Gerald Thomas


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Smashwords book reviews by Gerald Thomas

  • A Checkered Past on Oct. 24, 2012

    This is the first time that I have read one of Billy's books and I can tell you that it is a great read. Knowing Billy in his early years as I did, I recalled many of the situations he had gone through. His writing seemed to be very balanced and on spot for the years that I knew him. I lost contact with him after '71-'72 so I can't really comment on his later years. However, his candor throughout this publication made me a believer and his story was a real awakening for me. I was shocked as to the degree of corruptness in the Florida State Penal System and saddened by the terrible decisions that Billy continued to make in his later years. However, After having read his book, I truly felt that he owned up to his responsibilities for his actions, while at the same time, wishing he had gone in a different direction. This book is very well written, and at times quite disturbing, but you will not be able to put it down after you start reading it. That being said, you will definitely not be disappointed in reading this astonishing memoir of William Van Poyck's life.