“As the bomb exploded, it filled the area with thick, black smoke and flaming debris. It would be a while before the smoke cleared and hotel security could see the extent of the damage. Everyone hoped it would be the best new year ever.” -BOYSTOWN Season Two
- Boystown Season Three By Jake Biondi
Boystown Season Three By Jake Biondi
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About the Author
Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, Jake Biondi fell in love with "The Windy City" at an early age. He left the Chicago area for four years to attend the University of Notre Dame, from which he graduated with degrees in English and Business. He was awarded the university’s prestigious William Mitchell Award for Playwriting. Upon graduating from Notre Dame, Biondi returned to Chicago where he attended and graduated from the Loyola University Chicago School of Law. He has been living in Chicago's Boystown neighborhood for over 20 years. While studying literature, Biondi became a huge fan of Charles Dickens whose novels were originally released in installments, each ending in a cliffhanger to keep readers coming back for more. Because of his love of those novels as well as television dramas such as Dynasty, Knots Landing, Dallas, and Revenge, Jake Biondi decided to create a serialized saga for contemporary audiences. Thus, the BOYSTOWN series was born. Biondi began BOYSTOWN in June of 2013 as an online story and intended to release one "episode" online per month, each ending in a cliffhanger. The story became so popular -- and the online reading audience grew so quickly -- that people from all over the country began to email him demanding to know what happened to their favorite characters and wanting the episodes to be released faster. They also had suggestions for future storylines. Excited by and grateful for his readers’ responses to BOYSTOWN, Biondi began to write and release installments more quickly. In November of 2013, Biondi moved BOYSTOWN offline and published the first ten installments in book form as BOYSTOWN Season One. The book became an international hit, with fans all over the globe clamoring for more. BOYSTOWN Season Two was published in July of 2014 and BOYSTOWN Season Three was released on May 1, 2015. Because of the popularity of the book series, fans have suggested that BOYSTOWN be turned into a television series. Biondi recently completed the TV scripts for the first season of BOYSTOWN and hopes to bring the series to television in the very near future.
May 01, 2015
Boystown Season Three By Jake Biondi
In this reviewer’s opinion, the law of diminishing returns applies not only to economics, but also qualitatively to motion picture, television and book sequels. Having found Boystown: Season Two, somewhat less satisfying than its progenitor, I expected to be even less engaged by Boystown: Season Three.
But I was wrong – dead wrong. For me, Season Three was every bit as entertaining and compelling as the original. That’s why I’m awarding four enthusiastic stars to this second Boystown sequel.
Even though Biondi shamelessly trots out melodrama’s hokiest and most ancient plot devices: temporary amnesia and blindness, one twin masquerading as his brother, the good twin, bad twin thingy – this one enjoyed a major vogue in 1960s’ American television sitcoms - and even an Arsenic and Old Lace-like storyline, among them, he makes them appear daisy fresh in the context of his series milieu.
This time around, we open on New Year’s Eve. A life-shattering emotional explosion, caused by a damning video, is immediately followed by a deadly physical detonation, its trigger person unknown. All of this happening while, in a hotel room, a brutal, staged male on male rape unfolds. Making matters worse, as the rape concludes, it is witnessed by the rapist’s pregnant wife, as well as by the male victim’s boyfriend. Shock, disbelief and abandonment follow. And that’s just the first chapter.
Boystown characters clock lots of time in the hospital, and Season Three is no exception. One can only hope that each of them has Platinum Obama Care, as no amount of business success will handle the medical bills for the Mancinis, the Ciancios, their friends, enemies, and business associates.
When not tending to physical injury, Biondi’s characters must cope with the worst challenges this world can offer: betrayal, blackmail, sexual identity issues challenges – and a host of other inducers of high anxiety.
The author allows the people of Boystown’s only scant, intermittent happiness. For the most part, their lives are in constant, danger-filled flux. Biondi never withholds. His is, and has always been, in the business of delivering the melodramatic goods – and then some.
Last month, via FB Messenger, he told me that he had “toned down” the sex, and that I would see the result in Season Three. No way, JB. Three virtually kicks off with the previously mentioned violent rape of a young man by his former fuck bud, who also happens to be his current stepdad. If that’s toning things down, then what would constitute heating them up?
Similar to health, trust is a rare commodity in Boystown. The same applies in real life. Though not fickle, trust, in and out of fiction, is fragile. Easily broken, trust is something that is commonly irreparable. That is yet another reason why it should be treated with the utmost respect. In several storylines, Season Three addresses the subject of trust breached: both unintentionally, and by design.
The book holds surprises aplenty for the Mancini Family and their sworn enemies, the Ciancios.
Just for openers, Derek, Emmett and Justin Mancini learn that like the Truth, a fourth Mancini brother, is somewhere, out there.
And then there’s a cold-hearted, bloodthirsty sibling seeking revenge for the death of her low-life, drug-addicted brother. This chick savors the taste of blood in her mouth, and instead of a functioning aorta, revenge occupies the place where her heart ought to be.
In fiction, one twin masquerading as the other is probably older than the printed page. But Biondi makes the most of it, with Marco Ciancio pretending to be Gino, in order to obtain his late mother’s diary from her sister – an elderly nun, living in Italy. Marco’s duplicitous shenanigans lead to family tragedies of the deadly kind.
As always, Biondi moves everything along briskly. Not really given to self-analysis or personal insight, his characters simply act and react, rarely considering the often life-shattering consequences of what they do and say.
By the time Season Three climaxes, at least one Boystown villain has received his lethal comeuppance – ironically one meted out unintentionally by his own hand.
If you haven’t read Boystown Seasons One and Two, worry not. Dive into Three and it won’t be long before you’ll soon understand who is who, what they are doing, and to whom.
Of course you can live quite happily without ever reading a Boystown tome. But tell me, please, why would you deny yourself such delicious fun?
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