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Product Details

  • Paperback: 166 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1450511872
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450511872
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,790,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is how you should feel after reading a book...it's perfect, appalling, heart-breaking, disgusting and raw. If I could I would give this author a standing ovation. He nailed this. Out of the park." --The Book Journal

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Edward O'Dell was born and raised in a small town in West Virginia. After serving 6 years in the Marine Corps, he settled into a suburb of Phoenix, where he still resides.

Mr. O'Dell writes drama, typically from a first person perspective.

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Lynn McNamee on May 3, 2010
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Plot/Storyline: 5 Stars

This novel is a little slow in the first few pages. I even thought about putting it down as it first appeared like it was going to be some `preachy' novel filled with religion. Later, I was so glad that I didn't stop reading. There was zero preaching throughout the book. I was so far off the mark it was laughable.

The storyline is basically Michael Stevens telling of his childhood with his many brothers in his poor and abusive family. In the beginning, Mike is in dire straits and believes he is dying. However, the reader is not privy to where he is or what happened to him. Throughout the novel, the reader is rarely reminded of Mike's current condition. This made it easier to get sucked into the story of Mike's life. And, boy, did I get sucked in! I could hardly put this book down!

The only downside to the novel was that I had trouble figuring out how old Mike during the first half of the book. That was a little distracting.

I was stunned, appalled, riveted, and amazed at the life this young boy was leading. I was shocked at the ending, so shocked that I couldn't cry until I read the last sentence. This book is not for the faint of heart. It describes horrible acts of child abuse, mostly physical, but some sexual.

The ending was abrupt and final. At first, I thought, "That's it?" and hit my Next Page button a few times to find more. This wasn't because the ending was bad, but because I didn't want the book to end, even there.

Character Development: 5 Stars

Mike was so believable that I wanted to go find him and save him from his awful life. He brought tears to my eyes and, at other times, a smile to my lips.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Joanne Harris VINE VOICE on April 30, 2010
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This was a hard book to read, in that the content was disturbing, but it was also compelling and honest. I read this in two sittings, and enjoyed the writing and the story immensely. I highly recommend this to anyone.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By D. Shepherd on May 19, 2010
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Just finished Three Minutes More, author Edward O'Dell has a delightful writing skill and has a succinct ability to draw a reader into each scene. I could see the blue crawdads hiding under the rocks. I could also see the hurt and heartbreak of the children of this dysfunctional (that word may be too kind) family.

The ending was so abrupt and final to me that I needed to go back and reread the last three pages of the book, to see if I had missed something. Upon realizing that it was actually the end, like a good book should, in one way I found myself wishing that the story would go on, to answer some questions. In another way, I didn't know if I could continue reading anymore of the tragedy.

If you prefer stories where in the end everything gets wrapped up in a nice little package and all ends well, this book will disappoint. Having said that,the book is a MUST read. It took me back to my childhood days and back to reality on nearly every page. Most importantly, this book took me out of my comfort zone, and demanded that I remove my blinders and think about the sad reality for far more families than I want to admit.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Couldn't put it down on April 22, 2010
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My husband and I both read this book and were amazed. It is an eye opener to the realities that some children are facing. It made us look at our own lives and be thankful for the little things of everyday. It also made us very aware of otheres and the struggles that they may be facing but not showing. We look at our own children different, and I look at those I work with everday in a different way thanks to this book. This was an amazing read. Mr. O'dell has a talent for drawing the reader in and making this a book you can't put down. We are both looking forward to another one by Mr. O'dell.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. Berdine on May 12, 2010
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I bought this book mainly because the author, Mr. O'Dell, lived in the same small town in which I live, and was a year ahead of me in school. I had not seen or heard of him in years, and I must admit I was a bit shocked to learn that he had written a book. My curiosity got the best of me and I wasted no time ordering a copy of Three Minutes More. I am so glad that I did! As soon as I received the book I started reading it and I could not bring myself to put it down! The writing itself is superb, and although the story itself is sad, the author has a talent for drawing the reader in and the farther along you read, the more you feel a connection to the characters. Very few books I have read in the past have "stayed with me" like this one does. I experienced a range of emotions while reading it....from sadness, to laughter, to sympathy, to anger. Only a good writer can do this, and only a good writer can leave you wanting more. I highly recommend this book to anyone, and I can't wait for the next book by Mr. O'Dell!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By SuZ-Q on June 2, 2010
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I'm not going to rehash what virtually every other reviewer here has already stated. They're right. I finished this story a couple days ago after reading it straight through and cannot stop thinking about it. I briefly toyed with the idea of giving it only four stars just because it didn't end they way I would have *liked*. But, hey, you can't always get what you want. That's the way of the world - which this book heartily underscores.

I had no idea I'd care so much about these characters and their stories. This in itself is a testament to the author's skill. I didn't want to let them go. In all honesty I'm hoping Mr. O'Dell will see fit to bring us up to date, so to speak, on this family at some point in the very near future. If not that exactly, I'm still sure he will bring us something equally compelling. I simply look forward to MORE.

Just read it. It may very well change the way you see/think about quite a few things.
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