The Man Who Loved Too Much: Book 1: Archipelago

The Man Who Loved Too Much: Book 1: Archipelago

by John Rachel

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Poor Billy Green! When he was just turning four, his father tried to throw him in the trash. He was a smart kid but that just seemed to create enemies. His mom did everything to protect him. But this was Detroit, armpit of the wasteland! Catholic school didn’t help much, except the time he got his first kiss from an atheist nun. Home life was dismal. Was his father capable of anything but drinking beer and farting? And what was with that neighbor who made puppets and tried to molest Billy? Golly! Detroit was sucking the life out of him. At such a young age. Then adolescence swirled around him. Like water in a toilet bowl. High school was a B movie. Only without a plot. So finally he did something about it. He ran away … to college. Cornell University. That was a good move for sure! He studied hard, lost his virginity, met the love of his life. Things were definitely looking up! What could possibly go wrong?

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BN ID: 2940046348439
Publisher: John Rachel
Publication date: 11/09/2014
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 994,451
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

John Rachel has a B. A. in Philosophy, has traveled extensively, is a songwriter, music producer, novelist, and an evolutionary humanist. Since 2008, when he first embarked on his career as a novelist, he has had eight fiction and three non-fiction books published. These range from three satires and a coming-of-age trilogy, to a political drama and now a crime thriller. The three non-fiction works were also political, his attempt to address the crisis of democracy and pandemic corruption in the governing institutions of America. With the publication of his most recent novel Petrocelli, a gruesome story about human trafficking for prostitution, and The Peace Dividend, a political strategy for curing America of its addiction to war, he has three more novels in the pipeline: Love Connection, a drug-trafficking thriller set in Japan; Sex, Lies and Coffee Beans, a spoof on the self-help crazes of the 80s and 90s; and finally, The Last Giraffe, an anthropological drama and love story involving both the worship and devouring of giraffes. It deliciously unfolds in 19th Century sub-Saharan Africa. The author’s last permanent residence in America was Portland, Oregon where he had a state-of-the-art ProTools recording studio, music production house, a radio promotion and music publishing company. He recorded and produced several artists in the Pacific Northwest, releasing and promoting their music on radio across America and overseas. John Rachel now lives in a quiet, traditional, rural Japanese community, where he sets his non-existent watch by the thrice-daily ringing of temple bells, at a local Shinto shrine.

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The Man Who Loved Too Much: Book 1: Archipelago 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
arlenadean More than 1 year ago
Book Description..... "This is the story of Billy Green. When he was just turning four, his father tried to throw him in the trash. He was a smart kid but that just seemed to create enemies. His mom did everything to protect him. But this was Detroit, armpit of the wasteland! Catholic school didn’t help much, except the time he got his first kiss from an atheist nun. Home life was dismal. Was his father capable of anything but drinking beer and farting? And what was with that neighbor who made puppets and tried to molest Billy? Golly! Detroit was sucking the life out of him. At such a young age! Then adolescence swirled around him. Like water in a toilet bowl. High school was a B movie. Only without a plot. So finally he did something about it. Billy ran away… to college. Cornell University. That was a good move for sure! He studied hard, lost his virginity, met the love of his life. Things were definitely looking up! What could possibly go wrong? Isn’t that what we always ask?" Title: The Man Who Loved Too Much Author: John Rachel Publisher: Literary Vagabond Books Book 1: Archipelago Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Rating: 5 Review: "The Man Who Loved Too Much" by John Rachel This author really presented the reader with a story that was simply a amazing good read as this was part one of of this trilogy. I was simply amazed that as I read through this journey how much I simply enjoyed this entire well written story. At times I was left feeling so sorry for Billy Green and at other times I was found simply cheering for him. The story setting starts in Detroit, Michigan where Billy at three years old lived with a loving mom and abusive dad. Starting at Thanksgiving Day at the Parade this story continues on through his college years where Billy meets the love of his life. As the story continues it will take you through some interesting times from Billy's childhood being home with his mom, .his first day at kindergarten... on to the the Catholic schools events...on through his high school years in Troy Jr. and Sr HS where there would be some painful memories....on to Billy's his first kiss ...then off to Cornell University in Ithaca, NY...his mom's illness and on to his first love where Billy meets Natalie Diamond. What I especially enjoyed from this novel.... What I especially enjoyed about reading from "The Man Who Love Too Much" was that I was able to laugh so hard at some of the read and yet there was parts of this read you could feel real sadness too. In this intriguing story you are able to feel the pain that this hero is dealt with along with his happiness as you are lead to keep turning the pages until the end where you will find many twist and turns in the story. A lots will come out of this read and this is where I want to say you will have to pick up this novel to see what else this author has in store for the reader. It will be some journey and in the end I was left wondering about that best friend of Natalie ...Pam. Now really what was Pam up too in her presentation to Billy and Natalie at the Lucatelli Ristorante? I don't know but I felt that there was something going on in that best friend relationship (Natalie and Pam) but I am sure this will be cleared up in the next trilogy for me. Now, to get this and the rest of the story you will have to read it for yourself. The details presented in this story along with the history of what was going on at that time was absolutely wonderfully brought out making you feel that you are right there in the midst of it all. What I also liked about this novel.... I liked how this author was able to give the reader such a interesting, intriguing and captivating well written script showing this hero 'young man's coming of age.' This novel will leave you definitely wanting the next trilogy to this wonderfully told story about Billy Green. So, in the end we have a first trilogy of Billy Green from three years of age well into his college years....wow, what a read that I would definitely recommend to you.
Peachey04 More than 1 year ago
Journey of one man's escape from an abusive father and trying to understand life. You are pulled in from the beginning and the storyline holds you until the end. It is a unique but realistic story, well written and the characters are detailed and have great interactions. This is the first in this trilogy and I look forward to reading more. Received copy for review
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Grab the sunglasses! John Rachel’s The Man Who Loved Too Much is simply brilliant story telling that keeps one guessing, is he serious, is this pure satire, should I cry here, is it okay to laugh out loud, how am I relating to so many events? Billy Green survived and often manipulated his growing up in a dysfunctional family from Detroit and its suburbs. From the Thanksgiving Parade to his academic misadventures, Billy seems to have a target on his back, saying “Kick Me Here.” Too intelligent for his own good, with an inner rebel just dying to get out, his antics often backfire, even when sent to the mysterious world of Catholic schools and nuns, with their requisite tissue up their sleeve. He carried his school career to new heights in public high school, while planning his great escape to college. Little did he know that many of his defining life moments were still ahead of him inside those glorious halls of higher education. Confusion, feelings of being disconnected, an unintentional babe magnet and losing his virginity in a less than romantic way, who would have thought that love would run our Billy over like a steamroller?...a steamroller with spikes, no less. Did I mention brilliant story-telling and John Rachel in the same sentence? It’s worth repeating, trust me! Take a walk on the “definitely unique” side of life, empty your head completely before plummeting heart first into this tale of one young man’s often painful journey to manhood. It’s even okay to laugh, because John Rachel’s tale isn’t meant to depress as it nails what we can all relate to in one way or another. Mr. Rachel has a fresh style that refused to let go as each page unveiled another scattered island in the tumultuous sea that is Billy’s life. Was it Detroit? Fate? Life? All I know is this is pure reading entertainment! Billy even answered the age-old question: "Do nuns have feet?"!!
PattyLD More than 1 year ago
I really really liked this book. It caught my attention right from the beginning and held it right through to the end.The first in a trilogy about Billy Green, from the age of 3 until his college days. about his relationships with his parents, teachers, classmates, and girlfriend. This book is very well written. I look forward to the next installment of the Billy Green story.
History-Researcher More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful coming-of-age story that will grab you and charm you. Just read the first few pages and it'll pull you right in. If you like Salinger, you'll love this. It's that great theme of a kid who knows too much for his own good in world populated by so-called adults who control the machinery. GREAT STUFF! A real pleasure to read.
gaylelin More than 1 year ago
THE MAN WHO LOVED TOO MUCH: BOOK ONE by John D Rachel Billy Green stole my heart. From his earliest days his dear mother loved him with a love so deep you could put your arms around it. But, even such a great love was not enough to balance the emotional abuse thrown out in wild abandonment by his sloppy, farting, beer-drinking "Get me another, suds, Woman," dad. Billy was blessed with a brilliant mind, and it wasn't long before his mother realized she had not the capacity to home school him any longer and enrolled Billy at a Catholic school where he stayed through the sixth grade. Billy was smart enough to stay at the top of his class and mischievous enough to warrant frequent visits to the principal's office. The end of the sixth grade brought Billy his first kiss; high school gave him his first blow job; college produced his first love. I laughed uproariously, and then I cried. You will be begging for more. Voila! Your wish has been granted. This is the first part of a trilogy which follows Billy until he's twenty-eight. Part Two is coming soon. This is written by someone who uses words so masterfully; who employs satire at its finest, can get downright dirty if life dictates it, and appears to have fun with it all. Don't miss any.