Career Thief

Fiction - Action
215 Pages
Reviewed on 11/13/2016
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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

Career Thief by Michael E. Fulkerson and Michael King is a compelling story of an anti-social serial thief, a man with a weird idea of life, of society, and of right and wrong. From the earliest years of his conscious life, Malefic, of Russian descent and first generation American, has cultivated a set of skills that put him apart as an expert in breaking and entering, and his entire life has revolved around this. Now, he has a dream — steal as much as he can and retire to an idyllic lifestyle, somewhere near the beach. At the moment when he is about to pull off the most dramatic of his stealing feats, the odds get stacked against him. Can he succeed this time in using his skills to create a perfect end to a seemingly successful career? Or will his obsession blind his vision and send him straight to his doom?

I have never read something like this. Yes, a serial thief. Of course, there are many novels out there with characters who just kill, psychopaths who don’t understand what they do, but a serial thief? No! However, it’s not the idea behind the compelling character that caught me off-guard, but the writing, the spellbinding narrative, the beautiful mastery of the first person narrative voice. The moment I read the first paragraphs, about the protagonist contemplating a murder scene, I knew I wasn’t putting this book down. With powerful emotions, somewhat confused about what he’s done, Malefic asks, rhetorically: “Ooh, man, I just pissed the rest of my life away. My eyes turned to the body, and my thoughts turned to my past, the really big question. How did I get here?”

Michael E. Fulkerson and Michael King have created a memorable character in Malefic, and readers will be keen on exploring the psychology of this character. At times, readers will get really mad at him, wondering how a person can function as though he was born with brains and without a heart, and then there are times readers will be eager and anxious for him. This is a character who best portrays the acute loneliness and apathy of our modern individualistic culture. Character-driven and well-written, Career Thief is a book that will awaken powerful emotions in readers while entertaining them hugely.

Faridah Nassozi

In Career Thief by Mr. Michael E. Fulkerson and Mr. Michael King, Malefic, a Russian descendant and first generation American, did not have a model childhood. With an abusive father at home and bullies around every corner, his childhood was far from ideal. As a coping mechanism, he learned very early in life how to stay out of his father's way and away from the kids that found him an easy target, turning him into a loner. His circumstances soon saw him developing extra survival skills, including getting in and out of places unnoticed. As he matured, however, what started out as mere survival skills advanced more and more, setting him on a path as a career criminal. Career Thief by Mr. Michael E. Fulkerson and Mr. Michael King is the story of a young boy who grew up to live on the only path fate paved for him. But as Malefic gets bigger and better at his 'job', will he be successful in achieving his ultimate goal or does fate have other plans for him.

Career Thief by Mr. Michael E. Fulkerson and Mr. Michael King a is touching story that tackles the subject of bullying and its various effects on the victims, including turning them into loners, social outcasts, and ultimately into villains in a desperate attempt at survival. Although clearly a work of fiction, Malefic's story reads like a true-life crime thriller that captures the central character's emotions so the reader can understand his actions; the first person narration will no doubt hold the reader's interest and emotions. Malefic's journey is the tale of a man playing the hand fate dealt him, and the people he met along the way that had an impact on further shaping his path.