For the sake of Ol’ Blue Eyes, a pilot searches California for the woman they both loveWhen World War II ended, fighter ace Joe Buonomo didn’t make it back for the parades. After nearly a decade adrift in troubled seas, he washed up in California, determined to re-claim his life. In 1954, he met Helen, one of the fresh-faced girls eager to break into Hollywood. They fell bFor the sake of Ol’ Blue Eyes, a pilot searches California for the woman they both loveWhen World War II ended, fighter ace Joe Buonomo didn’t make it back for the parades. After nearly a decade adrift in troubled seas, he washed up in California, determined to re-claim his life. In 1954, he met Helen, one of the fresh-faced girls eager to break into Hollywood. They fell blissfully in love and got engaged—until Joe’s post-war past intervened, and he lost his fiancée.Years later, Joe’s running an air freight business and doing the occasional odd job for a certain crooner named Frank Sinatra. One afternoon, Joe agrees to give Sinatra’s latest honey a lift to Los Angeles, where she has a screen test the next morning. Not until she arrives at the airport does he realize it’s Helen. After just a few hours together, Joe and Helen confess their old feelings still burn. But the next day, Helen never makes it to the studio. She’s vanished into thin air. To find her, Joe will have to go up against the mob, the FBI, and the forces behind presidential candidate John F. Kennedy. The only catch is, who is he rescuing her for—Sinatra? Or himself?...
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One For Our Baby Reviews
I actually had a nightmare during the time I was reading this book that I believe was directly caused by it. Not because the book is scary; it's action filled, but not scary. No, the nightmare went something like this: I started out in one random and mortally dangerous predicament that ended quickly, and then inexplicably I found myself in another random and mortally dangerous situation that ended quickly, and so on and so forth. I feel like I forced myself to wake from that nightmare merely because I was tired of it. That's what I wanted to do with this book several times, just wake up from it (as in stop reading it).Joe Buonomo is a pilot who is tasked with flying his good friend Frank Sinatra's girlfriend Lilah to an audition. There's just one problem- Lilah is actually Helen, Joe's ex-fiancee that Frank didn't know about. When Lilah/Helen goes missing after Joe drops her off, Frank enlists Joe's help yet again to track her down. Little does Frank know that Joe has his own reasons for wanting to find her, and little does Joe know what a mess (really a never-ending series of messes) he's about to find himself in.Interesting premise, but I just did not care for the story. I felt that it just moved from dangerous situation to dangerous situation to even more dangerous situation without good enough reasons. It's action simply for the sake of it. We rarely even get to see Helen and she doesn't leave much of an impression, except maybe as someone with green eyes, curves, and not much of a personality who is not worth THAT much danger. Another thing that was really irritating was the extremely short chapters, each with its own cliffhanger ending. It's a bit ridiculous considering the fact that some chapters were only half a page and a great deal were just two pages long. My ARC has 101 chapters plus an epilogue and 353 pages. It was supposed to drum up suspense but it felt like the author was doing too much.By the last third of the book I found myself skimming consistently, which was necessary because by that time I was fed up with the syntax and the technical terms dealing with Joe flying his planes. For me, the first 3rd of the book was a 4, which went down to a 3 in the middle, and by the end it was a 2 and I was starting to resent the story line. I think the best parts about this book were Joe's sense of humor, the old school slang, and the Bruce Willis action movie style ending; most of the rest became a chore.
Half way through this book the thought that came to my mind was that this book could make a pretty good movie. There is lots of action, some fun characters, completely unbelievable plot (but with the fast moving pace and lots of action who cares), and Frank Sinatra!!! If you are looking for complex characters and writing like T.S. Eliot you can move on. If you are looking for a good book to read on the plane this is it.The story starts with this pilot, Joe Buonomo, who fought in the pacific during World War II. When the war ends he goes back to California and falls in love with Helen. For some unexplained reason, Joe has to go back to somewhere in the Pacific to straighten out some problem leaving Helen behind. When he comes back she is gone. A couple of years later Joe's buddy Frank Sinatra (yes, the singer/actor), asks Joe to give his latest sweetheart a lift to Hollywood (Joe owns an air transport company) for her screen test. And guess who the latest sweetheart is... if you guessed Helen and can accept the coincidence then you are ready for this book because you will find plenty of coincidences like that one. But the story moves so fast (everything I just told you is in the first five pages) that you don't have time to say, wait a second, that could never happen. Next, Helen disappears, her friend is murdered, Frank wants her back (and so does Joe) and the story is off and running. Strangely, the chapters are all very short, just a couple of pages. Maybe that is so you can say, I'll just read one more chapter. I can recommend this book if you are looking for something that is fun with lots of action. The book ends with room for sequels or prequels. I hope it does well enough for Mr. Sandrolini to get another one published.
Ol' Blue Eyes is back...Eight years ago, ex-fighter pilot Joe Buonomo saved Frank Sinatra's life and they've been pals ever since. So when Frank needs to get his latest girlfriend to Hollywood in time for a screen test, he asks Joe to fly her up in his charter plane. No problem...until Frank's Lilah turns out to be the girl Joe once was going to marry, only then she was called Helen. Love rekindled, Joe intends to tell Frank, but then Helen goes missing and Frank wants Joe to find her. John Sandrolini is an airline pilot in real life so planes play a fairly big role, and he uses his inside knowledge to make these sequences very convincing. This book reads like a cross between a Bogart film and Die Hard. Joe starts out as Bogart but morphs into Bruce Willis and Ol' Blue Eyes plays himself. Lilah/Helen is tough Bacall some of the time and vulnerable Bergman (Ingrid not Ingmar!) the rest. Set in 1960, it gives a real flavour of the films of that era with the slick-talking, ex-war-hero lead, a femme fatale and some very bad bad-guys. (I wanted the main villain to be Edward G. Robinson but he just wouldn't fit -Bronson, maybe? I found a bit part for Edward G. as the Mafia boss, though.)Noiresque rather than completely noir, this is an all-action shoot-em-up with Joe facing off against a constant stream of baddies coming at him from every direction. As if it isn't bad enough that a Mexican porn king has kidnapped his baby, the mysterious Chinese Ching Hwas are also out to get Joe. And that's without Frank 'helping' by bringing his Mafia contacts on board. Throw in some corrupt politicians and a lot of betrayal and Joe's really not having a good week. Fortunately, in the best action-fest tradition, he's pretty much superhuman so the occasional gunshot wound, beating or airplane crash might delay him for a moment but won't stop him.Joe's character is well developed and likeable, very much in the mould of John McClane. At one point the author gives a direct wink towards the Die Hard movies so the resemblance is obviously intentional and works well. Sinatra is the off-screen version - the friend of mobsters and politicians - and the author successfully pulls off the sometimes difficult task of using a real-life personality. The book is well written and for the most part sticks very well to the time period with only an occasional anachronism. I wondered throughout why the occasional swearing was bothering me and eventually realised that, while no doubt it happened in reality (and certainly in Die Hard!), it really didn't happen in action films of the early 60s; so it somehow sounded incongruous in this book, which reads very much like watching a film. I don't mean that it reads likes a screenplay, just that it is so firmly sited in the cinema tradition and of course located partly in Hollywood, that it feels filmic.For my taste, the book was too long - I felt several of the action sequences could have been cut and there would still have been plenty left. I also felt the whole Chinese thing was an unnecessary complication that didn't really fit in too well with the rest of the story. But these criticisms aside, I found this an enjoyable read overall, well constructed with a strong and believable central plot, and sure to please anyone who likes fast-paced, gun-toting action and adventure. And it's a fabulous excuse to listen to the King of Swing...NB This book was provided for review by the publisher.www.fictionfanblog.wordpress.com
Former Naval Office Joe Buonomo is now a pilot and he’s been asked to do a favor for a friend. That friend happens to be Ol’ Blue Eyes, Frank Sinatra. Frank needs Joe’s help to get his latest girl to Los Angeles in time for an important screen test. Joe is shocked to learn that Frank’s new honey “Lillah DeHart” is his old flame Helen. Joe feels torn between rekindling that flame with Helen and remaining loyal to Frank. Things really get complicated, and dangerous, when Helen disappears and Joe wonders if he really knew Helen at all.“One for Our Baby” is a well-written, but moody period piece. The storyline is complex and sometimes the main plot gets a bit bogged down in Joe’s memories from the war. However, just when things would get a bit slow, there would be a twist in the plot that got my attention and I would be right back in the story, eager to find out what happens next. As much as I liked the premise of the story and the old Vegas setting, I didn’t feel connected to Joe or Helen. I am a fan of Robert Randisi’s Rat Pack mystery series and when reading those books, it makes me wish I was right there with the main character, having fun and hanging out with Frank, Dean, and Sammy. Nobody in John Sandrolini’s novel seems to be having much fun, even the Chairman of the Board himself. “One for Our Baby” will appeal more to the hard-boiled mystery genre fans. The novel is sometimes violent, but other times poetic. The author captures the time period and Joe’s Italian-American background perfectly. I was surprised and saddened by the ending. I liked the book, but was hoping for something a little more light-hearted. I received this book from NetGalley, through the courtesy of Open Road Media, in exchange for an honest review.
DNF (I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review)."When World War II ended, Joe Buonomo didn’t make it back for the parades. After nearly a decade adrift in troubled seas, he washed up in California, determined to re-claim his life. In 1954, he met Helen, a fresh-faced girl eager to break into Hollywood. They fell blissfully in love and got engaged—until Joe’s past intervened, and he lost his fiancée.Years later, Joe’s running an air freight business and doing the occasional odd job for a certain crooner named Frank Sinatra. One afternoon, Joe agrees to give Sinatra’s latest honey a lift to Los Angeles, where she has a screen test the next morning. Not until she arrives at the airport does he realize it’s Helen. After just a few hours together, Joe and Helen confess their old feelings still burn. But the next day, Helen never makes it to the studio. She’s vanished into thin air. To find her, Joe will have to go up against the mob, the FBI, and the forces behind presidential candidate John F. Kennedy. The only catch is, who is he rescuing her for—Sinatra? Or himself?" (From Amazon)I could only read a little over 50% of One For Our Baby because the cliche of the time was painful to read. Instead of embracing the era (1960s) the writing reads like a B movie.
I gave this book four stars because, first of all, it was pretty good for first-time writer, John Sandrolini. The final chapters let loose a virile grand finale, but I wish one of the main players would have made it through the adventurous ending. I still think "One For Our Baby" could be made into a great film. I hope fellow ex-Chicagoan, Sandrolini, will write a sequel for "Joe". And I look forward to reading his next book.
This book is full of anti-hero cliches, heart pumping action and, of course, a knock-out femme fatale - just what I want to read on a sunny summer afternoon, relaxing on my suburban apartment balcony with a nice cold beer. I loved it!Please write more Mr. Sandrolini - I think Joe Bones deserves an encore!
Lured by the time period and synopsis. Shmeh. Not bad but not outstanding.