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Flare Up

A young art dealer is suddenly swept into the world of the mega-rich. Terry Crannick works for the prestigious Warbler International Art Galleries.
Conflicted by his choices, where will the connections between Terry’s career and private life lead him?

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A young art dealer is suddenly swept into the world of the mega-rich. Terry Crannick is a specialist in American Art of the 60s and 70s, who works for the prestigious Warbler International Art Galleries. Overnight he becomes a player in avant-garde and posh galleries, as well as at auction houses. However, he questions his career choice and struggles daily to control his temper because of it. He meets a beautiful woman, Angela Grant, a computer graphics designer, at an Off-Off Broadway show and they are strongly attracted to each other.

Things suddenly change when Mr. Warbler assigns him to select art for the children of two billionaire hedge fund operators, George Anderson and Bill Braithwaite. All he has to do is please his new clients by providing the art they covet, fit into the appropriate environments and his desires will be fulfilled. Until Victoria Graham, the wife of one of the richest men in America, wants to collect Pop Art and Terry is sent to assist her; their rapport is instantaneous.

Conflicted by his choices, where will the connections between Terry’s career and private life lead him?

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2 reviews for Flare Up

  1. Jim Bennett

    Love, sex, anger management and art dealing. A fine narrative.

    As always, do not let my star count override your judgement of content. More on the stars, counting, and my rating challenges later. If you are interested in art dealing, or the machinations of the extremely rich, this book is for you. If you’re interested in relationships, this book is for you. If you like a good novel, this book is for you.

    Much of Beck’s book is a love story. This is handled extremely well, totally credible. There is some sex, but it is not graphic. Beck clearly understands the desires of both genders.

    Part of Beck’s story is about anger management. Part of the tale is about monetary ambition, understandable in a gallery art dealer seeing incredible wealth in the top clients. Part of it is, to be blunt, about the lust of a healthy man for the attractive women about him, some of whom seem to be coming on to him. Part of it is, thus, about temptation.

    Much of the story is about art dealing. Normally I check all references outside of my knowledge base, but knowing Beck I didn’t do this. I’m sure all the many references to artists, paintings, and galleries etc. are absolutely correct.

    Appreciation for art is another main thread in Beck’s work. You will follow a rich trophy wife learning what she likes about art, while she detests the ‘old masters.’ You will relax with Beck’s chief protagonist looking at an art gift.

    That should give you a decent idea of what this book is about. It is a compelling read of over 300 pages with a surprise resolution at the end. You may think from the above that I have given the book away. No. There is far much more in every Beck paragraph.

  2. Rhonda McClam

    ‘Flare Up’ is shaped around its main character, a young man named Terry, who is a salesman for a prestigious International gallery in New York City. Terry is smart, ambitious, witty, clever and a has gifted eye for art. We follow the main character Terry and other people he meets who change his life for the better. When he first meets some new buyers, Terry discovers that his upscale clients have paid extravagantly for paintings that were not worth the money they paid. Terry’s rich and fabulous clients begin to appreciate art that appeals to their personal aesthetic and sensibilities by learning about different styles such as Impressionist, Pop, and Modern style paintings as well as my favorites, the masters of Renaissance, Spanish & Italian art. With Terry’s guidance, these new collectors develop a taste for high quality art and build an art collection that can result in a handsome profit, if they were to ever sell their new acquisitions. Through these experiences, Terry’s life and mindset are completely transformed.

    Terry learns that he has the power to control his mind which can shape his reality to be the way that he envisioned it to be- one filled with possibilities! Beck’s book, Flare Up, affected me in a very personal way because I can think of plenty of times in my life where I have spent a lot of energy, ensnarled in flare ups over what was really nothing in the scheme of things. I realized that through this book, Beck may be sending a message to his readers – that while one must trust their thoughts and instincts, there is no need to feed into them whenever they pop into your head. “A surge of rage went through him at her crudeness, but he remained calm outwardly”. Terry used a mantra that he repeatedly said in his mind to control his flare ups. Having a mantra helped keep him ‘calm’ whenever he had doubts or felt angry or insecure.

    It also worked well when he was offended, disrespected, undervalued, etc. “A flash of rage at her intrusion went through him” but he figures out how to quash his negative feelings and exercise restraint by not reacting to every impulsive thought, particularly the flare ups, “He felt a flash of rage toward her for putting him in this situation”. It is not about what others do, say or how they make you feel- it is more about the response to it.

    While I was reading ‘Flare Up,’ I picked up points about how to exercise restraint and not react to every impulsive thought particularly the ones that suddenly flare up. They were seeds planted into the minds of readers- giving us the keys to a successful life. I think Beck’s message may be to have a dream, follow it at all costs and suppress the natural urges to react to uncomfortable feelings by focusing on the business at hand. Lately, I have been fortunate enough to read the types of novels that leave me thinking critically long after I finish reading them. “Flare Up” is one of those books. I was reminded of one of life’s biggest lessons, owning what we feel, controlling it so one can focus on being in the moment. So, with that said (written), I wholeheartedly recommend that you pick up or download a copy- it’s definitely a good read!

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