Jeff Ward, after retiring from Newsday, a New York newspaper, decided to write a book that has been in his head for many years. After a year in college as a Math major, life got in the way and full-time work ensued.
Married with children, (yes, like Al Bundy, he worked selling women’s shoes out of high school), he has grandchildren and a Great-grandchild. He enjoys making people laugh and having a good time. Now splitting time between Florida and New York, he is relishing his retired life.
After completing Upstate Downstate, he made many rough copies and gave many to friends and family. Almost everyone who read it and told him how good it was, and told him he should have it published. After several years of sitting on it, he decided to give it a try and this is it. Enjoy the read!
The Jailhouse Rock Inn is your typical gin mill, with local folks that come to drink after a hard day’s work. While they all know one each other, doesn’t mean it all goes smoothly, especially during hunting season when the downstaters take over the joint. Great for the bar owner but a rough and tumble place during the season. While a typical night at the Rock produces two to three fights, the amount triples during the hunting season! Come meet and join them for the festivities.
M J, or Mary Jane Withanee, is a well endowed beauty, with a great personality. Unfortunately for Patrick, who is enamored with her, but she is taken by Brad, a tall strapping handsome dude with money. Triangular fun(not that way) abounds.
Patrick Hunneywell is an honest, dependable and likable character. What you see is what he is. You will enjoy trials and tribulations and you will feel like you are part of his journey!
Upstate Downstate had me laughing out loud from start to finish. The main character's witty humor and charming personality made for an entertaining read.
This book had everything I was looking for - humor, suspense, and a hint of romance. It's a must-read for fans of blue-collar fiction.
The dynamic between the main character and his bartender girlfriend added a fun and steamy element to this already amazing book.
Upstate Downstate had me on the edge of my seat with its nail-biting suspense. The author did a great job of blending humor with danger.
I absolutely loved the protagonist's journey from Long Island to Upstate New York. The change of scenery and new cast of characters made for a fresh and exciting read.
Upstate Downstate is like a cross between Goodfellas and a comedy club. It had me laughing out loud and nervously looking over my shoulder all at the same time.
If you're looking for a book that will make you laugh, make you blush, and keep you on the edge of your seat, then Upstate Downstate is the one for you. It's like a wild ride on a truck - you never know what's going to happen next!
I read Upstate Downstate in one sitting and now I'm officially a fan of truck-driving, bar-managing, Mafia-fighting heroes. It's like a superhero origin story, but with more beer and less spandex.
Precious Moments Designer
If you're looking for a lighthearted and entertaining read, Upstate Downstate is definitely for you. The risqué elements added an extra layer of humor that kept me engaged.