The Exiles

The Exiles

by E. Leo Foster


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Just released from prison, Johnny desperately tries to make the most of his second chance at life, only to learn that a second chance doesn't exist and that his past still keeps him far from being a free man. Quickly realizing he can't escape his past, he sets out to destroy it instead. While traveling down the road towards destruction, Johnny discovers that others also are living in a life of imprisonment too. The difference, though, is that their prison bars are actually white picket fences and their prison sentences are their family secrets.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781483564937
Publisher: BookBaby
Publication date: 05/05/2016
Pages: 122
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Crossing the Demarcation Link 1

Meet the Haydens 6

Then There's Adam 8

The Ride, Part One 10

The Dark Place of Salvation 12

A Happy Beginning 13

The Ride, Part Two 18

Rehabilitation 20

Prison Dreams 22

The Ride, Part Three 29

Easy Loyalty 30

The Ride, Part Four 33

No Countdown 35

The Ride, Part Five 39

Steroids for Dogs 40

Betting on Colon Cleanser 43

Who's More Evil 47

I'm Just a Client 49

Caution 52

By the Way 53

A Memorial to My Regrets 55

She Knows My Name 58

The Ride, Part Six 61

A Boring Date 63

The Twelve Steps to a Perfect Manicure 65

The Ride, Part Seven 67

Life's Got to Be About Something 71

Ignored 75

Breaking the Routine 79

The Ride, Part Eight 83

Strangers or Soul Mates 85

Anny's Secret 87

The Aftermath of Passion 91

The Ride, Part Nine 94

Adam's Choice 97

My Past Followed Me Here 99

Motives 101

The Museum of Sin 105

Mothers and Daughters 107

Too Late 115

Inside Out 119

Intermission 121

Time to Eat a Snickers 127

The Story That Made the Most Sense 130

The Theory of Finding Someone 134

A Forgotten Life 137

Destruction Versus Treatment 140

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The Exiles 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ReadersFavorite3 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Faridah Nassozi for Readers' Favorite In The Exiles by E. Leo Foster, Johnny had tried his best to set his life on a good path after leaving prison but with no success. Everywhere he went, his ugly past followed him. Everyone he met held that past against him, never believing his version of events, and never giving him a second chance. Then he unknowingly crossed paths with the Haydens and things got even worse. Not only were they willing to hold his past against him, they would use it for their own selfish needs. The Haydens were no ordinary family. With a sheriff for a father and a private investigator for a mother, they could find any information they needed, or even just manufacture evidence against someone if the situation called for it. Their latest target was Johnny and his past made him the perfect mark. But the situation got sticky when Mrs. Hayden discovered Johnny's disturbing connection to both her children. However, behind their perfectly painted family image, the Haydens were as messed up as they come with secrets so dark and sickening. When the heated up situation forces the family to confront its past, blood will turn against blood as one of them chooses love over family. The Exiles by E. Leo Foster is a captivating narrative about second chances and the prejudice that stands in the way of those chances. Johnny's story will have you thinking twice before you deny someone a second chance because of their past. Everybody deserves a second chance, but hardly ever do we give it to them. By denying these people a real second chance, we deny them that much needed hope for a fresh start and leave them no choice but to turn to the dark side of society where no one will ask questions or hold their past against them. And at times the people we think are the worst of society are mere victims and the people society holds in high esteem are the very worst of the lot. E. Leo Foster brought out these sentiments perfectly through Johnny's story.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite The Exiles by E. Leo Foster is a deeply compelling tale of life and revenge. Johnny has just been released from prison, sent there for something that wasn’t entirely his fault. He thinks he has another chance at life, but he soon discovers that not only is there no such thing as a second chance, his past won’t release the chains that bind him. Instead of trying to break free from the past, he decides that the only way out is to destroy the past. He hooks up with Adam and Anny, only to find that he isn’t the only person still locked in a prison. Although their prison is made of family, their prison sentence is no easier to bear. The Exiles by E. Leo Foster is something very different from every other book I have read. I found it a compelling read, a deep story with plenty going on. At first glance, the story appears to be just the story of a man trying to make something of his life after prison, but the deeper you get in, the more there is to the story. This seemed to me to be a tale of real life; we all have demons to face and it’s up to us whether we let them bury us or whether we face them head on and take matters into our own hands. There is more than one story here as well; each of the main characters has their own tale to tell and they all come together to form one very well written story. Each character is written in a way that allows the reader to connect with them and to understand their role. I thoroughly enjoyed this book; it was written with a great deal of depth and feeling. I hope that there will be more like this from E. Leo Foster in the future.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Tina Stanciu for Readers' Favorite The Exiles by E. Leo Foster tells the story of Johnny, a former prisoner, his attempts at a second chance in life, and the struggles he will have to face in order to redeem himself. Unfortunately, life is rarely like one dreams it will be, and Johnny finds himself dealing with the realities of his past and how his mistakes are continuously influencing his present and future. We are drawn into the story from the very beginning with the help of a personal and sincere writing style and an intriguing plot. When reading this book, you will feel as if Johnny is telling you his story face to face, mainly due to the author’s ability to create believable characters with whom readers can relate. Although Johnny’s story is unique and filled with plot twists, the message behind it is a universal one: a prison sentence is not something that miraculously goes away once you’ve regained your freedom. A prison sentence will follow and torment you until there is nothing left of you but a shallow copy of who you once were. And sometimes, imprisonment can take unexpected shapes, you don’t have to be behind bars to be trapped, and you don’t need a judge to give you a sentence. A prison sentence can come from the people you least expect, from the people you love and trust. The best thing about E. Leo Foster’s book is that it is written to thrill and excite, with highs, lows, and plot twists that keep the reader on the edge of his seat and allow the story to move forward towards a captivating and unexpected ending. And E. Leo Foster does that while sketching a lesson for us all. A lesson about the limitations of your freedom, the dependencies we get caught up in, and the consequences of secrets and living life in the shadows. All in all, The Exiles is an exciting read, one that tells a thought-provoking story about being trapped in your own existence.