CondoMAXimum by Raymond Terry

Gambling is coming to Paradise Beach Florida. Real estate mogul Derek Clymer is building a new city for the purpose.

Soon it becomes apparent that Derek has picked the wrong team for the job.

Jake Terrebonne is skimming. Billy Hunt is too honest. An investigative reporter is smelling around and Bert Weems, local fixer, has a problem. Of course it is nothing that money cannot solve and as this book opens we find Bert abortively engaged at making his problem worse. It all could have been so easy.

While his future spirals towards the drain Bert compounds his mistake until the problem becomes simply a man named Bertram Weems. Not to worry though, Jimmy 'Blue' Terrebonne has been making problems permanently disappear for years.

Available on Kindle. and Amazon or createspace in paperbound.

Cover artwork is by Brett Glennon.

  • Classification: Moderate
  • Work is: Complete; Fully available on Authonomy
  • First submitted Jan. 11, 2009
  • Last updated Jan. 11, 2009
  • Read 22 times
  • On 5 bookshelves

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  • Orson Paddock's avatar
    Orson Paddock wrote 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    Still sunbaking by the pool with those jugs of sweet mojitos? Yes, I'm out here or there, wherever that may be.
    I love your writing, but increase the point size because they're not making spectacles like the hubble space telescope just yet.
    It isn't like it was and it never will be, but put all of your stuff up and someone sometime somewhere might enjoy it. That's where I'm at.
    Hope you're still alive.

  • Raymond Terry's avatar
    Raymond Terry Author wrote 10 months, 2 weeks ago

    Is anybody out there?????

  • Raymond Terry's avatar
    Raymond Terry Author wrote 11 months, 2 weeks ago

    Anybody going to comment on this?

  • Raymond Terry's avatar
    Raymond Terry Author wrote 11 months, 3 weeks ago
    Look Neville, I have pulled most of my books from Autho, substituting nonsense Latin text as manuscripts cannot be 'really' deleted. I apologize for that in advance yet I view the new policy towards allowing downloads to be apposite, in relation to Autho, wholly deleterious to my own aims on this site. Other objections apply but Autho ain't what Autho used to be. I have allowed 'CondoMAXimum' to remain as my last contender for recognition. As yat I have not ...
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  • Neville's avatar
    Neville wrote 12 months ago

    Pleased to back 'CONDOMAXIMUM' Raymond, will comment after reading more but it's a great read up to now.

    Very best wishes,

    Neville 'One Off, Sir!'

  • Raymond Terry's avatar
    Raymond Terry Author wrote 1 year ago

    I did not write the comment below'Many have lived to tell...' I have no idea where it came from. RT

  • zap's avatar
    zap wrote 1 year ago

    It's time that this book gets some attention again. I found it witty, interesting, entertaining and very well written. (And here's a little secret: not one of the ratings in the category of 1 or 2!) You're a brilliant writer. Therefore, please, saddle your horse and ride back into the midst of the skirmish, with your sword at the ready and your hair flying in the wind.

  • LCF Quartet's avatar
    LCF Quartet wrote 2 years, 7 months ago
    Hi Raymond, I read all your pitches and it's really hard to choose one book to read. I felt like I was strolling in a bookstore, reading the back covers of some interesting, down-to-earth, and no 'nonsense' books. Thanks for the feeling...I'm also a fan of Omar Khayam, by the way. I read all his poems and I have a collection of them in my library at home. Due to time limitations, a mutual problem we all have here, I ...
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    Hyperion [Retired] wrote 3 years ago
    My Club Agatha read, chapters 1&2, for Condo Maximum by Raymond Terry. Looking at my notes, there are several key words that jump out from the page, but not many, for soon I was so caught up in the story I forgot to add to them. Whilst this is written in the third person, you have managed to grab your reader with the your sharp clear writing style and insightful descriptions. This is a very American novel set in the ...
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  • Lena M. Pate's avatar
    Lena M. Pate wrote 3 years ago

    Club Agatha Critique 2
    Another winner Raymond. Excellent writing style, fabulous build of intrigue, solid characters and fast moving pace that keeps the audience riveted. This too will do very well.


  • Inqusitive Agie's avatar
    Inqusitive Agie wrote 3 years ago

    Agatha club round two ch 1

    I admire your ability to write descriptions the way you do. It's enough, not to little not too much. You have small islands of dialogue accompannied with narrative that helps the story move along. You've written four other books this means you have some experience and practice makes perfect.

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    Cupcake xx [Retired] wrote 3 years ago
    Hi! Club Agatha Critique So I must say from the start of this critique that I think your book is very professional. Very well written. Now, personally, I find third person narrative hard to read, but I must say, you even had me hooked with this and I loved the way you went in deep with your narrative and you made it seem like the characters were real even in third person. The distinction you made between the narrative and ...
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  • Joanie Dee's avatar
    Joanie Dee wrote 3 years, 8 months ago

    I'm glad too see that people are discovering this wonderful writer. RT's stories never disappoint anyone with interest enough to read complete works. JD

  • Brian Bandell's avatar
    Brian Bandell wrote 3 years, 9 months ago
    Cool story. It touches on the corruption in Florida politics and development and, of course, the gambling issue that has surfaced once again. Those themes, in addition to your professional level of writing, is reason enough to publish this. There’s a comma missing in this sentence: “Monday, which was the day when wings were traditionally reported to the New Jersey casino Control Commission(,) was coming of course, but today, was just another Saturday.” Typo: “I’m sorry sir BUT I just ...
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  • EMDelaney's avatar
    EMDelaney wrote 3 years, 11 months ago
    CondoMAXimum / Raymond Terry Each time I read something that has been written by this author I find myself sitting, staring at the computer in amazement. For several reasons actually. One, he is truly a talented, prolific writer with an uncanty ability to scribble, and two because of his unique command of language that still delivers in a way that makes me feel he has utilized each and every adverb, pronoun and descriptive perfectly. Yet, I see edit issues that ...
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    RossBrodie [Retired] wrote 3 years, 11 months ago
    Taut, muscular, dripping in the wire, hard-boiled. Great title and cool pitch. I really like the idea of constructing a city for the purposes of gambling. The purposes of speculation. And immediately I'm thinking about how the genre is so vibrant in terms of reflecting the implied message of the rampant capitalist monster. I think it's a very noble and bold idea to create a story about a guy who creates an architectural environment for the purpose of extracting cash ...
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    Michael Jones [Retired] wrote 3 years, 11 months ago

    At last, something to get my teeth into ...

    Great storyline. I'm looking forward to finishing it.


  • Retired user
    billysunday [Retired] wrote 4 years ago

    Very polished and well-written. Quite an intricate plot. My only critique is that it can be too wordy at times. Nice job.
    Dina of Halo of the Damned and The Last Degree

  • Retired user
    Norton Stone [Retired] wrote 4 years ago

    I'll get onto this Raymond. Grrrreat title and a cover to kill for.