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about the author
John Henry "Jack" Brebbia lives and writes in Las Vegas, Nevada. He grew up in Brookline, Massachusetts, attended public schools there and went on to Stonehill College and Boston College Law School. He served in the US Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps in the USA and in France. His experiences as the chief of military justice in a logistics command, located in the middle of the French equivalent of Appalachia and populated by a wild bunch of Cold War Warriors whose behavior on and off duty made them better suited for employment by a military circus, were the basis for his first novel−APO 123. APO 123 does for Army lawyers what M*A*S*H did for Army surgeons. After completing his military service he moved to Washington, D.C. where he was a Trial Attorney at the Federal Trade Commission and then a managing partner at Alston & Bird, a white shoe national corporate law firm, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. While practicing in Washington, D.C., he served as a member of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships, before relocating to Las Vegas as president of a NASDAQ-listed bank holding company and vice-chairman of its subsidiary bank. He later became an entrepreneur and private practitioner. Among his civic activities, he was chairman of the Nevada Humanities Committee; vice chairman of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Education Relating to the Holocaust; a board member of the Nevada Commission on Cultural Affairs, public radio station KNPR and the Federation of State Humanities Councils. For 25 years he was a member of Lefty Salazar & Associates, a local writer’s group whose members have published a number of works of fiction and nonfiction and whose motto was – “We don’t take incoming phone calls.” Teeth is his fourth work of fiction. In 2016, he completed two short stories. America The Beautiful is an election year fable about Dilbert Dump, an ordinary guy from Buffalo, New York that the Trump phenomenon inspires to run for president with results as unpredictable as those Donald Trump managed to achieve. There Goes The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived is a comedy/satire about four South Boston, MA room temperature IQ hoodlums who contract with a mysterious Mr. Big to kidnap the body of baseball immortal Ted Williams from a cryonics lab in Tucson, AZ. His second novella – And The Band Played On – a Cape Cod fable, is nearing completion.
W. Reed Moran
on March 26, 2017 :
A hilarious comic caper by a collection of "chowdahead" criminals from "Southie" (South Boston) , "There Goes The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived" rings true in its irony, bite and ultimately warm-hearted and confident illustration of Boston's low culture, by author Jack Brebbia, a New England native himself.
A must read when life gets you down, as it invites readers into a world where Tom Petty would say, "even the losers get lucky sometimes,"
the story takes us on a farce of a mission to steal to steal Ted Williams' supposedly cryogenically preserved body and head, and hits just the right tone to delight and remind us of the "other Boston," just a few stops down the "T" from Harvard Square. A great summer beach read - get yours now before you head down to the Cape and Islands for your well-earned vacation this summer season.
(reviewed the day of purchase)