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The Winner Maker

By: Jeff Bond
Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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"Thrilling...an exhilarating and emotionally astute mystery." (Kirkus Reviews)

Bob Fiske - the 74-year-old dinosaur who's taught Honors English and coached varsity football for five decades - is missing.

To his Winners, class favorites Fiske designated over the years for their potential to "Live Big," it's heartbreaking. Fiske did more than inspire with soaring oratory; he supported their ambitions into adulthood. Four of his brightest former stars reunite to find him, putting high-octane careers on hold, slipping police barricades, racing into the wilds of Northern Michigan for clues about the fate of their legendary mentor. 

Others don't see a legend. They see an elitist whose time has passed.

When a current student - a female - disappears just hours into the Winners' search amid rumors of inappropriate meetings, the Great Man's reputation is in shambles.

Feints, betrayal, explosive secrets from their own pasts: as facts emerge, each Winner must decide how far they'll go for Fiske. Can the truth redeem him? Or has this cult of hyper-achievement spawned a thing so vile none of their lives will survive intact?

©2018 Jeff Bond (P)2018 Jeff Bond

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Beautiful detail and descriptive writing

At my request, I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

When I first started listening to The Winner Maker I thought the story was going in one direction, but it changed on me and ended up being much different, but better, than what I was expecting. It is written with amazing description. Poetic even. There were a few places where it felt a little long. Maybe too much description here and there. I caught myself losing interest during those lulls. But I kept listening and my attention was grabbed once again, though I never really felt like I missed anything important.

The twists and turns absolutely caught me by surprise. Throughout the book I couldn't wait to find out how Mr. Fisks fit into it all. When it finally came to light my mind was officially blown! Everything tied together beautifully and it all made sense. Very nicely done.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I understand that the author, Jeff Bond, is new and I look forward to reading his other books and listening along as he develops and grows as an author.