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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456398350
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456398354
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,176,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Bryan Healey attended Northeastern University, studying Computer Science before entering the workforce as a software engineer. He is currently pursuing an additional degree in English. He lives in Rhode Island with his beautiful wife.

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Bryan Healey attended Northeastern University, studying Computer Science before entering the workforce as a software engineer. He is currently pursuing an additional degree in English. He lives in Rhode Island with his beautiful wife.

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It grabs hold of you from page one and doesn't let go till the end.
Evie Seo
The flashbacks sometimes confused me, as I would get lost in the story and I wouldn't realize that I was in a flashback.
Jennifer
I found this very interesting and thought the book flowed extremely well.
Just Me

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By The Crafty Angel on May 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
My deepest thanks to Bryan Healey for sending me an ARC of this book to review.

What do you do when your life is turned tragically upside down? In Shattered Wings, we are introduced to a family--John, his spouse Charlie, and their adopted daughter Cassie. While Charlie works at home to be with their daughter, John is a white collar worker with a secure job. Until it isn't. Laid off in the dwindling economy, John decides to not tell Charlie. In a series of flashbacks, we are thrust into feeling his desperation as job interviews come and go, the memories of his meeting Charlie, and welcoming their daughter. His fears thrust him back into a life that could end in tragedy.

I was struck by the stark cover of Healey's book--always a promising sign. I was not disappointed. Healey has written a very timely novel that literally moved me to tears--which is hard to do and to me, signifies a book that not only satisfies but lingers in my head. His style of writing is lyrical but not overdone.

One sign of his brilliant talent is that when I began reading, I envisioned the narrator to be a woman. It's only a few pages in do I realize that this is a gay couple. I went back to the beginning to re-read so that I had the right picture in my head. But truly, aside from a few places in the book, John and Charlie are "every family" and quite accessible to any reader. I find it wonderful, as a bisexual woman, to find a novel that is modern and mainstream and doesn't need to feel like it has to be different because it features a gay couple.

A bit of a tongue-in-cheek warning: there are no chapters. So if you're a voracious reader like I am, you may find yourself devouring this book far too quickly or staying up into the wee hours of the morning.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Evie Seo TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 11, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Every once in awhile, you find a book that is so compelling and penetrating that you can't put it down. Through its fiery emotional onslaught it tears at your soul and leaves a stain upon your heart. It's dark and disquieting, and yet you can't cast it away. It grabs hold of you from page one and doesn't let go till the end. Shattered Wings is one of those books.

In his book, Bryan Healey tackles the demons and obsessions challenging the alcoholic. He brings to vivid light the tragedy of the alcohol addiction. In a literary style that is both simple and masterful, his description of what true alcoholism is and what it does to people is deeply disturbing and unforgettable.

Shattered Wings is a tale of one man's descent into alcoholism. John seems to have everything going for him. He has a well-paying white-collar job, loving partner and beautiful daughter. Together with his family he lives a harmonious and prosperous life in a suburban house in upper New York. He's a successful man, content with what he has. Until one day it all comes tumbling down when John is released from his job due to the downsizing of the company he works for. Determined to salvage the situation on his own, he decides to keep the layoff a secret from his partner, until he finds a new job. But finding it isn't as easy as he first thought it would be. No one seems to be interested in hiring a laid-off worker who dedicated 13 years of his life to one company. Apparently his loyalty means nothing more than experience deficiency and not enough exposure to a broader range of skills. As days pass by and there's still very little prospect of getting hired, an overpowering sense of hopelessness sinks John to the bottom of the bottle.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By V. Cano on May 12, 2011
Format: Paperback
I'm still in a bit of a shock at the ending. I finished it a couple of hours ago after having spent yesterday reading the majority of the book, and let me tell you, this is one powerful book.
So, John is a recovered alcoholic who seems to have everything figured out: he has a wonderful partner, Charlie, and an adopted daughter Cassie, who love him very much, a house, a job that provides for all of them well. And suddenly, it all falls to pieces. He loses his job and the downward spiral begins. We follow him as he makes one wrong decision after another, gasping at his choices, all the while asking ourselves "what would I have done?"The plotline sounds relatively tame, but I can assure you it is anything but. Some scenes are so thick with tension I actually had to put the book down and watch some meaningless tv show. The author has managed to captured the oppressed atmosphere that John is living in, and the reader also begins to feel trapped, begins to wait for a cell phone to ring that never does.
The writing itself is good. There are some editing issues that could have easily been fixed, such as missing consonants, etc. but none of it should deter anyone from picking this book up. Just make sure you have something light to turn to when you start feeling overwhelmed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Read2Review on January 4, 2013
Format: Paperback
Bryan Healey sets out in Shattered Wings to present the sad tale of a man beaten down by his circumstances and leaves the reader wondering if he deserved his lot in life. From page one, we see a pitiful creature in what looks like the aftermath of a tragedy. It isn't clear as to whether it's a woman who's been raped or a man who's committed murder. But from the get-go, we feel something for the protagonist.

By page 3, we see the main character at his best. His name is John, and life seems to be on his side at the beginning. He is married to Charlie, and the two of them have adopted a daughter named Cassie. Even though we know from this point on that they are gay, it isn't a factor for most of the novel. This slower ease into a sensitive subject is played very well. We do see the full range of reactions to John and Charlie's lifestyle, from John's father to Charlie's friend Jen, but the more powerful aspects of this couple is that they encounter life much the same way anyone else would.

I had been biased to books like these based on past experience, both in books and real life. I don't know if I just caught the wrong kind of people, but I hadn't experience many people like this who weren't on a vendetta against the world or determined to make every single person believe just exactly what they believe and nothing else. When I read about the situation in Shattered Wings, I almost stopped reading there on that bias. But, Bryan Healey demonstrates his writing prowess and makes even the most contrasting of characters close to the reader, and that made the difference for this sensitive book.

John loses his job as a manager, and can't seem to tell his husband, Charlie. He figured within a month he would be able to secure new work and keep a humiliating secret under wraps.
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