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Product Details

  • Paperback: 194 pages
  • Publisher: Endless String (June 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985643110
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985643119
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,158,696 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

R.W. Jones is a former freelance writer with a passion for reading, writing, and traveling. His career has allowed him to cover numerous sporting events and interview some of the biggest names in sports. Jones's first novel, Reinventing Mike Lake, was published in May 2012. He currently lives in Virginia with his wife, Jessica, their dog Kokomo, and cat Charlotte.

More About the Author

R.W. Jones is a former freelance writer with a passion for reading, writing, and traveling. His career has allowed him to cover numerous sporting events and interview some of the biggest names in sports. Jones's first novel, Reinventing Mike Lake, was published in May 2012. He currently lives in Virginia with his wife, Jessica, their dog Kokomo, and cat Charlotte.

Review of Reinventing Mike Lake -

Reinventing Mike Lake is an inspiring look at a young man's journey from tragedy to self discovery. On the road along the way we get to meet some great characters, not the least of which is Mike Lake. There is some Mike Lake in all of us, and a lesson to be learned from him in this highly-entertaining first novel. Looking forward to Jones' next book! -Nathan Gottlieb, author of "The Zukovka Experiment," former sportswriter for the Newark Star-Ledger and current sportswriter for HBO Sports.

Customer Reviews

Wonderful, easy read, human interest story.
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Easy to get lost in and even easier to relate to.
Michael D Reed
Book kept my attention from beginning to end.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Leslie Wilhelm on May 22, 2012
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This novel was a sweet surprise! I enjoyed every chapter (especially the last one)! I found it to be a page turner from the beginning. I have visited some of the same cities and recognized some of the same spots mentioned. Highly recommend this one! I hope you enjoy it as much as i did!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sandra J. Long on September 6, 2012
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This one, by a man, tells his story of coming back into the real world after a terrible emotional and physical loss.

You learn some interesting geographical facts and will relate to some thoughts.

I finished it and then said "Why?"

It's an okay book written in first person with some nice little things.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Tiffany on June 6, 2012
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"Reinventing Mike Lake" is one of those books you won't be able to put down. Even reading it the second time, I regretted every time I had to put it down. Jones will make you laugh and cry with his relatable characters. This book really makes you examine your own life and contemplate reinventing yourself.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Snow wench on August 9, 2012
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This book is a lovely way to spend an afternoon. It is a love story and a journey to find a reason to carry on after tragedy. There is a fullness of human relations and whether you are 16 or 60 you will find atleast some of Mike's situations familiar. I was literally pulled into the story and found myself reflecting on the paths I might take to change my surroundings and consciousness. If you are a pet lover you will appreciate Mike's love for his traveling companion Bahama.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Conover on October 6, 2012
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Unfortunately, I couldn't get far because I couldn't get beyond the amateurish writing. This book needs serious editing for grammar and style. I've read better from high school students.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sophie's Mom on September 12, 2012
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The description of this book sounded interesting plus I was able to download it for free so what was I to lose? Well, I obviously didn't think this book was a wonderful as a lot of the other readers, that's for sure.

My husband passed away six years ago very suddenly so I thought this story would speak to me. Well, after about the first two chapters I wanted to tell the character to get off his butt and do something! Quit feeling sorry for yourself! I don't want to be harsh but obviously the author hasn't dealt with that kind of a loss. Yes, your world is ripped apart and you don't want to get out of bed or leave your house. However, you realize your spouse wouldn't want you to wallow in your grief. In order to heal you need to get out of bed and try to maintain some sort of normalcy even if you don't feel like it or want to. My family helped me during my first year (and they still are there when I need a shoulder) but they didn't enable me to become a recluse and shut myself off from everyone.

This story is touching in parts. I cried when he was describing his wife's illness and death. There was a parallel since we never had children and only had dogs so reading about the dog staying by his wife's side was very touching. I experienced that with my dogs after my husband died. Other than that part, I thought the story was kind of boring.

This is an ok book but I wouldn't rate it with 5 star's. The concept was there but the ability to really feel and connect with the characters was lacking, in my opinion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn A. McClenney on September 1, 2012
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This was a very good book! It kept my attention from the beginning, and I really cared about Mike and was rooting for him. I always like books where the characters are someone you could imagine meeting yourself. A beautiful story, I highly recommend this book!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michael D Reed on May 23, 2012
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Easy to get lost in and even easier to relate to. Starting in what could be the darkest time in a person's life, this book quickly takes off. The fact that not even the main character knows what he'll do next on his cross country rediscovery keeps you turning pages until you realize you've finished the book in a few short sittings. Mike Lake may begin the novel as an "everyman" but by the end of the novel you realize that you have learned a lot from his journey. Enjoy this book on the beach, on the plane to Vegas or just in your couch. You won't regret it!
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