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THE DEADLINE (David Grossman Series Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Steven Jay Griffel
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From the author of the Amazon Best Seller FORTY YEARS LATER - with over 60 5-star Customer Reviews.

THE DEADLINE is the story of David Grossman, a Baby Boomer approaching sixty who loses his high-paying corporate job, forcing him to review his options and priorities. Desperate for a last chance at personal fulfillment, David makes a one-year deal with his wife. If he fails, his life-long dream is likely over and he must return to the corporate grind, “a life lived under the steady lash.” At first, one year seems like ample time, but David had not counted on having to deal with a moody culinary genius from the Amazon, a high priestess of the dark arts, a dying mother, and sinister thugs from the Mob. With each passing day, Grossman feels the pressure of time slipping away and the likely end to his dream.

THE DEADLINE is a truly engaging story, as only Steven Jay Griffel could write, about people fighting to achieve their dreams, no matter what the odds. In the center of it all is David Grossman, a man who struggles to push ahead, an everyman who still believes that decency, humor, and compassion are enough to survive in a world gone awry.

Fans of FORTY YEARS LATER will not want to miss reconnecting with and rooting for Steven Jay Griffel’s engaging hero, David Grossman.

Product Details

  • File Size: 639 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Stay Thirsty Press, An Imprint of Stay Thirsty Publishing, A Division of Stay Thirsty Media, Inc. (July 7, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #618,812 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Deadline September 1, 2012
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I loved Steven Jay Griffels first book, Forty Years Later. His second book, The Deadline, is a wonderful piece of reading material that will leave you happy, sad, laughing and crying. His sense of humor is felt throughout the book. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good book that you just cannot put down!

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Highly Entertaining and Insightfull Novel September 17, 2012
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It's so nice to sit down with an entertaining book and continually want for more. Steven Griffel's novel, tells a heartwarming and thought provoking story. On a family level we are exposed to complex family dynamics and the inevitable end of life scenario so many of us face with our parents passing. This is done in both a touching and appropriately humorous way. We are also privy to a friend's trials and tribulations attempting to succeed in our oh so cynical world. Finally we get to see the main character, David Grossman go beyond his everyday bravado exposing insecurities that we all possess but hardly ever face in our day to day lives.
There will be this and much more for you to discover.
I hope you enjoy the novel as much as I did.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Time Is running out September 16, 2012
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Captivating story about an aging baby boomer confronting mortality and the difficult choices one has to make. Weighing the last chance to fulfill his dream of becoming a novelist and his responsibilities to his dying mother and his ever supportive wife, David Grossman weighs his options with self awareness and wit.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A quick read December 31, 2012
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So, a 60 year old publishing exec is let go from his corporate job. Is this a disaster...or an opportunity to fulfill his long burning desire to write that successful novel? And bless the wife for supporting him in his choice. The side story of his buddy Matt and Matt's eventual bride and their Brazilian cafe, along with the stories of a sibling & aging parents, spike up the story line. Enough humor to keep me reading. Their authentic feelings/dealings with the aging parents is an interesting take on those situations we all have, or will face eventually. For me, the unsung hero of this book is David's wife, who struggled for a year paying the bills while granting her husband the time to pursue his dream. It was the wife who visited his dying mother on a regular basis, while his interest in Mom was "how much will I get when she dies?" His wife's generosity of spirit seemed to be unappreciated except for a rare trinket to pacify his own guilty conscience. Best book I've ever read? Not....but good enough to consider reading another book by the same author? Maybe.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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The Deadline is the story of a selfish man who achieves his dream but then discovers it's not quite what he imagined. Why would I highly recommend this book to you? Three reasons:

This is a self-aware protagonist, who lets you in on his love/hate relationships with his close family members; who easily discusses his cowardice; and who clearly maps his route to solitary success, with nearly everyone else expected to be a cheering bystander. It's not very often you get to see someone stare in the mirror and call out in such a clear and loving manner all the lines, moles, scars, and twitches that represent the internal ambitions, jealousies, and frustrations of a human life. While it exposes David, the lead character, to our own disgust and criticism, it also raises a mirror to the reader, challenging him or her to discover and accept the same careful examination.

This is a funny book, as if you meshed 1960s British-genre angry young men with Woody Allen/Larry David self-absorbed hilarity. You can't stop wanting to know what happens to David next (and mostly, things do happen to him, as opposed to David taking the initiative; I feel at times like David's frequent trips to the renowned Brazilian pastry shop at the center of this novel are like a late night TV host settling into his chair and desk ready to find out what's new with his quest). Nearly all of it is tinged with humor, both gentle and outrageous.

This is a book filled with quick, acerbic, and absorbing dialogue - you can feel the author's love for the back and forth between characters. In his first book - Forty Years Later - Mr. Griffel showed his talent for this in a furious exchange of emails escalating in tone, humor, and even danger.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit slow May 30, 2013
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I did enjoy this book, but it was slow to start. And left alot of unanswered questions. I hope to see another followup
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear voice for 60's generation August 27, 2012
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With his second novel The Deadline, Steven Griffel once again has demonstrated that humor and humility are effective tools when tackling serious issues such as downsizing, death, and marital expectations. Mr. Griffel certainly captures the financial instability and insecurity of a culture on the brink of collapse. How frightening it is to lose your job and think, "What next?". David Grossman is put in that position and then drives himself crazy pursuing his life long ambition of writing a great novel within the restriction of his wife's one year deadline limit. For David, it's literally publish or PERISH (at his wife's hands).

To make things worse, Allison's favorite TV show stars the mega irritating Suze Orman.... "With her pixie frosted hair and theatrically bright teeth, Suze Orman preached the Gospel of Financial Responsibility. Every show was a bracing dose of reality, meant to help viewers recalibrate their financial expectations and goals." The last thing that David needed was a bracing dose of reality.

Steven Griffel's great strength as a writer is that he cuts through a blinding blizzard of anxiety for himself and for a generation with the soothing gentleness of humor. In the end it seems that everything will be O.K.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reads.
Just take my advice. Read the series of books. Great reads.
Published 11 days ago by Glenn C. Miller
2.0 out of 5 stars it is not good.
Don't bother,it is not good.
Published 1 month ago by sheri biggs
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read!!
I very much enjoyed this book. Like Steve Griffel's writing style.
Published 1 month ago by Marcia l pollack
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read
Once again I couldn't stop reading once I had started. The David Grossman series seems to have become an addiction. I hope the next one is written soon, like today!!! Read more
Published 4 months ago by roslyn y. moore
4.0 out of 5 stars life in one hour daily allotments
Even if life only offers short spurts daily, a lot can be accomplished in the attempts of solving a murder.
Published 5 months ago by Connie
4.0 out of 5 stars Hoping for a sequel to tie up loose ends
This is the 3rd David Grossman book I have read by Steven Jay Griffel. It was a fast read, especially since I was already invested in some of the characters' lives. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Marcia Rovins
1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't wrap up all the subplots
Left his friend and wife hanging with a debt to a gangster that it was not at all certain they would be able to redeem. This was too much a part of the story to not finish. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Avid Reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Thumbs up for The Deadline!
The storyline moved along quickly and believably. I enjoyed it, I found myself wanting to take breaks so that I could get back to the story.
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars unlikable characters
I the one guy 'Bill' that seemed to have anything going for him is barely spoken of. If you enjoy seeing how schmucks live and think read this novel. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jason C.Sharpe
3.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
loved this book!!! the further adventures of David Grossman. I would recommend this book to everyone who read forty years later, and to those that haven't. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kindle Customer
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More About the Author

Having one life has always seemed too limiting for me. And so I write books to imagine other roads my life might have taken. In my novel FORTY YEARS LATER, a man faces a regret he has endured for four decades--and though it might cost him his marriage and implicate him in a murder--he decides to take a chance. In THE DEADLINE, a man has one year to fulfill a lifelong dream: a simple enough challenge--but that was before a dying mother, a corporate honcho sister, a priestess of the dark arts, and sinister agents from the Mob conspire to derail his destiny. In GRAND VIEW, I return to my most famous character, David Grossman. The story explores David's early relationships during a 1960s summer at a Catskill bungalow colony that shape his life forever. There are fathers, friends, forsaken illusions--and love. Grand View is where David's passions are revealed, passions that eventually lead him from success to crisis later in life.

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