Slumdonium. He`s convinced his daughter was murdered. His adventure quest to find his Grandson and the murderer take him through a city of glass and steel. But this bright shiny place is not what it seems. Behind a facade of prosperity and cleanliness live a permanent underclass. Grumblebollock`s search means he has to rub shoulders with homelessness and the destitute inhabiting secret corners. All have reasons why misfortune has come their way. However the big efficient city does not take prisoners or accept failure. Caught in a vicious economic system those who fail can never rise again. Survival relies on tenacity and humour.
The city`s apparent success relies on efficiency, cleanliness and political correctness to the point of strangulation. However the shameful existence of the great unwashed blemish the city`s perfection. In the eyes of the rest of the world none of these people exist. Success is the only currency.
A man who believes strongly in these values is Cyril Smug, the murderer? He worships Mrs Thatcher, via computer programs, to the point of sexual obsession. Cyril, a man in the Autumn of his hairstyle, is constantly looking for new business ventures. Not a day passes when he doesn`t develop yet another amazing money making idea. He believes he is a success, works hard and embraces the city`s values. However the dark secret is stifling his business acumen. He could be more efficient and dynamic if those around would embrace his ideals.
Cyril`s successful life is claustrophobic. He rarely ventures from the computer screen. When he does it invariably ends up a disaster. Grumblebollock however can trickle through the great city like water. His trundulations take him everywhere. From private gated estates to squats and seedy unknown places where the grovelling poor hide. He lives in poverty but his life is organic. Cyril is a success but everything, including his sex life, is sterile.
The mighty Grumblebollock almost fails. He`s on the verge of starvation. Rats have chewed his ears and he is taken in by a charitable hostel. He`s downtrodden but learns to stand again. He`s weak but he forces tired old legs to walk. He must find the murderer, he needs justice and closure.
Against all odds Grumblebollock gets a lucky break, not quite so lucky for Cyril. Someone has tipped him off on where he can find his Grandson. But will it be the boy he remembered or have sinister values changed expectations. Cyril and Grumblebollock finally meet for an almighty showdown. Arthur needs to get revenge. All hell breaks loose as bullets fly and existing morals are torn to shreds.
But it`s not over. Somewhere amongst the carnage a divine justice lurks.The awesome power of nature takes control. Forces more powerful than any individual, rich or poor, recalim that which has been stolen.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3620 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Folium Books (1 Nov. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A0WDH7Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #882,441 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Welcome to Amazon the ulitimate digital dustbin. Home to failed writers, stagnant humourists and millions taking themselves far too seriously. Now you`ve navigated through hyperspace I`ll try being serious, maybe not. This page is about self publicity, I can`t be bothered. I don`t write literary masterpieces or blockbusters aimed at taking consciousness to the brink of divine understanding. I write because I always have and it`s an illness with no cure. Yes folks, it`s terminal.
This page neatly lays out the garbage I`ve written. You can peruse the first ten percent of any selected item. You don`t have to buy any of it and if you get your timing right it`s free. If you`re foolish enough to buy any of this nonsense please don`t put more nails in my coffin with bad reviews. Nobody forces anybody to read anything. If you feel you`re wasting your time then bugger off to E. Bay.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A London AtoZ dystopia 1 Jan. 2014
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The first dystopia I read was Walden 2 B Skinner who is rated as an important , but unpopular behaviourist psychologist. I found it scary but too remote. Grumblebollocks is much closer to home partly because Mick Mears knows his London as well as Ian Rankin knows his Edinburgh. As a former taxi driver, he has done the Knowledge and it shows. I love the invention, ideas like the 'big tissue'. Mick Mears could survive and even flourish with his characters who could easily slip back into Dickensian London and be quite at home. This has been a much better read than most of the choices of my local book club and schools should put it on the required reading list.. There is some editing to do which school kids might enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars not 'my' usual read But 1 Dec. 2012
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this was not 'my' usual type of book But really enjoyed it ! Political in places but I think it has a good story line and characters you can relate to and love the 'flies' ! Will be looking at getting your other books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wired weird read. 5 Oct. 2014
By david
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This book scares me for all the wrong reasons. Firstly, it isn't a book I'd normally read. It's timeless aura has webs spun that capture both flies and spiders alike? It certainly captured me. I was surprised to find myself more than engrossed in every turned page. Books of this construction have me running for cover normally. It is both ingenious and complex and in all the right places. This author writes well and is unique in thought and structuring and going that extra mile to be different. This is a one off read from a one off one of a kind author. Thanks to the free tube of accompanying superglue , this book is most unputdownable...
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Cyril Smug, as his name suggests, is at the top of the financial tree. His life is conducted in financial transactions - his computer, his affair with a prostitute and his son's constant request for an increase in his allowance. Even his relationship with his wife becomes a transaction "The Smugs ate breakfast as laid down in the terms of their marriage contract." For him the poor are an opportunity, a place where they can be put, "corporations would bend over backwards to get rid of their homeless...sending scroungers to his development they would dispose of their unsightly vagrants overnight." However, despite all his schemes, he appears totally ineffective and locked into the theories and calculations contained within his computer.

Cynthia is his wife, creative and artistic she spoils and panders to her son's needs. When they argue about their son's behaviour her reaction is to schedule an appointment with their marriage psychologist. A man described as having letters after his name, "Visa, Barclaycard and American Express." Alienated from her husband she seeks solace with another man. When she goes to her rendezvous she wears a red dress, which is significant as she only wears white, something her husband does not even notice, registering her as a stick of rhubarb.

Hilary, their son is perhaps the most interesting and strange of all the characters. He is obsessed with purity and perfection. He is under the illusion that he is some genetically modified genius, as demonstrated by the bar code on his bottom. The final explosive chapter makes this self delusion even more ironic. The colonic irrigation is gross, but it is meant to be and is part of his obsessive nature.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Moving Tale 6 Jan. 2014
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Arthur Grumblebollock, the hero of Mick Mears' book, has been through some tough times in life, but manages to handle whatever challenges are thrown his way with tenacity and a sense of humanity. His devotion to finding his grandson never waivers and brings an emotional impact at the book's conclusion. The characters in this book are interesting and well-developed, as is the setting. While reading this book, I felt totally immersed in the world the author had created. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys rooting for the underdog and reading about the struggles of life with a touch of humor.
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