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Ladies and Gentlemen...The Redeemers [Kindle Edition]

Michael Scott Miller
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Book Description

Ladies and Gentlemen…The Redeemers tells the story of Bert Ingram, once a successful rep in the music industry, who has lost his way. Desperate for redemption, the perpetual dreamer decides to put together a band, recruiting musicians who have only one thing in common: the need to overcome a significant obstacle in their lives. The volatile mix of the musicians' personalities and backgrounds threatens to derail the band at every opportunity, but in time, the Redeemers begin to realize they have more to gain from one another than they ever could have imagined.

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  • File Size: 410 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1456363476
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003ZDO35M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #779,223 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It! November 15, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
What if that bum you walk by every day is a brilliant saxophonist? Or suppose the slacker kid washing dishes at your local diner has enormous potential as a world class drummer but just needs someone to believe in him? These people exist. Often, the only difference between success and obscurity is one chance encounter.

This is a story of redemption. But it's also fun, well-written, and full of characters that grab hold of you and won't let you go. A truly great read.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Strange Book August 25, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I started reading the book expecting to be drawn in. It didn't happen. At the same time, I couldn't stop reading it. I kept waiting for at least one of the characters to engage me emotionally. It didn't happen. But I kept reading and didn't know why I didn't just delete it from my Kindle. I just kept reading, not understanding why I continued reading. I had a hard time remembering which character was which and couldn't find one to care about -- but I kept reading. I found the machinations of the music industry interesting but don't know enough about them or it to know if what I was reading was real, realistic, or not. But I kept reading. I kept waiting for something to happen that would be either a disaster or a triumph but it seemed as if nothing much was really happening. But I kept reading. And then, just as the end was looming, just as the dots across the bottom of my kindle were so far to the right that I knew it was just a few pages until the book ended, there was a reunion that I had already figured out was coming, and it happened and I burst out crying. I was as surprised by my own tears as I was that I'd read it all the way to the end.

And now, two weeks after I finished the book, I can remember the different characters, remember their individual stories, and am impressed by the story. A completely unusual reading experience for me.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Feel Good Read December 16, 2010
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This book was so uplifting. Wonderful characters, great plot lines. I felt as if I was a part of their lives. I'll never look at street performers the same again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ladies and Gentlemen...The Redeemers October 19, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
I just finished "The Redeemers". It is a most inspirational work. If you like human interest stories you will like this book. There is enough romance to keep it from being bland. "Rapsody in Blue" would be a good song to be playing when reading "The Redeemers". I really enjoyed reading it. I hope we will see more work by Michael Scott Miller.... soon. R. Sharon Mc Govern
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3.0 out of 5 stars Don't know why.... January 13, 2013
By Bevan
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If you are looking for a tale that just lopes gently along - no murder, no mayhem - this may be for you. It held my interest ... just! ... as the story reached its expected finale.
I was in the same category as the reviewer who did not know why, but just kept reading and reading.....
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5.0 out of 5 stars terrific read January 18, 2011
By Barbara
Well written, engaging story. Enjoyed every minute of it. I live in the bay area, and find myself looking for the characters everywhere I go! Highly recommend this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great feel good kind of novel~! June 10, 2011
Ladies And Gentleman...The Redeemers is a fictional account of one mans rise from the gutter.

Bert Ingram was once a successful rep in the music industry who, through his own self-torture, loses it all, his career, his family and his contacts. One day he is living the good life, the next he's wearing clothes from the garbage and sleeping on a heat vent in some run-down neighbourhood.

One afternoon, while working the subways for his next meal, he happens upon a blind guitar player, named Abe, singing some Motown and Bert has an inspirational epiphany. He is going to put together a band that comes from the soul of the streets. After approaching Abe, and being rebuffed several times, he finally succeeds in getting some interest out of the old-timer who shares with Bert the name of an exceptional saxophone player. Taking the tip, Bert heads off on his quest for the ultimate band, his instincts are ticking again and he knows he is on the correct path this time. Taking one last swig of his bottle of liquor, he throws it into the river and embraces the future.

Charlie is a great saxophone player and after hearing Bert's pitch, joins on and becomes Bert's sidekick and advisor and together the two ride the subway rails in search of America's next stars. After months of searching they are growing frustrated with the raw sound and energy they are hunting for, while they have a few potentials, they aren't exactly what they require for their 'street thump' sound.

Dave Hollaway is going through a mid-life crisis, his dreams of being a great concert pianist are over, and he is deluded on his path in life. When he meets Bert and Charlie he is against the idea but soon warms up and joins the group.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book that music fans will love! May 22, 2011
This is a wonderful book, well written and entertaining. I thoroughly enjoyed it. 'Ladies and Gentlemen... The Redeemers', tells the story of Bert Ingram, a once successful music rep who worked for a major record company. Now facing middle-age, he finds himself destitute with nothing to show for the years he spent following his dream and the passion he has for music and spotting great talent. His former colleagues have given up on him and he seems destined to spend the rest of his life as an outcast. Bert has something to prove, so he makes it his mission to find raw talent among the down and outs in San Francisco; the musicians who play music on the streets. He has already set his sights on a singer he has spotted at Montgomery Street BART Station. We follow Bert as he tries to put together a band of musicians and lead them to super stardom, to prove to his former associates that he is still a major player.

The characters are introduced by the author in individual chapters, where we learn about their backgrounds and lives. Although they are all quite different, they are brought together by one man who has seen something in them. Bert Ingram prides himself on being able to spot talent when he sees it. I liked the interaction between the band members and between Bert and the individuals in the band. It is a very realistic portrayal of a band and all of the behind the scenes aspects of that. I recently read an excellent memoir about the life of a touring band '33 Days' by Bill See, and I was reminded of certain parts of that book when I was reading 'Ladies and Gentlemen... The Redeemers'.

The story of The Redeemers teaches us that everyone can learn something from another person, no matter who that person is.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Let the music begin
Bert Ingram is a misfit and as such it makes sense that the band he puts together are misfits too. This is a great contemporary story of life, the soul and friendship. Read more
Published 8 months ago by P.S. Winn
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining easy read
Entertaining easy read. Liked the characters okay and finished in 2 sit downs (while putting kids to bed). Wouldn't read a second time, but perfect for an airplane.
Published 11 months ago by sam
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Great Story
Can't remember reading a story like this one, ever, ever, ever, and I read a lot. An uplifting tale of downtrodden folks and the success that can be achieved. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Carolyn
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable and uplifting - 4.5 stars
Wish I could give it 4.5 stars. Not a five for two reasons: fairly simple writing style without as much depth as the story warranted; lack of character depth but still good... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Feel Good Book
This was such a happy book to read, good for the soul. To take a bunch of down and out misfits and make them into a band was so much fun to read about. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Deb Anthony
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
I am not sure what it was about this book that caught my attention. It waited patiently on my Kindle for a while but I enjoyed
it so much I wanted to post a review to share... Read more
Published 23 months ago by ASKreader
5.0 out of 5 stars Impossible to put down!
Prepare to be wowed! I read this book in one sitting because I just could not put it down.

There was so much excitement, doubts and fears that the next page couldn't... Read more
Published on May 7, 2013 by funky_town
5.0 out of 5 stars Character Study on Perserverance, Tolerance & Hope
I bought this book after reading a very good 3-star review and now that I'm through reading, it's 5-stars for me.

Abe, Aaron, Ethan, Charlie, Dave & Gene... Read more
Published on April 19, 2013 by Bea
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing special
Not too intricate, doesn't drag out a very reasonable story of hope and friendship. Nice easy reading for a quiet sitting.
Published on March 31, 2013 by Robert
3.0 out of 5 stars Ladies and Gentlemen.....The Redeemers
Alright reading for a day when you have nothing else to do. A good mix of unlikely characters that work at getting along.
Published on February 8, 2013 by Darlene Archer
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More About the Author

Michael Scott Miller says there is no greater compliment than when his readers say they became emotionally invested in his characters.

Michael found the inspiration for his first novel, Ladies and Gentlemen...The Redeemers, from the talented but poor musicians that stake out territories and collect change from passersby in the subways of Philadelphia. This story of a band, cobbled together from down-and-out musicians, has been described as "a lesson in persistence, perseverance, salesmanship, and faith," and as "a fun, feel good story."

In Michael's second novel, The Book of Sylvia, a city girl from London and a priest in rural England confront their inner demons as they attempt to solve a mystery together. This novel has been described as "a journey of self-discovery cloaked in a mystery," and "a wonderfully fun tale."

Following these two novels, Michael decided to pursue a dream of creating a book series for children. This creative journey led to the release of the first three books in the Twisted Oak Amateur Detectives series. Along the way, Michael developed a deep bond with his characters--Amanda, Melanie, Dontrelle, Tubby, and Tyler--and he is excited about taking them on more adventures.

Prior to novel writing, Michael had his work published in the Welcomat (now Philadelphia Weekly) and wrote rock music reviews for the Wharton Journal while his wife was getting her degree there.

Michael is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and currently resides in Lafayette Hill, PA, with his wife and three children.

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