A Lifetime to Die

A Lifetime to Die P.S. Meronek
  • Title: A Lifetime to Die
  • Author: P.S. Meronek
  • ISBN: 9780985709600
  • Page: 121
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Lifetime to Die P.S. Meronek A Lifetime to Die The darkest of secrets sometimes linger for a lifetime When they are finally exposed they can be like the discovery of an ancient tomb perhaps better left alone although never ignored Aristotle Merc
    The darkest of secrets sometimes linger for a lifetime When they are finally exposed they can be like the discovery of an ancient tomb, perhaps better left alone, although never ignored Aristotle Mercury s father knew too much, so he was silenced With the help of his friends in the Russian mob, Aristotle s Uncle Jacob is able to move in and take over as the new head ofThe darkest of secrets sometimes linger for a lifetime When they are finally exposed they can be like the discovery of an ancient tomb, perhaps better left alone, although never ignored Aristotle Mercury s father knew too much, so he was silenced With the help of his friends in the Russian mob, Aristotle s Uncle Jacob is able to move in and take over as the new head of the now successful factory that his own brother created.The year is 1968 As the Red Army s tanks roll into Wenceslas Square in the very heart of Prague, a seventeen year old Aristotle learns the horrible truth about his father Five years ago someone else was murdered in his place to make it appear as if he was accidentally crushed under a factory press Since then his father has been alive and imprisoned in the notorious Prague Institute for the Criminally Insane.In a daring rescue Aristotle retrieves his barely alive father from the bowels of the terrible prison After a short time his father succumbs to the ravages of his imprisonment, but not before he divulges the location of the evidence which proves he owned the now thriving factory, and of Uncle Jake s murderous duplicity in stealing it from them.With the Russians taking over the country, and the mob closing in to eliminate the only living heir to a burgeoning fortune, Aristotle flees Czechoslovakia and makes his way to America, vowing to one day go back and even the score.He settles in New York, in Greenwich Village He s honest and works hard to learn the new ways of a strange land Soon he befriends his eccentric landlord, the elderly Mrs Schroeder Telly, as his new friends in America like to call him, ignites a withered spirit of adventure in the lady who still believes in the good in people She owns some property, and Telly has a talent for building They both learn Telly also has an eye for the deal Together they first develop her land, and then other land in the exploding New York real estate market Telly s ambitions lead him from the posh boardrooms of New York to the lucrative shores of New Jersey, where he s almost killed as he constructs the world s largest casino.Never too far from his mind, always there to haunt and motivate him, Telly dreams of the day he will finally return to his homeland and exact vengeance on his Uncle Jake In a sweeping saga of familial betrayal spanning three decades of intertwining lives, Telly Mercury finally gets his chance for justice But does righting of wrongs of a demon filled closet come with a price too high Secrets are sometimes better left untold, in spite of their screams from across the years to be heard.His own salvation hanging in the balance, Telly must somehow accept that forgiveness trumps retribution, and money truly can t buy happiness And just maybe, as it is with Uncle Jacob, forgiveness is the worst possible epithet for a life lived in the accompaniment of the unquenchable thirst of greed and murder.
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    1. P.S Meronek is truly one of a kind He s a writer, entrepreneur, world traveler, and adventurer His life experiences are reflected in the characters and stories he pens he s spent the last 30 years developing his voice and unique style of writing He doesn t live a whole lot differently than some of the notable characters in his books He admits it has been a road less traveled, but worth every step along the way.ponytalepress authorsml


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    1. This one was just okay for me Strong writing and a very likeable character in the person of Aristotle Telly Mercury made the first two parts of the book really good In my opinion, something went terribly amiss with the remainder of the story The pieces stopped fitting, and I came dangerously close to losing interest The business with Christina seemed random Disappointing after such a strong start This was a first reads giveaway, thank you.

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    2. I received this book through the first reads giveaway program I liked this novel and would recommend It was well written with a likeable main character I enjoyed how the book was broken up into parts I didn t rate it any higher because I felt the author lost me with whole Christina Mercury relationship It felt forced, unnecessary to the effectiveness of plot and felt very much disconnected from the whole feel of the book Part 1 2 were very strong, very much a 5 star rating but then the story and [...]

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    3. I won A Lifetime to Die as a first read giveaway.I thought it was ridiculous It took me a lifetime, or so it seemed, to read this far fetched, everything but the kitchen sink, so called thriller The author pulls out every cliche in the book pun intended to spin this unbelievable yarn of a guy who flees Czechoslovakia before his uncle can kill him or the invading Russians can get him, makes his way to the United States, and in the space of 24 years or so, goes from an immigrant carpenter to one o [...]

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    4. Disclaimer I received a free copy of this book in a Goodread s Giveaway.Well That s over I liked this book in the beginning I really did In fact, almost the whole first segment had me turning pages and sucked into Aristotle s life The writing was good, which is pretty much all that s kept my rating up where it is While I may not have liked the story, I can t say the author doesn t have a decent handle on prose The problem with this book was the plot which went from the pretty basic Uncle cheated [...]

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    5. I received this book through a giveaway Thank you for the book I have mixed feelings on this book I liked parts of it, but other portions not so much I didn t feel like I really knew any of the characters very well except for the main character, Telly There were also times I would get frustrated with the minute details that just seemed to drag on and on but not really add to the story I never really felt that I just wanted to give up on reading it, because the story line was interesting enough f [...]

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    6. Like to thank the author for selecting me as a winner of this book, I went out on a limb and registered for it, I read the summary on the book and thought it might just be a good book to read, thanks for giving me a chance to read the genres of Drama, Thriller and Suspense Aristotle Mercury s family has secrets He and his Mother have lived a poor and hard life, his Mother working for her brother in law, Aristole ending up taking a job in construction, working for his Uncle also What happens when [...]

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    7. I received this book as part of First Reads program When I began reading this book, I had a four star rating in mind At the halfway point, it had dropped to a three star When I got to the last few pages, I was exasperated to the point of a one star rating Initially, the blurb on the back had me very interested but while reading, some things simply didn t align As the story wore on, the plot continued to just fall apart until it was almost nonexistent This book has every cliche under the sun I am [...]

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    8. Fantastic Book I did not want it to end The characterWhether good or evil are extremely believable The plotis than an immigrant making good, There are a lot of realistic twist and turns pulling the reader right intothe story You feel what the characters feel especially themain character, Aristotle Mercury.Aristotle s father possessed to much information so hisbrother s associates had to have him removed They fakehis death and send him to a Prague Institute for the Criminally Insane Then with th [...]

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    9. A Lifetime to Die by P.S Meronek is a first read win and I m giving my honest opinion This book grabbed your attention right away I had to know what was going to happen next It was hard to put the book down It read as a true story even though I knew it was fiction The story starts with Aristotle AKA as Telly Mercury quitting school and his part time job in Checkoslavakia to begin working construction at his Uncle Jake s factory, Mercury Textiles His mothers arm needs to be amputated The doctors [...]

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    10. I was fortunate to win a author s signed copy of A Lifetime to Die by P.S Meronek as a Winner The book was like none I have read, and is the first that I have read by this author At first the book has a complicated sadness that seems to come and go throughout the book The story begins in Prague Czechoslovakia and follows the life of Aristotle Telly Mercury from a young man to when he was an older man in the United States His is a life strewn with both obstacles and opportunities His worked throu [...]

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    11. People who appreciate Meronek s books clearly know something others don t Of course he looks fairly well pressed for a 76yr old gentile That is if you think an enlightened sense of style includes a polyester lavender sandalwood suit, with well heeled shoes made from fascists child s fur Allow me to divulge further, while his books could legitimately be the flavour of the month, appearances can also be deceiving because his sense of fashion is mostly an acquired one And yes, if you are wondering, [...]

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    12. In my opinion, in A Lifetime To Die written by P.S.Meronk, poor editing and clich s overshadow the writing in Meronek s premise of the US as the land of opportunity and the additional premise that revenge is not worth the price one pays Also, I disliked the speed with which the main character could switch women and still consider each the love of his life.In spite of these handicaps, this book is both entertaining and thought provoking.

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    13. I won this book through a giveaway Thank you

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    14. A Lifetime to Die by P.S Meronek is written by a man who describes himself as a writer, entrepreneur, world traveler, and adventurer profile A Lifetime to Die spans about thirty years, from 1968 to 1999 It focuses on young Aristotle Mercury, living in Prague in 1968 His father seemingly lost his life in a factory accident which occurred in his uncle s factory His mother is injured in the same factory and dies later of that injury Aristotle discovers that his parents helped launch his uncle s ris [...]

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    15. A Lifetime to DieP.S MeronekI was lucky enough to win a copy of this wonderful book on a giveaway so this is my honest review about it Well first of all, this is the story ofAristotle Mercury , or Telly how is know in a big part of the book is a very determined boy who fights with all he has to accomplish what he wants, and all what he has to past thru the journey that is his life, starting when he is sixteen and living in Czechoslovakia with his mother, a beautiful person who always tries to se [...]

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    16. This is the first book that I have read by this author and the first book I won through a giveaway The story first begins in Prague, Czechoslovakia and then follows the life of Aristotle or known as Telly Mercury as a young man and then over the years later as a much older man who has made the United States his home Thus, due to his hard work and some great friends along the way, his dreams came to life Telly s story and this book captured me from the beginning and never let go until the end Cha [...]

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    17. I ve been slacking on writing reviews and I finished this book awhile ago, so pardon me if I can t remember specific details involving the book A Lifetime to Die follows Aristotle, a young man living in Russia in 1968 Aristotle is left fatherless and practically penniless while his Uncle Jake lives a life of luxury Aristotle discovers that his uncle actually owes his family much than is let on, including his father locked away Aristotle sets out to exact revenge on his conniving uncle, regardle [...]

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    18. I received a copy ofA Lifetime to Die by P.S Meronek in a giveaway in return for an honest review I will admit that I liked the main character Aristotle Telly Mercury and was rooting for this young man who had taken a lot of knocks in life The story of his struggle to help support his mother and his escape from Communism really hooked mehe worked hard to pursue the American dream Once I hit his forays into property development, I had to really push myself to keep reading The end of the book, how [...]

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    19. I won this book in a giveaway At first, I was confused with the plot I went into this book blindly However, as I started to read this, it got better This book is a lot interesting that I thought I usually read YA books that deal with magic, love, worlds we cannot live in, etc I really liked this book Definitely a different style of writing, I would say Not my usually reading kind of book but it was great So I ll try not to spoil anyone This book about a boy growing up into a man We learn his st [...]

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    20. I won a copy of this book from the First Reads giveaway program Off the bat, I have to say it was not my cup of tea So why did I give it five stars Despite the fact that I wasn t really getting into the setting, I couldn t put it down until chapter seven I kept telling myself, just one page I want to see what happens to his mother I actually cared about these characters This book was obviously very personal to the author You could really feel him in it I didn t finish it, and I don t think I wi [...]

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    21. In a time in my life where I am in review of my past and considering the foreground to the next epoch, I run into a book that reminds me the only way that I will achieve anything is to press on with everything I ve got.From the cover of the book, to the final page, I was spellbound The only shame is that Mr Meronek didn t extend it longer because I didn t want the story to end Full points.

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    22. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book The writing is good, and the story moves at a good pace The subject matter is interesting and there are plenty of exciting bits I would recommend this book to anyone that likes fiction with a little drama to it.I received a copy of this book from.

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    23. A ma zing Loved the setting even though it s my first time reading a book with a setting in the 1960s Loved the characters, especially the protagonist Aristotle aka Telly 3 he was everything I would want to see in a main character 1 Determined2 Curious3 Tough4 Caring5 Intelligent6 Would stop at nothing to achieve his goal or get something he wants 7 And helpful Now, let me give you a summary of this fantastic book In this world, secrets have always been kept hidden, and very dangerous if those s [...]

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    24. This is a book I got through the Giveaways It is the second book I have read by this author I have written to him to offer some corrections, and both times he was gracious and polite I find him to be a good writer in terms of word choice, staying true to storyline continuity, and giving details What I don t like about his writing is that the level of details do little to enhance the story and take a lot of time to read The author claims to write what he knows The level of technical detail that M [...]

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    25. It started out really interesting with compelling characters and an interesting plot line that was unveiled well Aristotle, aka Telly, has a plan setting up the book s plot and everything in the book focused on his getting back what was rightfully his father s Then he fled the country, somehow made it to the US because the author never fleshed out this flight, which would have been very interesting , and then the book lost my interest The passage of time was never really clear like I know how lo [...]

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    26. I won this book through First Reads giveaway In no way has this influenced my rating or opinion of this book Thank you to and to P.S Meronek for this opportunity I wish that I could give half stars, I would then have given this a 3 stars rating.It is really challenging to write a review on a book and not give away any of the story line This was a really good read There were some wonderful parts to the story It has a main character named Aristotle Telly Mercury It covers his life from around age [...]

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    27. 2.5 out of 5 starsPart one Prague 1968 We are introduced to Aristotle Mercury, a young man who has been taking care of his mother since his father died and their apartment was burned down one week later This book really hooks you from page one Part one is fast paced and not overly wordy Aristotle soon discovers the truth behind his father s accidental death and his uncle s shady dealings with the factory his father helped him start As young as he is at the beginning he is forced to be mature an [...]

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    28. I read this book because my 3yr old grandson took my Kindle I bring this up because I am in the middle of reading the CreatusSeries and I can only take so much delay You see, mine is an 8.9 and he NEEDS the bigger screen Yeah, not gonna fly any kid Charge your own book A Lifetime to Die by P.S MeronekFirst of all, if you buy the book, skip the back cover I didn t read it until now and I was surprised to see a number of spoilers right there Not good I would have been mad I think.I don t really un [...]

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    29. I received this book in a giveaway thank you and this is my honest review.I waited a few days after finishing this book because I just didn t know what I wanted to say about it I really liked parts of it, others not so much Well, here goesThis story starts in Prague in 1968 and follows Aristotle Mercury through some tragedies and extremely difficult times loss of father, house burned down, mother s death, being hunted by an evil uncle, etc Until during the confusion of the Russian invasion, when [...]

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    30. I received this book through the giveaway program.I thought this book was quietly interesting It follows a man over the course of his life losing his family, fleeing communism, and finding friends and building a fortune in the USA The writing style was pleasingly simple and easy to follow, while still providing several moments for in depth metaphor It was easy for me to keep the plot history in focus, and I cared about the main character as he encountered his various troubles The main flaws, to [...]

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