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Fantastik [Kindle Edition]

C. A. McGroarty
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 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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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 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 www.camcgroarty.com.


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  • File Size: 523 KB
  • Print Length: 293 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KSS3SXK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #215,655 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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
Format:Paperback
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
Format:Paperback
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
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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
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Get ready to have your heart tugged on. November 17, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Charlie and Jake are the unlikeliest of people to cross paths, let alone have any interaction. One is a city bus driver, never having done a bad thing in his life, doing the best he can to support his family, and dealing with personal issues. The other is a convicted felon who served 30 years in prison, has just been released back into the world, and is trying to decide what to do with his life.

But fate has plans for the two of them. When Charlie meets Jake, he stalks the ex-con and insists he accompany him on a cross country journey because of visions he's been having. Jake looks at him the way anyone might if they were approached by a total stranger claiming fate brought them together, as if he were insane. But something nags at Jake and they embark on an adventure they both hope will lead them to some answers.

I started Fantastik by reading the back of the book, and I was immediately torn. The blurb both on Amazon and the book states that they set out on this journey together, but only one lives to tell about it. It was a bit shocking to have this big of an idea thrown out there before I had even opened the front cover. But despite that, it actually made me want to read it even more. Who gets to live? Charlie or Jake? For the risk C. A. McGroarty puts forth offering such a large tidbit, the reader is greatly rewarded and it will tug at your heart.

I found the book easily to read and that made it quick to get through. The transitioning between characters was generally well done with only a few areas in which I had to backtrack and re-read to make sure I knew which character I was following. This isn't a big issue though. The story flows well, but the road trip part of it which I anticipated to be the longer part of the story, actually came up a bit short. It's still a well thought out book and it was enjoyable to read.

I'm giving Fantastik 4 stars for being...fantastic... (how could I resist?). I liked this book.
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars A good effort
From what I read this was a first effort for this author and if so, a pretty good one...
okay 3.5 stars. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Mary E. Krauski
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
starts slow. then picks up. thought provoking. worth the read.
Published 12 days ago by Judith Poole
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Amazing book.
Published 13 days ago by Gianna
4.0 out of 5 stars A fairly good book. Very different from the usual detective whodunits
A fairly good book. Very different from the usual detective whodunits. Not the best book a ever read but I enjoyed it. And since it was free on the Kindle that was a plus.
Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the wait
It started off slowly, with not much really happening, and there were times I was frustrated with the slow plot and the lack of understanding about what was going on with Charlie,... Read more
Published 22 days ago by B. Dungey
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommend it to everyone
this was a really enjoyable read. Surprised as the story developed and thought the characters were well portrayed. Recommend it to everyone.
Published 28 days ago by jeana4
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly good...
I am so glad I took a chance on this book. Much different than I had anticipated, in all the best ways. I am looking forward to more from this author....
Published 29 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love how this story weaved through "dreams/visions" from past to present! Would definitely read it again!
Published 1 month ago by Judy Scott
3.0 out of 5 stars Surprise Ending!
The ending took me by surprise. I did not see that one coming. Good story!
Published 1 month ago by Paulette Welsh
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good characters and development; kept me going and interested. Some surprises along the way. A good read.
Published 1 month ago by Ellen Lucas
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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 www.camcgroarty.com

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