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  • Paperback: 309 pages
  • Publisher: Downstream Pub. (4 Jan. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982587309
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982587300
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,201,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Two men . . . one promise . . . six lives changed forever . . . "-- The Collectibles--Uncle Howard's words

Two men . . . one promise . . . six lives changed forever . . . -- The Collectibles--Uncle Howard's words

About the Author

As a novelist, Mr. Kaufman, a former attorney and judge, draws heavily upon his experiences in law, his dealings in the business world, and his interactions with people from widely different backgrounds. He and his wife make their home in Wilmington, North Carolina.

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I would recommend reading all the one star reviews on Amazon.com to get a good idea of what this book is like. I generously gave it three stars because early on the writing is coherent, readable and with very few errors. (Mostly these consist of things like Cannon for a Canon camera).
Unfortunately it is HUGELY sentimental and there is absolutely no(I add the adverb to show you that I use 'no' literally) dramatic conflict. One or two lawyers in the boardroom scene get a little warm and Buck the dog takes a perfectly extraneous 'bad' guy down who is giving the utterly unbelievable Johnny a hard time but everyone else is double sugar sweet.
I just cannot believe that this book deserves any of the 160+ five star reviews. Even if you are of tender, loving, Christian, heart-warming, non-aggressive disposition who enjoyed reading about Joe's syrupy kindliness, even then, this does not rate top billing. That would place it alongside novels by literary giants; 'The Collectibles' is little more than a pygmy.
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Bought by mistake so had to read . Once into it enjoyed the story. Well worth the read. Something a bit different.
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Would recommend this to anyone, totally beautiful story.
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167 of 182 people found the following review helpful
By Book Junkie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I bought this for my Kindle because honestly it was cheap and I thought ok I can try it. I started reading and could literally not put it down.
One person said reads like a John Grisham novel which is why I got it to begin with. It really is but personally, I liked it more than most of the Grisham novels I have read and I have read most of them.
Obviously alot of people have said what the story premise is so won't go over it again but can say that if you have any doubts about reading it, don't. Be prepared for the Kleenex and buy the book. I, too, have a feeling Mr. Kaufman will have alot of other stories to be told. I hope they are as good as this one and when they come out, they will definitely be on my TBR list.
27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91649234) out of 5 stars A fascinating conclusion worth waiting for 25 April 2011
By Sheila Deeth - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Have you ever thought that lawyers are more concerned about how much money they make than how much good they do? If you have, The Collectibles by former judge, James J. Kaufman, won't change your opinion, but it just might modify it to allow for some lawyers being honest, determined and wise. Joe Hart, an orphan from the Adirondack mountains, turned Navy commander, turned distinguished attorney, is just such a one, though his life seems to fall apart under tragic circumstances, sending him running to his past. Meanwhile Preston Wilson is the privileged rich kid grown up, desperate to succeed and suddenly staring at the face of financial and emotional ruin. Preston needs Joe, and Joe doesn't want to be needed.

The author creates a pleasingly evocative picture of the mountains where Joe grew up and is eventually found, then brings the story back to big-city America, big-fee lawyers, banks, foreclosures and loans. Joe turns out to be more than a briefly sketched childhood and tragic victim of circumstance. Previous acquaintances call with hopes and needs and he comes to their aid. For no clear reason, except a remembrance of his uncle's injunction to "help the other fella" and a memory of truths as tall as mountains, Joe seems to have impacted many troubled lives. But Preston has no real desire to meet these losers till Joe calls in an unconventional IOU and begins to reveal his "collectibles."

At 308 pages, The Collectibles felt like a long read. But Preston's discoveries in the final third make a real emotional impact and redeem any slowness in the tale. Perhaps, if more of us tried to "help the other fella," more collectibles would find the truth of mountains, and more lawyers might have more good deeds to their names. This was certainly an enjoyable read, informative in its view of banks and lawyers, and pleasing in its invitation to look at the choices we make through the choices made by others.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from Rebecca at the Cadence Marketing Group in exchange for an honest review.
54 of 60 people found the following review helpful
By Kathy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a story we can identify with in todays world. Preston Wilson is an elitist who reaks of wealth and success. When the bottom is about to fall out of his empire, he calls on Joe Hart a person from his past. Joe saves him financially and opens Prestons eyes to a new way of living and seeing people. I loved the part about refinancing and banking. Buck,the dog was an added treat. A great book and fast read.
58 of 67 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x916497d4) out of 5 stars Should please any fan of Grisham 2 Dec. 2010
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
An attorney tells his client that he wants him to promise to do something for him in the future that will change the client's life forever. Once he performs the task it will also change the people's lives he comes in contact with. "The Collectibles" has an interesting premise that is told with realistic characters and a style that moves the story along to its interesting conclusion. James Kaufman's first time novel reads like a seasoned pro and gives hints that this author is one who is going to be around for a long time. "The Collectibles" should please any fan of Grisham.

Gary Roen
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x916499f0) out of 5 stars A Story Everyone Can Relate to.......... 27 Feb. 2011
By Vanessa Santos - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have never taken the time to write a review for a book before, but I also have never read a book that I felt I could relate to so many of the character's like this one. I am currently a CFO of an Automotive Group that is going through similar financial troubles like Preston Wilson, one of the character's in James Kaufman's book. I have also over come domestic abuse because I had someone who was a lot like Joe Hart in my life. This story touches all the difficulties and challenges we all go through in life from domestic abuse to gambling, depression and Alzheimer's. The main character Joe Hart while trying to help Preston Wilson from financial failure, also changes his life and may others. It is a book you will not be able to put down. It will make you question how you will react in the future with people in need, and also how people will remember you, when you are gone. It will make you laugh and cry and in the end realize that despite what life gives us, we can over come anything especially when you help others. Mr. Kaufman........ I LOVED IT!

I highly recommend this book.
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