Don’t meddle with the metal.
When the world needed a good 4¢ nickel, Ned rimmed up.
Stamped with a one-cent handicap, laughed at and mocked inside every purse or pocket he dropped into, Ned never believed he’d amount to much, not even a cheap cigar.
But when fate places him rim to rim with a sagacious Indian nickel, Ned learns that he has a most surprising destiny. Chief Iron Tail instructs Ned in the ways of wampum, and Ned discovers within his little diameter a million bucks of fantastic. Teaming up with a luckless Lincoln wheat penny, the coins become champions of small change everywhere as they sally forth to save Coinworld from a worthless future.
A bigger story never came in a smaller package.
4¢ Ned is e pluribus awesome.
The Amazing Adventures of 4¢ Ned is Book One in the Coinworld Series.
Available now at Amazon in both Kindle Ebook and paperback.
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The San Francisco Book Review – Star rating 5/5
By: Romuald Dzemo
The Amazing Adventures of 4¢ Ned by Benjamin Laskin is a stunning opening in the Coinworld series, a hilarious tale of 4¢ Ned and his wonderful, breathtaking adventures. The lone 1938 Jefferson nickel suddenly discovers that he is worth a million bucks. Follow Ned Nickel and his adventures to redeem the Coinworld from a useless future. The other coins do not see much in him, but he is coveted by collectors, and this could mean only one thing: he has a powerful role to play in the world where money speaks, thinks, and decides. Read on to discover how 4¢ Ned becomes the key player of small change everywhere, aided by an untidy Lincoln wheat penny and a wise Indian nickel. But besides fighting to save the world of coins, 4¢ Ned must locate the love of his life, a 1922 Peace Dollar known as Franny.
Benjamin Laskin’s The Amazing Adventures of 4¢ Ned is a work of genius, a humorous and delightful read that has great originality. This is a tale about the place that vintage pennies play in the world ruled by money. It is a story told in a delightful and humorous tone, immensely arresting, and entertaining beyond all imagining. This book exceeded all my expectations, and readers can learn to care about the characters, imbued with human sensibilities and emotions. The language is beautiful, crafted with a lot of “wow” moments. One can feel the music as one reads on, the telling lyricism, the powerful symbolism, and the exceptional dialogues coming through in the exquisite prose, just so naturally.
Listen to the music in tone and language: “Every jingle and jangle in every pocket or purse was a ballad sung by some coinage, but no coin Pete had ever met had a tale like Ned Nickel’s.” The talking coins are gifted with rare faculties that allow them to communicate whether heads-up or heads-down and with an exceptional “fly-like eyesight.” This is the kind of story that will amuse both young and adult readers, especially when it comes across in motion pictures. You won’t be able to put this one down; you’ll get sucked into the humorous whirlwind once you start reading.
“An amusing and highly imaginative novel. The premise of the book is just crazy enough to work. Far from devolving into silliness, it’s actually a fairly ingenious point of view for a novel. What makes this book so fun is Laskin has covered every possible facet of what it’s like to be a coin – you’ll never look at change the same way again. It really is a fun read in which you’ll get easily lost in Laskin’s fantastical universe.”
— Henry Baum, Self-Publishing Review (SPR)
Coinworld Book 1 is a story of humility, courage, and adventure. It has training scenes, and has a love story, and includes a variety of historical nuggets about U.S. coins. This book could easily be adapted as a Disney Pixar movie, like Cars and Planes. The essence of the characters remind very much of the movie Planes, which is really done well. The end of the book sets the stage for a looming battle, which is to be resolved in the sequel books. I read the paperback version of the book, and the size of the book and the font size of the print are easy to read.
Some of the most imaginative and fun reading I’ve ever done
Never heard of Laskin before. He’s a trip. Some of the most imaginative and fun reading I’ve ever done. Who knew, from a fistful of coins, could emerge such an exciting adventure? Many characters are coins but are as human and real as any character I’ve encountered elsewhere. Funny and engaging, this book moves fast, but without sacrificing depth. I eagerly look forward to reading the rest of the series and other works by this excellent storyteller. Highly recommended to all, from someone who never reviews books.
Nickel for your thought.
4 Cent Ned – Quite a guy!