Ten Toes Down

Fiction - Realistic
275 Pages
Reviewed on 05/26/2013
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Author Biography

Nature sometimes conspires against mankind in her distribution of talents; such is the case with Asher Conrad. We are two, each with a distinct talent, and between us we make exactly one writer.

Brian is an American call center executive; Bettina, a Canadian domestic godess.

Having met in the corporate world, we share neither domicile nor country, using the tools of modern communication to break the barriers that distance once imposed.

We continue to write together, currently working on "Daddy Date Night", a novel that our mothers won't be embarrassed to read

    Book Review

Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite

Sebastian Behr is in the back of his pickup truck, suffering a hangover. He then starts recalling the events of the previous day. Just earlier he was enjoying his life, and all seemed well: a high paying job as an executive at a call center, good money, a beautiful wife, nice house – the works. And then all of a sudden he is plunged into a divorce, and he loses his job. Nothing could be worse for 40-year-old Sebastian. But things begin to get a little more disoriented and fun in one breath when he goes out to enjoy life with his bachelor friends – beer, late nights, and sex get him in and out of trouble from one adventure after another as he journeys to search again for himself.

When confusing times force a man to cope, it could mean a whirlwind ride as "Ten Toes Down" definitely proves. The book is a never-ending series of adventures. Getting into a man’s head, seeing what he thinks while handling the repercussions of divorce – Asher Conrad hits it right on the spot. It is a breath of fresh air to know that not all divorce stories are from the female perspective, and that it can be insightful without dropping the comedy, which makes it a great read. In addition, the characters have such depth to them, making them even more believable. Despite the nauseating circumstances and hangovers, readers can relate to, and root for Sebastian and his friends as they find out what it means to be good men.

R. A. Quinn

"Ten Toes Down" is a story that enlightens the reader to a horrible process that occurs upon the ending of a marriage – but is so much more. It’s well conceived and executed and keeps the reader involved. The characters are developed nicely and are very believable. You will find yourself routing for Sebastian and his friends as they cope with the struggles of sometimes hard-luck life. Sebastian will amaze and sometimes disgust you but will eventually win you over. This is a book that both entertains and provides a positive message for the reader. There is much to love here, don’t miss this one.