The End Is Near

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In the aftermath of a farcical hostage-taking plot and failed suicide, Nathan Huffnagle makes a hospital-bed deal with Death—-the Big Guy himself. Will he receive the release he desires? Or a new lease on life? Infused with humor and sadness, restless longing and regret, flights of fantasy and the sheer contrariness of life, The End Is Near is a tale of redemption like none you've read before. More

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About Harry Ramble

Harry Ramble is a writer, editor, marketing professional, blogger, and obsessive runner. He is also the author of SEX OFFENDER LIVES HERE (2008) and THE END IS NEAR (2010), both available from Ebb Press.

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Cherie reviewed on Oct. 29, 2011

The main character is a man in his mid years who had a traumatic dysfunctional childhood exacerbated by one particular bully. That was thirty years ago and Nathan Huffnagle never got over it but allowed the events to color and stifle every day of his life. As he approaches his forty-fifth birthday he reaches a decision that life just isn’t worth it and suicide becomes his plan. He writes a journal, not just a note, explaining why he has decided on this action.

The story is told as Nathan lies in the hospital. He is still alive having really botched his own suicide. Heavily medicated the lines between hallucination and reality, present and past are totally blurred. The author pulls the reader through the jumbled mix of painful memories and the visitors that come to see Nathan: Death angels urging him to find his truth and pivotal people in his life that he must come to terms with.

It is a painful but thought provoking book to read. Nathan’s life drips with the burn of old emotional wounds that have never healed. The author vividly demonstrates the confusion the medication and physical trauma has to Nathan’s thoughts which sometimes resemble puzzle pieces dumped out of a box. Nathan sorts through them putting order and meaning to the events of past and present.

You can’t read this book and be unaffected as you invariably examine your own perspectives.
(reviewed 15 days after purchase)
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