Jobs Like That

Rated 5.00/5 based on 2 reviews
You've experienced the military and had a gut full. You tried being a cop for awhile, but it just wasn't the same.

Finally you opted to drop out, work a mindless, physical job on the docks for awhile.

Then there's an incident, and it reminds you who and what you are. Maybe you're only suited for "jobs like that."

Maybe the waitress in the local bar is too.

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About Harvey Stanbrough

Harvey Stanbrough is an award-winning writer and poet. He’s fond of saying he was born in New Mexico, seasoned in Texas, and baked in Arizona. After 21 years in the US Marine Corps, he managed to sneak up on a BA degree at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales in 1996. Because he is unable to do otherwise, he splits his writing personality among four personas: Gervasio Arrancado writes magic realism; Nicolas Z “Nick” Porter writes spare, descriptive, Hemingway-style fiction; and Eric Stringer writes the fiction of an unapologetic neurotic. Harvey writes whatever they leave to him. You can see their full bios at

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Review by: Nan Dozier on June 27, 2018 :
Jobs Like That will make you hope there is more. Satisfying on many levels by itself, there is also momentum to these remarkably real and gritty and dangerous characters that wants . . . . more. More surprises, more beating the bad guys, more chance for love.
Trying to ignore the burdens of violence and a warrior soul almost blinds Nick to someone with the same secret burden, but not done yet.
This story could be in a collection with Jack Reacher and Gabriel Allons and I would buy it and talk it up!.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)
Review by: Bob Calverley on June 25, 2018 :
From the very first page, 'Jobs Like That' barrels into you like a runaway freight train. The main character, Nick Spalding, is an ex-military guy just trying to avoid the kinds of situations requiring fast thinking and decisive application of violent countermeasures. And of course he can't. He's a natural for it. He just doesn't know it. He's kind of clueless when it comes to women but hey, Nick is ex-military. What would you expect? The author weaves a fast-paced tale with lots of action, surprising twists and a love interest to boot. Highly recommended, and I'm hoping for more Nick Spalding stories in the future.
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)
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