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  • File Size: 410 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1456363476
  • Publication Date: November 11, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003ZDO35M
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #930,701 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Darcia Helle VINE VOICE on November 15, 2010
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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 By Susan Koppelman on August 25, 2012
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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 By AvidReader on 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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ruth S. Mcgovern on October 19, 2010
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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 rsmquilts@aol.com
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bevan on January 13, 2013
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Chatham on June 10, 2011
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Maria Savva on May 22, 2011
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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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