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  • Posted February 3, 2011

    Have The Courage To Live

    This book contained three short stories. Each story focused on a separate character/couple that was originally portrayed in James LePore's first novel, A World I Never Made.

    The stories were well written. There was enough depth to the characters to be able to understand them without it taking up most of the short story. Reading about them made me want to read A World I Never Made just to see how far they go, if they interact with each other, etc.

    My experience with short stories has not been favorable. The majority of the time I've felt like I couldn't get to know the character at all. I've felt like the story was rushed through with no real depth or feeling to it. This is not the case with the three short stories within the covers of Anyone Can Die. With these, I was instantly drawn into the stories. And, even though they were short, I felt the stories were completed ... although I did keep thinking about what happened afterwards, but don't we all do that with good stories?

    Oh, and in case you wondered where the title came from, here's your answer:

    "Have the courage to live. Anyone can die." - Robert Cody

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2011

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    Anyone Can Die

    "Anyone Can Die"contains three short stories about characters taken from his novel "A World I Never Made". While this book is a super fast read at only forty-six pages, he easily provides enough information so that you feel as if you are familiar with the characters,and really want to know what happens after the story ends. The first story is called Till Death Do Us Part, the longest of the three shorts, its about a couple who have just gotten married and are on their honeymoon. There is a scene in the story where they are confronted by some ruffians, and I must say I was on the edge of my seat while it played out! God's Warriors is about Megan Nolan, and in the beginning of her story I sort of figured her for someone that was shallow and a user, but as the story unfolds we get the true story of her character, which wasn't what I assumed at all. Max is the final story and also my favorite.At the age of twelve Max French, thought that he saw his step dad kill his mother, but he was ruled out as a witness to a crime because of the confusion over what he saw. Something that changed Max's life forever only garnered his stepfather six years behind bars, but the confrontation that takes place one his stepfather is released from jail allows Max to believe he is finally over it and able to move on! Each of these stories really held my attention. For me, having never read anything by James Lepore it was the perfect way to sample his work, and I must say, this sample has me anxious to read the story A World I Never Made, because I am anxious to see how the characters play out in the novel!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 14, 2011

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    An intriguing short read!

    Anyone Can Die revisits characters from LePore's debut novel, A World I Never Made, in three short stories. I have not read A World I Never Made, but reading these stories definately have made me want to! Having read Anyone Can Die first, I would highly recommend reading the full-length novel first. While the stories in and of themselves are stand alone stories, I think knowing the backstories and the characters a little better would have made the short stories a fuller experience.

    That being said, all three stories were vivid snapshots of characters that I want to know more about. The first, Til Death Do Us Part, was the easiest to fully understand without having read A World I Never Made. Lorrie and Pat were an interesting couple and there was a lot of action in the story. The second story, God's Warrior, was my favorite, although the most confusing without having read the first novel. Megan Nolan was intriguing, clearly making decisions that shaped her future. Although the story line was harder to follow without the backstory of A World I Never Made, the mystery of Megan and her life intrigued me. The third and final story, Max, was definately the most disturbing, and the most sad.

    All in all, I enjoyed reading this and I am definately going to be buying A World I Never Made to learn more about the characters. LePore's writing pulls you right into the story, something you frequently don't experience in such a short work. It will be interesting to get the backstories of these characters and how they relate to one another in the full-length novel.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 11, 2011

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    Left this reader wanting to know more!

    About the Book: This is a quick read, at only 46 pages, and it is three short stories involving characters from Mr. LePore's debut novel, A World I Never Made. In the introduction, Mr. LePore tell's us about writing his first novel and how, in order to keep the novel moving, as it is a thriller, he didn't want to bog the reader down with a lot of background information. In this book, Anyone Can Die, he brings back three of his main characters. He tells one story for each of them, that he feels gives them some of their characteristics and strengths that, as he puts it, cause them to "chose to live rather than die."

    I liked Mr. LePore's writing style, and, even though the look into the character's lives are brief, it left me wanting more. You can read either one of these books first, but this reader is going to search down his novel so I can learn more about them.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 27, 2012

    Meeting the characters

    This is a one-sitting read. Lepore introduces the reader to the main characters of his novel, "A World I Never Made", through three short stories, each featuring one of the characters.

    Still, it's a good little book, perfect for a wait in the doctor's office or at the airport.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2012

    Highly recommend

    I have enjoyed reading four books written by James Lepore very much and would recommend them to anyone who enjoys thriller/mysteries.

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