The Daddy Rock

The Daddy Rock

by Michael Kannengieser
     
 

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Roger Price is a retired NYPD officer battling depression after his wife and young daughter are killed by a drunk driver. He is contacted by a woman who claims that he is the father of her twenty-two year old daughter, Bonnie, who has leukemia and needs his bone marrow to survive. When Bonnie is diagnosed with leukemia, neither Claire, Brad, nor their other children… See more details below

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Roger Price is a retired NYPD officer battling depression after his wife and young daughter are killed by a drunk driver. He is contacted by a woman who claims that he is the father of her twenty-two year old daughter, Bonnie, who has leukemia and needs his bone marrow to survive. When Bonnie is diagnosed with leukemia, neither Claire, Brad, nor their other children are a match for Bonnie which stirs Claire's suspicion that Roger is actually her biological father. After learning about Bonnie and the possibility that he is her father, and that she is gravely ill, he vows to help her. Roger's bone marrow is a match, and DNA proves he is her father. Bonnie then undergoes dangerous "conditioning" with radiation prior to receiving Roger's tissue donation.

At the same time, Roger's best friend, Danny, also a retired NYPD detective, is pursued by gang members that he arrested while he was a rookie. They served their sentences and are seeking revenge. Danny moves in with Roger after his house is burned down by his pursuers. Roger is shot by a hit man when he foils an attempt on Danny's life. He is taken to the same hospital where his daughter is a patient awaiting his bone marrow. During recovery, he develops a delicate friendship with Bonnie as she tries to accept him as a father. After the lifesaving procedure, Claire shuts Roger out of his daughter's life because she is afraid that the men out to kill Danny - and now him - will murder Bonnie too, if they are together. Roger and Danny are chased and have a shootout with the remaining gunmen and are able to detain them for police. The gangsters are sent back to prison and both Danny and Roger assume they are safe.

While visiting the graves of his wife and daughter, Roger has an unexpected encounter with a recently paroled man who killed Roger's family. With his gun drawn, Roger resists the temptation to shoot him as punishment for the agony he's endured since his family was taken from him. He realizes that Bonnie's father, Brad, feels the same loss as he does since Bonnie was taken from him with the news that Roger was her biological father. He forgives the man and finally releases the pent-up anger he's carried with him since their deaths. Claire eventually allows Roger to see Bonnie and he is finally able form a bond with her and moves forward with his life.

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Editorial Reviews

Readful Things Blog - Ellis Nelson
The Daddy Rock is a very emotionally moving book. From what I understand this is the first work by this author, and I was impressed with this as a debut novel. The story is heartbreaking, but in the end is very much about renewed hope and moving forward after a shattered life.

I liked the plot and was eager to continue turning pages and uncovering the secrets about the past of the main character. One Thing that kept me going throughout this story was the way the author shared the...
Amazon - JM Vitale
Roger Price is a believable and likable guy who you hope and cheer for throughout this realistic story. It's not a typical gritty super cop story. You don't cheer for him to catch the bad guys. You cheer for him to get his life back. It has heart, humor, and a very touching ending.
Good Reads - Jim Lowell
Retired NYPD officer, Michael Kannengieser's compelling first novel leaves us hungry for more from this new author. Not an action novel, (though there is certainly enough), nor a police procedural, as might be surmised from the first few pages, THE DADDY ROCK is a heartfelt story of a possibly suicidal cop coming to terms with his past.

This is an engrossing and satisfying first novel, and I am looking forward to the next work from this new and gifted story-teller.
Amazon - Zeno NA
I picked this up right after Hurricane Sandy. The story was engrossing and a fun read. The internal monologue narrative of the main character provided a fresh prospective on story telling that you don’t often get in many main stream books. Well-crafted from start to finish with an ending that is just right. Leaves the readers wanting more…more novels in the future that is.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940016331744
Publisher:
Decent Hill
Publication date:
10/31/2012
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
216
File size:
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