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FORMER MARINE, Charlie Woods, survived three tours in Afghanistan without a scar. His luck isn't as good back home in Greensboro, Georgia. Working as a part-time limo driver, Charlie accepts an unusual five night loop from Atlanta to Key West and back. His wealthy passenger, eighty-plus Vivien Granville, refuses to fly anymore, but her youngest son hanged himself in Key Wes FORMER MARINE, Charlie Woods, survived three tours in Afghanistan without a scar. His luck isn't as good back home in Greensboro, Georgia. Working as a part-time limo driver, Charlie accepts an unusual five night loop from Atlanta to Key West and back. His wealthy passenger, eighty-plus Vivien Granville, refuses to fly anymore, but her youngest son hanged himself in Key West and is being buried there. On the road, the crafty Mrs. Granville maneuvers Charlie into a devil's bargain. He needs money. She needs a shield. Their arrangement solves his cash problems, but at a cost he could never have seen coming.


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FORMER MARINE, Charlie Woods, survived three tours in Afghanistan without a scar. His luck isn't as good back home in Greensboro, Georgia. Working as a part-time limo driver, Charlie accepts an unusual five night loop from Atlanta to Key West and back. His wealthy passenger, eighty-plus Vivien Granville, refuses to fly anymore, but her youngest son hanged himself in Key Wes FORMER MARINE, Charlie Woods, survived three tours in Afghanistan without a scar. His luck isn't as good back home in Greensboro, Georgia. Working as a part-time limo driver, Charlie accepts an unusual five night loop from Atlanta to Key West and back. His wealthy passenger, eighty-plus Vivien Granville, refuses to fly anymore, but her youngest son hanged himself in Key West and is being buried there. On the road, the crafty Mrs. Granville maneuvers Charlie into a devil's bargain. He needs money. She needs a shield. Their arrangement solves his cash problems, but at a cost he could never have seen coming.

30 review for Replacement Children

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Coburn

    First of all I want to say that I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads. I was excited to be chosen, but I was truly disappointed that my first free book with Goodreads was such a dud!! I must also preface this review for those who do not know me that I am a Conservative Christian from Idaho, and when I read a novel, I do so for entertainment and to enrich my imagination. I do not choose to read Smut or romance novels. If I read a book, and find myself thinking positively abou First of all I want to say that I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads. I was excited to be chosen, but I was truly disappointed that my first free book with Goodreads was such a dud!! I must also preface this review for those who do not know me that I am a Conservative Christian from Idaho, and when I read a novel, I do so for entertainment and to enrich my imagination. I do not choose to read Smut or romance novels. If I read a book, and find myself thinking positively about it later, I consider it a success. That being said, I wish I had never read this novel. My mind feels polluted after reading it, and I wish I could undo the damage. I did try to skim through the sex parts, but this author seems obsessed with the f-word. Personally, I won’t be reading him again. If I could choose my own title for this novel, it would be “Smut for Men.” This novel is filled with a weak, fairly predictable story line, and extremely flawed characters. At one point I was praying that all the main characters would die in a fiery inferno, and lo and behold, that is actually what happened to some of them! The only good thing positive for me to say about “Replacement Children” is that partial proceeds from it will go to “Wounded Warriors Project”.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Dorothy

    This engaging book (I couldn't put it down and read it cover to cover in two days) highlights the clash between an upper class family and a pair of "Georgia Crackers". Unfortunately the upper class adult children of the story show that while money may be inherited, the same does not necessarily apply to manners and civility. The hero, Charlie Woods, while poor in financial terms, has a wealth of character and a strongly inherited sense of right and wrong. Charlie - although somewhat of a lost pup This engaging book (I couldn't put it down and read it cover to cover in two days) highlights the clash between an upper class family and a pair of "Georgia Crackers". Unfortunately the upper class adult children of the story show that while money may be inherited, the same does not necessarily apply to manners and civility. The hero, Charlie Woods, while poor in financial terms, has a wealth of character and a strongly inherited sense of right and wrong. Charlie - although somewhat of a lost puppy himself - is a knight in shining armor, championing the less fortunate, the elderly, the handicapped. His simple trip from Atlanta to Key West turns into a series of misadventures, with Charlie trying to please both his employer and his wife, while dodging the perils of the employer's twisted progeny. The book is a fun read that will have you rooting for Charlie and his causes from the first page. I definitely recommend it for the next time you want a light, entertaining and fast paced read.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sffrankie

    Replacement Children by Rick Maloy is masterful in its verbiage and character development. Maloy's unique word choices enhance the complicated nature of his characters and the unexpected twists and turns of the plot. Totally engaging. Sometimes fun, and at times a stressful, the book pulls the reader into an examination of the strengths and weaknesses of characters who are anything other than mundane. Those who behave badly are very bad until they at least partially redeem themselves, The good a Replacement Children by Rick Maloy is masterful in its verbiage and character development. Maloy's unique word choices enhance the complicated nature of his characters and the unexpected twists and turns of the plot. Totally engaging. Sometimes fun, and at times a stressful, the book pulls the reader into an examination of the strengths and weaknesses of characters who are anything other than mundane. Those who behave badly are very bad until they at least partially redeem themselves, The good are good only until deep character flaws surface. Not your grandfather's novel. The tie-in to Wounded Warriors is a wonderful way for Maloy to support this worthy veterans support group as part of the books proceeds go to that organization.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

    "If your desires be endless, your cares and fears will be so too." (-Thomas Fuller) I tend to like books with despicable and flawed characters, and this book was full of them. Luckily it also had a hero in Charlie Woods, and I found myself rooting for him throughout the story. I greatly enjoyed the dialogue between the characters, especially the exchanges between Charlie and Mrs. Granville. I loved the southern setting and the Key West details. A fast paced book (I read it in two days) full of gr "If your desires be endless, your cares and fears will be so too." (-Thomas Fuller) I tend to like books with despicable and flawed characters, and this book was full of them. Luckily it also had a hero in Charlie Woods, and I found myself rooting for him throughout the story. I greatly enjoyed the dialogue between the characters, especially the exchanges between Charlie and Mrs. Granville. I loved the southern setting and the Key West details. A fast paced book (I read it in two days) full of greed, manipulation, and tragedy. I look forward to Maloy's future work. Thank you to Goodreads (and Rick Maloy) for my free copy from the Goodreads contest.

  5. 4 out of 5

    John R

    Rick Maloy has created a cast of realistic, complex, and wonderfully despicable characters and woven them into an intricate tapestry of love, hate, pride, jealousy, pain and humility. The author's talent shines in the main character who, as much as I wanted to root for him, didn't fully earn my support until he'd become the man I expected him to be. Bravo to Mr. Maloy for showing the ugly and beautiful sides of our modern culture, and giving the reader a satisfying sense of hope.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    Initially the road was the driver when Charlie Woods chauffeured Mrs. Granville to her funeral destination. Little did he know when she looked back through the rear view mirror she was shifting forward at the same time... What a Gift! Lots of curves and detours in Maloy's great read! It will hit a nerve with aging Boomers whose future direction or destiny may be chosen or altered by a select few...or not. A real psychological thriller!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Walt Liptak

    READS LIKE A GOOD MOVIE---Through the use of an extensive and well placed vocabulary, Rick Maloy has managed to bring to this story a colorful presentation of scenes. He uses wit and subtle humor to emphasize the humanity of the characters, complete with flaws, kindness, treachery, bravado, humility and you name it! Well worth a read for the descriptive and witty presentation of a good story. I'm not a heavy novel reader but enjoyed this one--might even read it a second time.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    Great read. Enjoyed all the characters and really felt like I got to know each one. I was sucked into the story from the beginning and looked forward to getting back to it. Seemed like every time I "knew" what was going to happen next, I was WRONG! Even though the writer showed the ugly underbelly of humanity at times I finished the book with a smile.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Brooke Smarsh

    Really enjoyed Replacement Children. I like well developed characters, but also need a good plot to move it along. Got both in this book. Read it through book club - it was generally well liked, but more importantly invoked really good, fun conversation. Definitely recommend it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ted Edwards

    A great read. Kudos to this first time novelist. Maloy has an eye for describing real life and presenting an enticing story. There is a lot to like...we'll developed characters, interesting settings and numerous twists and turns. This book is a must read. I can't wait for his next release.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Arlene Vandroff

    I don't usually read fiction but I found Replacement Children by Rick Maloy very enjoyable. I'm looking forward to his next book. Arlene Vandroff

  12. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Santoro

    Well developed,strong characters make this a worthwhile read.looking for next book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    John Kennedy

    This book definately took me on a tour i wasnt expecting.A very interesting thriller.Charlie Woos really drew me into the story

  14. 4 out of 5

    Serge

    What a strange and different, yet comprehensible family drama set in Georgia and Florida. Nicely written in a style I very much enjoyed.

  15. 5 out of 5

    James Zimmerman

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jim Hoener

  17. 5 out of 5

    John Fawcett

  18. 4 out of 5

    Steven Goode

  19. 4 out of 5

    McPhaul M.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Brett Merrill

  21. 5 out of 5

    Wendy Lorenzo

  22. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Gilfillan

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ken Gorman

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay O'reilly

  25. 4 out of 5

    Susan HW

  26. 4 out of 5

    Bethanne

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ly

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tara

  29. 5 out of 5

    Eileen Collins

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sam Heffner

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