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Playing with Destiny

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2006

    'Sometimes secrets can tear brothers apart'

    Philip Thomas Duck¿s Playing with destiny is a fiction, as the protagonists Colin & Courtney Sheffield battle in their competitive relationship. Their secrets & hate separate each other, but at the same time both know that they love one another, it¿s just the ignorance of showing so. An impact 3rd person omniscient point of view, it is a very reliable because it allows all thoughts & emotions to show which gives a better understanding of what exactly is going on. The author had such great elements as he wrote, a flashback is used in the beginning to give us an idea of what happened, foreshadowing is also used as in various times when he gives us a little hint of what is going to happen, which gets us thinking & jumping to conclusions. Something the writer did a lot, was jump back & forth from scene to scene, I was very pleased with that because it keeps the suspense up & keeps us in touch with what is happening in the other situation. It just keeps you waiting for what is going to happen, the author keeps you thinking a lot. The setting maintains in Brooklyn, New York. The two brothers grew up there always trying to be better than the other & this results in the two trying to become more successful than the other. Never listening or taking any advice gets them both in serious trouble as they learn the hard way why it¿s important to have a good relationship. Family shouldn¿t be fighting, or keeping secrets, they should be helping each other out. This is why I feel that it is not just a story but a lesson, we can see what can happen when you aren¿t close to not only your family, but also your friends, anyone. ¿Sometimes secrets can tear brothers apart.¿ This quote from the cover of the book had me thinking & sort of an Idea of what the book is about. The two brothers not only have to worry about each other, but their past, their present, & their future. They both are pursing things in life Colin is a very talented writer with a beautiful wife, Liza. Courtney has an incredible talent on the basketball court as he may have a future in the NBA. Not really worrying about relationships, but yet has a little someone who is Chante, who he¿s been through a lot with. The fact that they don¿t have a good relationship makes it hard, because they could be helping each other & seeking advice from one another, but they don¿t. Their father died as they were at a young age. They will have to figure it all out on their own. Finally I believe that this is a great book, I really am not a reader, but this got my attention. It is a very suspenseful story that will have you wondering the whole time, it also is something very real that could happen to anyone, so I liked that one can relate to it. This is not only a story, but a lesson to whoever receives it that way, that will have you understanding the importance of family.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2005


    Debut author Phillip Thomas Duck arrives on the scene with a bang! The story of two brothers, old as time, at odds with each other, is given an updated approach as Mr. Duck takes us deep into the lives of that infinite conflict. Collin is the literary master in which the world seems to have forgotten. Courtney is the hoop star dreamer who's choices in life put him at risk of loosing it all. With deep insight, Mr. Duck brings us a story in which the world of brains versus brawn collides, changing everything and everyone around them. Whether its a lone figure going through his paces on an empty basketball court, or an author panel in which the 'hot button' topic of what mandates good fiction is examined, Phillip moves us smoothly and effortly through the scenery called life, forcing us to not only examine the characters he breathes real life into, but the choices, we as readers, have and will make. Encompassing, entertaining and told with the keen eye of a true talent, Phillip Thomas Duck delivers with a powerful punch. He is authentic, the real deal and truly a gifted story teller. I eagerly await more works of this hot new talent. Phillip Thomas Duck, you have hit it out of the park with this one, and I say, bravo.... Margaret Johnson-Hodge Author of 'This Time'

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    terrific extended family drama

    Colin Sheffield¿s first novel was critically acclaimed that a new talent had surfaced. He followed with other novels that also received much accolades, but none of his books sell well. Besides he struggles to reach that bar of excellence he achieved with his debut. Adding to his problems is his estrangement with his pregnant wife Liza. Finally someone threatens to reveal Colin¿s darkest secrets that will ruin him. --- A superstar college junior Courtney, Colin¿s younger brother, is thinking of passing up his last year of eligibility to enter the NBA draft. His real goal deep in his psyche in going professional is to finally win his mother¿s approval and subsequently her love from Colin, who he once worshipped, but now loathes. However, his feelings for his former girlfriend Chante remain strong even as he wonders if her daughter is his as he prays is so. Courtney is reconsidering leaving school so that he can try to regain his relationship with Chante that he hopes for. --- PLAYING WITH DESTINY is a terrific extended family drama that ducks nothing as it digs into personal issues and concerns. Once the audience meets the flawed Sheffield siblings, readers will follow what happens to them as they make mistakes which compound their estrangement and causes grief with their loved ones until a final crisis makes each brother face the truth. As brilliantly developed Colin and Courtney are, the key to the tale is the female support cast who further bring out the struggles of the siblings especially jealousy. Fans who relish a sharp character driven contemporary novel will want to read Phillip Thomas Duck¿s fine take on the modern day family. --- Harriet Klausner

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