This was a fun read, filled with derring-do. A page turner for sure!"Jan MoorehouseA Swashbuckling Tale, Action-Packed
Stanchfield, you truly are a compelling storyteller. Loved the Southampton references. For me it made the reading a bit personal, not to mention the August 31 date. One question - did Scratch murder Radji?"Marylin T. KelleyClose Friend
The author’s voice is captivating as he developed the characters and storyline. The book is captivating!"KaityThe book is captivating!
I enjoyed the read. It was compelling. The story was poignant. Along the way, you experience the protagonist fighting for what he believes in., Jeremy Scratch does it in what is his turbulent world. Not much different from our current climate. Doors open for some people and they talk about it. Others like Scratch walk through doors as if it is what's supposed to happen. He even walks through doors that you or I would walk away. Scratch’s life force is his Chi. His Chi allows him to flow to deal with the obstacles during the journey. His old friend Tunji from Africa, weaves in and out of the story. He is fighting for his own cause. Is he a friend or an enemy? If he is a friend, can their friendship withstand the turbulence? And who is Dada? Who is she? You experience the story as it twists and turns its way through the fast-paced complex life of Jeremy Scratch. This means diamonds, caskets, and felons. Scratch is a criminal, crusader, entrepreneur, or a little of each. Scratch and Dada travel the world of excitement. As the story comes together tension builds to an unexpected explosive climax."Marvin SchildOthers like Scratch walk through doors as if it is what's supposed to happen.
I had the opportunity to read this amazing novel about the life of Jeremy Scratch and be entertained as Scratch’s adventures unfolded. This well written book by R. J. Stanchfield held my attention and I couldn’t wait to see what was next for Scratch. The martial arts that Scratch learned at an early age and his much above average intelligence would play a key role in his thrilling adventures. Scratch went from a young man from a small town to a doctor in NYC. His small act of kindness in the big city was hugely rewarded and would set the stage for this amazing thriller. Of course, there is always a girl involved. I enjoyed it immensely. I give it Five Stars"Mel HendricksAwesome read by R. J. Stanchfield
Follow the Life Adventures of Jeremy Scratch The Odd Profession of Jeremy Scratch" by R. J. Stanchfield caught my attention. I hadn't read a fiction book in 25 years, but the title was interesting, because I once knew someone by the name of Scratch. The first chapter laid the groundwork for what would be coming into the life of a young man who would later pursue his ambitions and profession. From the adventures as a young boy to the day he left home for college and how a few chance encounters along the way would impact the rest of his life. The first of these encounters happened on his very first day away from home when he met a mysterious young French woman on the way to the train station. She would come in and out of his life like the reader could only hope. Then there was the peculiar fellow student from South Africa and the stranger who had fallen on the ice on the streets of the city. All of these encounters seemed incidental at the time, but would eventually play a significant role in the future of Jeremy Scratch and how it led him to a life of international intrigue."Paul BusbyI once knew someone by the name of Scratch.
“The Odd Profession’ is oddly compelling and damn near impossible to put down. Weaving seamlessly across decades, continents, and the imagination, it’s a roller coaster ride without the cheap thrills, an abstract yet human novel that asks the hard questions - and arrives at some most unexpected answers."Tom CallahanGreat Read!
The author is a fantastic storyteller, all the characters were very interesting. Book was very hard to put down and enjoyable to read."Michael JovanovicFantastic Storyteller
Adventures of the unusual life of Jeremy Scratch. Outstanding, full of intrigue and suspense. Excellent build up with many interesting characters that culminates with a surprise ending. R.J. Stanchfield is a masterful storyteller that will keep you turning the pages. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to everyone."John FrazerExciting Adventure
This book captivated my interest from the beginning, perfect characters that intertwined from youth into adulthood, and then the professions and their way of life was superbly illustrated and combined until the end of the story - well done - also, this is the first book I have read for a while, so so glad it wet my appetite for reading - thank you very much, Scratch..."Maryann ThumbsVery Entertaining From The First Page - Great
The author is a superb storyteller. This is the best book I have read by him so far. The characters and storyline kept me captivated to the end. I'm anxiously awaiting the next book."Frank MartinFun Reading
Having only read the prologue and on that alone this book is a definite 5 star. The author's ability to entice readers with his wordsmithing alone is amazing...I'm intrigued by the Silk Road, buying dead bodies;, going back to Poland and feeling the DANGER! This is 1976!"Felicia WoodyINTRIGUING!
RJ Stanchfield's latest book is a page turner. Well written and fascinating. The story very original and intriguing. If you pick this one up you won't want to put it down. Highly recommended!"Kris LeClaireRead This Book!
From the start you realize that Scratch is not any ordinary young boy. The story of his life and the people he meets along the way make for a great story that will keep you wondering how it will all end."SharonKeeps you interested till the very end
This is a fast paced thriller with great story telling. The characters are fleshed out, and highly compelling. Great book."LarryA very compelling read.
Amazon Customer Quirky, Original, Intelligent, well written and above all very entertaining. Not to mention the author, more please."LyleVerified Purchase
The Odd Profession Of Jeremy Scratch - Talk about a wild and strange ride. Beginning with his unusual childhood adventures to his globe trotting adult adventures Jeremy Scratch is one interesting person. He is not a perfect man but he more than makes up for his shortcomings with his generosity, friendship and fierce loyalty. All in all an excellent read. I recommend this product."StonylonesomeLaughed Out Loud
I was captivated from the very first page. This is a very hard book to put down. RJ Stanchfeld is a masterful storyteller. The storyline is very unusual and carries you to places you wouldn't dare. Buy it , you won't regret it."Tom PoolA Five Star page turner
Let me start by saying that I am not one to leave a book review, in fact, this is my first. But the hype around this book was unquestionable and, admittedly made me eager to get my hands on it. It was recommended to me by multiple friends and acquaintances, and boy am I glad I listened. With all the craziness in the world these days, I needed an extraordinary distraction, and "The Odd Profession of Jeremy Scratch" gave me that much-needed ride. Loved it! I want to sample some more books by this fine author so safe to say I highly recommend you give it a read."Paul LemieuxAn Extraordinary Distraction to a Confused World
Wow. What a book!! I've never been a fiction-book lover. I was turned on to this book by a friend. There are so many twists & turns in this book. The character of Scratch is very well developed through different places & times. Very fascinating and attention to detail. Great read & I highly recommend this book."HornswaggleThe Odd Profession of Jeremy Scratch
I have been reading Ron's stories for years! I haven't found a story/book of his that didn't grab your attention from the very first line. You're invested through each of his characters, the rich details of every scene, the well crafted story line.... And this book is one of his very best. This is the best book I have read by him so far. The characters and story line kept me captivated to the end. I'm anxiously awaiting the next book."Kindle CustomerAn Amazing Story Teller
The Odd Profession of Jeremy Scratch is several stories in one. We have the compelling story of how Jeremy, essentially a nobody, inherited a jewelry store through his caring nature—is he really, though? We have the love story with Dada. We have her life of intrigue with Interpol, and we have Jeremy’s dream of Enchantedl Endings--preserving deceased humans in plasticine. I wouldn’t kid about that. Running through it is the international conspiracy group… well I won’t give it away. You get the feeling some of these things actually happened to the author during his years in New York City where absolutely anything can happen if you can pay your rent. Wondering which story will be on the next page is what keeps you turning them. Good luck with putting it down."Pam Van Allen, Ph.D.Several Stories in One
If you are tired of reading fiction that is a based on a theme that has been written on ad nauseum, you’re in for a treat. You’ve never read a book like Ron Stanchfield’s The Odd Profession of Jeremy Scratch. Scratch is a multi-talented phenomenon, a bit of a mystery. Is he a good guy or a monster? You get to decide. And what is this odd profession? That’s for you to discover. A delightful read. Recommended."Harlan HagueA New Theme in Fiction
If you're looking for a story that is different from the mainstream spy fiction, "The Odd Profession of Jeremy Scratch" by Ronin J. Stanchfield is the book to pick up and delve into the story taking place in New York City, where corrupt organizations and traitors lurk in the shadows. The political and racial entanglements grip you with its sense of realism and daunting possibility, almost reflecting the happenings occurring in our world. Jeremy Scratch, the protagonist, is good and bad, which showcases that humans are neither entirely and morally good nor evil. People inherent both traits. His compelling character reveals that the choices we make for ourselves can determine who we are as individuals. Although his profession is odd, he stands out."M.M.Compelling and Unique
The Odd Profession of Jeremy Scratch is like living by the ocean and having an amusement park right around the corner. Each and every character became part of the whole story, woven page after page, suddenly gone to reappear a few pages later. Jeremy's choice of work is quite unconventional, described in great detail. Human taxidermist? International spy? Vigilante with a heart of gold? The man is a true enigma."Sea's GranThis Book was Written with Exciting and Unpredictable Story :ines
From his school boy adventures to his adult endeavors, Scratch is always on the go. His chosen profession leads him to meet and befriend an eclectic group of people that are almost as interesting as the man himself. A wild ride, and a very good read."Joe NelsIt was amazing
The prologue takes the reader to the Mongolia area around 1976 and the story winds its way to the American West, New York, Romania and other lesser known regions of the world. While reading, one awaits the next colorful, "odd" character to appear. College professors with an agenda lead to spying, murder and mayhem. A good read if you like a well written, unusual adventure. Captivating and strangely fascinating."Jersey Red
If you like fiction this is a must read. The concept is very original. The characters are very well developed and the plot is cohesive. If you give this book forty pages.....you will not put it down. This book was recommended to me by several friends. After several months of procrastinating I finally read it in two days..............I'm glad I did. I want to read more from this author."Chuck CoxThis is a Must Read
What an original and fascinating read! Just loved it. Dark, funny, completely engrossing, great characters and plot. I can honestly say I have never read anything quite as strangely crafted and full of surprises. I highly recommend it. If you enjoy the first few pages they let you read on the site, you will love the rest. This is a very unique book. Helpful"P. ClarkWonderfully Written and Conceived
Awesome story! Ron is like a brother to me so I was delighted when he asked me to read this book. When I received it, I wasn’t sure this would be the book for me as it was not a genre that I would usually read but when I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down. I was fascinated. A definite page turner. Just goes to show ya, you can’t tell a book by its cover. I highly recommend it. So proud of you little brother 👏😉"Lynne MclaughlinAwesome story!
The prologue takes the reader to the Mongolia area around 1976 and the story winds its way to the American West, New York, Romania and other lesser known regions of the world. While reading, one awaits the next color and "odd" character to appear. College professors with an agenda lead to spying, murder and mayhem. A good read if you like a well written, unusual adventure. Captivating and strangely fascinating."Robert C.IT WAS AMAZING
This was a fascinating story line, with very unique characters. My interest was captured immediately and was constantly surprised as the story develops throughout the book. It has an air of mystery and suspense with an international flavor. I appreciate the research involved in the Odd Profession of Jeremy Scratch and would recommend it to all."Madelyn GrafFascinating Story Line!
The Little 'Black Book...' spoke to me personally in a way that made the book compelling. I think it would affect most readers the same way. I'm delighted I came across it. Enjoy."Abu ben AdamI'm delighted I came across it
As I read this book more story lines kept appearing to me. I had a ton of questions that I believe will be answered in the next book in this series. There is no way that this would be a one of a kind. I look forward to the next one by this author. To answer some of the questions that arose in my mind as I was reading it. I can't wait."boyd 2More Good Work from this Author coming I Believe
Don't miss this one... Mr Stanchfield takes us on a very strange journey as Jeremy Scratch follows his lifelong dream. Great storytelling with some very unique characters..... Great read!! Jeremy Scratch may truly be the most interesting man in the world."James M FulghamDon't miss this one...
The memories of a man who lived more in his lifetime than most. His words inspire me to think through my own memories. A thought provoking read to say the least. Enjoyed every tale!"Carlene IversonThe Little Black Book and Other Stories
The Odd Profession of Jeremy Scratch is an all encompassing, shrewd, very agreeable thriller. Scratch turns out, of dangerous close calls. He murders effortlessly when he must. Then he becomes a heartless spymaster. Forget he practices, human taxidermy. Don’t even mention Dada, his true love when he is telling the truth. They are married; they are not. Who knows? Not to mention the NYPD Chief of Detectives who gives our hero the address of his next hit. What makes this genuine and believable is the writing. You cannot close this book. Even when you are dead tired. If I could have read the book in one day I would have. But the very next morning, and before coffee, I finished off the book, like Scratch’s arch enemy finishes his enemies. R. J. Stanchfield is writing good stories."MoonmanLDAll encompassing, shrewd, very agreeable thriller.
Reviewed in the United States on November 22, 2020 Verified Purchase If you're a fan of Dexter, you'll enjoy reading about Jeremy Scratch. Moving from rural Wyoming to New York City, Jeremy's off-the-beaten-path passions lead to a complicated life of intrigue. The reader is compelled to follow his journey as he meets a cast of characters and faces a series of moral dilemmas. Highly recommend."CaseyhenA quirky book with unexpected twists
I read this book in one sitting. Stanchfield has a real talent for painting a picture with his prose and creating characters that stay with you, long after you’ve turned the final page. The odd profession of Mr Scratch is odd indeed and the story keeps you engaged from the first page until the last. I was sorry this book ended and look for more from this author, with excitement!"Nancy KaneEngaging and well-written, Scratch pays off
I had already read a few of Stanchfield’s books, so I had high expectations. Then I read the prologue and immediately changed my expectations. The prologue is about the purchase of cadavers from a prison and an insane asylum. The setting was on Old Silk Road in Mongolia. I soon realized that the Odd Profession of Jeremy Scratch is one damned good book. Though somewhat technical, it was made easy by a careful storyline, helped by a few good sub-plots, one hilariously being Lady Teal’s lost head. Dada, the primary female and lover of the title character is very believable, notwithstanding being herself a killer of bad guys. The narration is fast and easy. This is a winner! Bravo."RussellI had high expectations... a winner!
I enjoyed every aspect of this novel. The names of the characters, the titles of the chapters and the outstanding story. Quirky, unique and held my interest end to end. Stanchfield has written a gem and I would love to see this entire book serialized and on Amazon Prime."Thomas Ryanit was amazing
The Odd Profession of Jeremy Scratch is an exciting and fun read. It became clear to me that throughout the book are hints that it is one of a series. It appears that the follow-up takes place in Africa. I can’t wait. Stanchfield’s development of characters is brilliant. The Brenner’s were great and they matured through the book. I held back tears when they died. I love Dada maybe more than Scratch. And who can beat Matty Hooligan the NYPD Chief of Detectives who hands Scratch his targets. The book should be a movie. It is an obvious intention."Bryan LuomaIt was amazing
I first got to know Ron Stanchfield when he came out as a whistleblower of the Shoreham nuclear power plant, where he had worked, and exposed how it was a disaster-waiting-to-happen. Stanchfield's words, in the newspaper accounts I wrote as an investigative reporter, in my book Power Crazy, and in sworn public testimony he gave were important in stopping that nuclear plant from going into commercial operation, sparing Long Island and the rest of the New York Metropolitan Area and beyond from catastrophe --- and ending the utility's scheme to build up to ten more nuclear power plants on Long Island. His The Little Black Book and Other Stories contain the same honesty and courage of Ron, the whistleblower. He's an authentic and extraordinary straight-shooter."Karl GrossmanFull Professor of Journalism
Ron Stanchfield has been on the inside of places many of us hear about superficially but never get or take the opportunity to experience. Go climb within the frightening towers of a corruptly ‘inspected’ nuclear plant via a confrontation between a threatening man and vulnerable woman, or undergo vicariously the dehumanizing kill-mentality marine bootcamp training at Parris Island. Perhaps you might appreciate the life-sustaining lessons for the children of the father in the title-story Little Black Book? Rewarding and insightful. Places where you might want to venture, now that Stanchfield has provided the literary avenue to journey you there."Dr. Conrad MillerStanchfield has provided the literary avenue to journey you there.
Reviewed in the United States on February 5, 2020 The Little Black Book and Other Stories Enchanting stories. My goodness, I was captivated by “The Replication of Lady Teal” and I couldn’t stop laughing at “It Was Clarke Smith’s Fault.” The different characters are originally odd and the stories catch you off guard. The chilling “Strange Fruit” reminded me that we have a long way to go. Wonderful reading! Reviewed in the United States on October 15, 2020 The Odd Profession of Jeremy Scratch Grabs you in and holds you until the final page A story of kindness, murder, criminal activities, science fiction(??) and love; RJ Stanchfield sure has a wealth of knowledge about so many things, so many people, so many locations. Some subject matter seems different and unworldly however Stanchfield makes you believe. Enjoy!"Deborah W.Easy, Fun and Captivating Reads
Hang on to your seat! This story is unique and easily understood. It's odd in it's own sense... Does a taxidermist work on his own killings? Does he stuff the human bodies himself? The story is pretty awesome ☺️. I liked it a lot!"Steph S.Hang on to your seat!
I enjoyed the book... The research on embalming, taxidermy, etc. Is impressive. But what most received my attention and validated a long held view is Stanchfield's vivid description of the pasty, waxy, unrealistic appearance of the dearly departed reposing in an outrageously expensive casket. The two phased funerals are a great solution. Currently, funerals are a great disservice to both the deceased and the family. My reaction is really a mix of outrage and tongue in cheek. But this is a sad truth that more folks should consider. Anything new coming along R.J.? I hope so."CrosbyThe Research is Impressive!
The Odd Profession Of Jeremy Scratch - Talk about a wild and strange ride. Beginning with his unusual childhood adventures to his globe trotting adult adventures Jeremy Scratch is one interesting person. He is not a perfect man but he more than makes up for his shortcomings with his generosity, friendship and fierce loyalty. All in all an excellent read."StonylonesomeA True Spy Thriller
Ronin Stanchfield's The Odd Profession of Jeremy Scratch is a blend of many different types of thrillers. It's a spy story, a love story, an assassination thriller, with a dash of science fiction, though it appears Scratch found the solution for human taxidermy. More, it is great storytelling from a great unknown author, now on the scene. The rumor going around is that the novel method of writing... Write the screenplay first, stupid. I could not put this book down. Brilliant. No matter how he did it."SevilleWrite the screenplay first, stupid.
Reviewed in the United States on December 29, 2020 Verified Purchase This was a fun, suspenseful, and certainly odd read, and all in a good way. If you are looking for something that is offbeat in plot and engaging in writing, then this is the book for you. What a journey that was!"Kendra Sea FeeleyGem of independent fiction
Reviewed in the United States on December 22, 2020 Verified Purchase Very original story and very entertaining. Scratch is a one of kind character with a thrilling life with many interesting people and events along the way. A captivating story that I could not stop reading and wanting more."Harleyrg07Fantastic story teller Rj Stanchfield
Reviewed in the United States on January 15, 2021 Haven't travelled for a while? Well, get ready for a trip. Meet Jeremy Scratch and follow him on strange adventures including human taxidermy, misfortune, fortune, espionage, friendship and love, AND saving "Our Lady on the Island". Meet those he encounters along the way... Luke, Dada, Tunji and learn their quests and how they interact and confront conflicts to achieve them. Overall, an enjoyable read and an odd journey."GumbomommaAn Odd Journey
Reviewed in the United States on January 20, 2021 Buckle up for a powerful beginning! Join Jeremy Scratch and his cadre of companions as they take you on a tour of NYC & Southampton and across the pond. In a race of oddball episodes, including human taxidermy, cloak and dagger games all leading up to a plot that is totally off the chain. Yes, this slipstream told tale is definitely worth the read!"Danny FriedmannWEIRD STRANGE TRIP IT IS....