If nothing else, its very title, HELP! I'M BEING HELD A PRISONER IN A RANSOM NOTE FACTORY, at least provides the reader with a hint of the raucous, unbridled insanity held captive within the book's boldly restraining covers. If this was indeed your conclusion on first seeing the title, congratulations on the acumen, acuity, and sheer keenness of your sharp and clever perceptivity! And should - finally -- you discover that you actually enjoy Ron Pataky's contribution to the species, you will have the satisfaction of knowing you are in distinguished company! William F. Buckley, Jr. had nothing but good words concerning Ron's offerings, as did both comedienne Phyllis Diller and the late Milton Berle. All were in agreement that folks who enjoy a good laugh undoubtedly will enjoy this writer's uniquely special way with thoughts, words, and phrases.