Aristedes Miklos is dying. No doubt about it. He knows he has an inoperable brain tumour, and nobody can help him. That is, until he is visited by a strange doctor, a newcomer to the hospital, where he lies on Christmas Eve seeing the days his youth in his mind’s eye. The doctor brings with him a young boy, Christos, also apparently terminally ill, who somehow reminds the old man of himself in his own younger days. And there we have a recipe for a very special Christmas miracle, one that will bring a smile to your face, as good Christmas stories should do.
Told in a really intriguing short story, A Millionaire’s Christmas is a brilliant and unusual Christmas tale, thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish.
Christmas being less than two months away, and the unfortunate results of an unprecedentedly vicious US election behind us, I yearned for a cozy, warm and fuzzy story that would personify the meaning of love and charity at this holy season, and leave me with a feeling of peace on Earth.
I was not disappointed. This very short book by Brian Porter is Biblical in some of its references and a miracle that took place between a dying man and a dying small boy, and what might be called synchronicity rather than coincidence. There is no coincidence in miracles nor in Porter's mind, I'm sure.
A great hunger exists in the world today for beauty, love, charity, truth, and peace. Who can be blamed for wanting to stop the world and get off the merry-go-round, at times? This book is just the right length for reading in ten minutes or less. Porter has presented a Dickens-like heart for the suffering in the world and the futility of a life devoted exclusively to commerce. I loved the Greek names!
This is a very short and very wonderful story of the spirit of Christmas, of a Christian like love of a child never seen except in a dream state, perhaps. The main character is a man who is dying of brain cancer. As he is in his hospital bed waiting his imminent death a doctor unknown to him enters the room and begins to talk with him. And then the Doctor, named Elijah, brings in a young boy who is also dying of cancer. Our character speaks with the boy and the doctor who abruptly says he and the boy must go, then brushes his hand against our hero's brow. The next day our hero, and I mean a real hero, decides, after speaking with his own doctor, to fund the recovery, if it is possible for the boy to survive. He then goes on to buy the boy's father a boat, named after the boy himself. This is a feel good story, a heart touching tale of illness and a wonderful response to that illness. It is not long. But It is a great story that everyone should read, if for no other reason than to refocus their lives in part at least on helping others. Thanks to the author, a great writer. I loved this story and it easily garners a five star review.
Stories for Christmas should capture some of the wonderful magic of that time of year. This does in a most lovely and enjoyable way. You will feel the warmth of it as you read along. Illness, impending death—and perhaps a miracle? Why not? Life is difficult enough. Read “A Millionaire’s Christmas: an alternative Christmas story,” and you will be glad you did.
A positive Christmas Miracle book, that can be read at anytime of the year. Would make a great short Christmas TV Show. Really enjoyed the book, very uplifting. Brian L. Porter books are fun to read, and soon many will be made into movies by Thunderball Films.
As a millionaire with an inoperable brian tumour lies dying in his hospital bed, his life is about to take a different direction after he is visited on Christmas Eve by a mysterious stranger. Aristedes Miklos seems to have everything money can buy, except what he really needs. As this lonely and empty man awaits his inevitable death, he is flooded with memories of his childhood when he was truly happy. What follows is a heart warming story which really makes you consider the true meaning of Christmas, and shows that a simple act of human kindness and selflessness can change your life forever. This uplifting short story has a resounding Christmas message of hope, faith and benevolence. In a world full of self obsession, greed and apathy, it is so nice to read a story which evokes the true spirit of Christmas.
Never the most gregarious of men, the shipping magnate Aristedes Miklos found himself further removed from everyday life as his empire grew. He had few friends and no other family to divert his attention from work, and Aristedes became something of a recluse. By the time his illness struck him, Bob Garrett had been the only real friend he'd made in the previous twenty years. He had worked tirelessly at building his fleet and his bank balance, and though his employees respected and revered him as a good man to work for, he would never have considered any of them as anything more than what they were.
Aristedes has found himself in a hospital room all alone. He has a brain tumor that is aggressive and inoperable. He is dying. As his memory begins to fade he becomes aware of his past life. With his life holding no future, what will happen to his fortune that he spent his life to develop? He simply has no one!
Then he meets Dr. Elijah. Elijah knows Aristedes is dying and introduces him to a young boy named Christos Karamanlis who is also dying of cancer. But, with just a little help from Aristedes, Christos' family could pay for the treatments needed to keep him alive. Elijah also has the idea that more money could be given to help other children who need medical help. Well, Aristedes didn't create his fortune by falling for cons and decided to do a little checking on Dr. Elijah before handing over any money. But first he needed some sleep.
So, is it a con by Elijah or is he and the boy for real. That my friend you'll have to find out by reading this Christmas story that has a real twist. You won't regret it.