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Fantastik [Kindle Edition]

C. A. McGroarty
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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.

Product Details

  • 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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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #303,750 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 Interesting read
Good book - a little bit off the beaten path. Recommended if you like good characters and existential quandaries. End
Published 1 day ago by NY_Mom
4.0 out of 5 stars A good Read
I found is book a bit hard to follow at first, but then things began to tie together. All in all, a good and enjoyable read.
Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars McGroarty enters the world of published authors with a "fantastik"...
McGroarty enters the world of published authors with a "fantastik" bang! The reader is immediately drawn to the characters as they are weaving their paths with one another... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Deborah L. Soloway
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good read
Published 6 days ago by aptak
4.0 out of 5 stars Not For the Overly Sensitive
A good story with a good plot and a very surprising ending, but not for the faint of heart. It is peppered with a lot of very harsh language and if you can't get past that, then... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Tgc
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow to start but worth the effort
A fine story of redemption. While it appears disjointed at first, jumping between two main characters, the story really comes together when the characters' paths cross. Read more
Published 14 days ago by MaryAnne
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I loved it! This is one of those books you can't put down.
Published 15 days ago by Melissa
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
havent read yet
Published 17 days ago by paj
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Excellent read, with a new story line,, great job
Published 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Really enjoyed this book!
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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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