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Resurrecting Randi [Kindle Edition]

David Shepherd
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A troubled student demolishes a professor's carefully arranged life in this disturbing yet compelling story of love and loss. Praised by Kirkus, Pulitzer Prize winner David Oshinsky, and Nobelist J. M. Coetze, Resurrecting Randi is the modern-day Lolita.

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About the Author

After his father and brother died young with unfinished manuscripts on their bedside tables, Shepherd found the incentive and the emotion to pen this novel of extraordinary depth, loss, and ultimately, hope. Shepherd lives and writes in Austin with his wife. His second novel is in progress.

Product Details

  • File Size: 748 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Balios Publishing (March 27, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007P80280
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,136,042 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 stars where 4 stars are deserved June 26, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
let me preface this by saying i listened to this read by the author on (yes, a plug, imagine that) maybe i shouldn't be writing a review without having first "read" the book, but having heard it i figure i can throw my 2 cents in. there are 2 things to review and those are the book itself and the author.
i say the author because it's his first book. where's he going from here? will the next book be his big break or does he go down as a one hit wonder. he has the writing ablility to do great things. he does need to find someone to read his books if he's going to continue with the podcasts but his style, character development, and all that stuff show great promise. very rarely do i look forward to a book. but in this case i would buy his next one sight unseen. now, as to the book itself. pretty darn good. great, no. sure would like to talk to all these people that gave it 5 stars. it's not. but it is a very good book. i hate reviews that just give you a synopis of the book. you can read the back cover for that. does this book "entertain"?. that's why i read. to get away for a few hours. this book does that. from the first page where we are introduced to our hero and his gun, to the end where stuff happens (no spoilers from me) and all along the way, this book does what i think a book should do. hold your interest. as simple as that. when i'm reading i want people to have to say my name twice before i respond. this book does that. bottom line for me is a basic PAY or PASS. in this case i say buy it. you will enjoy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a must read! June 5, 2008
This was a great book. I read it within 24 hours. Could not put it down. My daughter got my copy and did the same. A great book with well developed characters....that keeps you on the egde a bit and makes you think....
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Novel June 3, 2008
Okay, since the last book I read was Harry Potter (and before than I
can't even remember!) people warned me that Resurrecting Randi would
be too dark or too "mature" for me. Well, I started it on a flight to
California and have to say that after about 10 pages of the book I was
completely hooked. Truthfully this book was amazing. It made my
three and a half hour flight literally fly by. The entire time I was
thinking, "wow! This is really, really good, this will be my
girlfriend's favorite book." I mean I don't want to go into detail
but the imagery was great, and the characters were explained in such
detail that at the end of the novel I couldn't believe the enormous
transformation. This would make a killer movie and I have been
pestering my girlfriend to read this book because I want to talk to
her about it but she said that she is saving it for when we go on a
trip in the middle of this month. She is only 18 but I guarantee she
will love it!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspensive Psychological Thriller May 1, 2008
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I just received this book yesterday and could not put it down. This is a suspensive thriller that deals with very serious topics (suicide, psychiatric problems, etc), but also has a plot that you just cannot let go of. The characters are so real and complex that I found myself sympathizing even with the worst of them. I disagree with the previous reviewer in that I do not know if this is a book about hope as much as it is a book about perseverance. This book reminds me of Lolita by Nabokov.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A meaningful and worthwhile read! May 1, 2008
The back cover of this novel asks the question "Is life worth
living?", but, in my view, the central question of this novel is
actually, "Is a life of suffering a life worth living?" The novel
opens with an excerpt referencing Nietzsche's philosophy of eternal
recurrence (a cyclical time concept that posits that the universe -
and so one's life - eternally recurs over and over again) and I think
that theme more accurately captures the heart of this book. Prof.
Travis Harrison has endured unspeakable losses and lives a life that
most of us would never want. But one can think that, ultimately,
Travis feels differently. Having crossed paths with the chaotic
student Layla Sommers, Travis comes to terms with the he has had and
what he has lost, and in his effort to help this troubled girl, one
still finds a sense of purposefulness and meaning in his otherwise
destroyed life. Different readers might have different perspectives
on the ending of this novel, but, in my view, this novel is ultimately
one of hope. It is a great examination of the endurance of the human
spirit and how, despite the crushing pain one can experience in one's
life, that acts of kindness and generosity of spirit are still what
render our lives most meaningful and worthwhile.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Boy, was THIS gripping! September 9, 2008
This was, for me, an unusually fun read (even given the gritty subject matter). I was mesmerized by the character of Layla Sommers - she was just so interesting personally and psychogically, and my heart just broke for her! I felt for the narrator, as well, and I think this is because the author has a gift for character. Also, this story, though a fast nd "easy" read, was so intelligent . . . clearly the author has done his research into psychotrauma, and I was impressed with his working of Layla's character as defined by her "primal scene" and her inability to get beyond it, and her's and the narrator's need to diulge their secrets and wake up from denial. VERY crafty, this writer! I would definitely seek out him again.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Good start but then what happened...
I did like this book when I started it, but then half way through it gets to the point of being absurd. No one is as naive and easily led as our dear Professor seems to be. Read more
Published 23 months ago by April The Great
1.0 out of 5 stars Amateur, stereotypical, unbelievable
While I admire anyone who takes on the task of writing a book, I am not sold on this first effort. I received a copy of of it after signing up for the publisher's advocates group... Read more
Published on February 27, 2011 by Charity Thompson
1.0 out of 5 stars A Mediocre Work By An Author Who is Particularly "Not A Genius"
The language in this is so bad that I thought I was reading R.L. Stine's Goosebumps. Awful plot devices and twists made this book a lesson in the absurdly terrible. Read more
Published on November 13, 2008 by Patricia M. McCarthy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fast read!
What a great read! I was hooked almost immediately and finished the book in two days. At times I didn't want to continue because I knew the characters were making bad choices, but... Read more
Published on August 2, 2008 by J. A. Ruckel
4.0 out of 5 stars Lolita on Steroids
This is a dark tale of one man's descent into obsession. Layla is everyman's worst nightmare....Lolita on steroids. Read more
Published on August 1, 2008 by TimeTravel21
5.0 out of 5 stars Readers will rejoice over "Resurrecting "Randi"
A thoughtful, well written book that makes you think, filled with richly developed characters, that involve you in their lives from the beginning -- until you are so quickly... Read more
Published on July 11, 2008 by Ileen P. Carter
4.0 out of 5 stars Overall an enjoyable read!
I am an avid reader of best seller fiction ie John Grisham, Jodi Picoult etc. I received Resurrecting Randi from a friend who indicated the book was "dark" and had a surprise... Read more
Published on June 17, 2008 by M. C. Lujan
5.0 out of 5 stars The Professor's House
No, this is not Willa Cather's "The Professor's House," not by any stretch of the imagination. I usually don't read contemporary fiction, at least not if the author is still... Read more
Published on June 16, 2008 by W. Branson
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond the ending.
The book's ending puts the question on the individual reader. How has the main character grown from his experiences? What doors opened or closed for him? Read more
Published on June 13, 2008 by M. A. Foote
5.0 out of 5 stars What A Story
Really hard to put down. This is not my normal book. I am more into Baldacci and Connelly. The detail decription made this seem like a real story and not fiction. Read more
Published on June 3, 2008 by Robert Cullen
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