Reviewed: 2011-06-16 - (Review Updated: 2011-06-18)
A good rule of thumb is that one shouldn't review a story that hasn't been finished. Will the author be able to maintain the quality of the story through its conclusion? Will the author even get to the conclusion?
But every rule has an exception or two, and one of those is Magi's "Pete: A Young Man's Story." It's a coming-of-age tale that just keeps on going and going, with no resolution in sight and no reason to think that the author, after eight years of regular posting, is looking to give up on it.
It's not one of the best written stories at storiesonline, not at all technically perfect, and it's cast of characters is so enormous that sometimes even Magi can't keep them straight. But it's a page-turner and addictive like few other serials you'll find.
Pete Baker is everything you'd expect from a coming-of-age protagonist. He's handsome, but doesn't really realize it. He's fiercely protective of those he loves, almost to a fault. He comes from a solid upbringing and has a drop-dead gorgeous younger sister. He gets sexual instruction at a young age from a mature partner, but seems to also have a natural aptitude for pleasing the seemingly endless string of beautiful girls and women who pass through his life. He's the quintessential "good guy." He's the true Golden Boy.
And his life is never boring. He hops from one critical moment to the next, saving lives, befriending those in need and usually making the intelligent decision. What starts out as another teen/high school story keeps getting bigger, from Vegas showrooms to Hollywood studios to the world of big business ...
And all without an apparent exit strategy . . . "Pete" is like the little seedling you plant on Arbor Day, and come back a year later to find that it's blocking out the sun. Characters and story lines are constantly added, with most of them remaining in play. The 130+ chapter story, as of the summer of 2011, covers only one year in story time. And Magi continues to add 10 or so chapters per year.
In other words, this is a story with which you'll find it's still worth getting involved. There's plenty to read now, and every reason to imagine it will keep coming.
The question is whether or not Magi has an end game. The clues that have been left suggest that it's, at a maximum, only half over, but the real mystery that needs solving is the same as in any story of this type: With whom will Pete end up? Kristen, the politically-connected singing sensation? Amy, the sweet and brilliant "sister" figure who appears to be waiting for him to s0w his wild oats? Sam, his first love, whose heart he broke, but who remains in the periphery? Or one of a couple of dozen other candidates? Will we ever know? Does Magi even know?
There are no guarantees with "Pete: a Young Man's Story" except that it moves at an engaging pace and you'll keep wanting more. It may never get finished, but the ride along the way is a real pleasure.
I've been following this story since it first got posted.
This is a magnificent story. it's superbly written and has to be up there with the likes of Nick Scipio's "Summer Camp" series.
The author not only writes well, but his imagination is as boundless as Joe J's in asmuch as he writes in characters that sound very familiar to us and yet are people we wish we knew when we were growing up or better still, wish we were like.
'Pete' for all intents and purposes is a normal, healthy, physically and mentally, above average, All-American boy who, at 17, can pilot his own plane and has dalliances with, not only, beautiful and sexy teenage girls but, grown women as well.
Aaahhhhh, my kinda man!!! :)
Magi doesn't bore you with this one. If anything he keeps you riveted. You'll find yourself waiting for him to post more chapters. The story is that good and destined to be one of the 'classics' in erotic 'literature' :)