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5.0 out of 5 stars Finished it yesterday and still reeling..., August 19, 2013
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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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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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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.

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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: 389 KB
  • Print Length: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horizons Press (November 8, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 8, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005FX0K7U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,677 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Sunday S. Smith on 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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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By kelly m. on 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By kat on May 25, 2013
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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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kim Hope Smith on 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 By Heather A. Corey-Mongue on 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 By Carol A. on 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 By Kindle Customer on 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By mitsue on July 28, 2013
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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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