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Tietam Brown [Kindle Edition]

Mick Foley
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Antietam (Andy) Brown - named for the great-great-grandfather who died on that Civil War battleground - was ten years old when he killed his abusive foster father. Now, after seven years in reform school, he is free to make a new start. But he is immediately thrust into the violent and debased life of his real father (known as Tietam) - an oddly charismatic man who seems addicted to bodybuilding, beer-swilling and 'bareback riding'.

Swimming through a morass of crudity and violence, Andy is stunned to find himself pursued by the high school homecoming queen - a born-again Christian. Obsessed with the idea of offering his girlfriend a pure love and driven to find out whether he's descended from a monster or a hero, Andy searches for the truth in the dangerous currents of his father's past and present.

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"Brilliant and disturbing... A novel of immense power and subtlety" (Guardian)

"Take JD Salinger, throw in a bit of Dostoevsky, sprinkle with Bret Easton Ellis, and you're getting there" (Guardian)

"Foley brilliantly charts the young Andy's emotional deprivation and the adolescent Andy's romantic confusion" (Daily Mail)

"Raw, funny and moving stuff. Drop your preconceptions on entry and enjoy a real book by a real writer" (Big Issue)

"You'll be gripped by this great read" (Daily Mirror)

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'It's irritating when a wrestler's first novel is better than the efforts of many writers. You don't see me putting on a leotard and jumping on people' - Tibor Fischer

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 929 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1400034132
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital; New Ed edition (31 Dec. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #190,295 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forget your preconceptions... 30 Aug. 2004
I don't review often on Amazon, but I had to make some comment on this book - because I think there's every chance a superb novel will get overlooked because of who its author is...
I confess, my hopes weren't high either (it was an impulse purchase as part of one of my regular book-splurges). A book by a guy from the great American pantomime of professional wrestling, writing a novel? Well, forget everything you may think in advance, and give it a go. This is a fantastic read from the small-town USA/coming of age/off-beat character school of literature. Think John Irving and Richard Russo, and you'll be somewhere in the right ballpark. No, honestly - trust me. Sympathetic characters, off-kilter plot, fantastically paced and plotted, and just enough weirdness.
Give it a chance, you won't be disappointed!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars tietam brown 30 Sept. 2004
I gotta be honest with you, i have never ever reviewed a book before in my life. In fact i have probably only read about 5 novels before this! But when i closed the last page in this book i wanted to tell people about this amazing novel.
It is very powerful and moving, the characters are truly believable and the story plods along at a nice pace.
There are some nice jokes to keep you amused and some true downhearted moments. If you are thinking about buying this book then you really must. And if you are not thinking about buying it then you really should.
I hope that Mick Foley will not stop at just this one book as he truly has a gift for telling a good story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
If you have read Mick Foley's first 2 books (his autobiographies) you will have a fair idea of what to expect in the way of humour, but not in the way of content and subject matter. This book is hard to put down once you pick it up due to the way and style it is written in; which is relaxed, almost as though Mick is narrating it. It is a strange but yet wonderful tale of a young 17 boy named Tietam Brown re-living his past experiences and future endavours. The tale carries Foley's great sense of humour that was portrayed in his wrestling career and his autobiographies. This book would make a great film. If you like Foley, you'll love the book, hell, even if you don't like or even know who Mick Foley is (but still have a sense of humour) you'll love the book. Bravo Mick, I can't wait til your next book is out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
As a keen reader and WWE fan, I was interested in reading this. I had previously read Mick Foley's previous titles but didn't know what to expect in his debut novel. However, my intrigue was soon replaced with excitement and eagerness to turn the pages and learn the rest of the story, just after the first chapter.
Foley achieves a great deal in his first attempt, by creating what every author intends on doing. He creates interesting characters, a great unfolding story and does so by making use of many traits. The book contains humour, horror, romance and even gives us a hint of history.
Unfairly, a lot of people judge the book before they even read a sentance, just because the fact the author is known for competing in the sports-entertainment industry. Whoever does this is making a huge mistake as Tietam Brown is one of the most refreshing and compelling novels that I have ever read. The book will make you laugh, cry and generally become involved, it's not to be missed.
I don't want to spoil the plot for you as the unexpected nature of the novel is what makes it so special. All I can say is expect the unexpected and get ready for a novel you will not forget in a hurry!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. A. J. D. White VINE VOICE
I must admit to being a fan of wrestling and particularly of Mock Foley, I have both of his autobiographies and found them to be unputdownable. However the only reason why I bought this book was for a chance to meet the author and get him to sign it for me (I would probably have got it paper back sometime, maybe).
On picking up this book I found I was quickly sucked into a very believable world that Mick has created, I was equaly shocked rivited and amused by his writing. This is not a book for the faint of heart as it will reduce you to tears of fear, frustration and anger as you get pulled into the very disturbing world of Andy Brown who lives threw some of the best and worst things that can happen to a person.
I really don't want to tell you to much about this novel as that will spoil it, I had to stop myself a couple of times from reading the epilogue half way as I just had to know how things would work out, but as this book only took me about 6 hours to read I managed to stop myself. Whilst I may have read it quickly I lived a life time doing it.
All I can say is if you want a book to make the grey matter work, the heart cry and sing I can't recomened this book highly enough. Yes it is brutal in places so be warned.
One last thing that I feel I must mention is the humour in this novel as it is fairly constant, efvery few pages I got the feeling that Andy / Mick was giving me a sly glance and wink, telling me that it was ok to cry or laugh as life is about both.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Defending Mick Foley 3 Jan. 2007
I don't usually write book reviews, but I do like to read them AFTER having read a book, to see if I agree with the critics. Having read a few on this book, I just felt the need to defend Mick Foley and his writings, incase any innocent readers were swayed by their unfavourable reviews. Indeed, all the reviews by actual READERS have been favourable, and I feel this is more important that the 'critics'.

The critics have concentrated on the violence and sexual references in this book, to which I wish to say 'pah'. Sure there's some violence and some sex but nothing that battered my eyelids. Perhaps I'm just becoming numbed to all that kind of stuff, and I wouldn't expect my mum and dad to find this a 'good read', but it's hardly breaking boundaries of social acceptability.

The book itself was a damn good read and I read it in under a week. I felt attached the the characters and was sorry when the book ended. To me, that's a GOOD BOOK.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Starts well but ultimately very disappointing.
Being a fan of Mick Foley and having read all four of Mick Foley's excellent autobiographies, I had no doubts at all about purchasing this book (kindle addition), but having just... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Wrestle With This
You don't tend to hear about too many wrestlers becoming best selling authors. Although there has been a rush of wrestling biographies in the last few years, very few of them were... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. Iain R. Wear
4.0 out of 5 stars HAVE A NICE DAY!
I picked this book up immediately after hearing about it. I was a huge fan of Foley during The Attitude Era at WWF/WWE but I had no idea he was also a writer, and a good one at... Read more
Published 12 months ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected, but superb nontheless
I'm not really much of a reader of fiction, and usually prefer autobiographical works, which is how I came upon the title of this book. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Gary Coupe
2.0 out of 5 stars Lumpy and unconvincing
I found the premise of this book interesting an although it was in no way boring (there were certainly enough statement events in the plot to keep you interested) I just couldn't... Read more
Published 21 months ago by alexia lewis
1.0 out of 5 stars I only gave it one star because it wouldn't let me give it zero
It reads like a 16 year boy on the fringes isn't the narrator, but has chosen to live out some kind of fantasy life through the novel. Read more
Published on 27 Sept. 2009 by Lewis
4.0 out of 5 stars Not just because he's a wrestler
Don't read this book just because it's written by a wrestler, read it because it's a damn good book! Great narrative, great dialogue, filled with emotion and comedy.
Published on 22 Sept. 2008 by D. Shakespeare
5.0 out of 5 stars Something special.
Much underrated, this has slowly gained a sort of indie working-class-hero status that fits well with the life and adventures of the kid Tietam. Read more
Published on 30 Nov. 2007 by Richard Hammond
5.0 out of 5 stars My new favourite book
Everyone in my household has read this book and we all have different reading tastes. I would recommend this book to anyone - my father is 50, my brother is 20 and I am 18 (female)... Read more
Published on 10 Sept. 2006 by S. E. Benzie
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