In the Books featuring Torn: Sixty Days of Calaboose by Tracy James Jones

Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring Torn: Sixty Days of Calaboose by Tracy James Jones.

About the book: ~ A Fictional Memoir ~ (Contemporary Psychological LGBT Drama) Warning: Adult language, mild sexual situations. What could possibly go wrong for a sensitive effeminate male unexpectedly incarcerated in a room full of unpredictable strangers? For Adrian Bailey, just about everything, and in the midst of constant fear, lies, prejudice, and madness, he finds more… Under false pretenses, Adrian Bailey finds himself arrested and locked up in the local county jail for the first time in his life. Despite all the horror stories he had read or heard of concerning life behind bars, nothing was like the actual experience. Not only was he utterly devastated and confused over the situation he was unjustly thrown into, but also lost at the mercy of whatever actions that could or would be made against him, including prejudice from someone of his own race. As the madness of his experiences take control, he fears his only recourse is to succumb to whatever means necessary to survive. The traumatic events that occur thereafter would surpass everything Adrian thought he ever knew about real life. And then he finds what he never expected: an intense three-way love affair that would test every remaining fiber of his mental stability and then some. The love of one would only add to his mental deterioration, while his connection to the other would at some point give him peace. Worst of all, there wasn’t one thing he could do to stop any of it. Not one damn thing at all…

My review: This is one of the hardest books I’ve had to review, and that’s a good thing. The reason is it touches on so many levels that’s it’s hard to find a place to begin.

The story was well written and had a good flow. I thought the author did an excellent job of bring to life the jail where Adrian finds himself. More than that, it helped to shine a bright light on some of the mental issues people deal with when they either don’t have something to focus on or feel like they’ve been abandoned.

I’ve heard some of Adrian’s struggles of adapting from people I’ve met that have spent time in the system. One even said he tried never to leave his cell to avoid any problems. So often we forget about people once they disappear behind those walls or bars. We forget they are people just like us, with faults like ours, especially, when someone that’s innocent is forced to endure the drastic change to their life. It begs the age-old question as to how or what do we change about it?

I enjoyed the characters. They were an interesting assortment that we’ve all come across at some point in our lives. My personal favorite was Tees, mainly because he reminded me of a few people I’ve known that made things “interesting” at times, and not always in a good way. Lol

To be honest, I felt for Adrian, but I so wanted someone to smack him at times. To say he has an addictive personality is putting it mildly, but given the circumstances, it’s also understandable. He needed someone to fill the void he felt within his life. Still, some of his decision making was frustrating at times, but I loved his frustration at dealing with his significant other. I’ve shared those same thoughts about some women at times. Lol

Over all I really enjoyed the story and think the author did a phenomenal job with difficult subject material. Choosing to write in from Adrian’s perspective was the only way to do it, I think. It’s story telling on another level and well worth checking out if you’re looking for an interesting and informative read.


About CP Bialois

Where do I begin? Well first I guess it's only fair to say that CP Bialois isn't my real name. It's a collaboration I made out of the three greatest pets anyone could ever want. My real name is Ed and I'm just an average person that has found a way to do what he loves. For as long back as I can remember I loved to pretend. Whether it was with my Transformers, GI Joe, or He-Man toys I loved to create intricate plots and have them fight it out. As a fan of horror, science fiction, action, and comedy I dare say my taste in movies are well rounded. Some of my favorites were Star Wars, Star Trek, martial arts, and anything with Swarzenegger in them. I'd write my own stories about the characters I saw in the theaters or TV or I'd just daydream about what I'd see myself as the hero of course. You can't have a daydream without beating the bad guys, getting the girl, etc. It's just not right to envision yourself as a flunky or sidekick. As far as books I loved Sherlock Holmes, Treasure Island, Dracula, and the normal assortment. My early love was the Star Trek novels, I'd read them or the Hardy Boys relentlessly. For a time I could tell you the plot of over a hundred books not to mention comics. I have to come clean and say that I learned to read because of comic books. I was bored, make that extremely bored when we started to read in school. Reading "the cat fell down" really didn't interest me. My dad, who continues to astound me with his insight to this day, figured comics would work. With that in mind he went to the newstand in town and bought issues of Donald Duck, Scrooge McDuck, Tales From the Crypt, and Spider-man. He patiently read through them with me until I picked it up. Whether it was him or the comics I learned to read in about two weeks and for a while few were as good as I was. For years after that whenever we'd go out he'd always spring for a couple of comic books for me. While it wasn't exactly the perfect beginning everything I've ever read or have seen has influenced me in some way and now is the time I'd like to share some of the ideas I've had over the years with all of you. I hope you enjoy my stories, they're always fun to write and I don't see myself stopping anytime soon.
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5 Responses to In the Books featuring Torn: Sixty Days of Calaboose by Tracy James Jones

  1. Thanks, Cp. Yea., This was a seriously difficult story to write, but I wanted to write a story that had some familiarity to it, but at the same time, tell it from an unfamiliar character perspective. I truly appreciate you for the review. :o) Sharing!

  2. Reblogged this on Tracy James Jones and commented:
    A great review of my novel, “Torn: Sixty Days of Calaboose,” by author Cp Bialois

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