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Post Marked [Kindle Edition]

Mark R. Trost
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Sex. Souls. Synchronicity.

Mark Mallon has a lot of friction in his life. He is an abrasive man and an inspired writer. He is profane; he is profound. Mallon isn't the man he could have been. He's not living with loss; he's living as less. How will Mallon thrive? He'll keep you posted.

Women love Mark Mallon. He talks to them. He talks to a lot of them. He falls in love with them. He has an easy way with them. But Mallon is not an easy man. Mallon has a lot of women in his life. Brady is an intelligent woman and a passionate attorney. She craves sex, cigarettes, and Mark Mallon. Kaitlyn is a headstrong woman carving a career in medicine. She's clinical everywhere except his bed. Ellen is an intense woman. The line between erotic and neurotic is narrow.

Men love Mark Mallon. He talks to them. He talks to a lot of them. He drinks with them. He's not always easy with them. Mallon has a lot of friends in his life. Reid is a spirited man with an amusing temperament. Sometimes a sole mate is the one who walks beside you. John is a dedicated priest and Mallon's confidant. Sometimes a soul mate is the one who guides you. Tom is a lifelong friend who mingles his affection with antagonism. And sometimes a mate reminds you that you're very much alone.

A novel of essays. Velocity waves from a male point of view.

POST MARKED is not a work of fiction. POST MARKED is not a work of fact. POST MARKED is a work of friction. In the tradition of classical literature, POST MARKED is an epic allegorical novel restructured into an innovative form.

POST MARKED is unlike anything you've read.

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About the Author

Mark R. Trost is an author, an essayist, an editor, a humorist, a communications consultant, a sage, and a smartass. From 2007 - 2011 Mark R. Trost penned a popular literary blog that exceeded a million hits. He has written a novel: POST MARKED, gathered his work into an anthology: BEERS, BUDDIES, BULLSHIT, WOMEN, SEX, & GOD, and collected his Facebook status updates in the book: SOCIAL STATUS.

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  • File Size: 1060 KB
  • Print Length: 822 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0040JHRXK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #647,719 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This lengthy book is about the sexual exploits of an egotistical diabetic and a conflicted wannabe priest, Mark Mallon. The author alternates between accounts about Mark's numerous sexual encounters and his rather mundane and profane conversations with his male friends to rambling and repetitive tutorials about Catholicism in the form of his blog postings. Although the format of the author's writing is rather unique and his wordmanship clever, the book never achieves momentum. With the exception of the accounts of his one meaningful but tumultuous on-and-off relationship with Brady, the book is quite dreary. Although quite a chore, I drudged through this entire book until I finally found some meaning at the very end. I did not, however, find the meaningful ending worthy of being put through the seemingly endless ramblings of all the preceding pages. If you are out of Ambien, try this book.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Relationships from a male point of view August 25, 2010
By LeZebra
Format:Kindle Edition
Mark R. Trost's point of view difficult to ignore.

The first time I read a Trost post on OS, I realized we had a few things in common: Midwestern roots, Catholic upbringing and schooling, and failure to fit. I liked him.

What I didn't know, and what many OS readers didn't know, is that we had been reading major portions of Mark's novel, Post Marked. It wasn't until I agreed to read the entire book and provide him with feedback that I learned of his plan to publish his blog posts as fiction - a blogography of a character he calls Mark Mallon.

Trost uses his own real story to discuss three themes in the novel: male-female relationships, Roman Catholic theology, and his personal struggle with his calling to join the priesthood.

After attending and then leaving a seminary, Mark threw himself headlong into the life of a single professional. His easy, but deliberately honed "way" with women gave him at-will opportunities to date doctors, lawyers, and Home Depot shoppers. He partied with some of his life-long buddies, and he made friends with street bums. He was loved by many; understood by very few.

Trost does not make an effort to paint himself in a positive light. His dialogues, which are favorites among his blog readers, reveal his rapier-sharp intellect and his rapier-sharp tongue. He is at once tender and treacherous, loving and lacerating, caring and caustic.

With his beloved "buddies" he is playful and profane. With his God, he is prayerful and pious.

When I read the last line in Post Marked, I was crying and didn't realize it. I wasn't crying from sadness, although there are things here to be sad about. Something had happened to me that hadn't happened in a very long time.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Introspective Thoughtful and Clever August 27, 2010
By Brine
Format:Kindle Edition
I recognized this protagonist because I have felt THAT anguish, angst and love. Even if you are NOT a self examined fully realized guru type, even if you are the beer drinking local bar sports on the television guy, you will relate to the relationship roller coaster and discovery of being a man, a guy, and what that really means.

The character Mark Mallon is tough on his friends, his relationships, and his own bad self. There is a lot to find out along that journey. It is laughing while reading in public funny, emotionally welling up and trying to hide it moving, and oh dear Lord I didn't know that about myself thoughtful.

Grab a beer have a seat in your best reading spot and take a read through Post Marked.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent August 28, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
I began reading this book not knowing what to expect. The format I found was incredibly original, taking from both blog entries and personal situations. The character in the book, Mark Mallon is a man that loves God, is a very serious person and holds his faith above any and all. Reading this volume after five minutes, I found that I couldn't put it down. Mark Mallon is the best of friends to his friends and seems to have a deep desire for the clergy. The author's intelligence and explanation of the life of Mark Mallon's health and social challenges compel one to read more than just this volume. I found this book better than excellent and would recommend that it gets read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Too depressing for words March 12, 2013
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I really really tried to finish this book. This guy is just caught in his own negative whirlpool and goes round and round but never gets anywhere but more down on himself and others. His negativity is intertwined with his faith and in looking around he's constantly depressed by people and society that aren't measuring up. He's a glass 99% empty kind of guy. I set it aside halfway through months ago and finally shifted it to archive. Life is hard enough without reading something that brings you down further. Wouldn't recommend unless you are a melancholy masochist with a misery likes company philosophy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scream in frustration, shout in acclamation March 14, 2012
By cre8tv1
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Though my taste in books is eclectic, I can be a book snob. I find romance novels a bit nauseating. Cozy mysteries make me yawn. Thrillers can either keep me turning pages late into the night or they can cause me to wonder if the author has lived in a dark cave his entire life. I loved the different voices and revolving time frames in David Mitchell's palindromic novel, Cloud Atlas. I had a love-hate relationship with Olive Kitteridge. Margaret Atwood intrigues me. James Joyce makes my eyes cross. I don't understand the popularity of Janet Evanovich's numbers. Bill Bryson makes me laugh. Mark Trost makes me want to shout, both in irritation and wild acclamation.

Post Marked is full of arrogance...and humility. It is forthright and introspective. Mallon/Trost says it like it is, and the rawness and brutal honesty both cause a kind of discomfort yet a warm and almost welcoming thread of human connection. The novel is thought-provoking. I screamed at what I interpreted to be a skewed and android-like view of women, but at times he was right-on. I bristled at his religious ruminations, but I marveled at the intelligent examination of faith.

If you're looking for a book with a plot, this isn't for you.

Loved the style. Loved the writing. It's worth your time if you want a fresh approach and don't mind stretching your thought processes a bit.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I felt it was a little slow at times but I did get through it and enjoyed by the end of the book.
Published 4 months ago by Carol Walton
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
It took me a while to get into this book, but when I did I read every chance I had. It is longer than I anticipated (never did look at length before starting) and I was happy that... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Grams
3.0 out of 5 stars I would like to like it...
The writing is well done. It is an interesting format, with 1/3 in the 3rd person, 1/3 "blog post" and what I assume to be 1/3 private journal. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Post Marked
I rarely give my review on any books that I have read. I feel compelled to do so on this book. As I was reading Post Marked I was struck by the sheer insight and honestly of life... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Debora Lynn Buckley
1.0 out of 5 stars I hated this book.
I have never "not finished" a book, but this one was deleted from my Kindle. I truly disliked his writing style; found it jarring and sexist. Misogynist might be more apt. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Inmyhummelopinion
5.0 out of 5 stars An Intimate Look Inside Life
At times poignant, witty, gut-wrenching, tear-jerking, and laugh-out-loud funny, Trost's insights in life are never boring. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Carolyn R. Patton
2.0 out of 5 stars Post Marked
I purchased this book as a free Kindle download not knowing what to expect, but somewhat impressed none-the-less with numerous 5 star ratings coupled with extremely favourable... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Ronald N.
3.0 out of 5 stars unsure about this one
This book has moments of divine brilliance and then moments of sodding crap. I can't really decide which one outweighs the other. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Ionia Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read!
Post Marked is written as a series of essays and blog postings that immediately pull the reader into the story of Mark Mallon, a middle aged diabetic, as he navigates through love,... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Ress
3.0 out of 5 stars Blog as Novel
After finishing this book, I felt like I deserved a medal, not unlike when one finishes a marathon. The book vascilates between the style of a blog entry and the conversations and... Read more
Published on August 6, 2012 by J. Scott
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"I write with the entire alphabet, not just the popular letters."

Mark R. Trost (1962-) is an author, an essayist, an editor, a humorist, a communications consultant, a sage, and a smartass.

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