Reviewed by Tyler F. Hosea for Readers' Favorite
Stealing Atlanta by Cary Allen Stone is quite an adventure. The plot conceived by Brandon Wood was to rob the Federal Reserve Bank in Atlanta, hide the crime, take the proceeds, buy an island and establish their own nation called Freeland. Not just anyone could visit, and there was no extradition to the United States. The result would be their own version of paradise. Would it be possible?
Stealing Atlanta provided me with more than a few laugh out loud moments. To begin with, Stone’s character names are fantastical and funny. The cast includes: Portend Ulysses Buford, the backslapping ‘good old boy’ Federal Reserve Bank chairman. Lovable Brandon Wood. Brilliant and sexy astrophysicist, Summer Daze. Mysty Rayne, gorgeous demolition expert and former Navy Seal, and her friend, former Navy Seal and computer expert, Crackhead. Smooth, a legendary con man and lady’s man. Sal Regurgitante, mega killer. Plus Russian Mafia figures complete with crazy names as well.
Stealing Atlanta is cheekily and glibly written. One of my favorite scenes was of the Buckhead society ladies complete with their artificial tans, teetering drunkenly on 5-inch heels, dropping their purses and releasing a load of Xanax and Valium while at the Art for Life Gala. I felt like I was present watching it occur. I also loved the description of one of Buford’s pranks where he loosened the bolt on an office chair, and one of his flunkies, Squeaky, flew into the credenza headfirst. I could just see it happening. As an Atlanta native, I always enjoy reading about my city. I was able to follow the team’s trail throughout the city. It made the book more realistic. I loved the book!