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  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: BCH Fulfillment & Distribution; 1st edition (August 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983669406
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983669401
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,633,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sometimes I can read a few pages here & there to get the gist of a book.
Laren Bright
This is the main question Treciak asks in what has to be the most imaginary way I've ever had the pleasure to read.
Robin Landry
I had a hard time putting the book down, and am looking forward to more great writing from David!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Laren Bright on September 25, 2011
Format: Paperback
I'll start with full disclosure: I read this book because I had to. Though I have never met the author, I was hired to do the promotional writing for the book (back cover, etc.), so I had to know what the book was about to do my job.

Sometimes I can read a few pages here & there to get the gist of a book. Sometimes I have to read more. In the case of this book, I didn't HAVE to read more, I WANTED to read more. I wanted to read it all. And, for a lot of reasons, I wanted it to go on and on and on.

One of the reasons was that I found the writing to be terrific. Treciak knows how to write and he does it really well. Then there's the dialog, which, in my opinion as a writer, is some of the hardest writing there is. (Well, at least for me.) To give each character a voice and a personality and not just have them as vehicles to impart information is a gift. And this guy has it.

Then there's the story itself. What a weird & wonderful concept. I kept thinking of of Kurt Vonnegut as I read the manuscript.

And then there's the characters. My bias is that if you don't care about the characters then you don't care about the story because you don't care about what happens to the people. These characters are offbeat, fun, often funny, and I just wanted to keep hanging out with them. They became my friends.

Finally, there's the message. Not that this book is necessarily primarily about message, however it happens to have a great one. It's positive, it's upbeat, and it pretty much answers one of the great questions of the universe. I don't know if Treciak set out to write a book with a message, but that's sure what he ended up with.

And that message is...

Okay, I'm not going to rob you of the very great pleasure of diving into this book finding it out for yourself.

If you enjoy an imaginative story with great characters and a fun ride all around, do yourself a favor & get this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robin Landry TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 12, 2011
Format: Paperback
Josh Turner is one of those characters who live on in your imagination long after you've finished reading his astonding story. Told from the hospital bed where Josh lays dying, The Ordinary life and Extraordinary Death of Josh Turner creeps up on you, until you find yourself loving this ordinary man as if he were real.

Moving in and out of Josh's lingering death, the story shows Josh reliving his life through the eyes of an extra-terrestrial from a doomed world, through his quirky group of friends, and through the lives of the others who populate the hospital. Without knowing it, Josh changes the lives of everyone around him with his dying. With the subtlety of master musician, David Treciak knows how to use silence, when not to answer every question so that the reader can let their own imagination run with the profound ideas he sprinkles throughout the story.

Treciak's writing is full all the imagery you'd expect from a writer who knows his craft, yet this is an exciting, page-turning novel that sweeps you up into an extraordinary death. What a wonderful way to talk about the most feared subject on the planet. Can we make a difference in the world, not with how we live our lives, but in how we die? This is the main question Treciak asks in what has to be the most imaginary way I've ever had the pleasure to read.

An unforgettable book because David Treciak gives us an unforgettable character, Josh Turner, who we meet on his deathbed. I will certainly recommend this highly original and inspiring novel to anyone looking for an engrossing book that really stands out from all the others.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elliot Malach VINE VOICE on October 7, 2011
Format: Paperback
I love it when a life comes together in death. Actually, more than one life came together.

The author entwines Josh's conscious life, his semi-conscious dreams, sex and alien abduction, skillfully bringing it all together in the end... unfortunately, Josh's end too.

A nice perspective on life and what is really important when your time is up.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By SmittyOtis on August 29, 2011
Format: Paperback
David takes the reader into a world of magic, mystery and phenomena with a beautiful cast of characters in this wonderful story of a man resisting death and learning the secrets to life. Very much like that of "The Five People You Meet In Heaven," combined with "The Celestine Prophecy," the story leaves the reader contemplating what happens when we die. A truly fantastic read.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 14, 2011
Format: Paperback
David Treciak brings to his first novel the experiences he has gathered in his range of jobs from public school teacher to disk jockey, from sales professional to computer technician. And as his PR spot states, 'An avid student of life, David tells tales that make you laugh, cry, and scratch your head in wonder as the profundity of what he has written sinks in.' THE ORDINARY LIFE AND EXTRAORDINARY DEATH OF JOSH TURNER is as strong a debut novel as has come along in a while. Not only is the story a combination of the interrelations of friends during a time of crisis but it is also a story about a man's life as he reflects during his last weeks of living, with all the 'what ifs' and regretted and embraced choices and coming to grips with the final hours of being apart of this particular stage in the cycle of existence. In addition, Treciak plays with the flights of fancy of the 'privilege' of viewing his life and past on a sweeping survey of the universe with an extraterrestrial guide - an ever changing form of being named Max who is able to provide vantages for considering alternative ways of reflection on our main character's life as well as presenting some absorbing and enlightening bytes of philosophy for the reader to ponder. And, less the reader thinks this is a morbid book about dying, nothing could be further from the truth: this is comedic writing at its finest.

Briefly then, Josh Turner is hospitalized in the final stages of cancer, having lost his wife to cancer not long ago, struggling with important decisions such as increasing his IV analgesic drip, loathing the hospital gruel presented at mealtime, and finding comfort and friendship with the nurses. His tranquil, drug-altered state is fractured by the appearance of visitors - three friends from the past (Aria, A.J.
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