A Review of “South of Bixby Bridge” by Ryan Winfield

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Book Description
Publication Date: August 15, 2011
#1 AMAZON KINDLE BESTSELLER IN “U.S. Literature & Fiction”
–KINDLE Top 100 Paid List BESTSELLER–

2011 Breakout Novel — About to turn 30 and being discharged from drug rehab, Trevor Roberts is sure he’s hit bottom with nowhere to go but up. He soon learns that sometimes the “bottom” is just the beginning. With more twists than California’s Highway 1, the intimate narrative follows a young man on a wild month-long ride to the dizzying, drunken heights of Napa Valley excess where he falls fast for his new boss’s intoxicating wife and becomes entangled in a strange threesome affair. But things soon begin to unravel as Trevor is drawn into a secret world of sex and scandal, only to have his lust for success drag him down again through a phantasmagoria of hedonistic hell. “Shocking and unapologetic”, South of Bixby Bridge barrels along with the “frenetic pace of a Hollywood blockbuster,” delivering “poetic prose loaded with images”. With gripping drama, witty dialogue, and sexy, jaw-dropping glimpses into the nouveau-riche underworld of California’s wealthy elite, you won’t be able to put this riveting new novel down. Buckle up and enjoy the read!

ADULT TOPICS (✓) FINANCIAL THRILLER (✓) CAUTIONARY TALE (✓) REDEMPTION QUEST (✓)
***If you or anyone you know has struggled with alcohol, drug, or sex addiction, you must read this!

Warning: This novel is an unfiltered account of a young man’s struggle to overcome addictions and it includes some graphic language, descriptive sexual scenes, and adult situations.

What readers are saying:

“Powerful, riveting, dark and haunting!” ★★★★★

“Sexy, funny, and poignant with fantastic prose, this book is impossible not to enjoy.” ★★★★

“… the story barrels along, the characters jump off the page, and Winfield knows how to turn a phrase.” ★★★★★

“I wholeheartedly recommend this novel; it’s a no-holds-barred, uninhibited tour de force.” ★★★★★

“I couldn’t put this book down. I was addicted; a reading-addict addicted to a book about addiction.” ★★★★★

“Water for Elephants was my last favorite read and now I think this one has topped it.” ★★★★★
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I just finished this book last night. It took me a week to finish because I was getting so angry and frustrated with Trevor, the main character. I would have to walk away because I was getting so upset with him.

That’s a sign of great writing to me, when I get so emotionally involved with the characters that I have to put the book down and walk away because they’re making me angry. But the whole while I put the book down I was wondering if Trevor was ok, if he was going to be ok. Would he open his eyes and get it? So, of course, I’d have to pick the book back up the next day to see what was going on next.

This is a real look at hard-core addiction and the life it can take you to. I won’t spoil the story for you, which is why I just copied the description above from Amazon. I will say once again, it’s not the type of book I’m used to reading, but I’m trying to see how authors do what they do so I can learn from them. I am glad that I didn’t pass Ryan Winfield’s books by because of some of the content. He is an amazing author and knows how to draw you into the story. (Not an easy thing to do!)

What originally intrigued me about this book was the subject of addiction. If you’ve never lived it, you can’t possibly understand it or write about it. Having been in prison ministry for years and fighting addictions of my own I was curious to see if Ryan actually knew anything about the subject. YES, he does! He wrote about addictions from a real and painful place that all addicts eventually find themselves. If every potential addict could read this book first maybe they wouldn’t pick up the alcohol or drug of choice.

Once again, great book! Great job Ryan! I’m looking forward to your next book.

Today I’m grateful for:

1. I don’t live in that world of addiction anymore.

2. Ryan Winfield’s writing. What a great way for me to learn how to write by reading people’s work who do it well.

3. I’m still tired and in pain, but I’m feeling a bit better than the last two weeks.

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