Gutting the Monkey
Searching for Enlightenment The Hard Way
This is the incredible story of Billy
Halverson. Follow his strange journeys thru dark jungles, across sun scorched deserts, and along dangerous streets, as he attempts to find a way out from the abyss and his personal salvation. More
"Gutting the Monkey" is the second published novel from the writing team of John Iverson, James Iverson, and P. Farcy
“Gutting the Monkey” follows the life of Billy Halverson - Recon Marine, Mercenary, Bodyguard, and Enforcer. It is a street-smart, fast paced adventure, based on actual events and the sometime altered reality resulting from the use of psychotropic drugs. The two worlds often collide and blur the line between the real and the surreal. The story revolves around Billy's quest to rediscover his better nature and find redemption - before the "monkey on his back" drives him further into the abyss.
Billy not only feels the grip of the Monkey, but is able to see and hear him as the Monkey lures him into a tragic downward spiral of addiction, self destruction, and violence. No one will be spared the Monkeys wrath. Billy does not choose a psychiatrist couch or confessional booth to find enlightenment and cast out his demons. That would be too easy. Billy goes deeper into the abyss to meet his demon face to face. But….The Monkey will not go away until Billy has been destroyed. Can Billy “Gut the Monkey” and find enlightenment or will Billy sink lower into a pit of violence and despair? This is a great read for anyone that has struggled to be free from their inner demons or aided another in the fight.
“Gutting the Monkey” is a different kind of story; far removed from the mundane arc of “one man against the world” relying instead, on the more empathetic approach of “one man’s struggle against his inner beast”. The action emerges from within an unforgettable backdrop of music and pop culture, giving the novel the dreamlike atmosphere of "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" combined with the edgy appeal of “Fight Club." The action moves fast and the narration is full of sardonic anecdotes and dark humor.