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Product Details

  • Series: American Tragedy in Trilogy (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 511 pages
  • Publisher: Emmaus Road Publishing; 2nd edition (June 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193101874X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931018746
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,076,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...In a remarkably captivating manner Motherless depicts our troubled age as it is and as it will continue to be unless we seek the help of the Mother of God... --Cardinal Raymond Burke

Fiction has long served as a powerful medium for social criticism and for issuing warnings rooted in a profound concern for fundamental justice and moral truth. Are contemporary fiction writers up to the task? In Motherless, Brian J. Gail proves that he certainly is. --Robert P. George McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Princeton University --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Brian J. Gail was a schoolboy baseball phenom recruited by Division One universities and scouted by Major League baseball teams; he suffered a disabling shoulder injury early in his college career and was sent to the Philadelphia Phillies team doctor whose efforts to help him regain his exceptional pitching velocity were unsuccessful. Fueled by a white hot competitive fire and magnetic rhetorical gifts he rocketed to the top of the Madison Avenue advertising world in his mid 30 s only to see his career derailed by a great moral business dilemma and a direct challenge to his Catholic faith. A gifted entrepreneur and CEO, he provided strategic marketing counsel to elite Fortune 500 corporations and directed a variety of non-profit boards focused on assisting the underprivileged in Philadelphia. Today, Brian J. Gail is a critically acclaimed author, a Knight of the Immaculate, a co-founder of three catholic classical academies, a patent holder, and a highly sought after speaker on matters of faith and family. Brian s remarkable novel Fatherless is published by Emmaus Road Publishing and already is in its 5th printing. Fatherless has become a powerful tool for catechesis. The interest and demand for this unique novel has now spread both across America and abroad. It is on the cusp of the Catholic Best Seller status. Critics are calling it the Catholic novel of our generation , an instant classic (Philadelphia Bulletin), masterful (author Roy Schoeman), phenomenal (professor Dr. Janet Smith), the spark that will light a societal powder keg (evangelist Christopher West), remarkable (Bishop Thomas Olmsted), riveting (Defend Life Monthly), quite simply, powerful (editor, Richard J. Neuhaus 2009) and myth shattering (Fr. Tom Euteneuer, President of Human Life International). Brian married his high school sweetheart, Joan Mary Kain, 40 years ago and they were blessed with seven children including two sets of identical twins and one set of Irish twins. They just welcomed their 5th grandchild into the world. Brian has touched many lives with his optimism, humor, and unwavering Faith in Our Lady and the truths of the Catholic Church. He and his lovely wife, Joan, divide their time between homes in Villanova, Pennsylvania and Jupiter Island, Florida. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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I understand that Childless will come out soon.
Erwin J. Ulses
Seen, however, as a means of understanding Catholic bioethical teaching, it has the great virtues of accuracy, readability, and passion.
James H. Toner
He really pulls you into the lives of his characters!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Joseph P. Tevington on November 27, 2010
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(ADDENDUM: Early this morning, I indicated that this was a 5 star work, after reading only 452 pages. After reading the final 52, those 5 stars seem stingy. Roy Halladay followed up his perfect game with a no hitter. Brian Gail has topped his no hitter (i.e., Fatherless) with a perfect game! I especially hope that this book will be widely read by clergy, religious, and laity who are involved in Catholic health care. Considering the reach of Catholic health care, that's pretty much everyone!)

What would it look like, if a Grisham-like novel captured struggles of the laity, the clergy, and the religious to embody great teachings of the Catholic Church for our confused times (e.g.,
* the Catechism,
* John Paul II's Theology Of The Body,
* Dignitas Connubii,
* the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church,
* the Charter for Health Care Workers,
* the Address of John Paul II to the Participants in the International Congress on "Life-Sustaining Treatments & Vegetative State: Scientific Advances & Ethical Dilemmas",
* Responses to Certain Questions of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Concerning Artificial Nutrition and Hydration,
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By James H. Toner on December 6, 2010
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Brian Gail's new novel Motherless is a sequel to his earlier novel Fatherless, and it anticipates the third book in the series, Childless. Gail uses the device of the novel to communicate three basic truths: a) there is such a thing as truth; b) the Catholic Church is its preeminent teacher (see 1 Tim 3:15); and c) although the Church itself is preserved from teaching moral evil, some of its pastors and faithful are infected by the flagitious spirit of the times. Gail believes, with Father Regis Scanlon (who has strongly influenced Gail) that the unworthy reception of Holy Communion (see 1 Cor 11:27) is at the heart of Church problems and is, in fact, a sign of the corrupt social circumstances in which we live (see pp. 159, 311). In much the same way, Gail is (entirely correctly) deeply concerned that we are increasingly viewing people as products (see p. 405; and see CCC #2378).

Upon such convictions, Gail builds his story of a "revolution" which will lead to a kind of brave new world of bioethics. Conspirators are planning to build a biotechnical empire by trading in embryos, by designing new humans who will live to be 1,000 years old, and by engaging in various other nefarious eugenics practices. The indomitable nurse Maggie Kealey (whom we met in Fatherless) now is the head of an ostensibly Catholic hospital in which decidedly anti-Catholic bioethical practices are routine. In part, the novel is a study of Kealey's fight against apathetic, cowardly, or evil leaders (such as a nun and a cardinal) and of her chaste romance with a staff doctor (whom she cannot marry because her estranged husband still survives).

We meet again such characters as Joe Delgado and Michael Burns, the success of whose careers seems to turn upon their willingness to ignore Church teaching.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By catholic reader on February 14, 2011
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Engaging drama of the trials we face in the catholic church regarding the culture of death and how these characters were stedfast and ultimatly triumphed, inspiring, and a great read!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bernard J. Richards on January 13, 2011
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The author is not without fault . When he describes larger social gatherings or wider audience settings the scenes seem quite artificial .Peoples reactions too rehearsed . Too on queue . Artificial , irritating . That said , his one on one or one on a few interactions are quite gripping .
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. Jordan on December 26, 2010
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It was one of the best books I have ever read. I stayed up late at night to see what was coming. I don't know what I will do until Childless comes out. Excellent book!
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By DR b on February 15, 2014
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I have been recommending this trilogy for years to people of all faiths,not just Catholics. It gives laity and also ministers an insight into the problems and resolutions facing minister and counselors. You will be surprised by the maturity level and how that influences the outcomes for those involved . The changes in how the individuals view the same problems brought to them for their help over the years and increasing maturity is insightful. It really brings home the proverb "With age comes wisdom."
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By vjo on January 17, 2014
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If you liked "Fatherless", you will enjoy Motherless. Brian Gail has a way of weaving an interesting pattern among his characters and having them linked to one another as their actions and lives intertwine throughout the book. It is also a thought-provoking work and entails not a small amount of spirituality.
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The book is part of a Trilogy. It has a lot of important characters. Sometimes a little hard to keep track of everyone. I liked the theme and the morals of the book. It was nice to read a book that wasn't full of sex and violence.
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