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Dan Blakely is at the peak of his world. He’s a professor at Boone College Campus teaching English Literature. He’s ready to receive an additional PhD and a promotion, which includes a higher salary. In fact, in anticipation, he’s already bought a new car and house.
The higher status and salary evaporate when he is accused of sexual assault and subsequently fired from his job. He’s desperate and makes a poor choice in how to handle the financial mess he’s in. Ultimately, he finds himself under the mangled mess of his car on the side of the mountain. The choice Dan made may seem ‘reasonable’ considering the fact that he is far away from the Lord, yet not so because of his professionalism and the fact that his family relationships were close and were of great importance, though he had some regrets there.
While trapped, a mysterious stranger, Thomas Constant, offers him three choices. Frantically, Dan makes his choice, but it’s a choice that will cost him dearly.
This was such a haunting ride of a book. Mike has you guessing whether he’s dreaming, hallucinating, or is actually going through the experiences he is going through. It didn’t matter how I looked at the book at the end, Mike still had we wondering how much was real and how much was too mysterious to comprehend.
I was intrigued by the analogies that mirrored Dan Blakely’s life. Here are just a few:
Lead glass windows distorted the view of campus–like the upcoming meeting
Dark sky hung dark and foreboding–like his life after his firing
Breaking car tumbling down the mountain–like his life tossed in a tumbler
Minutes and hours ticking away–like his life fading as an ebb tide
Dan’s life, like all of our lives, is made up of choices. Some lead to great rewards, others lead to regrets. Dan had regrets. How about your own life? Who or what is more important? This is something that you will be contemplating throughout Rearview. A lifetime won’t make up for time squandered, leaving you with regrets. Make your life count, but make sure it also counts with the Lord.
In Rearview, I found a side of Mike I was familiar with. He’s a great storyteller that just never quits! This book is no different. Like his previous books, this one will also have you on the edge of your seat! Buckle up for a superb ride!
This PDF copy was provided by the author in exchange for my honest review. No monetary compensation was exchanged.
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Posted August 5, 2013
I normally do not like short stories. This was less than 100 pages, but so much happening in 97 pages. It was a tear-jerker and certainly made me think. No regrets! Best book I have read in a while.
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Posted March 20, 2013
Posted July 3, 2012
Rearview: 7 Hours
Unsettled. That’s how I felt when I finished reading this book. I started reading it and I couldn’t put it down. I felt like I was watching a movie, you know the kind, where you yell at the TV screen, trying to tell the actors not to go down in the basement or up in the attic.
My family teases me that I use the word “intense” too much—but this book was intense. Not in an action packed sort of way, but I was aware of the clock ticking. No, come on, no more delays…time was running out.
Perhaps it was just the offer itself. Yeah, I think that’s really it. What would you do? What would I do? Chose seven hours to go back and relive, add seven hours now, or just die. People say you can’t have regrets and going back to change things can change more than you want to change. And could you live with that? One thought that grabbed my mind and heart was this: “If hope was good medicine, regrets were a disease, a viral infection that invaded every cell of the body and spread its poison, not at once but over time, gradually building toxicity until the whole of the life affected was consumed. (p. 86)”
The main character, Professor Dan Blakely, was very relatable. His feelings, frustrations, and fears made sense. He had it all, life looked like it was coming together and then someone wants to rip it away.
This was the first book I read by this author. He is an engaging storyteller. I know this, it will not be my last.
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Posted September 3, 2013
Posted May 18, 2012
Dan Blakely was on the literally verge of success. Seeing the light at the end of the tunnel he never thought in his wildest dreams that anything could change so drastically in the blink of an eye or in his case in a decision he felt could hold no repercussions for him. Yet all of that would change in the matter of 7 simple hours.
When he got up that morning little could dampen his spirits until he got a phone call from his boss asking to speak with him right away when he gets in first thing. He didn't think he had anything to be concerned about. So when he arrives at the office, he learns that one his students, Erin Schriver, who he confronted about cheating on her literature essay paper, now is accusing him of sexual harassment and physical abuse. She is also the daughter of a well-known Senator and since the board knows that this will become a media circus, they have no alternative, but to fire Dan.
What this does to Dan's emotional side of things is to consider all the possibilities that this situation could bring not only to himself but to his wife and two young sons as well. So Dan see's no other possibility than to end his life. This is where the story really gets interesting and what makes Rearview in my opinion a great short suspense thriller reminiscent of a Twilight Zone of Night Gallery episode.
In this part of the 7 Hours Series, Mike Dellosso does what he does best and that is bring the reader into his story and gets them to invest in this on an emotional level. Anyone could imagine what it would be like to be in this nightmare and then he twists it like no one can. A man in black appears just as Dan is on the verge of death and provides him with proposition. He can go back in time to any 7 hours in his past, move forward 7 hours in his future or do nothing and die now. Any of the options will end in his death but it is up to him to chose how to live his final hours.
Mike Dellosso is a master at weaving these types of story lines from his previous novels I've had the privilege to be able to read and I can highly recommend this one. There is a unique twist in this one and one that rings a personal message to Mike as well as anyone who reads this one. I received this eBook for my Kindle as a personal purchase and have to say I can't say enough great things about this and can't wait to finish the entire series! What choice would you make if you found yourself in that situation? I rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars. It makes for a perfect easy read that feels like an entire novels worth in this short story and for those of you that love a great twist suspense thriller, then this is perfect for you!
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Posted February 28, 2013
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