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  • File Size: 575 KB
  • Print Length: 229 pages
  • Publication Date: September 14, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005NBLYZG
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I have been writing my whole life, primarily for myself, and for those who wish to share my thoughts and experiences. My first novel, "Zenith Rising" was published four years ago. I am currently shopping my second novel, a post-modern take on the hard-boiled detective novel, called "Rebound."

I have lived in Michigan for the past three decades, and that experience has shared and colored my fiction. I've been married to the same woman for 31 years, and we have raised two children. We are currently pursuing the dream of starting a family business, a winery, in Northern Michigan.

I write fiction, travel narratives, general political essays and a series I call Cancer Blog to document my wife's battle against that dread disease.

You can follow my work at http://www.mlgoodell.webs.com

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This book is a very enjoyable read. The author has an obvious fondness for the richness of the English language. The story tells the tale of the City of Zenith and certain of its citizens some three generations after Sinclair Lewis first introduced us to them in the novel
"Babbitt." "Zenith Rising" should have a broad appeal and should certainly not be limited to those who read "Babbitt" in 10th grade English class. It is a thoroughly modern novel (and if it's not too great an insult to the literati) one could envision this book being turned into an exciting screenplay.
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Reading Zenith Rising for the first time I noticed something inherently sad about the novel, but was not able to place it until recently. As I read it this time I realized that almost every character in the novel has to deal with the end of a dream. While the dreams, their importance, and the repercussions change for each character, the novel seems to focus on the moments that people realize that a dream has broken and how they choose to survive. It is a theme that resonates with me, bringing up all the awkward moments, the losses of moments that never were. While the book has suspense, humor, and plot twists enough to keep reading, this is the theme that I am left with at the end. And at the end there is hope, because some of the characters not only survive, but come out better, stronger and happier.
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Zenith Rising What a great book. A story much like real life, with real characters. Facets of obnoxious yet typical bureaucracy within municipal government. The main character, his dreams and desires for a 'better society and better living' for all citizens is met with power struggles and political bias. One of my favorite lines, is truly a statement of reality, which describes the people at a bar, "The lunch rush was over, leaving only the usual handful of midday drinkers hiding from the office, killing time until returning home became imperative, throwing down drinks until returning home became tolerable" An enjoyable read and highly recommend the book.
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Every good person wants to do the right thing. But how do you define the "right thing?" Is it what makes your life better? Or what makes someone else's life better?

This is the struggle that most of the characters in Zenith Rising are facing. Some, like Rob Patterson, a bloated attorney full of hatred and spite, just knows that he feels better when everyone around him is miserable. Others, like Cindy Herringbone, born with a silver spoon, know that money buys them happiness.

But Narrows Burton, the main character of the novel, is direly conflicted. His ex-wife, Cindy Herringbone, exposed him to the finest things that money could buy. His memberships at the Zenith Country Club and Zenith Athletic Club have earned him "friendships" with the most wealthy and influential people in town. But Narrows knows in his heart that what these people call happiness does not mesh with his definition of the "right thing".

A drive through the decaying and crumbling neighborhoods of Zenith's inner city causes him to ask "This is America?" Narrows decides he wants to improve the lives of the most undervalued citizens of Zenith. His attempts in that direction are met with patronizing contempt and scorn by Cindy and the rest of Zenith's elite. That, and a personal vendetta against him by the powerful and connected Rob Patterson, are making a shambles of his life.

Zenith Rising provides a commentary on the problems faced by American cities struggling to redefine themselves in the 21st Century. The plight of inner city families and children is explored in a sensitive and thoughtful manner. Zenith Rising does not sugar coat the situation; the outlook, while not completely hopeless, is startling bleak for even the most well meaning of these urban victims.
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