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Some Are Sicker Than Others [Kindle Edition]

Andrew Seaward
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"Seaward not only weaves an exceptionally well-constructed story with wholly credible characters, he offers deeper insights and relates more factual information about the disease of addiction than any other writer to date." 
-Grady Harp, Top 10 Amazon Reviewer 

"Monty Miller's journey reminds us of the difficult road of acceptance, forgiveness and redemption that we all must take at some point in our lives." 
-Cyrus Webb, Top 500 Amazon Reviewer  

"This is a very dark, harsh, unmerciful look at addiction with unrelenting exposure of its consequences." 
-Dr. Patricia Laster, Psychologist and Author of "Breaking Free" 

ADDICTION: CUNNING, BAFFLING, & POWERFUL  

In this gripping debut novel by Andrew Seaward, the lives of three addicts converge following an accidental and horrific death. 

Monty Miller, a self-destructive, codependent alcoholic, is wracked by an obsession to drink himself to death as punishment for a fatal car accident he didn't cause.  

Dave Bell, a former all-American track star turned washed-up high school volleyball coach, routinely chauffeurs his bus full of teens on a belly full of liquor and head full of crack. 

Angie Mallard, a recently divorced housewife with three estranged children, will go to any lengths to restore the family she lost to crystal meth. 

All three are court-mandated to a secluded drug rehab high in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. There, they learn the universal truth among alcoholics and addicts:

Though they may all be sick...SOME ARE SICKER THAN OTHERS.  

Based on the author's own personal experience with substance abuse and twelve-step programs, Some Are Sicker Than Others, transcends the clichés of the typical recovery story by exploring the insidiousness of addiction and the harrowing effect it has on not just the afflicted, but everyone it touches. 

With the harsh realism of Brett Easton Ellis and the dark, confrontational humor of Chuck Palahniuk, Mr. Seaward takes the reader deep inside the psyche of the addict and portrays, in very explicit details, the psychological and physiological effects of withdrawal and the various stages of recovery.

As Top 10 Amazon Reviewer, Grady Harp, put it: "What sets Andrew's novel apart from other recovery stories is his deep understanding of the physiochemical aspects of substance abuse and addiction. Seaward not only understands the socioeconomic, psychological and, yes, criminal impact these people create, he also displays such a profound understanding of the physiological/medical aspects of addiction that we are left to wonder if he hasn't been down the path of his characters himself."



Editorial Reviews

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"THIS BOOK NAILS IT...down to the gritty core. Not only are the characters rich and compelling, they are honest, truthful, and written from a place of utter compassion. The author has done something that not many writers before him were able to do. He has presented the topic of addiction & recovery as it truly is; maddening, ambivalent and utterly relentless."
-Alexander Ruzumican
 
"Reservation Road meets A Million Little Pieces in this harrowing story of loss, grief, atonement, and redemption." 
-Scott Lorenz, West Wind Book Marketing
 
"Dark, gritty, compelling...a harrowingly emotional experience that rings true to the very last word." 
-Doug Kurtz, acclaimed author of Mosquito
 
"Honest, direct, and confrontational. This book will lead you on a serious rollercoaster ride of emotions. Mr. Seaward discusses in very explicit details the mental, psychological and physical effects of withdrawal and the various stages of recovery." 
-Ashley LaMar, Closed the Cover Book Reviews
 
"The thoroughly cultivated iced-over setting provides the perfect backdrop for the story. One can easily concoct in one's mind the snowy, mountainous landscape Seaward paints with his words."
-Aimee Jodoin, Author of Portrait of an Artist as a Young Woman

From the Author

"Name a hospital in Pennsylvania, I've been there. A rehab in Texas, I've stayed there. I've been strapped down to hospital beds, thrown into drunk tanks, and locked in padded rooms no bigger than a broom closet. I've woken up on railroad tracks, passed out on park benches, I even drank a bottle of cologne once because I couldn't make it to the liquor store before closing time. And for what? A moment of numbness, a flicker of tranquility? No. I realize now, that the reason I drank was because I was too afraid to admit who I really was. I'm an artist. A storyteller. A writer. An author. It took me a long time to finally admit this, and now that I have, I won't stop."

"Based on my own personal adventures in addiction and recovery, my debut novel, Some Are Sicker Than Others, takes you on a hellish journey inside the diseased mind of the addict. From a codependent alcoholic wracked by an obsession to drink himself to death...to a delusional high school volleyball coach with a dependency on crack...the characters in my novel are not just fiction, they are amalgamations of the people I met on my journey. Tragically flawed yet desperately hopeful, this cast of unlikely heroes will challenge your preconceived notions of what it means to be an addict. Some of you will laugh, some of you will cry, others may see themselves in the characters' lives. Either way, I think you're going to enjoy the story, because, if there's one thing an addict isn't...it's boring."  -From Andrew's Interview at the American Chronicle 

Product Details

  • File Size: 552 KB
  • Print Length: 390 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1478278021
  • Publisher: Flophouse Books (November 5, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007B7GJGE
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful
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Everyone probably has endured some of the frustrations and pain dealing with addiction or a loved one's struggles with the debilitating disease of addiction. The media is often filled with celebrities and professional athletes journies dealing with addiction. Too often the antics of a chemically dependent celebrity is not treated like a tragedy until their eventual death. TMZ and other tabloids sometimes make light of the truly destructive nature surrounding addicts of their families, friends, health,careers, and finances.
"Some Are Sicker Than Others" details the struggles and destructive nature in an exceptionally well written and informative look on the inside of the addiction journey. Mr. Seaward's colorful characters development is superb and you will truly believe you know, have known ,or will know some of these people in the future. The accurate inclusion of codependency and a vivid look into the recovery and rehab efforts is educational and informative. The suspense of what will happen next makes this a true page turner hard to set aside once you begin.
I will look forward to future offerings from this talented author.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some Are Sicker than Others October 2, 2012
Format:Paperback
Emotionally raw and harrowingly real, Some Are Sicker than Others is a moving story of redemption. Crack-addict Dave Bell and alcoholic Monty Miller both struggle through the consequences of a life-changing event: Dave's mentally disabled son, Larry, accidentally ran him over with a golf cart, injuring his leg and putting an end to his athletics career, while Monty's fiancée, also a recovering alcoholic, was killed in a car accident, after which Monty relapsed, embarking on a suicide mission. These two troubled men meet in a rehabilitation center in the wintery mountains of Colorado, their paths intertwining more than they could have imagined.

The thoroughly cultivated iced-over setting provides a backdrop for the story; one can easily concoct in one's mind the snowy, mountainous landscape Seaward paints with his words. The perfect pitch of the language in developing the mid-winter Colorado setting and the deep-cutting emotional environment is perhaps the novel's strongest point.

Due to the subject matter of the book, it can be difficult to read in many places, though it is important to absorb every word in order to get the full effect of the story. While some events can appear too intense or too harrowing for the reader to take in all at once, the events are never unrealistic. Always plausible, even inevitable, the mistakes these characters make are mistakes that the quintessential addict makes. The violence, disturbing behavior, one-sided motivations, and lack of compassion, especially in Dave, are so well-drawn and realistic that it can be emotionally draining to read, but in a good way, if a novel about drug addiction can do anything in "a good way.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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Wow, this is brutal, honest, brave, depressing, and extremely well written. Andrew, you are a very talented young man and you have written a brilliant novel which totally strips every mask off of what addiction involves and shows the horrible disease for the monster that it is. But this is not just a 'tell-it-all', this is an excellent novel written by a gifted author.

Your imagery is so vivid and your dialogue is as authentic as your story itself. The undisguised, frank portrayal of your characters is awesome: Monty, in an AA program that he doesn't really believe in but wants to make Vicky happy, the co-dependency between them, and Monty's guilt over his treatment of his parents and his denial of his own reality as he rushes off, driving through the snow with Vicky by his side. Coach Dave, the total crack addict, dissatisfied with his job, his marriage, his obese wife, Cheryl, and his chidren, Megan, Mary, and his son,Larry with Klinefelter's syndrome.

Monty doesn't face the reality of where he is headed and neither does Dave. Monty's problem results in a car wreck killing Vicky and Dave's denial and indulgence in obscene sexual fantasies as well as grandiose behavior leads to the death (I think?) of his own son, Larry, after the police stop Dave's bus and mistakenly think Larry is attacking them.

Your final uploaded chapter takes us back to Monty who is now attempting to drink himself to death - literally.
This is a very dark, harsh, unmerciful look at addiction with unrelenting exposure of its consequences. It is a story that should be told and if I were not retired, this would be required reading for my students in the course I taught on addiction. You have written the story brilliantly, Andrew. Don't ever doubt your ability as a writer.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some Are Sicker Than Others February 27, 2012
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This novel is a powerful, honest read. It definitely took a lot of heart and soul to write and forces you to keep turning the pages. It gets into the minds of people battling some of the hardest trials a human can go through: looking at yourself in the mirror and deciding if you are going to be honest with yourself and the ones you love.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Andrew Seaward's Some Are Sicker Than Others is quite well written, with a straightforward, unadorned, smoothly flowing prose style that effortlessly carries the reader along as the author tells his story. Though much of what is described is violent, terrifying, and fraught with abysmal hopelessness, guilt, and shame, the author does a remarkably good job of maintaining an even and understated tone. Yes, there are eruptions, but they do not take the story uncontrollably over the top as the author loses thematic control of his novel. Instead, Seaward manages to hold things together while still describing scenes that in some instances are almost too hard to take.

Alcoholism and drug addiction are conditions that we all know at least a little something about. We've heard of Alcoholics Anonymous or AA and Narcotics Anonymous or NA, and we may know that many among us, based on their deeply personal and painful experience, describe both organizations as life savers. Until I read Seaward's novel, however, I suspected that these laudatory characterizations might be self-serving exaggerations delivered by narcissistic weaklings and perhaps fostered by the organizations themselves. But Some Are Sicker Than Others does an almost overwhelming job of showing us just how powerful and sickeningly destructive addiction to alcohol, crack, and other seductively insidious substances can be. Seaward has written a book that is probably best read a few chapters at a time. Otherwise, I found it getting inside my head, hitting too close to home, and making me depressed.

I've done program evaluation for addiction treatment facilities in Pennsylvania and Florida, and I thought I understood the human cost of this pernicious phenomenon when it gets out of control.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars It wasn't all lovey dovey touchy feely about how good rehab/AA/NA are
OMG this book is a really hard hitter. I have come across few things that really address the nuts and bolts of addiction. Read more
Published 2 months ago by jackslookingat
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good book for people interested in substance abuse and treatment.
Very Good, interesting book. Portrays all kinds of addiction and recovery well. Characters are well described and spot on to people I personally have worked with. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Susan Mueller
4.0 out of 5 stars ... thought it would be but it was kind of perfect for each character...
This ending wasn't anything close to what I thought it would be but it was kind of perfect for each character when you think about their back stories and personalities. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kimberly Scully
1.0 out of 5 stars The King of Bad Similes, as read by William Shatner Impersonator
I was too distracted by the horribly amateurish writing and bad narrating to finish this book. I listened to this book on Audible, which was a big mistake due to... Read more
Published 3 months ago by LoriBee
5.0 out of 5 stars Some are sicker then others
Very sad but we'll written novel. All too real unfortunately. If you're like me this book made you take a long look at yourself. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kathg
5.0 out of 5 stars Talented Writer
Never judge a book by its cover, they say. Well, the title didn't exactly reel me in, but I loved the way this book was written. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Pamela Bell
3.0 out of 5 stars good book
I thought this was good book.i would of like the characters to be more developed but overall it was a good read.
Published 9 months ago by Lisa Parent
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
emotional and physical problems caused by addiction and denial become a snowball on a hill, either crashing or surviving, it becomes their choice.
Published 10 months ago by margaret miller
4.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling
The way the author wove the lives of So many people together was like magic. Though it was a heartbreaking story, I could not put it down. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Becca W
1.0 out of 5 stars A disgrace to the publishing industry.
I have read book reports done by fifth-graders that contained fewer errors than this book. The only possible way it received so many positive reviews has to be from AA or NA... Read more
Published 11 months ago by L. Verni
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More About the Author

Andrew Seaward is an award-winning author, actor, and screenwriter. He has written and acted in several independent productions including the critically-acclaimed short film, "Drowning", which earned the prestigious Award of Merit at the 2010 Indie Fest.

Though a chemical engineer by trade, Andrew's true passion in life is helping other addicts and alcoholics on their individual paths of recovery. A recovering addict himself, Andrew understands the viciousness of addiction and the harrowing effect it has on not just the afflicted, but everyone it touches. As a result, he has dedicated his life to removing the unfair stigma associated with addiction by encouraging addicts to embrace their recovery, rather than hiding from it. His brand new blog, Portraits of Addiction, has been creating a lot of buzz within blogging community and was even featured on Word Press' Top 10 Daily Picks.

Andrew currently resides in Denver, CO, where he is busy at work on his next novel. For more information about Andrew and his projects please visit www.andrewseaward.com

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