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The Bargain - One Man Stands Between a Destitute Desert Town and Supernatural Destruction [Kindle Edition]

Aaron D. Gansky

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Book Description

2014 Selah Finalist,

Connor Reedly will do anything to appease Nadine, his dying wife. Her cancer is voracious, relentless. So when she asks to see her sister Aida Mitchell in Hailey, California, a destitute desert town, he reluctantly agrees. When she asks him to meet Mason Becker, a friend of her sister, he unwillingly complies. Mason offers him $250,000 to write ten articles in eight days, insinuating if Connor agrees, Nadine will be healed. Connor assumes Mason is psychotic, but it's a risk he feels he must take.

Who is Mason, really? Where did he get the money? What was the purpose of these articles? If Mason refuses to answer these questions, Connor promises to walk out on the project. It is then that Mason reveals the truth of the situation - a truth that, at first, sounds far-fetched. A truth that will shake Connor to his very core. It will capsize his deepest held convictions; it will rattle his blackest skeletons; it will threaten his very life.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 508 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas (17 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,366,916 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Twilight Zone Meets Amazing Grace 16 Jan. 2014
By Carol G. Stratton - Published on
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Reedly, award-winning journalist shows up in the Mohave Desert town of Hailey not knowing his whole life is about to be changed and his values challenged. He’s confronted by a “fan” who insists he write ten articles about ten good citizens in town, or his wife, suffering from cancer, will die and the town destroyed. As the clock ticks, Reedly delves deep into this seedy town that life has passed by, finding ugly truths and unsung heroes that challenge his deepest beliefs.

If putting the protagonist in trouble makes a good story, Reedly should win a medal for bravery. I kept flipping pages to hope the hero would find safety and peace but at each bend in the road he was jerked in another direction, keeping me absorbed in the story.

Although The Bargain is not my typical reading fare as it has some violent scenes, Gansky does a very credible job of portraying the human condition in all its ugliness. In one of the most fascinating plots I’ve read, the author shows through his characters how twisted life can become, reminding us how we all need a savior. Beautifully written descriptions with an exciting plot.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bargain. A Review 26 Jan. 2014
By Suzanne T - Published on
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I read this book in two days. It was hard to put down. Has everything I like in a book. Suspense, just a little romance.
I love that there are no bad words, no cursing in the book. I cared about each one of the characters. I recommend this book highly.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Novel!!! 5 Jan. 2014
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This isn't my normal genre of choice to read, but a friend recommended The Bargain and I'm very glad she did! I loved this book because the characters are so real. The main character raises valid questions about Christianity in a way that's inquisitive rather than seeming like the author is shoving his religion in your face ~ which I appreciate. The whole premise of the book is a journalist writing articles about ten other people, so you actually get to read a lot of really great mini stories inside of this big one. The author did a wonderful job with the flashbacks. They weren't at all choppy as some flashbacks can be, and they instead make it so you can't put the book down because you want to hear the next story! This is a really amazing book that I think can appeal to both Christians and non-Christians alike, and I look forward to reading more by Aaron Gansky.

(Also, kudos to the author and his editor(s) who did wonderful editing! I hate picking up a book and feeling like I can teach a grammar lesson based on how NOT to write. Thankfully, the kindle edition I read had very, very few editing errors!)
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big message from a little town... 27 Jan. 2014
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Very nicely done. Gansky's language perfectly captures the conflicted spirit of a Mojave Desert town. I've read novels where an author paints vivid pictures of a place, but here I'm left with the impression of an old black and white photograph.

I don't read very much Christian fiction anymore. It's not the concept of it that steers me away, it's the execution. The stories often feel like too much fantasy and not enough faith. Gansky has managed to avoid that. It's quite a feat, considering the premise of the story. When I finished it, I was pleasantly surprised. Instead of being left with a jarring disconnected feeling of returning to the real world, where things don't work that way, I found myself with a little boost of humanity and faith. Again, very nicely done.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Read! 29 Jan. 2014
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This is a book that I did not want to put down. I really like how the author talks about us all needing a Savior, Jesus Christ. This book is genuine and thought-provoking. I loved the characters in this books and the suspense that went along with it. It was great to read a book with no curse words. I love story between husband and wife was precious.
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