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THE DEADLINE (David Grossman Series Book 2) by [Griffel, Steven Jay]
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  • File Size: 4223 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Stay Thirsty Press, An Imprint of Stay Thirsty Publishing, A Division of Stay Thirsty Media, Inc. (July 7, 2012)
  • Publication Date: July 7, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008ISCKVS
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By Marilyn Rose on September 1, 2012
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I loved Steven Jay Griffels first book, Forty Years Later. His second book, The Deadline, is a wonderful piece of reading material that will leave you happy, sad, laughing and crying. His sense of humor is felt throughout the book. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good book that you just cannot put down!

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It's so nice to sit down with an entertaining book and continually want for more. Steven Griffel's novel, tells a heartwarming and thought provoking story. On a family level we are exposed to complex family dynamics and the inevitable end of life scenario so many of us face with our parents passing. This is done in both a touching and appropriately humorous way. We are also privy to a friend's trials and tribulations attempting to succeed in our oh so cynical world. Finally we get to see the main character, David Grossman go beyond his everyday bravado exposing insecurities that we all possess but hardly ever face in our day to day lives.
There will be this and much more for you to discover.
I hope you enjoy the novel as much as I did.
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Captivating story about an aging baby boomer confronting mortality and the difficult choices one has to make. Weighing the last chance to fulfill his dream of becoming a novelist and his responsibilities to his dying mother and his ever supportive wife, David Grossman weighs his options with self awareness and wit.
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So, a 60 year old publishing exec is let go from his corporate job. Is this a disaster...or an opportunity to fulfill his long burning desire to write that successful novel? And bless the wife for supporting him in his choice. The side story of his buddy Matt and Matt's eventual bride and their Brazilian cafe, along with the stories of a sibling & aging parents, spike up the story line. Enough humor to keep me reading. Their authentic feelings/dealings with the aging parents is an interesting take on those situations we all have, or will face eventually. For me, the unsung hero of this book is David's wife, who struggled for a year paying the bills while granting her husband the time to pursue his dream. It was the wife who visited his dying mother on a regular basis, while his interest in Mom was "how much will I get when she dies?" His wife's generosity of spirit seemed to be unappreciated except for a rare trinket to pacify his own guilty conscience. Best book I've ever read? Not....but good enough to consider reading another book by the same author? Maybe.
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To me, this story told the feelings and actions of many people today who are faced with the uncertain future having lost their job after many years of working hard. At its root, I enjoyed the tale, however I could not warm up to most of the characters as they all seemed intent on gaining financially from the death of family. The unfolding of the ebook technology and demise of big book stores is covered, as well as shady borrowing from the mob. Again, it's all about the want of money. I found little action or suspense and the ending played out as predicted. There were many paragraphs I just skipped over as they were too boring for my likes - thus the 3 stars.
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A really enjoyable and insightful book. The style while relaxing and entertaining is also thoughtful and instructive. I believe it is just the kind of book a thoughtful, middle-aged audience would appreciate. I certainly did. I hope your readers are plentiful from this category and beyond because I think this this was a well-written and worthy narrative. I intend to devour more of your writings as soon as I discover them. Do keep writing.
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The Deadline is the story of a selfish man who achieves his dream but then discovers it's not quite what he imagined. Why would I highly recommend this book to you? Three reasons:

This is a self-aware protagonist, who lets you in on his love/hate relationships with his close family members; who easily discusses his cowardice; and who clearly maps his route to solitary success, with nearly everyone else expected to be a cheering bystander. It's not very often you get to see someone stare in the mirror and call out in such a clear and loving manner all the lines, moles, scars, and twitches that represent the internal ambitions, jealousies, and frustrations of a human life. While it exposes David, the lead character, to our own disgust and criticism, it also raises a mirror to the reader, challenging him or her to discover and accept the same careful examination.

This is a funny book, as if you meshed 1960s British-genre angry young men with Woody Allen/Larry David self-absorbed hilarity. You can't stop wanting to know what happens to David next (and mostly, things do happen to him, as opposed to David taking the initiative; I feel at times like David's frequent trips to the renowned Brazilian pastry shop at the center of this novel are like a late night TV host settling into his chair and desk ready to find out what's new with his quest). Nearly all of it is tinged with humor, both gentle and outrageous.

This is a book filled with quick, acerbic, and absorbing dialogue - you can feel the author's love for the back and forth between characters. In his first book - Forty Years Later - Mr. Griffel showed his talent for this in a furious exchange of emails escalating in tone, humor, and even danger.
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