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Drop Out [Kindle Edition]

Neil Ostroff
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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Book Description

What would you do if you knew you were going to die?

Would you freak out? Would you waste it in self-pity, resentment, or denial? Or would you go do everything you’ve ever wanted to do?

Nearly a decade had passed since Nathan stood inside someone’s home, since that terrible September morning when he lost everything he ever loved. Outside, a hurricane sounded like it was beating palm trees against the siding. Nathan didn’t know the sickly woman who’d rescued him from the throes of the epic storm. Her name is Miriam and she is about to change everything he ever thought about the meaning of life and what lies beyond. Nathan discovers the strength of love can piece his shattered world back together and heal wounds that cut deep into his soul. But with the clock ticking toward the end of Miriam’s life, he never figured the perils he and this dying woman were about to face by knowing the most horrible knowledge one can know.

˃˃˃ An Indie Book of the Day winner!

Read what Kindle Nation Daily called “the sleeper hit of the year” what Kindle Fire Department called, “riveting, touching, and deeply heartwarming, a book that will stay with you forever”.

˃˃˃ DROP OUT is a beautiful tapestry of life, love, and acceptance that is powerful, romantic, and real. It will affect you!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Finished it yesterday and still reeling..., August 19, 2013
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Elly Michaels - See all my reviews
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Wow! My literature professors always said that a novel is praiseworthy if it inspires in the reader strong emotions, and Neil Ostroff's Drop Out certainly does that.


5.0 out of 5 stars Drop Out, July 29, 2013
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Dora Preston - See all my reviews
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Ostroff hits a home run. Drop Out is a truly inspiring story of heartbreaking loss, survivor's guilt, and the healing power of unconditional love. I highly recommend this book.


5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most emotionally moving books I have ever read., July 28, 2013
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Mary Lou Transue - See all my reviews
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Since I am 82 years old I read this book rivited to the story line with so many deaths. I have had most of my friends pass and many with Hospice Care so I was attracted to learn what Hospice does to ease the end of life.

The book was fast reading and very very moving. In a way it was extremely spiritual and it made me realize
how lucky we all are for every breath we take and every day we live.

 Buy it and read it. You will not regret it.

From the Back Cover

When the Twin Towers fell, Nathan Cruz saved the lives of dozens of strangers but the one life he could not save was that of his fiancé. Wracked with survivor's guilt and unresolved goodbyes, Nathan drops out of society where he lives self-sufficiently on a houseboat in Florida.
 
A twist of fate lands him into the home of Miriam Kanter, a young, fiercely independent woman with a shocking secret. Alone together in the midst of a raging hurricane, Nathan discloses the nearly unbearable sorrows of his past and finds strength to piece his shattered life back together. Being with Miriam, he feels the connection he'd been missing, stirring up feelings buried long ago. But will Miriam's own life cut short and plunge Nathan back into his world of reclusive isolation?

Product Details

  • File Size: 253 KB
  • Print Length: 108 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005FX0K7U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #339,220 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A struggle of man against himself. April 13, 2012
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About the Book:
An elevator ride cut short by the crash of an airplane into one of the twin towers is the opening of this book. We follow Nathan Cruz as he tries to rescue people while trying to reach his wife who is several floors above him. He has contact with her by cell phone but the fire is keeping her where she is and a blocked stairwell is preventing him from going to her. Neil saves dozens of people and eventually is seen as a hero by everyone else but himself. He has failed.
Ten years later we find Nathan has dropped out of life and is living on a small boat in the Florida Keys, keeping himself in food with fishing and the gathering of eggs from his pet chicken. A hurricane is quickly approaching the Keys but Nathan is determined to ride out the storm, though even the most seasoned of residents are telling him to evacuate. The storm is so powerful that Nathan loses his small craft but manages to make it to shore. There he spots a lone figure, struggling against the storm. Intrigued that someone is still around, he follows the figure who, as it turns out, is Miriam Kanter, a fellow individualist who was determined not to leave. She invites him into her shelter and it is there that Nathan's life changes drastically.

My Take:
Some books just stay with you. Some scenes continue to stir up emotions and ride with you like a backseat driver, popping up now and again to remind you of something or in this case remind you of a feeling. In Heir to Power (Michele Poague), it was the scene when Kinter holds one of their band as he dies; in Eragon it was the tomb transformed into crystal. But with some books, there are so many pieces that hang in there. I believe for many of us this will be one of those books.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars drop out April 5, 2012
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This book drew me in by the second page. It so clearly brought back the images of that horrifying September day. Nathan was such an easy character to care about-so battered by life- but still somehow holding on. I was captivated by Nathan's rocky path to salvation from beginning to end.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love This Novel!! Buy It Today! September 21, 2012
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I love this Novel so much I wrote an article about it for Yahoo Voices, it can be seen by visiting [...] This is an amazing story and Neil D. Ostroff is an incredibly talented writer. I would highly recommend this to every one along with all of his works!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Drop Out February 24, 2012
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I really enjoyed this book, quick read with memorable characters that stay with you. The pace of writing and level of detail provides for a satisfying reading experience. One of my favorite writers.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a 5 star May 25, 2013
By kat
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This book is an amazing emotional story.The way this author describes Nathan's horrific experience during the N.Y.Twin towers terrorists attack and then how Nathan deals with the aftermath..there are no words to describe how this evoked emotions within as I read it.When Hurricane Charles hits and Nathan meets Miriam and how they interact & literaly touch each other's souls is almost haunting in how it stayed with me awhile even after finishing the book.Don't pass this one up.It is an excellant moving story.Well done Mr. Ostroff! Thank you for writing this.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Carol A. October 21, 2012
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Coming to terms with your past is not an easy thing to do. It certainly could help your future with a better outcome. The author does a great job of pulling the reader in all the events that are unfolding as they occur. 9/11 will always stand out in all our minds. Hopefully something like that will never happen again.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rising out of the ashes July 13, 2012
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A romance that begins in the disaster of the World Trade Center? The opening of this novella is riveting and disturbing as the author takes us inside the burning, imploding buildings. His vivid portrayal of the chaos and incredulity of those moments will not soon be forgotten.Ten years later, Nathan, the protaganist, is living in as much obscurity as he can find in the Florida Keys. It takes another disaster to turn his life around. The story centers on Nathan and the two women who touch his soul. This is a short piece and can be heart-wrenching at times. Ultimately, Nathan has to choose between embracing life or continuing a living death.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Since I am 82 years old I read this book rivited to the story line with so many deaths. I have had most of my friends pass and many with Hospice Care so I was attracted to learn what Hospice does to ease the end of life.

The book was fast reading and very very moving. In a way it was extremely spiritual and it made me realize
how lucky we all are for every breath we take and every day we live.

Although I have been depressed lately this book actually cheered me up. We create our own happiness was something I have known all my life but it brought it back into focus for me.

I do not rate many books five stars.. So to award this book that star rating and write a review is indicative of how I feel about it. Buy it and read it. You will not regret it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Would have liked more "aftermath of 9/11" in the story
Found this novella a bit top heavy with the details of 9/11 which kicks of the story. Even though it's been more than a decade, the detailed accounting of the MC's escape from the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dean K Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
This was an absolutely awe-inspiring book. It was not my normal type and I actually bought it quite by accident. That being said, I finished it in one day and enjoyed. Read more
Published 2 months ago by LisaC
2.0 out of 5 stars Cop-out not drop out
I am not sure how I came to buy this book but when I started reading it I was almost bowled over. This man can REALLY write: his first section in which the protagonist is caught in... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sari Gilbert
5.0 out of 5 stars It's all about now
Enjoyed reading Drop Out, it seems so much has happened to Nathan, this story makes one think about how it is so important to enjoy the here and now, and to forget about the past. Read more
Published 5 months ago by maria lee-kekeke
5.0 out of 5 stars Drop Out has drama filled action in spades
I was once told a story needed three things: action, suspense, and resolution. I found all three in Drop Out. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Roland Cheek
4.0 out of 5 stars Free book for free review
Nathan 36 years old survives 9/11 while losing his entire family including his fiancée (who was 3 & 1/2 months pregnant with his son. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Theresa
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story!
Realistic and detailed and inspiring to live life to the fullest. Will bring forth an assortment of emotions but foremost will be to enjoy life, press toward your dreams...... Read more
Published 7 months ago by jskilestn
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay...
Pros:
**Shows the reality of dealing with terrible tragedy, survivors guilt, being messed up physically, and death of various people. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ashley Elizabeth Blair Tetzlaff
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet and heartwarming
Great story with a real attachment to the characters. Very inspiring. I enjoyed the unique view of the real beauty of life.
Published 8 months ago by Shannon Williams
2.0 out of 5 stars sappy and trivial although well meaning
This book would have been better if it was a short story not a novel. The message is to live life to the fullest every day. Read more
Published 9 months ago by RSA
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Raised in a rural town outside of Philadelphia, Neil D. Ostroff has been a published author for more than twenty years. He is an avid poker player when not working on his novels. Neil also enjoys fishing, hiking, and all things outdoors. He's been interviewed in such publications as PHILADELPHIA MAGAZINE, THE PHILADELPHIA INTELLIGENCER, TIME PUBLISHING, and THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER.

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