Dying For Revenge – Eric Jerome Dickey’s latest Caribbean Thriller: Were all acknowledgments really stated? Can mentions act in lieu of remuneration?

{ATTN: MILD SPOILERS THRU REVIEW/ESSAY}
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LESS SEX, MORE VIOLENCE – HOW FILLING FOR FANS?

Antigua just had elections, Baldwin Spencer stayed in while the Birds regained a slight toehold in their Parliament, Antigua’s also the home for the latest adventure of Eric Jerome Dickey’s Gideon. Those of you expecting to find a modern day Afro-American Kama Sutra set in the tropics, as opposed to Tropic of Cancer, with a smattering of Spillane or Spenser (Remember the TV series with Robert Urich as the title character and his buddy Hawk?) – may be disappointed. Dying For Revenge is more deep-fried than hard-boiled, in the sense that this is more like Sin City straddled between Falmouth Harbour, downtown Georgia & Motor City with a dash of James Bond’s Femme of the Film.
As was covered in previous trailers on this News-Blog, Gideon is on the run – the preacher’s wife in Detroit believes dead men tell no tales… Now she used her husband’s death, which she paid for, to galvanise her own foray into politics – she wants no loose ends as she consolidates her reign.

Enter El Matador and his shop-addicted wife, who the author hints as being based on a UK director and his former spouse famed for being an unashamedly material girl. Matador earned his death-sobriquet for his preference to make a clean cut with his targets, literally!

His wife, when not bumping off contracts, is saving her sole at the Church of Blahniks and building a body count to earn a trip to shlep with the Sex & The City quartet.

They are hot on the trail of Gideon and he brings in a former partner to ride through the ghettoes of Georgia to the 365 beaches of Antigua in a mad race to see who’s left standing? This is no cakewalk, the “hero” gets shop-worn more than once and he still touts the advantages of BC Powder to counteract contusions.

All of this, plus an indirect appearance from Sir Allen Stanford, room in the plot left for a fourth installment and more… The book had a US release in November, while it didn’t reach the Caribbean until January.

The depictions of the Caribbean isle were vivid and even Barbados gets more than one mention, the tourism scene portrayed in the book is prevalent throughout the region. But those expecting lurid lovemaking passages will be left a little dry, those who wanted more of Gideon’s gritty side will be gorged to capacity. This mix of violence, fashion and travelogue will keep you moving if not in suspense since some of the elements can be telegraphed from afar – but in all, still entertaining if you happen to be in St John’s relaxing after voting over there.


EPILOGUE/DISCLAIMER


Let me continue by categorically stating before presenting evidence, I am not hoping to institute a lawsuit, nor am I seeking financial gain. In my view, RESPECT and HONESTY come above such material persiflage and, can – in the long run – serve better than cash.

Just the other day, Heat Magazine used one of my photos for their Graeme Hall release… With NO acknowledgment whatsoever! Rather than create a duel, I called top personnel and said if budget is a problem, that is NOT a problem with me – don’t use my name nor the title of this News-Blog, rather one could say;- “Courtesy http://bajanreporter.blogspot.com” as this would go further in promoting my site. There was rapid agreement and profuse apologies, no harm done and mutual service between entities remains cordial yet professional.

To simply behave as though nothing happened and not even a shout-out to Barbados at the least is rather reprehensible in my view. Let me expound further on this amazing journey…


HISTORY: FOLLOWING TRENDS IN HINDSIGHT


Mr Dickey has an entrenched habit of leaving a blank cheque by way of thanks for whoever he did not mention in numerous of his tomes, nevertheless, at the same time there are those he singles out for not only appreciation but lists their website or blog – as he did in his motorcycle homage, Chasing Destiny.

In the previous book to …Revenge, which was Pleasure, Mr Dickey’s protagonist is a ghost-writer. This is someone who may compile or gather notes and craft a novel or biography as material dictates.

In Drive Me Crazy, what initially appeared as two underlying characters (A writer called Freeman and his gal-pal Sade) were in fact the catalyst for ultra-protagonists Earl & Cynthia to earn money to pursue their own freedom – ironic since the tee-shirt worn by Sade was stating MANUMISSION.

The real secret was that Freeman was riding on Sade’s initial plots, themes and ideas and she was tired of the burden of carrying him.

So what does this have to do with …Revenge? A lot, for my view, but I want YOU to be the judge!

CAVEAT FOR FAIRNESS


With all due respect, the ideas or concept of El Matador, his shop2drop spouse and Hawks – Gideon’s former co-assassin – are all at Mr Dickey’s door, if he did originate their personae.

However, let’s start with a reminder of the basic concept;-


DYING FOR REVENGE marks the return of Gideon, a contract killer with a troubled past and an even more troubled present. Gideon vows to leave his life as a hit-man behind, but he soon finds out that he can never run too far from his past. When a job in Detroit goes wrong, Gideon should have killed the woman who hired him when he had the chance. Now a powerful politician threatened by Gideon’s knowledge of her secrets, and motivated by the desire to get her ultimate revenge, this woman will stop at nothing to have Gideon’s life.

The Lady from Detroit hires two hit-men to handle the job ? El Matador, a deadly killer who never misses a shot, and his sexy but ruthless wife, a shopaholic with a weakness for designer labels. But when Gideon proves himself an impossible target, the lady from Detroit sets her sights on those closest to him.

On the exotic island of Antigua, Gideon enlists the help of fellow assassin Hawks to square off against his deadliest adversaries yet. Amidst the palm trees and white sands, Gideon must outsmart and defeat his pursuers before it’s too late, and find a way out of this dangerous game of cat and mouse.


Now? We look at correspondence issued at various points BEFORE the book’s completion – please note I STILL have ALL relevant exchanges stored at their various points of origin, ready for display if I am contested…

NB – I have edited only the actual e-mail address, since I respect one’s right to privacy; within reason….


CORRESPONDENCE


{MySpace}

Feb 21, 2008 2:59 PM

Subject:

No Subject

Body:

HEY BRO! How is it going? In ATL now, trying to write. Looking at Gideon! What do you think needs to be in book with him? Just asking…trying to fig out the danger, this time no Lola and no Mrs. J, at least not planing to use them, but you never know. Oh, if you have links to Barbados papers, send them to *****. I’ve created a character for the book, but she’s in Antigua…maybe an islands thing for the next go. Have to keep Gid moving! So much was “resolved” that it’s will be interesting to see where i take this one!

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{Gmail}

Bajan Reporter Thu, Feb 21, 2008 at 10:08 PM
To: ******
Many thanks for sharing your real e-mail with me, that will stay buried with Van Gogh’s missing ear, LOL!
You dealt with rappers the last time with Gid, perhaps the old sergeant he offed in UK could have family in high places vex as hell – meanwhile, the reverend’s wife lied and is after him with a vengeance.
Lola Mack could have gotten a part in a Broadway, but Mrs Jones could have been taken out by a Jamaican gang. The reason Gid’s in Antigua is that he heard the hitter who took that contract was out there to take out a cricketer as part of a bookmaker scheme as they have online betting in that tiny Caribbean isle. Maybe a guest appearance from Earl or Cynthia of Drive Me Crazy or the white guy from it?
Voice Of Barbados – www.vob929.com
C’bean Broadcasting Corporation – www.cbc.bb
Barbados Advocate – www.barbadosadvocate.com
Daily Nation – www.nationnews.com/local/index.php
The writing course is very intriguing, Professor Lamming is telling us many devices of how to perform narratives and critiquing budding authors’ early chapters (I have only two short stories, but that is why I wanted the course – to learn how to craft a book) – now they have to learn how to roll with the punches, so do I! Luckily my years in tv, may have acted as a buffer, Bajans are merciless when they see you in person!


E2****Thu, Feb 21, 2008 at 10:17 PM
To: bajan.reporter@gmail.com

man you are HOT! will look that over…


E*****Thu, Feb 21, 2008 at 11:13 PM
To: bajan.reporter@gmail.com

had just did a scene with a new assassin in Antigua, the cricketer motivation is brilliant! okay, they would kill him because…point shaving like in the NBA? Don’t know cricket…

In a message dated 2/21/2008 6:08:42 P.M. Pacific Standard Time, bajan.reporter@gmail.com writes:

The reason Gid’s in Antigua is that he heard the hitter who took that contract was out there to take out a cricketer as part of a bookmaker scheme as they have online betting in that tiny Caribbean isle. Maybe a guest appearance from Earl or Cynthia of Drive Me Crazy or the white guy from it?



Bajan Reporter Thu, Feb 21, 2008 at 11:27 PM
To: *****
point shaving is basketball, match fixing is what we call it out here, you can Google it “match fixing, cricket” and also check following sites like www.windiescricket.com or www.stanford2020.com, www.cricketworldcup.com andhttp://www.icc-cricket.com/icc/ also browse my News Blog under the topic of cricket – last year there was a coach who died under suspicious circumstances, his name was Bob Woolmer from South Africa, there were accusations he learned of match fixing and was gonna blow the whistle but got poisoned/strangled

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E****Fri, Feb 22, 2008 at 9:33 AM
To: bajan.reporter@gmail.com

i heard about
i can tie all of that in…will make sense….i’m big on motivation for the killings, the assassins have the same curiosity the reader has….

In a message dated 2/21/2008 7:27:41 P.M. Pacific Standard Time, bajan.reporter@gmail.com writes:

– last year there was a coach who died under suspicious circumstances, his name was Bob Woolmer from South Africa, there were accusations he learned of match fixing and was gonna blow the whistle but got poisoned/strangled



E****Fri, Feb 22, 2008 at 7:18 PM
To: bajan.reporter@gmail.com

In a message dated 2/21/2008 9:08:42 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, bajan.reporter@gmail.com writes:

the white guy from it?

wolf!


Delicious ideas to please the pickiest eaters. Watch the video on AOL Living.


Bajan Reporter Sat, Feb 23, 2008 at 10:42 AM
To: ****
Yeah, I liked him, he coulda snuffed Earl in his tracks but gave him mercy

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E 2 ****
Sat, Feb 23, 2008 at 11:57 AM
To: Bajan Reporter
your ideas are excellent, best i’ve heard, walked to about seven peeps, you understand the book much better than they do
i had thought about the mrs jones angle, her being in trouble, that henrietta kellogg [past coming back, just have to fig out what…have to up everything to make it work….
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Bajan Reporter Sat, Feb 23, 2008 at 6:50 PM
To: ****
Why not merge Bob Woolmer and Allen Stanford into one amalgamated character as the contract death from the Antiguan villain? Woolmer was actually murdered in Jamaica, http://bajanreporter.blogspot.com/2007/03/caricom-multi-national-security-forces.html but Stanford is a Texan billionaire, and he’s not liked by many Caribbean folk for wanting to take over game and Americanise it. This is a Press Release from his group –http://bajanreporter.blogspot.com/2008/02/stanford-2020-huge-success-in-small.html Whether that character is murdered http://bajanreporter.blogspot.com/2007/06/bob-woolmer-mystery-silence-on-lam-were.html in Jamaica or Antigua, I think that’s where the Caribbean tie is to Henrietta Kellogg’s past somehow. I hope links to some of the analyses I have done can help, mind you, they are only my opinions and not gospel…

2008/2/23 ****:

your ideas are excellent, best i’ve heard, walked to about seven peeps, you understand the book much better than they do
i had thought about the mrs jones angle, her being in trouble, that henrietta kellogg [past coming back, just have to fig out what…have to up everything to make it work….

In a message dated 02/23/08 09:43:00 Eastern Standard Time, bajan.reporter@gmail.com writes:

Yeah, I liked him, he coulda snuffed Earl in his tracks but gave him mercy

On Fri, Feb 22, 2008 at 6:18 PM, *** wrote:

In a message dated 2/21/2008 9:08:42 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, bajan.reporter@gmail.com writes:

the white guy from it?

wolf!



E 1 ****
Mon, Feb 25, 2008 at 12:03 PM
To: bajan.reporter@gmail.com

i’ll read up on it…some more…the big prob for me is getting to the locations to write the novel
don’t want to do england back-to-back
the islands mos def work, easier to get to
might get to antigua this week, and try to pop through bdos again, will look at the crane
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Bajan Reporter Fri, Aug 22, 2008 at 11:49 AM
To: Eric 2 ****
Cc: Eric 1 ****
Forwarded conversation
Subject: Re: MySpace
————————From: Bajan Reporter <bajan.reporter@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, Feb 21, 2008 at 10:08 PM
To: Eric ****

Many thanks for sharing your real e-mail with me, that will stay buried with Van Gogh’s missing ear, LOL!
You dealt with rappers the last time with Gid, perhaps the old sergeant he offed in UK could have family in high places vex as hell – meanwhile, the reverend’s wife lied and is after him with a vengeance.
Lola Mack could have gotten a part in a Broadway, but Mrs Jones could have been taken out by a Jamaican gang. The reason Gid’s in Antigua is that he heard the hitter who took that contract was out there to take out a cricketer as part of a bookmaker scheme as they have online betting in that tiny Caribbean isle. Maybe a guest appearance from Earl or Cynthia of Drive Me Crazy or the white guy from it?
Voice Of Barbados – www.vob929.com
C’bean Broadcasting Corporation – www.cbc.bb
Barbados Advocate – www.barbadosadvocate.com
Daily Nation – www.nationnews.com/local/index.php
The writing course is very intriguing, Professor Lamming is telling us many devices of how to perform narratives and critiquing budding authors’ early chapters (I have only two short stories, but that is why I wanted the course – to learn how to craft a book) – now they have to learn how to roll with the punches, so do I! Luckily my years in tv, may have acted as a buffer, Bajans are merciless when they see you in person!
**

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From: ****
Date: Thu, Feb 21, 2008 at 10:17 PM
To: bajan.reporter@gmail.com

man you are HOT! will look that over…


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From: ****
Date: Thu, Feb 21, 2008 at 11:13 PM
To: bajan.reporter@gmail.com

had just did a scene with a new assassin in Antigua, the cricketer motivation is brilliant! okay, they would kill him because…point shaving like in the NBA? Don’t know cricket…

———-
From: Bajan Reporter <bajan.reporter@gmail.com>
Date: 2008/2/21
To: *****


point shaving is basketball, match fixing is what we call it out here, you can Google it “match fixing, cricket” and also check following sites like www.windiescricket.com or www.stanford2020.com, www.cricketworldcup.com andhttp://www.icc-cricket.com/icc/ also browse my News Blog under the topic of cricket – last year there was a coach who died under suspicious circumstances, his name was Bob Woolmer from South Africa, there were accusations he learned of match fixing and was gonna blow the whistle but got poisoned/strangled
———-
From: ****
Date: Fri, Feb 22, 2008 at 9:33 AM
To: bajan.reporter@gmail.com

i heard about
i can tie all of that in…will make sense….i’m big on motivation for the killings, the assassins have the same curiosity the reader has….

———-
From: ****
Date: Fri, Feb 22, 2008 at 7:18 PM
To: bajan.reporter@gmail.com

wolf!

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From: Bajan Reporter <bajan.reporter@gmail.com>
Date: 2008/2/23
To:
*****


Yeah, I liked him, he coulda snuffed Earl in his tracks but gave him mercy
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From: *****
Date: 2008/2/23
To: Bajan Reporter <bajan.reporter@gmail.com>

your ideas are excellent, best i’ve heard, walked to about seven peeps, you understand the book much better than they do
i had thought about the mrs jones angle, her being in trouble, that henrietta kellogg [past coming back, just have to fig out what…have to up everything to make it work….


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From: Bajan Reporter <bajan.reporter@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, Feb 23, 2008 at 6:50 PM
To: ****


Why not merge Bob Woolmer and Allen Stanford into one amalgamated character as the contract death from the Antiguan villain? Woolmer was actually murdered in Jamaica, http://bajanreporter.blogspot.com/2007/03/caricom-multi-national-security-forces.html but Stanford is a Texan billionaire, and he’s not liked by many Caribbean folk for wanting to take over game and Americanise it. This is a Press Release from his group –http://bajanreporter.blogspot.com/2008/02/stanford-2020-huge-success-in-small.html Whether that character is murdered http://bajanreporter.blogspot.com/2007/06/bob-woolmer-mystery-silence-on-lam-were.html in Jamaica or Antigua, I think that’s where the Caribbean tie is to Henrietta Kellogg’s past somehow. I hope links to some of the analyses I have done can help, mind you, they are only my opinions and not gospel…

2008/2/23 ****


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From: ****
Date: Mon, Feb 25, 2008 at 12:03 PM
To: bajan.reporter@gmail.com

i’ll read up on it…some more…the big prob for me is getting to the locations to write the novel
don’t want to do england back-to-back
the islands mos def work, easier to get to
might get to antigua this week, and try to pop through bdos again, will look at the crane



****Fri, Aug 22, 2008 at 11:55 AM
To: bajan.reporter@gmail.com

jason wolf!
In a message dated 8/22/2008 8:50:13 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time, bajan.reporter@gmail.com writes:

{G-Chat excerpt}

tobajan.reporter@gmail.com
dateWed, Jun 4, 2008 at 7:45 AM
subjectChat with ****
mailed-by*****



me: or no cricket for Gid?
ejd: wait… there is some hint of it
but not a big thing
7:28 AM me: The last email I sent you had my snail mail address
7:29 AM ejd: book has ssome cool chase scnese, some nice fights, more violent, less sex
the real gideon
some sex, but i didnt want this one to get off center like wwe
me: LOL
I doubt folks mind
ejd: same level of sex in wwe, that level of violence in d4r
7:30 AM me: damn
you gonna scare the peeps
ejd: did like the movie rififi
that film has about 25 minutes of silence
me: Gott watch that one, sounds like Guy Ritchie
7:31 AM ejd: i had no dialogue, chase and fights, killing for at least 25 pages, not one word spoken
me: wow
ejd: its about to be remeade
remade
me: that is VERY unusual
ejd: what is
me: 25 minutes of silence
ejd: very
and it was BRILLIANT
me: and to replicate it in a novel
7:32 AM more skills
ejd: well mine is no dalogue
dialogue
7:34 AM me: I am looking at all my short stories after that class and see so much revision needed now, gotta make the time – I am off to get ready for work, ugh!
ejd: mostly in antigua, of course
too bad it wasn’t bdos!
me: Great
ejd: but i did the bdos twins last book
7:35 AM man the email confessions i am getting behind that book… good lord
me: Caribbean is still cool



As I stated from the beginning, I am not looking for money… Even if it was as basic as; “Ian in Barbados, thanks for letting me pick your brain,” plus my link? Then I’d’ve felt like a dog walking across a desert with a full bladder then finding an orchard. Instead, this is what really happened, nada-zip-zero! I am yet to hear from Mr Dickey since late last year, and his MySpace page has had no blog updates since Dec 12th. I leave it for YOU to assess – feel free to comment!

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