Thank you Riverdale Ave. Books for sending us this e-book to review!
When Micky Neilson was eight months old he was kidnapped by his schizophrenic father and lived as a nomad in the desert. He didn’t attend school until the seventh grade and his only socialization with other kids was in Boy Scouts. Although Micky thought his father’s stories and notions were strange, he loved him regardless.
Sometimes Micky and his father would take refuge in Mormon churches, but religion didn’t last with Micky. His life was pretty rough with being asked to steal or even point a gun at someone from a distance. Before he was a teenager, he was in a foster home and would continue his relationship with his father via letters.
Micky goes into detail about his experience at different foster homes, jobs, serving in the Gulf War and even his love life. As a gamer I found his experience at Blizzard Entertainment to be the most fascinating, though his pranks as a teenager are pretty hilarious as well. I like the prank where he swapped out his boss’ telephone number with a customer's and had a new hire at the telemarketing company call him.
Some of the language in the book is a bit much for children to read and there is some mature content in terms of the war experiences and Micky’s first time with a prostitute. There are also several references of drinking and partying. Though Micky got baptized as a teenager his faith didn’t last long and he dabbled in using the Ouija board with his friends on several occasions.
If you don’t mind those moral issues, this book is a very good read and has a happy ending despite the turbulent childhood Micky had. The kindle edition sells for $9.99 and the paperback is twice the price. I highly recommend it for fans of Blizzard games or great story telling in general.