This story explores the constant rivalry between Intellect and Sexuality. Time, as a relative dimension, is jumbled as a technique to explore this fascinating rivalry in more realistic depth.
Frank's writing has been praised by readers as “engrossing,” “gritty and entertaining,” “colorful and authentic,” “fast-paced,” “intriguing,” “fun and complex,” “very hard to put down,” “smart, stylish, and fun,” and “seductive.”
LOGLINE: The only soldier in the history of the Army to bring both "Macbeth" and "Duino Elegies" to boot camp, Dante Kronos recruits his best buddies into "The Reading Maniacs Reading Group (For Readers)." When a barracks brothel-ring threatens to annihilate his team, can Dante destroy the threat and save the brotherhood?
Frank Marcopolos is a former U.S. paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division on Fort Bragg, NC. He writes literary fiction with elements of action and adventure. Usually. His work tries to explore profound themes without losing the kinds of exciting plotlines that keep a reader engaged with the story.
Frank currently lives in Austin, TX with his pet tetra, Fredward.
"A Car Crash of Sorts" is a case of surprisingly rich plot and depth that is somewhat marred by a disjointed writing style. My biggest beef was with the general "flow" of the plot. The author would only sometimes add asterisk to mark large changes in time or point of view.The rest of the time there would be scenes where, for example, one paragraph would be describing Dante going over to his girlfriend's house. There would be a paragraph break and then the next line would be the same set of characters only an hour later. I found this to be distracting as I was frequently pulled out of the story trying to figure out what was going on. It's the kind of thing that could have so easily been avoided with a "Dante sat there talking to her for an hour."In retrospect, the story concept as a whole is very good. The ending (which I won't spoil) is really what takes the entire plot to the next level. Once my brain had time to fill in all the gaps, I would say that Marcopolos can certainly weave a tale.In this story's case, the end justifies the means. Yes, the process of figuring out what was going on made for a rough read. But after everything ties together you can't help but think that it was a really good story." ~ Alain Gomez
"Dante Kronos, a paratrooper assigned to Fort Bragg, comes off a week in the field. He's expecting a weekend of drinking, reading, and hot dogs with a quirky group of disciples. But his posse abandons him and he looks to fill the gap. But fill it with what?Marcopolos takes us from the barracks to the couch of a Delta Force captain - not at home - whose wife Dante met "through the plausible guise of Amway." There's Dante's attempt to connect with another soldier jumping from a C-130. Also a drunken drive down the North Carolina backroads.Through It all, Dante struggles against the feeling that he is under bombardment and it's "only a matter of time before they [get] the coordinates right and [nail him] with a direct hit." He needs to move. He craves action, but he's leery when it comes.Marcopolos riffs on the rhythms of real guy speech. He punctuates his straight-up style with the occasional over-the-top phrase or reference. His soldiers' voices are right on. He shows us military life as only an insider can. And he makes us feel for this soldier who struggles to leave his demons and his isolation behind." ~ Barr Bielinski
"Marcopolos does a fantastic job of quickly engaging the reader and making you emotionally invested in the protagonist's affairs. The slightly coarse, plain language used is befitting of the culture represented, which I found very refreshing. The pacing is very fast and a bit disjointed, but I think it worked. It's a complex plot for a short story and it's probably a bit confusing for most readers, but Marcopolos doesn't hold your hand through it, which I loved. As others have noted, the ending is what really gets you, but I won't spoil it!There's this battle that seems to be going on in the modern male brain between the sort of caveman qualities that are useful for populating the world, and the powers of the intellect that are necessary for advancing the human race. "A Car Crash of Sorts" provides a very real, if at times very uncomfortable, exploration of that battle. It's definitely worth your time and I look forward to reading more from this talented author." ~ Matt Gilliland