Bad Boys and Their Toys

By Jesus Angel Garcia

Reviewd by Christopher Zoukis

According to the Bible, prior to his fall from grace, the Devil went by the tag of Lucifer, Son of the Morning Star.  Not much is known about who Lucifer was or what he did all day long, except he was the epitome of virtue and sinlessness.  In other words, he was probably pretty boring.  After his famous crash and burn, the Devil’s tag was changed to Satan, which means ‘adversary.’  Plenty is known about Satan.  He’s the original bad boy, the Ur-bad boy.  Variously portrayed as exaggerated, quaint, and absurd, he is anything but boring.Image courtesy goodreads.com

Enter Jesus.  No, not that Jesus.  Jesus Angel Garcia, who is the author of badbadbad, a kick-ass novel, whose protagonist goes by the same moniker.  The storyline goes like this:  Jesus Angel Garcia is left in the lurch by his wife, who takes Jesus’ baby son with her.  Through chance or by the hand of God – who knows? – Jesus metamorphoses from janitor to webmaster.  In his new career, Jesus builds and maintains websites for churches.  This is his day job.

Jesus is introduced to his night job by the son of a preacher, the pastor of the First Church of the Church Before Church.  Cyrus, who is the son of the preacher, leads Jesus down the primrose path to another kind of job, which is more of a calling than a job.  Jesus’ calling involves – for lack of a better term – a kind of sexual therapy.  He finds his patients at fallenangels.com, an online social network for heretics, weirdoes, fetishists, and erotomaniacs.

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Interview with Robert L. Thompson

Interviewed by Christopher Zoukis 

This interview took place at Federal Correctional Institute – Petersburg, a medium security federal prison in Virginia.  I sat down with Robert L. Thompson, who goes by the tag of “Bobby B.”  We talked about his fiction novel Corruption:  Everyone Has A Price, which was published by nHouse Publishing, an independent press located in New Jersey.   

CZ:  Tell me a little bit about yourself.

BB:  My name is Robert L. Thompson.  But most people know me as “Bobby B.”  In my previous life out in the real world, I was a DJ.  My blue-booker was “Bobby B.”  For the last decade I’ve been in prison for the distribution of crack cocaine.  While doing time, I co-authored a novel.

CZ:  Can you summarize your novel?  What’s it about?   Photo courtesy Amazon.com

BB:  Corruption is noir urban fiction.  The tale of a drug dealer who gets swallowed into the belly of the criminal justice system.  Once inside, he discovers a system spider webbed with self-interest and corruption.  Filaments of corruption extend to every part of the system, including attorneys and law enforcement.  From the outside, everything looks peachy.  However, from the inside, everything is not as it appears.  Thus although Corruption is a work of fiction, there is a river of truth running through it.

CZ:  What I hear you saying is that the novel is autobiographical.  That it reflects your own experiences in the system.  If so, could you elaborate on the connection?

BB:  Of course not!  As a federal prisoner, I advocate the very popular doctrine of ethical pragmatism.  You know the one where everything turns out to be the doctrine of self-interest.  Kind of like former president Clinton.  Only I’ve never been in the Oval Office, and I don’t smoke cigars. 

CZ:  Okay.  Let me rephrase my question.  What I hear you saying, is that Corruption is an indictment of the system.  Where did you get the inspiration to write the novel?

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