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Four Years from Home [Kindle Edition]

Larry Enright
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)

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Tom Ryan — firstborn of five children in an Irish Catholic family, smart and acerbic, a cheat and a bully — calls himself the future king of the Ryans. There are other opinions. His mother calls him a holy terror. Mrs. Ioli calls the police on him. His father says that had Trouble been a saint, that would have been Tom’s middle name. But his parents, neighbors, peers, and siblings all must bow down before him or suffer the consequences. Just ask the Christmas turkey leftovers he buried in the side yard.

Harry, the youngest Ryan, was the shining star of the family. Bright, sensitive, and caring, he was protected by parental radar, called by God and Grandma Ryan to the priesthood, and was in Tom’s eyes, a brown-nosing little punk who had become a threat to his kingdom and the primary target of his search and destroy missions.

Then Harry changed. He abandoned his vocation and quit the church, and when he left for college, he left for good. He never called. He rarely wrote. His picture disappeared from the mantle. It was as if he had ceased to exist and his shining star had been but a passing comet. The enemy had retreated and Tom’s war was over.

“Four Years from Home” begins on Christmas 1972 during Harry’s senior year at college. The Ryan family has gathered without Harry for another bittersweet holiday celebration. When an unexpected and unwelcome gift arrives, the family demands answers and Tom Ryan, bully cum laude, must make a reluctant journey of discovery and self-discovery into a mystery that can only end in tragedy.

Written by the son of Irish Catholic immigrants, “Four Years from Home” redefines brotherly love in the darkly humorous and often poignant actions of its principal skeptic, Tom Ryan.

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Read the sequel!

"A Cape May Diamond," the sequel to "Four Years from Home" is out on Kindle and in paperback from Amazon. It is a story of life, love, and a journey of a thousand years, and is a must-read for those who want to know what really happened to Tom Ryan.


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Good book! Very funny and definitely kept me reading to find out what happened. I was very surprised by the ending, I didnt have it anywhere near figured out! Great first novel, I will be waiting for more from him.
--Joy Unger, Librarything.com

Highly, highly recommended. You will be hooked from the first paragraph of this tale that should be treasured. --Ryne Douglas Pearson

About the Author

Larry Enright was born to Irish Catholic first-generation immigrants and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has published four books: the best seller "Four Years from Home" (09/2010),
"A King in a Court of Fools" (09/2011), "Buffalo Nickel Christmas" (11/2011), and "12|21|12" (03/2012).

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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0045OURSW
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #207,869 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeps your interest November 9, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
Upon getting into the meat of the story, I spent my time until the end of the book trying to guess the next event and, of course, the ending. I only do that with books that hold my interest. This is a good book that moves well and is full of thought provoking events and side stories. A very enjoyable read.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Four Years From Home February 10, 2011
By BB
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Even though I am a female I instantly identified with Tom. I was born in the same year, 1946, and am the oldest of five children. I was often a bully to my siblings (although not as physical as he was) and thought of myself as entitled and resented the existance of "the others". Tom's parents also reminded me of my own....I guess because of the era we grew up in. Also the small college Harry attended was much like the one I graduated from in 1968.
The story was so interesting, and Tom's imagination was so outrageous that I read the book really quickly. I love the twists and turns in the plot, quite a story. Very well written, a great book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Larry Enright's masterpiece January 30, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Larry Enright's masterpiece 'Four Years from home' takes the reader on a wild ride of gut-wrenching emotions. Humorous in parts, dramatic and thought-provoking, its central driving force is a dark mystery that unfolds at about chapter 6 and continues onward to its stunning conclusion. Thoroughly entertaining and highly recommended
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Didn't See That Coming! January 7, 2011
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All I can say is "Wow." I'll be thinking about this book (that I couldn't put down until I finished) for a long time. People, this is definitely something you should read. All I can say is that until around the 95% mark I didn't see that ending coming. And at that point I just plain didn't know what to expect.

Funny? Yes. Comedy, no. It's suspenseful and riveting.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Four Years From Home is More Than Enough February 8, 2011
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A mystery unfolds over the holidays at the Ryan house when all but one of the Ryan kids return to celebrate. The youngest, Harry, the golden child, has been out of the house attending college out of state- never to return, as the family is informed by college officials that Harry has died in an unfortunate accident.

Oldest child, Tom, is sent to find out what really happened. Story enough in itself, except that Tom Ryan is one of the most self centered, egotistical bullies you could imagine. As the oldest child, Tom ruled his world with an iron fist and all those around him are but minions to complete his latest reign of terror, his own siblings obstacles to his supreme position in the family. In his delusional world, Tom is the king and everyone and everything is designed around him, about him and for him. The first clue into the depth of Tom's ego is his ongoing conversation with himself. Constantly arranging and rearranging his rules to suit the moment, loses are acceptable as long as the end result is a gain for Tom. When Tom's world enters Harry's world, the collision of the mind in epic and unfolds into an act that only Harry could understand, and he's not there to explain it.
So is Harry dead? Is Tom going to uncover what happened in the four years Harry has been gone?
That will be up to you to determine if you read Four Years From Home, by Larry Enright.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it, want more! January 9, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a fun and worthwhile read. I laughed out loud, speculated what may be waiting for me on upcoming pages, and enjoyed many thought provoking aspects of the story. Enright brings to life characters that you want to love and love to hate. I never thought a book this inexpensive, from a previously unknown author could be THIS good. Great find! I hope I can find more from him, I enjoy his writing style.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not your run-of-the-mill story March 18, 2011
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Every few years I read a book that just grips me and this is my new "book of the year." I laughed aloud, cried copious tears, and in-between could not put it down.

It is the story of two brothers, the older a self-centered bully, the younger a near perfect kid everyone loves. The story alternates between the present day (early seventies) and flashbacks to their childhood. While I agree with some reviewers that at times the flashbacks ramble a bit too much, and I did skim a few of them, on the whole they are very important for setting the personalities, characters, and relationship of the two brothers.

At times I was confused as to what was happening, but this is not uncommon in a mystery style book; in this case my confusion mirrored that of the main character because he, too, was having difficulty assimilating all the events.

I would have liked a little more wrap-up at the end, but in reality I think this is really because I had so much crawled into the characters' skins that I was reluctant to leave.

This book isn't perfect: it could use some tighter editing. But the story is so captivating and original, the characters so alive, becoming part of my life, and still living within me almost three months later, that the rest become minor details. I loved it.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Many Years From Good March 29, 2011
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I bought this because the reviews were so good. I don't understand this!
The lead character is not likeable at all.
There are so many holes in the story that I don't see how it got past a book editor. The main character says he would have been voted Most Likely To Go Postal - a term not developed until the 90's. He also talked about a Happy Meal at McDonalds of Chicken Nuggets. These were not even marketed until 1979 (Happy Meal) and 1983 (Chicken Nuggets. And he parked in a handicap parking place? I never saw those either until the late 80's. Those little things I find annoying. I would never recommend this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Can't make up its mind
***MILD SPOILERS AHEAD***
"Four Years from Home" lacked a strong focus. At first, it sounds as though it's going to be a memoir of growing up in a big Irish Catholic family. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Banzaidog
2.0 out of 5 stars A good ending, but not worth the time it takes to get there.
I picked up Four Years from home, because the story looked really interesting. I was quickly bored with the story, but reviews promised me that the last part of the book was... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Dierdra Byrd
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Years From Home
The book was a little slow going at first, jumping back and forth. I'm glad I kept reading it though, because it turned out to be a very interesting read with a surprising climax... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Vanny LeBoeuf
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Read!
Four Years From Home is an awesome ride through the life of the main character Tom Ryan. I had originally downloaded Cape May Diamond to my Kindle, when I noticed it was the sequel... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Margaret Butler
4.0 out of 5 stars Stick with it!
I too was ready to hang it up until about the 50% mark. Then I read some more reviews & gave it some more time. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Gingersnap
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty bad
It seemed to me that the author had a good idea for a story as far as the beginning and ending went and just didn't know what to do with the middle of it. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Regina Malik
3.0 out of 5 stars Intersesting book and subject matter
This book looks at what life is like when one lives a lie. A very different type of story line that kept me wondering.
Published 17 months ago by jj
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading
This is a very good book. The reason I'm not giving it 5 stars is because I almost stopped reading it a couple of times. I hated the main character, Tom. He's obnoxious. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Maria Savva
4.0 out of 5 stars Two brothers, one ending
A story with so many twists and turns, you have no idea how it's going to end. And even when it does you're still questioning what you just finished. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Kara Paugh
3.0 out of 5 stars Twist
It took me a little bit of time to get into this story. Mostly because of the main character. He really isn't all that endearing. Read more
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More About the Author

Larry Enright was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is an award-winning author and has one best-selling novel. He lives on a farm on where he grows his stories in peaceful climes.

His works include: the best seller "Four Years from Home," "A King in a Court of Fools," "Buffalo Nickel Christmas," "12|21|12," 2013 IPPY award-winning "A Cape May Diamond," and "Walter Stickle and the Galactic Rangers." Find him at larryenright.com.


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