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Fantastik [Kindle Edition]

C. A. McGroarty
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Charlie Boone, a city bus driver and the bastard son of a schizophrenic woman, still lives in his boyhood home with his wife and two kids and cares for the ailing mother who made him promise…he’d never let them take her away.

But Charlie’s unfortunate childhood isn’t the only thing haunting him. Tormented by unsettling dreams and disturbing visions of his own, he now finds himself on the brink of insanity, and the thought that he shares the same affliction as his mother is beginning to look like a reality. The prospect of losing his wife Lisa and their two boys has him desperate for answers.

Jake Mott, an ex-con, has spent the last three decades in a maximum security prison for killing a man in cold blood. Still struggling with the guilt of his youth and life in the free world, he is planning a trip to California to reclaim a bag of money he buried thirty years ago.

A leap of faith brings them together to embark on an epic journey of hope and redemption. Their improbable meeting and unlikely friendship allows each of them to find the missing pieces to their lives, but only one of them survives.

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  • File Size: 516 KB
  • Print Length: 293 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615977537
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #311,146 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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This novel captivates its readers in the intricacies of two lives that one would not rationally pair but that is the beauty of this novel and an insight to the mystery of life. Mr. McGroarty challenges the reader with this dichotomy and it is with great success. it is a brilliant work and one that is hard to fathom as one that comes from such a young writer.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
I love a book that makes you feel invested in the characters. I felt I knew Charlie and Jake so well that I had to keep reading to see how their stories end. McGroarty has you rooting for these two sad souls to forgive their pasts and find their happiness.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIK by C. A. McGroarty July 8, 2014
This book was so great i read it in two days. I was captivated by the story, loved the characters and felt like i was actually there. I could not wait to get to the next page as i read and the ending was mind blowing! Mr. McGroarty you have produced a true winner. I could see this being made into a movie. I would say this is a book for all ages to enjoy.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I've read in a very long time June 22, 2014
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It was easy to pick 5 stars for this lovely story. It sounded really interesting as I considered downloading it (it was free at the time), but soon it became a book I could barely put down and was very sorry to see come to an end. I won't give away any of the plot, I will say that it was unique in that each character took on a life of their own and all could be someone that I've known, that's how well developed they were written. It's tender, tough, loving, and heartbreaking and I highly recommend it.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting! June 2, 2014
From the first chapter, the characters in his story seem like they could be your anyone of neighbors, great story and eerie at the same time!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Typically I am a golf book reader; picked this up off my wife's bed stand and could not put it down!

A very realistic view of life I highly recommend it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Would you follow your gut with no idea of the outcome? September 30, 2014
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Finish Time: 5 nights. It took me a few nights to figure out what was going on in this book. It was an impulse download, I tend to do that when I have too many books in my queue, that I don’t know where to start. Weird, I know. I had trouble getting into this – and maybe was only reading a little at a time, so it took me until about halfway through to realize that was kind of the point – the main character of this book didn’t even know what he was doing!

I’m all for trusting your gut, but Charlie Boone had some deeper issues and his gut was making him do some crazy things. Even his wife would agree. It takes a little for Charlie and Jake’s paths to cross, but when they do, hang on for a wild ride. From two different worlds are these two men, but they both learn and grow from each other in a quite unexpected journey.

Charlie, product of a rough childhood, is having dreams and visions of things he cannot decipher. But when he meets Jake Mott, things become a little clearer, in that he knows he is supposed to follow him. Jake, just released from prison, where he was for 30 years, just wants some quiet and time to readjust to society. But when Charlie is persistent, knows things no one else ever knew, and predicts certain events, Jake just can’t say no.

It was an interesting story that had me cringing at times yet warmed my heart at others. It was part mystery what Charlie’s visions would reveal. Part self-discovery for both characters and even a little faith thrown in, which I love, especially when it is not expected. And even a little love between Charlie and his wife. I don’t even want to mention the ending, but I will say it was satisfying yet heartbreaking at the same time.

Overall a good story, I went with 3 stars because it was hard to get into and simply comparing it to other books that held my interest a letter better, but not a bad free read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read August 31, 2014
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Enjoyable novel by a first time author. Slow start as you wait for the characters to link together, but worth the time invested.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Book review
I have to say I really liked this story. It had a nice plot and enough twists to keep it interesting. I will probably read another book by this author.
Published 2 days ago by Barbara Aubuchon
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm not good at writing these pro's or con's
I'm not good at writing these pro's or con's. So just let me say this is GOOD! I enjoyed it immensely. The two main character's are charming & interesting. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Nina LaQuino
3.0 out of 5 stars Good beginning, disappointing ending
Good beginning, disappointing ending. The suspense sustained through most of the book just seems to dissipate without anything earth-shaking happening.
Published 6 days ago by A. Appel
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Not my favorite.
Published 11 days ago by Iris Frieman
5.0 out of 5 stars Slow start great finish!
I had a hard time getting into this book and really wanted to lay it down but.......I have a strict rule to finish what I start and so glad I did! Read more
Published 14 days ago by Drema
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading!
For me to give a book 5 stars, it has to be Pulitzer material. This is not that quality but very good read which developed from having two unlikable characters turn into people... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Rose Ann Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this book
Fantastik! I really enjoyed this book. The characters, the story,the setting, and the message. It's a story to get lost in. Help you pass the day.
Published 14 days ago by MsScotty
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful character driven story
I loved this book! The characters are what draw you in and from the first page I just kept reading unable to put it down.
Published 20 days ago by Deni Lou
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, Moving, Thought Provoking
This was an excellent read. Thought provoking and tender I was moved more than once while enjoying this tale of unlikely events which remained believable. Definitely recommend! Read more
Published 22 days ago by Grim
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Kept waiting for somthing to happen but it never did. I didn't even finish this book.
Published 22 days ago by missdaisy
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More About the Author

Fantastik is C. A. McGroarty's first novel, inspired by a cast of characters his father, a hard working trial attorney, introduced him to at a very young age. Much of the novel was written while living in Chicago and traveling across the Mid-West and Western United States. His short story A Return to Normalcy, from The Harley Basil Chronicles, can be found on Amazon Kindle. He lives in New Jersey with his wife, two sons, and their dog, Wrigley. You can find him at

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