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A Man's Job to Do

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A Man's Job To Do

Growing up in North Eastern Missouri during the closing years of the Civil War, young Otis Willoughby finds himself tryin' to sort through the confusing issues that surround him.

There are some mighty good people in the world. There are also some mighty bad examples available. While Otis doesn't fully understand what makes people the way they are, he is ...

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A Man's Job To Do

Growing up in North Eastern Missouri during the closing years of the Civil War, young Otis Willoughby finds himself tryin' to sort through the confusing issues that surround him.

There are some mighty good people in the world. There are also some mighty bad examples available. While Otis doesn't fully understand what makes people the way they are, he is quick to notice that there is a difference.

He soon realizes that in order to become a man you need to stay alive long enough to do it.

He is also aware that many of the people didn't want to see that happen.

Amidst the hatred, deceit, mistrust, and corruption in the world around him he finds love, compassion, trust, and family pride. Along the way he becomes a man.

Otis is guided on his journey by a man with uncommon wisdom, a good understanding of human nature, and a lifetime of experience. His grandfather Nathaniel Franklin, a man called Pap.

The First In A Series Of Books That Pertain To The Problems Of The Difficult Transition From Being A Boy To Becoming A Man Worthy Of Expectations That Have Been Placed On Him.

Author Wayne Lamson lives in a small town in central Michigan where he is employed as an engineer at a local machinery manufacturer. He spends his spare time workin' in his own machine shop, playing the banjo, shooting target rifles in competition, and reading about the history of man.

Wayne still lives in the same house that he bought nearly forty years ago and is surrounded with family and loved ones in their small corner of the world. As retirement draws closer to becoming a reality he hopes to be able to spend more time traveling around our great country, particularly the western states.

An esteemed friend once called him 'An Observer Of The Human Condition.' A title that is highly prized.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781602477582
  • Publisher: Tate Publishing & Enterprises, L.L.C.
  • Publication date: 11/27/2007
  • Pages: 274
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.62 (d)

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  • Posted July 9, 2012

    Great Book....

    The storyline was extremely well written and I had a hard time putting the book down once I started reading it. The personal values that people should possess in life were stated throughout. A man's handshake is as good as his word...your life is what you make it...thought provoking and examples of how individuals should live their lives.

    There were parts of the story that had surprising outcomes. But the relationship between Pap and his grandson was very meaningful and touching. It returns you to a time where honestly was a great virtue. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2008

    Hometown Praise

    I have the priviledge to know the author and I can just hear his voice as he tells the story of Otis and his family. The impact of this authors writing style is indeed a true testimony to the life and character of the author. This book was one that I could not put down. I cannot wait for the next one to be published so I can continue enjoying the life of Otis and his family.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2008

    Timeless Values

    What a wonderful look into the past with a very personal touch. It's as though Mr. Lamson was actually present during Otis' teenage days and his maturing into a man. The sound values of honesty and respect instilled in the book are what this country needs today. The historically accurate account of the geographic area and the period weapons make the reader believe this is actual fact and not a novel. I am looking forward to book number two.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2007

    Memorable Characters

    The people in this book are all people I want as neighbors and I remember all their names and how they fit into their home town.Comes alive in a time I would not want to be a part of but that I do admire those who lived through it.I hope it will become a series, I want to see how their lives continue.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2007

    Alsolutely Captivating

    Mr. Lamson has accomplished a feat that no other author has been able to accomplish in over 20 years. I read, and thoroughly enjoyed, a complete book! His historical accuracy and area linguistics were the binding glue to make this book a reminiscing review of life values, honest communications and respect. Although this book is fiction, the author captivates your attention with continuous real life examples of integrity and values. Such examples could only originate from within a person's inner self of life long lessons, in which the author is very effective in sharing with his readers. Excellent.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2007

    A Simpler Time

    Great book! If you like Mark Twain, Laura Ingalls Wilder or Janette Oke you¿ll like this as well. Otis is a man I¿d like my sons to grow up to become. The author made me want to return to the much harder but simpler time. A time where family and community meant something and where honesty and honor were everything. Can¿t wait for the next one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2007

    A reviewer

    Delightful book! A book the entire family can enjoy. Once you begin reading you won¿t be able to put it down. Pap, Otis, Ma all become like family. The lessons Pap teaches Otis on his way to manhood are all lessons to appreciate. Hard work and honesty are attributes that lead to a successful life. Otis¿ journey to manhood is both interesting and exciting. A new challenge and new friends appear around each corner of his journey. Can¿t wait to see what adventures happen in the next book in this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2007

    A reviewer

    Wow, this was a great read. I could not put the book down, and am really looking forward to the sequels. This captures the essence of being 16 and 17 and finding the 'heroes' that make good mentors, and how to evaluate those people who appear to be good, but fall short in the mentoring abilities. Great for all ages, and I am buying for all of my grandchildren.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2007

    Growing up yesterday and today!

    This was a great first time effort. Helps show how youth can be influenced, good or bad, by those around them. In this case the 16 year old helped keep a man/family from losing their homestead to organizers in the community that didnt agree with the opinion of the sheriff and others. Hope to see more in the future

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2007

    A reviewer

    Thoroughly enjoyed following Otis on his journey to manhood. There's something for everyone in this book which moves along well. You actually feel like you know these characters personally by the end of the book. I am looking forward to the next offering by Mr. Lamson.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2007

    A reviewer

    I want to be a friend of Otis! His interaction with relatives and friends was both humourous and endearing. I didn't want to put it down and the finish was most gratifying. I'm ready for more!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2007

    Adventures and Values

    The prose style is colloquial, and the tale is told in the first person. The characters are likeable and credible. There is ample action to keep the reader's attendtion, but this is more than an episodic historical novel: it's a young fellow's development of self and values in the face of some significant challenges. The book is an easy and enjoyable read.

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