Rick and Bobo

Two brothers: One a genius. One not.

Children - Action
332 Pages
Reviewed on 04/02/2009
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Author Biography

The Rick and Bobo series is written by and based on two unique brothers: a hot tempered, muscle bound trucker with a 200 IQ and his adventure seeking, job-hopping older brother.

Opposites in both personality and intelligence, they've pooled their talents to create a fun adventure series, using their own experiences and unique relationship to bring their character personas alive. They've spent six years detailing the entire Rick and Bobo series down to its final line before releasing the first book.

They hate sequels that get progressively worse, and wrote the Rick and Bobo series to do just the opposite. There are series long setups with consistent and entertaining characters on creative adventures that are based in reality. So much so, that you may actually find yourself searching the Internet for Pallanium Solar Cells to build your own Super Suit!

    Book Review

Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for Readers' Favorite

Rick and Bobo was written by brothers, Nick and James Ventrillo. This unique book is well written with an imaginative plot, while still firmly based in reality. It will appeal to young adults and adults who are young at heart, especially if you have a sibling.

The lead characters are two brothers, Rick and Ray (Bobo). After coming into a great deal of money the duo quickly become bored, and begin a funny and adventurous journey into the world of superheroes. Move over Spiderman, Batman and the Fantastic Four; there are new superheroes in town!

The authors write with a great deal of humor, making it obvious that they enjoyed writing this story. Their style is hyperbole with a fast pace, reminding me of an action movie. This could not have been a quick book to pen, and obviously required a great deal of research to maintain its realism. We need more books like this one…high interest, action packed, funny and very entertaining. This book would make a box office hit if it were made into a movie. Well done Ventrillos. I can't wait for the next installment!

Stephanie Rollins

Rick and Bobo is an engaging, fast-paced ‘movie style’ book that may wind up defining a new genre!

I really enjoyed the way this story was told, and most importantly, I enjoyed the story itself. The scene changes and descriptions gave the story a great pace and made me feel like I was watching a movie.

So often I will find a great story with flat characters, or vice versa. But real life brothers, Nick and James Ventrillo, have done an amazing job making their story and characters exciting and real.

Rick and Bobo has a wide audience range. I think the tag line the Ventrillo’s came up with is appropriate, ‘For young adults, and adults who are young at heart.’ There is some mild language, but far less than I have read in other young adult books. I made my 11 year old son read it and he loved it, and he hates reading!

Bill Ktepi

The superhero genre is a well-established genre, but one that is too rarely explored in prose, outside of franchise tie-ins or parody. The authors of Rick and Bobo are well-versed in the genre's tropes -- the costume, the secret identity, the sidekick, the arch-nemesis and the love interest -- and use them in a way that shows they're aware of why they work, instead of splashing them around like a kid who uses every color of finger paint just because they're there.

The story works, the setting works, and above all the characters work, because at the core this is a story about two brothers, and everything else develops out of that.

Kenneth E. Lynch

This is a superb read. From the very beginning your attention is fixed to the main characters. Both the humor and creativity of the authors is outstanding. This has got great movie potential.

Nicholas B. Collins

I have to confess, I really began to wonder if what the characters were doing was actually possible, and searched the net for the material used in the book. I couldn't believe what I found! The authors really went all out for this series.

This story, the first of four, was written about two brothers, by two brothers. One of which is a real genius with a 200 IQ. It was really cool seeing the world through the eyes of someone that smart.

Apparently there are a lot of hidden things in this first book, I have already found one, but I won't spoil it for anyone. But you can go to their site and talk to other readers on their blog, and you can even chat with the authors.

Hands down, this was the best 14 bucks I ever spent! I can't wait for the rest of the books.

Sasha May

I laughed, I cried, then I did it all over again! This book was terrific! I mailed the book to the authors, who said they would be happy to sign it for me. I also got on their email list to be one of the first to get the second one. They said their goal is to have the series made into movies. I am sure it will happen, and I cannot wait!

Jeffrey Prater

This book was a lot of fun, and really fast paced. I really liked all the characters, but Harker was definitely my favorite. I felt like I was part of the action and I laughed out loud a bunch of times.

And I loved the setups. I love movies where they have running gags or funny setups, and it was clear the authors do as well. I recommend this book to anyone. It does have some mild language, but nothing you wouldn't hear on TV. So if you are okay with your kids watching a PG-13 movie, then you wont have a problem with this.

I was telling my best friend about it and got so hyped up, that I actually read the book again. I'm glad I did because I found a bunch of little things I hadn't caught the first time. On the author's website they say there are lots of hidden clues and levels to the book and they weren't kidding.

I agree with the other reviewers, Rick and Bobo would make a great movie!

Jonathan K. Deau

One of the most captivating, interesting, and adventurous books I have ever read. The story draws you in and keeps you wanting more. The vivid descriptions allow you to picture everything as you experience a roller coaster ride of emotions: humor, action, suspense, and even a few tears.

I am waiting with great anticipation for the next book to be released because this first one has made me an instant fan. I have recommended this book to several people and I don't think anyone will be disappointed by it. It definitely leaves you wanting more.

I can surely see this book/series being made into a movie and I really hope the right people take notice. Overall, this book is awesome!

Allen Mutant

This is the perfect book to foster love of reading with its mix of humor, drama, and rocket paced action. In over 50 years of teaching first grade through university level, I have seldom read a book that I know will keep any class mesmerized from start to finish. Rick and Bobo is one of those rare finds.

What fun this book is. I couldn't put it down until I finished it. I'll be sharing this with my fellow teachers and students - immediately.

To prove how convinced I am that this should be read in schools, I am creating a series of educational challenges to young readers (and their teachers and parents) to use this book to learn the fundamentals of creative writing. Reading should be fun and this book is a whale full. I will be posting this series on my Educators Blog for the Huffington Post.

I can easily see this series as a wonderful movie franchise. And if these guys aren't scooped up as the next J.K. Rowling, then Hollywood is missing the boat.

Robert J. Lomasney

I am a big superhero fan and love all the superhero movies. So my wife bought me this book for our anniversary two weeks ago. And I am glad she did. But she wasn't. I spent the entire day reading it from cover to cover. I felt like a speed reader at times, I couldn't wait to see what happened next.

I'm not really sure what to say in a review. I looked at some of the others, and don't want to repeat anything that was said already. The bottom line is, if you like superhero movies, or really any kind of comedy action movies, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of Rick and Bobo. Just don't start reading it on your anniversary.