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  • Title: The Cure
  • Author: Athol Dickson
  • ISBN: 9780985430238
  • Page: 223
  • Format: Paperback
  • Riley Keep, former missionary, now a drunk, is begging on the streets and desperate to forget a past he lost in one far flung act of wickedness Then he hears the rumors Miracles are happening in the picture postcard village of Dublin, Maine Riley isn t the only Pilgrim searching for deliverance There s the old woman fleeing a horrific monster, the lonely wife tempted bRiley Keep, former missionary, now a drunk, is begging on the streets and desperate to forget a past he lost in one far flung act of wickedness Then he hears the rumors Miracles are happening in the picture postcard village of Dublin, Maine Riley isn t the only Pilgrim searching for deliverance There s the old woman fleeing a horrific monster, the lonely wife tempted by forbidden desire, the impoverished lobsterman lured by tainted wealth, the young girl weighing life and death decisions, and the small town cop with a murder on his hands But only Riley keep will learn if it s true what people say sometimes The Cure is much worse than the disease.
    The Cure Riley Keep former missionary now a drunk is begging on the streets and desperate to forget a past he lost in one far flung act of wickedness Then he hears the rumors Miracles are happening in the p

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    1. Author Athol Dickson won a much coveted award for his 2006 release River Rising Being aware of this it was with much anticipation that I awaited for his next release, The Cure.Riley Keep is washed up Once a successful husband, father, teacher, pastor and missionary he s made a mess of his life in each of those areas As the story begins Riley is homeless and an alcoholic surviving on the streets in Florida But word has come around that there s hope in Maine A cure for alcoholism Riley and his fri [...]

    2. Athol Dickson in his new book, The Cure published by Author Author brings us into the lifey of Riley Keep.From the back cover Riley Keep, former missionary, now a drunk, is begging on the streets and desperate to forget a past he lost in one far flung act of wickedness Then he hears the rumors Miracles are happening in the picture postcard village of Dublin, Maine.Riley isn t the only Pilgrim searching for deliverance There s the old woman fleeing a horrific monster, the lonely wife tempted by f [...]

    3. Riley Keep had been so many things in other lives Minister Missionary Educator of New England s finest Failed protector of an entire people Weakling of a husband Incompetent father Drunkard Friend as best he could By accident, Riley caught his own eye in the mirror Startled, he looked away.Athol Dickson has done it again In River Rising he made us want to look away from the stark realities of racism and then compelled us to look back in its mirror and see ourselves Now, in The Cure, this master [...]

    4. This speculative novel is not as good as Dickson s River Rising, but it does tackle an improtant social issue and keep the reader guessing through it s twists and turns What if someone had a cure for alcoholism That is the hope that drives Riley Keep to drag his best friend and himself back to his hometown Fortunately no one or very few anyway recognize him in his new persona as a bum As he revisits his ghosts from the past, he is given a gift that changes his life and could change the lives of [...]

    5. Riley Keep is a homeless alcoholic and has been for a long time Since a massacre in the jungle where he and his wipe had been missionaries But even on the streets he hears rumors of a cure for alcoholism in his hometown in Maine He and his friend make their way back, hoping for a miracle Only there is a cure, and Riley takes it and tries to build a new life out of it Only, things in the town go from bad to worse as desperate people demand it.The book is than just a search for the cure It examin [...]

    6. You may see a pattern in the books I review here I don t bother adding ones that leave no lasting imprint Although I ve read many many than will find their way onto my shelf, I recommend only those that I consider truly Good Reads.Athol Dickson captured my attention with River Rising Now, with The Cure, he has reminded me of what makes a truly great story that sense of place, of character, of purpose, and of deep thematic impact Few authors today handle the metaphor of story as well as Athol do [...]

    7. The story is about an ex minister and professor, who falls into alcoholism and lives on the streets of Florida He hears about a possible cure for alcoholism that is happening in his home town in the north, so he travels up the coast to find out what is going on The book is well written, and I think the premise is good I noticed a lot of references to God, prayer, quotes from the Bible and at first thought it was because the main character was a minister After reading further, I found everybody i [...]

    8. I thought the author chose an interesting subject Could there be a cure for alcoholism Riley Keep is a down and out homeless man when he is given a substance which takes away his desire for alcohol We are kept in the dark as to where it came from I never really got into this novel It seemed kind of put together without real inspiration There was enough mystery to keep the novel moving I couldn t relate well to the characters, I guess.

    9. I didn t love this book but I ll admit I wanted to know how it ended so I stayed with it in spite of the temptation to put it down It was just okay.

    10. In all fairness I only read five chapters I just couldn t get engaged and decided not to invest any time into it.

    11. Disclaimer This review is from the 2012 version of The Cure.With a host of characters you won t forget soon and some that you can even relate to, Athol Dickson has penned a novel of suspense, human weaknesses, greed, soul searching, forgiveness, and reconciliation on several levels in The Cure.Riley Keep, a one time pastor and missionary, who has fallen into alcoholism living on the street, begging for money for alcohol, food and shelter all the while trying to forget his past failures and deali [...]

    12. Reverend Riley Keep was once a missionary in Brazil He and his beautiful wife spent four great years building community and relationships with the native peoples Then he took a sabbatical while a group of Doctors were sent there to help with the people s medical needs Riley returned to see that everyone had been murdered, save one small girl This started him on a tailspin of devastation and drunkenness He and, his wife, and new daughter returned to his hometown in Dublin, Maine only to find hims [...]

    13. There are two kinds of stories a the story that is just a story and has no purpose whatsoever but to be that story b the story that is than a story and stays with you, gnawing its way into your mind with thoughts that are bigger than the story itself This book is type b The message it conveys will stay with you.First of all, it should prove how awesome this book is that I would still give it five stars considering the subject matter I have a lot of family history of alcoholism, and from growing [...]

    14. The Cure by Athol Dickson gets 5 stars from me This story kept me turning the pages till the end Riley Keep who was a former missionary and a professor and is now an alcoholic and hears the rumors about a cure in Dublin Maine There is also plenty of other characters who make this story reads like it could really be happing while you are reading it is so vivid in some parts you could even imagine you are watching a movie instead of reading The cure for alcoholics is there really such a thing is f [...]

    15. I ve always had an uneasy relationship with Christian fiction As a Christian myself, I believe fiction can be a powerful medium for the expression hope, redemption, good v Evil struggles, and questions of struggles with faith The problem is, after a year and a half of reviewing reading nothing but Christian fiction many years ago, before entering the horror genre , only a few authors ever stuck with me Mike Duran, Tosca Lee, Robert Liparulo, Travis Thrasher, Greg Mitchell and T L Hines who sadly [...]

    16. This story moved a little slow for me at first However, the writing style drew me in and I continued on I kept wondering when I would figure out what was going on A little revelation sooner on would have kept me reading without breaks As it was, I easily put it down and came back later There was also a few things I didn t get Why didn t Riley just admit he stole from the offering plate After so much failure and his life a total mess, what would be the big deal Also, why didn t he recognize his [...]

    17. Riley Keep, former missionary, now a drunk, is begging on the streets and desperate to forget a past he lost in one far flung act of wickedness Then he hears the rumors Miracles are happening in the picture postcard village of Dublin, Maine.This is the story of a man whose life has been out of control for a long time He heads home and finds that really, you cannot go home again He will will go through hell before he finds redemption and himself.It is basicly a good read, a little slow at times b [...]

    18. Riley Keep was once a missionary After a horrible tragedy he turned to alcohol for help, abandoning his wife and daughter He takes to the streets and befriends a man named Brice, also an alcoholic Brice is in much worse shape than Riley, though Riley hears there might be something that can help Brice, so he brings Brice to the small town of Dublin, Maine There Riley finds a cure for alcoholism, but it could be costly And Riley will have to confront the secrets of his past.The writing could have [...]

    19. Riley Keep, former man of God, former missionary, a ghost of who he used to be Wife, daughter, and faith have all been lost in the aftermath of a single act of wickedness Any chance of forgiveness seems a distant dream But then he hears rumors of a small town in Maine where miracles are happening He thought he d never return to the scene of his despair but the chance of a cure lures him.Dickson weaves a powerful story that gripped me from the first page Her characters are richly developed and so [...]

    20. Former minister missionary has abandoned his wife and daughter and become an alcoholic due to something that happened in his past while in Brazil Years later he returns to his hometown, discovers a cure for alcoholism, makes losts of wrong decisions, and finds nothing is what it seems Not much of a suspense novel and I m not exactly sure what the point of the ending was Didn t work for me Author is winner of a number of Christian book awards, I believe this is the first book in a trilogy.

    21. Oh, my What a deep, deep read Makes you think about different issues long after you ve finished reading It s not fast paced suspense but it is suspense and mystery and much Very real characters, complex story and a great Christian message without preachiness Athol Dickson says in the Afterword pls be sure to read it The Cure is not just about one man s struggle against alcoholism It s about every person s struggle against the addiction to self centered immorality that afflicts the human race GR [...]

    22. Athol Dickson can craft a sentence better than most He is able to capture the deep tones of a human life formed by victories and failures The story had a lot of really cool threads that don t connect until the end The plot pulls you through to the end pretty well What knocks it down to a 3 star rating is the believability of the story I mean, a small town in Maine goes apocalyptic over the formula for a miracle drug that couldn t possibly ever be a reality Really Plausibility was seriously lacki [...]

    23. Great book Beautifully written Doesn t wrap Christianity into neat packages or rely on stereotypes Really taps into human suffereing and struggle The end was one of those you have to think about for a whiled I m still thinking trying to decide if I liked it or not I would read this book just for the gorgeous prose, but the story and three dimensional characters put it over the top for Christian fiction.

    24. This was different than what I expected It s kind of like science fiction, but not too terribly unrealistic with a christian undertone Dickson writes with a lot of detail this one is kind of what I would call a guy book Basically the story is about someone finding a cure for alcoholism and what addiction does to a family and how it is overcome The end totally surprised me, but in a good way I would read books by this author.

    25. I really enjoyed this book I always appreciate a book that is both well written and suspenseful, and it s just a bonus that Dickson has a Christian world view Although he writes from a Christian perspective, he is neither pedantic nor preachy, and deals with modern issues here alcoholism with a touch of major pharmaceutical company thrown in in an earthy, relate able way The ending was truly fantastic, showing a main character with character

    26. Amazing from many aspects, The Cure will get you There are many points of this I could speak about directly with the voice of experience Others, I will have to let someone else talk about them All in all, the sad thing about this book is that those who have not been there will never understand More later.

    27. The Cure is not my usual genre choice but when the author announced a free download I took time to read the description and was immediately intrigued Riley Keep is a flawed and deeply troubled man His story is one of good and evil, love and fear, and impossible, painful choices Not an easy character, but Mr Dickson made me care The Cure is a complex, satisfying and insightful story.

    28. My third book of his and definitely my favorite so far I have a ton of other books lined up ready to read but none of them were written by Athol I m thinking i may need to splurge and buy and save the others for later By the way the Afterword is awesome and should NOT be read ahead of time hookedonAthol

    29. This was a good read, and an interesting story, though 3 1 2 stars would be a better rating The characterizations could have used a bit depth I felt like the author kept saying the same thing over and over and never gave enough information to make the characters seem completely authentic.

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