Review: The Professional Freelancer

Posted on January 19, 2015

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The Professional Freelancer
By Rory Scherer
Amazon Digital Services
May 2014
114 pages

Don’t let the title fool you. The Professional Freelancer is not guide for freelance writers. At the outset, author Rory Scherer warns that this book “was not written in a traditional format.” It was written in first person and the style is sort of stream of consciousness with dialogue.

The Professional Freelancer is a novella about a guy who hates his job at a software company and then to no one’s surprise loses it when the FBI shows up and shuts the place down. From there a series of unfortunate incidents like losing his girlfriend and his apartment send him on a further downward spiral. The ne’er-do-well narrator takes on one freelance job after another and each one drags him deeper into an underworld of shady characters and mobsters. Readers never do learn the guy’s name.

Billed as a humorous ebook, the comedy is a mixture of wry jokes and similes that are often so out in left field they detract from the story. Think Sponge Bob meets Adam Sandler. Some readers will find it hilarious while others will think it’s tedious. The Professional Freelancer is an acquired taste.

Copyright (c) 2015 by Peggy Tibbetts

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