The Ultimate Discipline

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Nancy found herself on a flight 32,000 feet over Tennessee. Not knowing what life she was leading her three daughters into, had her terrified. After all, she hadn’t seen Dan in over a decade. Dan had been her high school sweetheart, and professed to still be in love with her. She didn't known that he had been taught to be a killer and that murder would soon become a part of her life. More

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About Dan Fenton

About the Author:
Born in 1947, just after world war II, in a suburb just outside of Saint Louis Missouri Called Saint Ann, Dan became the third child of the Fenton clan. His siblings looked nothing like him and probably for good reason. It was an era just the emerged from the great depression, when jobs were becoming more plentiful. None the less his family was struggling to get by. A sixth grade education didn't lend itself to making a good living and driving a cable car for the city just didn't pay his father that much. It wasn't long before running from the law took the family to the west, were Dan was to grow up.
Graduating from Rio Grande High School in 1967, Dan attended classes at Technical Vocational Institute, University of New Mexico, Santa Anna College and The University of Phoenix. He would never obtain his degree, yet After extensive training in the computer industry by Wang laboratories, Redactron Corporation, Digital Equipment Corporation and Compaq Computer Corporation, Dan ended up retiring from a Field Engineering position at Hewlett Packard while servicing computer systems in England and Germany.

He began writing his book in 1985 only to put it aside after a brief beginning. In August 1989, his best friend encouraged Dan to finish writing his book, and the very next day his best friend was murdered. It wasn't until 2005 that Dan decided to revive his manuscript in an attempt to honor his friends request and to find closure to his death. A twisted tale of love, romance and murder emerges that will not only shock, but cause the reader to sob and laugh at times.

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Review by: AnnaMarie on Aug. 02, 2012 : (no rating)
Review by E. Sumner Stapleton on Oct. 29, 2011
The Ultimate Discipline
Readers in search of a new and dramatic experience will find it in Dan Fenton's memoir The Ultimate Discipline.
Depicting a family virtually under seige from their own father, the author traces the impact of his father's anger and behavior on individual members of the family, including his mother, but primarily on the author. It is a heart-searing story that exposes a philosophy of life held by the father that glorifies hurting others by punishing the most beloved persons closest to you. However, the memoir offers strong redemptive features because what emerges from this dark journey of the father and his family are sons and daughters and grandchildren who are strong and caring individuals. They are survivors with talent, optimism and holding family values that are directly opposite to those of their father.There is a fascinating and marked contrast
reading about about the father and the author. A suprising number of scenes capture family moments of beauty, tradition and normality. As readers we were left with the desire to know more about the author and characters central to his story. It is a provocative book which really should be explored and recommended. We enjoyed it.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: AnnaMarie on Aug. 02, 2012 :
Review by E. Sumner Stapleton on Oct. 29, 2011
The Ultimate Discipline
Readers in search of a new and dramatic experience will find it in Dan Fenton's memoir The Ultimate Discipline.
Depicting a family virtually under seige from their own father, the author traces the impact of his father's anger and behavior on individual members of the family, including his mother, but primarily on the author. It is a heart-searing story that exposes a philosophy of life held by the father that glorifies hurting others by punishing the most beloved persons closest to you. However, the memoir offers strong redemptive features because what emerges from this dark journey of the father and his family are sons and daughters and grandchildren who are strong and caring individuals. They are survivors with talent, optimism and holding family values that are directly opposite to those of their father.There is a fascinating and marked contrast
reading about about the father and the author. A suprising number of scenes capture family moments of beauty, tradition and normality. As readers we were left with the desire to know more about the author and characters central to his story. It is a provocative book which really should be explored and recommended. We enjoyed it.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: AnnaMarie on Aug. 02, 2012 :
Review by E. Sumner Stapleton on Oct. 29, 2011
The Ultimate Discipline
Readers in search of a new and dramatic experience will find it in Dan Fenton's memoir The Ultimate Discipline.
Depicting a family virtually under seige from their own father, the author traces the impact of his father's anger and behavior on individual members of the family, including his mother, but primarily on the author. It is a heart-searing story that exposes a philosophy of life held by the father that glorifies hurting others by punishing the most beloved persons closest to you. However, the memoir offers strong redemptive features because what emerges from this dark journey of the father and his family are sons and daughters and grandchildren who are strong and caring individuals. They are survivors with talent, optimism and holding family values that are directly opposite to those of their father.There is a fascinating and marked contrast
reading about about the father and the author. A suprising number of scenes capture family moments of beauty, tradition and normality. As readers we were left with the desire to know more about the author and characters central to his story. It is a provocative book which really should be explored and recommended. We enjoyed it.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Elaine Porter on May 20, 2012 :
It is ever horrifying to me that human beings can intentionally inflict physical and emotional pain on each other. It is compounded when that abuse is inflicted on family members who are our own flesh and blood. Compound that again when it is parents ravaging the trust and innocence of their children. This is truly a story of abuse administered in the disguise of discipline. Having raised children of my own, the neglect and fear described in the story totally breaks my heart. Thankfully, the author survived and recognized the inherent wrong of the philosopy being taught and the premeditated evil that was executed. His reflections and glowing descriptions of the 'good times' also indicate he was able to find strength and beauty in what really is important in life...his wife, his children and his friends. On one hand he suffers - on the other he wins!

This is a thought-provoking, emotional story that I can truly recommend to everyone. It will leave every reader mindful of recognizing and stopping abuse. It will also leave them with vivid reflections of our days of yesteryear and perhaps a new appreciation of the blessings therein.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Carlene Stephens on May 08, 2012 :
Excellent read. The story kept my interest straight on to the end. It left me wanting to see the villain hung. It’s amazing that two people could be separated for over thirteen years and still be in love and still overcome the evils of such a man. Still in all, I found myself shedding a tear in more than one place and laughing in others. I hope to see more from this author in the near future. Thanks
(review of free book)

Review by: Carlene Stephens on May 08, 2012 :
Excellent read. The story kept my interest straight on to the end. It left me wanting to see the villain hung. It’s amazing that two people could be separated for over thirteen years and still be in love and still overcome the evils of such a man. Still in all, I found myself shedding a tear in more than one place and laughing in others. I hope to see more from this author in the near future. Thanks
(review of free book)

Review by: Eduardo Danton on May 07, 2012 :
I enjoyed this read tremendously. It was More of a murder mystery than a romance I thought and it left me wishing he would write a sequil. It brought tears in places and laughter in others. The characters were well developed and the pace of the story rarly slowed down. The discriptive abilities of the author are excellent and I felt like I was there in many cases.



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Review by: Heather Ashby on Oct. 07, 2011 :
The Ultimate Disciple.
I found this book very readable, I read start to finish in one go. Dan has a gift for descriptions when he wrote about the canyon experience and other times when he looked at the lights and the stars the words paint the pictures. Even the description of the linoleum and the rough under surface was so well done.

I could picture him covered in insects too from the bike ride across states to his sisters house.

Dan has a very descriptive style allowing the reader to visualise the scene.

When he described Robert's death I cried, his words also evoke the emotions of the reader.

I can't understand though why the police did not investigate further when Dan identified the type of bullet used!!

As the reader I was left wondering because I like every thing spelt out: What happened to his Mum, it seemed as though the high regard the children had for their mother led to them protecting her from knowledge of thier mis treatment by the father.

Overall a sad but well written book. Congratulations to the author.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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