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On a flight into Chicago, millionaire media mogul Raymond Neenan is visited by his guardian angel. Michael informs Neenan that his life is almost over and that he needs to make amends for mistreating people in his profit-centered existence, among them his wife; his estranged offspring, who hate him; and numerous business associates. With Michael's careful orchestration, Neenan is able to resolve issues with this diverse group and even seems to enjoy his newfound attitude. While not great literature, Contract will keep demand high from fans of Father Greeley (An Occasion of Sin). Very capably read by Dick Hill, this is recommended for most public libraries.ADavid Scott, Southwestern Oklahoma State Univ., Weatherford
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Great literature his novels may not be, but Greeley's enthusiastic fans will doubtless enjoy this latest tale, which twists the legend of Faust into a yarn populated by angels wearing fashionable outfits. And as protagonist, there is an Irish American mogul who goes about mending his manipulative, mercenary manners. As the book reads, Michael is not just an ordinary angel. His mission--to inform Raymond Neenan that life as he knows it is close to an end--serves to wake up the libidinous businessman to a lovely wife and estranged offspring who have been relegated to bit players in Neenan's profit-centered existence. Personally and professionally, Neenan proceeds to play catch-up, attempting to remedy the error of his ways, while a chorus of angels lift their lilting voices in accompaniment. A joyful romp, full of blissful interludes signaling love's radiant rewards. Alice Joyce --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; First Thus edition (July 15, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812544439
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812544435
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,282,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A native of Chicago, Father Andrew M. Greeley, is a priest, distinguished sociologist and bestselling author. He is professor of social sciences at the University of Chicago and the University of Arizona, as well as Research Associate at the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago. His current sociological research focuses on current issues facing the Catholic Church-including celibacy of priests, ordination of women, religious imagination, and sexual behavior of Catholics.Father Greeley received the S.T.L. in 1954 from St. Mary of Lake Seminary. His graduate work was done at the University of Chicago, where he received the M.A. Degree in 1961 and the Ph.D. in 1962.Father Greeley has written scores of books and hundreds of popular and scholarly articles on a variety of issues in sociology, education and religion. His column on political, church and social issues is carried by the Chicago Sun Times and many other newspapers. He stimulates discussion of neglected issues and often anticipates sociological trends. He is the author of more than thirty bestselling novels and an autobiography, Furthermore!: Confessions of a Parish Priest.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 6, 1998
Format: Hardcover
My library consists of all of Father Greeley's fiction. I have loved every story and have found that generally all have happy endings. As I read CONTRACT WITH AN ANGEL I was saddened with the thought that the main character was going to die. I was in tears beginning in Chapter 29 when Raymond Anthony Neenan was dying. But, what a beautiful ending! The book has many lessons concerning personal relationships with God, family, and fellow workers, as well as getting in touched with one's self. This is one of his BEST! As usual there is a good mixture of human emotions. Thank you, Father Greeley, so many hours of pleasure reading. Keep the books coming!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Leticia Carrillo on December 14, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Contract with an Angel was such a great book. In reality this is not typically the kind of book I read. However, I found this book to be just magnificent. Here's a small summary of what this book is about. This novels main Character is Mr. Raymond Neeman who's a successful businessman. Without much choice, he is forced to sing a contract with the Arch Angel Michael, who just happens to have the same phycisal features as Michael Jordan. Mr. Neeman is given a chance to redeem his soul by trying to undo all the pain he has caused his loved ones, friends and business associates. Threrefore, Mr. Neeman signs a contract where he promises to follow all of Michael's instructions to the best of his abilities. As Mr. Neeman starts to make amends for his past mistakes, one's so touched that one feels the urge to do the same. By the end of the book one is cheering for Mr. Neeman, then disaster strikes. Mr. Neeman is fatally shot. However, when he enters heaven, God tells him that it's not his time. Consequently, he is sent back home to be with his loved ones. After one is done reading this book, one's belief that its never to late to make amends for one's mistakes is reinforced. In addition, one's belief that God is a forgiving person, and is always looking after us with the help of his angels is also extremely comforting to one's soul.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Judith E. Pavluvcik on May 22, 2000
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Andrew Greely never fails to disappoint his fans and this book is no exception! I found this tale to be exceptional. I kept asking myself, "What if? What if I knew my time on earth was limited, what would I change?" R.A. Neenan is confronted by Michael an angel resembling Michael Jordan, who contracts with Neenan in changing his life before his impending death. Neenan must completely change each close familial relationship in his life, which has become damaged due to his quest for more power, conquests and more money.
Greely intertwines his descriptive and lively characters around two equally lively and descriptive angels, doing all they can to insure Neean turns his life around. Greely combines adventure, suspense, mystery and romance for one memorable tale of hope and the message of God's love ever present in our lives. His message of forgiveness, love, and renewal bring one back to the realization that we are never alone, we are never forgotten and that we are loved.
I thoroughly recommend this book and you will have to read the book for the suspenseful ending! Another treat for Greeley fans!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Leonard L. Wilson on September 16, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Take the title literally--this is about a real angel and a real contract. Hard-driving businessman R. A. Neenan is on a plane flight when he is confronted by the seraph Michael in the form of a huge, athletic black man. Neenan is informed that he does not have much longer to live, and he must try to make up for the wrongs that he has done to others. When the plane goes into a dive and almost crashes, he is convinced and signs the contract.
Neenan has a big job ahead of him. He has alienated a lot of people, including his bitter parents, his frigid and shrewish first wife (just like his mother), his actress daughter (who has been brought up on her mother's vicious tirades), a homosexual son, and, to a lesser extent, the other son, who is now working as an overshadowed junior executive in Neenan's company. Then there are a number of women whom he has conquered and discarded.
First, however, is his supersexy but neglected second wife, Anna Maria Allegro. This is the fun part--if you are unfamiliar with Greeley's novels, you'll be amazed at how much sex a celibate Catholic priest can inject into his writings. (Even angel Michael has a gorgeous "companion," Gaby. (Did you know that Gabriel is a female angel? And that angelic sexual encounters last for days?)
To the bewilderment of his associates, Neenan lives up to the terms of his contract. He doesn't always succeed, but he controls his wayward impulses and tries his best. He discovers that it is much more fun to be a good guy, especially in his relations (both in and out of bed) with his wife. But that fatal deadline is still hanging over him. The ending may be predictable, but who cares? No one would want the story to end differently.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Betti Trapp on April 13, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Our hero is Mr. Raymond Anthony Neenan, CEO and President of a large media corporation and multi gazillionaire, who finds himself sitting on an airplane next to a big black man with an earring in his ear who claims to be what we earthlings call "an angel", though prefers to be called a "seraph". At first Mr. Neenan thinks the guy is a nut, and then he thinks perhaps he had too much vodka. When the plane is sent hurtling towards earth, luggage flying everywhere, nose diving into a certain crash, and then righted again, with everyone else on board unaware of what has just happened, Mr. Neenan believes. He is told he does not have long to live, and should sign this contract to save his immortal soul. He signs. What follows is humor, good fun, some sadness, and a lot of emotional turmoil for our hero. He now must right all of the wrongs he has done in his life, and he has only a short time in which to do so. As the story progresses, it becomes somewhat of a reach, but hanging in there is worth it. I did not like the ending at all, but of course cannot give that away. Instead, I recommend you read it for yourself and decide. All in all, I was happy with this book, found it very well written and an extremely easy read, and enjoyed almost every page.
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