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M L Rudolph has worked for CNN among other American and British television companies around the world. He has written for general interest and trade publications, has a bachelors degree in English Literature, and an International MBA. Rudolph is a dual US/UK national and lives in Pasadena, CA. Facing the Son, A Novel of Africa, is his first book. His next two novels are based in his home town Pasadena and are coming out in 2012.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463782950
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463782955
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,891,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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M L Rudolph has worked for CNN and HBO among other American and British television companies around the world. He has written for various publications, is a dual US/UK national, and lives now in Pasadena, CA.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Sandra K. Stiles on January 15, 2012
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This was a great book. From the very beginning the reader is grabbed and held in suspense. Matt Reiser has been sent on a mission to Africa to find a son who obviously doesn't want to be found. It has been three years since Karl last communicated with his parents. His mother's dying wish is to see her son before the cancer takes her life. When she contacts Matt, her ex-husband, and asks him to fly to Africa and track him down, he doesn't want to. Matt and Karl have not had the best relationship for several years.

Matt steps off of the plane and into a corrupt world unlike anything he has ever seen. He is mugged, robbed of his money, passport, and the letter his ex-wife sent for their son. They even took his shoes. He doesn't know who to trust. Then he meets Jean-Louis, the concierge at the hotel. What starts out seeming like help drives him deeper into the corrupt world around him.

This book is so much more than just a good read. In this book you are transported to places you may never see. You are thrown into a world we have only heard exists. You have to ask yourself if you would survive the ordeals the protagonist goes through. You will end up taking a look at all you hold dear, all you value and asking yourself if you have done all that you can for the people you love. You must read this book to see if he finds his son. You must read this book to take a look at the corruptness of a country we know so little about. You must read this book to find yourself.
I will most definitely recommend this book. I was unable to put it down from the minute I started it. It is not a really long book. However, it will grab you and hold you from the first pages. I had not heard of this author but I will most definitely look for more from him.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ian on July 20, 2011
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What a great book. From the outset the reader is put in suspense with what has got to be any travelers worst nightmare - and then in a country as foreign as one can imagine. This book has a lot to offer including understanding the challenging conditions in Africa, a traveler put completely outside his comfort zone, and a father's struggle with his broken relationship with his son. The story continues throughout to take new unexpected turns and one quickly gets to a point where you cannot put it down until completed.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By C's Purchases on July 29, 2011
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In 1979, when American Matt Reiser lands in Africa to search for his son, he quickly finds himself beaten and robbed of everything from his passport to his shoes. Haunted by regrets, Matt is on a quest for redemption and the robbery triggers a chain of events that takes Matt on a dangerous journey across international boundaries without a valid passport. A dubious hotel concierge and his street-smart niece seem to want to help Matt, but their lives collide in a pivotal moment that sends Matt running from thugs and government officials through urban and rural Africa in a life-changing adventure. Surprising twists hurl strong characters through colorful sights, smells and sounds of a time gone by. "Facing the Son" delivers a great roller coaster ride that is a testament to a father's love for his son and his son's mother in a story is that is compelling, heartwarming and bittersweet.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Darcia Helle VINE VOICE on March 5, 2012
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I was engrossed in this story from beginning to end. The plot is multi-layered, with mystery, suspense, drama and adventure. The characters are unique and have many dimensions. They made me care and I wanted to crawl inside the story with them. The dialogue is realistic. The ease of the descriptions immersed me in African countries and cultures. I did not simply read this story. I experienced it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jim Brumm on March 12, 2012
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I can't believe that this wonderful book is as inexpensive as it is. It is a great read of a father's quest to find his son in Africa to deliver a letter from the boy's dying mother. But it's so much more than that. It is a saga of cultures clashing, of regret, redemption, and adventure, all told with great writing. There aren't enough good books that are set in Africa. This is one of the best. I would have been happy to pay $10 for this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T Gething on July 11, 2011
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Africa has always seemed a long way away from the US, and a little intimidating for that reason. One sees news of the violence, corruption and dire poverty there. Facing the Son, which takes place in West Africa in the late 1970s, does not gloss over these aspects of the continent, but the novel is also a heart-warming, positive story about an American father's struggles to reconnect with a son who has chosen to distance himself from his family by going there as a Peace Corp volunteer. The pace is quick and the plot keeps turning as often as the back roads traveled right up to the end. Liked it so much, I read it twice!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kissablysweetone on April 29, 2012
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The unthinkable has happened. Matt Reiser's ex wife has stage four lung cancer. Her one wish is to have their son, Karl, come home and be with her before she dies. The only problem is neither has spoken to or seen Karl in years. Melanie, Matt's ex wife, asks that he go to Africa and bring their son home for her. Despite his uncertainty of leaving Melanie alone, Matt agrees. They plan the trip right down to the minute. Funny though plans have a way of being changed unexpectedly. The trip to Africa becomes more of an adventure than Matt bargained for. From the moment he steps off the plane in Africa things go wrong. He's mugged. He's unable to understand the language. He finds himself in a very poor village, alone, and all his money and affects gone. With a little help, Matt soon finds his hotel and his adventure takes another turn. He gets mixed up with local petty criminals in an effort to regain his personal belongings. Now, he's found Karl, but will his son come home and will they make it in time.

This moving story hits right in the heart! I promise you'll need tissues for this one. I thought this story was wonderfully written and reminds us we have no idea when our time will be up, so make the most of life. I found Matt Reiser to be a character you want to help at times and others you want to smack him for his unsophisticated ways. The characters are well developed, at least Matt and Melanie are. Karl seems to be just a sketch really. The locals are every bit as colorful as you'd expect in a country where the extremes are the norm. I loved the details about the surroundings because you felt as if you were right there seeing them yourself. This book is one you'll share with everyone!
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