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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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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #481,163 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 16 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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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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Strange Book 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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fresh Twist on Rock Fiction July 3, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I'd been hearing about this Michael Scott Miller dude and his book, Ladies and Gentlemen... The Redeemers for awhile now. My friend, author Darcia Helle, told me she thought I needed to read it.

How could I say no?

Ladies and Gentlemen... The Redeemers is a heck of a tale. It's the story of down-on-his-luck Bert, who decides to take a bunch of misfits and miscreants and turn them into the band that'll end his down-on-his-luck days. And theirs.

Most bands form because they are drawn together by something intangible. They have chemistry, a shared hunger for success... something. Not the Redeemers. They are drawn together because of Bert and the strength of his ambition to reclaim a part of himself.

Whether or not they'll first find all the people they need to fill out the band properly, if they'll gel as a group, if they'll overcome their natural distrust and, sometimes, dislike of each other... this is what the story is about.

It's a great story. It's one anyone who loves to dream needs to spend time with.

But, of course, this is Susan West of Mars doing a review here, and that automatically means there are faults to be found with this book.

Not many, I'm pleased to say. And in this case, I suspect the fault I found with the Redeemers is one of style.

You see, for me, there is a narrative distance. This means I don't get into the characters' heads, they don't come fully alive. In this book, it drove me nuts. I wanted to really get inside these guys. I wanted to share their thoughts and dreams and desires. I wanted to look to my left and be surprised they weren't real people, right there beside me.

To be honest, I have no idea how Miller could have pulled this off.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 2 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 10 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 12 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 12 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 14 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 15 months ago 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 16 months ago 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 16 months ago 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 18 months ago by Darlene Archer
4.0 out of 5 stars Redeemers
I found the book to be enjoyable. Easy reading and kept my interest. I enjoy reading and this book fit the bill.
Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
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More About the Author

Michael Scott Miller began writing shortly after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania. He has had his work published in the Welcomat (now Philadelphia Weekly) and wrote music reviews for the Wharton Journal while his wife was getting her degree there.

He has written two novels, Ladies and Gentlemen...The Redeemers, and The Book of Sylvia, both works of contemporary fiction with strong emphasis on their characters.

Miller grew up in Cherry Hill, New Jersey and now lives in Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania with his wife and three children.

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