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Fatherless Paperback – June 22, 2010
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In the Catholic novel Fatherless, author Brian J. Gail takes dead aim at the pervasive denials and chronic weaknesses that afflict men of every age, but especially men of the post-Pill generation. I think the greatest contribution of Mr. Gail's book is the honest presentation of real-life scenarios of how much damage the Pill has caused men and their relationships with women. No one thinks that the Pill is a man's issue, but Gail shatters that denial with his insightful rendering of the accounts of woe that follow in the train of the poison Pill. All men, not just Christians, need to read this and weep (in repentance) and then get up and make a difference in the world by taking on themselves once again the role of the virtuous man, father and warrior. --Fr. Tom Euteneuer, President, Human Life International
Fatherless is an exciting, compelling and profound fictional account, but much more importantly, it's also an accurate and profound snapshot of the problems in the Church today, in the midst of a society steeped in contraception and abortion, and a cultural disregard for the sanctity of marriage and family life. This book is a must-read for all Catholics yearning for the end of the culture of death. --Judy Brown, President of American Life League
A gripping and deeply moving read that is, at the same time, a hauntingly beautiful exploration of man, God, morality, faith and the Church in our contemporary world. Masterfully done... --Roy Shoeman, Author, Salvation is from the Jews
About the Author
Brian J. Gail is a former college and semi-pro athlete; Madison Avenue ad-man; and Fortune 500 senior executive, entrepreneur, and CEO. He is currently an educator and author. Mr. Gail has served on numerous civic boards in his hometown of Philadelphia, including the National Adoption Center, the William Booth Society, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, and the Regina Academies. He is a husband, father of seven, and grandfather of five.
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If that sounds boring, I assure you, it ISN'T. Mr. Gail has a talent for bringing home the crises in American families through the description of their very personal battles...together with their failures and successes. The episodes that took place were so captivating that I found myself turning the pages quickly to find out what happened next--often well past my normal bedtime--thereby causing severe bouts of sleep deprivation.
FATHERLESS was not only thoroughly researched, it was a well-told tale that held my interest from the first page to its satisfying conclusion. Brian J. Gail is a very talented writer and an excellent story-teller. I hope to see more from his gifted pen.
The facts of using artifical birth control and its impact upon women is greatly documented. There is also a strong thread regarding the results that can logically (though subtley) occur when a person vacates their moral duty as they evaluate such decisions.
The author has obviously drawn upon substantial (and probably very painful) real life experience regarding the personal pain for a parent of a mentally ill child. Plus there is very believable portrayal of life in the fast lane of Madison Avenue, which again represents the experience(s) of the author. All of this lends credence and belief to the setting, the story and the facts contained therein.
You may be a person that does not agree with the information or of the moral responsibilities that the author clearly points to within his story. If you are however, an open-minded person of good will, then you will find this story compelling and the facts worthy of your consideration. In fact it may lead you to change your position on certain aspects of American life.
I greatly enjoyed this book. I enjoyed the story, and the opportunity it provides to absorb important information within a compelling plot. I greatly recommend that you read this book.
Two subjective criticisms: 1) too much business/advertising/marketing minutia throughout the book. I know that's the author's background but I started to glaze over at times. 2) I could not determine at any given time what date the setting was in & its seems like the author couldn't quite determine what year(s) the story took place in either. He mentions 1985 early on and then seems to have the characters go through relatively long stretches of time quickly only to come back to the mid-80's. Also he mentions Pope John Paul II's encyclicals that were published in the 90's and Roseanne Barr's obnoxious national anthem rendition (1990) and on the next page mentioned an editorial that was critical of the current Reagan Administration. I doubt this would bother most and it is certainly not a bar to the enjoyment, I just found it a little distracting however.