By Thom Jones
Thom Jones' global encompasses dilapidated struggle arenas, nation psychological hospitals, and chaotic emergency rooms. The population are his brilliantly etched characters, who conflict desperately opposed to destiny in a online game of existence they can not win yet dare now not lose. Now, with "Sonny Liston was once a chum of Mine", Jones serves up a dozen strong tales that teeter among depraved humor and stinging pathos. In "Fields of red Forever," a Vietnam vet swims on my own around the English Channel, the Straits of Gibraltar, and the Bosporus to keep up "the edge" that stored him alive in wartime - and that is all he now has left. "You Cheated, You Lied" tells the deranged love tale of 2 volatile humans forsaking their lives and medicinal drugs to stay jointly in a shack on a Honolulu seashore - with disastrous effects. And within the identify tale, a tender novice fighter stoically endures repetitive beatings simply because he is familiar with the realm of boxing shields and protects him from the even crueler international outdoors the hoop.
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