The Boy in The Bin

Young Adult - Action
350 Pages
Reviewed on 01/01/2016
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Author Biography

Charles Massie, the oldest of four children, grew up in upstate New York. After finishing high school, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served a total of six years at various ports around the world.

Returning to civilian life, he continued his education at Syracuse University and eventually worked for a number of engineering firms before finding his calling in the sales field.

Having an entrepreneurial spirit, he decided to go off on his own and has been instrumental in overseeing such companies as Massie Engineering Associates, InfoTech Consulting, LLC, and CaterCats Catering.

The call of creative expression has always been in the background of his life and over the years, he has submitted articles and stories to Twilight Zone Magazine, Readers Digest, Analog Publications and others.

His hobbies, when he is not writing, include progressive rock music, computers, and other toys, traveling and enjoying the gifts that he has been blessed with. He loves animals, humor, exotic cars and practicing random acts of kindness.

He lives in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and New York State and maintains his website at:

    Book Review

Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite

The Boy in The Bin by Charles W. Massie is a somewhat quirky, fun read. I say quirky because there were some chapters and situations that you just don’t see much in other books. This is a good thing in my opinion. I read a lot and unusual is attractive to me if the writing is good, and the writing is good in The Boy in The Bin. The setting is New York City and there is a great description of life in this metropolis for a young middle class couple with a child. Raul and Sylvia Hernandez are a loving couple and are overjoyed when their prayer of having a baby boy is finally realized. Raphael Hernandez, their son and the protagonist of the story, is an only child and his parents love him dearly. The first part of The Boy in The Bin is a description of Raphael and his family.

There are skillfully written chapters on the curious Raphael learning about sex, learning how the world works and, most of all, learning how to manipulate his parents. Charles W. Massie guides us through growing up and being slowly led into the shadier parts of city life. We follow Raphael through kindergarten, primary school, and middle school. His association with negative classmates and problems at home cause his life to spiral out of control - bad pranks turn into murder and a Presidential assassination attempt. The Boy in The Bin is a funny, wild ride well worth going on.