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    Stage business

    What a well written and thought provoking novel. The plot was well thought out and fun, while also creating a very believable scene for readers. Above all, I enjoyed how real this novel was. Fostaty keeps it tied to the present and to reality while taking readers on a one of a kind adventure. Suspense is present throughout as the mystery unravels. At the same time, this novel is a light, at times very comical novel that held my attention throughout. Fostaty’s characters are fun, funny, and easy to get along with. I loved the different personalities and how they meshed together. Their intertwining and intersecting lives bring the cast together as a whole just as much as their common goal does. I loved the inventiveness and ability to act at a moment’s notice. Fostaty has definitely created a winner with this one! This is one Canadian author well worth watching. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
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    Good read!

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It took me back to familiar places in Toronto where I grew up, and it is clear the author knows the stage business, which is the backdrop to a very human story. I learned a lot about acting and actors, and learning is one of the things I look for in a book. The other is to be excited, even titillated. While STAGE BUSINESS is not quite thriller, not quite mystery, it certainly has elements of both, and the suspense is kept up throughout. The characters are believable and well-portrayed. A good read.
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    Great read loaded with action, wit and humor.

    Gerry Fostaty's STAGE BUSINESS is an easy, pleasurable read loaded with edge-of-your-seat action and brilliant wit and humor. The plot, wrapped in the clothing of the theater and its cast of characters, takes us on a thrilling ride into the world of small-time drug dealers, raves and gangs in Toronto. During the last angst-filled days of a play rehearsal, we are treated to actor Michael Dion's first-person account as he is lured by his lust for fellow actor Amanda into helping her find Kyle--the missing 17 year-old son of her friend. Through Kyle's Facebook friends, Michael is led to the Dragon Lady, otherwise known as Megan. Megan is a "Trustafarian"--Bohemian trust-fund brat, who is a symbol of what Fostaty sees as the current generation of self-centered 20 somethings who crave praise but without having to do the work to warrant it. Megan directs Michael and Amanda to the site of a rave where Kyle had been abducted by The Pack Boys for dealing drugs in their territory. It is only Michael's continued high hopes of winning over Amanda's affections that quell his increasing nervousness as he is drawn deeper into Kyle's world and investigates his disappearance. In his theater life, Michael still has to get off book--memorize his lines, which he does with the help of his friend and co-star Nigel. It is Nigel, along with Bid the stage manager and Tamara the costumer who are to play important roles in the drama developing off stage in the real world. Along with Michael and Amanda, Nigel, Bid and Tamara stage a real-life drama to rescue Kyle. The rescue uses all the actors' skills while utilizing the props and special effects of a theater production. One is distinctly left with the feeling that if you are in a serious scrape, a theater company is exactly what you need backing you up. The story would perhaps have benefited from some of the action scenes being lengthened. On rare occasions, the novel becomes pedantic, dwelling too much on the details of the theater and Fostaty's social commentary. The pace quickly picks up, however. STAGE BUSINESS succeeds in creating enough tension with twists and turns to keep the reader uncertain as to the outcome. It also delivers a surprise in Michael's quest for love. As a bonus, Fostaty's background as an actor provides genuine insight into the theater world. The novel works, the characters are believable and the plot rings true. STAGE BUSINESS is a worthy first novel. It is easy to envision meeting some of the characters again should Fostaty opt to create a series. Norman Hall, author, Four Stones.

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