New Michigan author Joseph Patrick33 brings a story that, though fictional, offers considered views on what happens to our youth as they experience the choices and decisions facing them in schools and in sports that alter their future behavior.
Shelby Township, MI, USA — Coming of age and contemporary sports can produce both benefits and conflicts that have lasting consequences in crossing that bridge into adulthood.
New Michigan author Joseph Patrick33 brings a story that, though fictional, offers considered views on what happens to our youth as they experience the choices and decisions facing them in schools and in sports that alter their future behavior. His debut novel is ‘TIL THE END: A Novel of Murder, Addiction, and Lies (ISBN 978-0997521603), Lexie Enterprises, 216 pages available on Amazon $13.99 paperback, $21.99 hardcover, $5.99 Kindle or the author’s website: http://www.tiltheend.net.
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Looking at the contemporary increased incidence of violence throughout the country and the globe begs investigation as to etiology or cause of the progression of hate, racism, and senseless deaths. A lesson too often forgotten is to turn to history as recorded by the great minds of the past, but equally significant is to find contemporary literature that opens some much-needed windows of insight.
The close bonding that occurs among team players has very positive aspects of learning self-confidence, healthy goal orientation, polished performance as individuals and with teammates; it also can create rules of conduct that include committed bonding to the point of looking out for each other, even if that means altered behavior off the field. This ‘brotherhood’ can allow secrecy about events that should be shared with authorities but is withheld because of the bonding agreement.
Joseph Patrick33 has penned a timely and cogent novel that stands on its own as a tense coming of age story of four high school football stars who risk the benefits of their talent – athletic scholarships, state championships, big money, the dreams of playing in the NFL – by keeping a secret about a tragic event that eventually shreds their individual personal lives and invites alcoholism, drug abuse, involvement in drug cartels, the deaths of two and untimely ending of thwarted lives.
‘TIL THE END may be Joseph Patrick33’s debut novel, but the release of this immensely readable book turns our attention to facts too often neglecting discussion. The author does share that his first novel ‘may be fiction, but within that fiction are the keys to facts that every reader will discover and find universals within the events of the story and the characters that ring true to each of our life journeys.’ And that is one of the many reasons this new author is important to watch.
The setting is Detroit, Michigan, the timeframe 1988-1993, the stage is the football field, and the players are four fast friends and teammates whose lives are inextricably altered by a major error that is tragic. Joseph Patrick33 invites us into this story by saying, ”Young boys dream and old ones ponder. They think about what could be ahead for them and as they get older, it’s not uncommon to wonder about what might have been. That is a constant feeling that all football players have and never entirely shake. They recall the victories and defeats, but mostly they think about those games they should have won. It will always be engrained and the memories will carry over to countless discussions over endless beers ’til the end of their days. In the playing years, in those games, so many great traits are developed: leadership, teamwork, and a razor-sharp competitive edge. However, dark habits can begin to take root. It all shapes young men into the old men they become.”
Amazon Top 100 Reviewer Grady Harp states, “The book allows us entry into the interstices of coming of age, promises of glory, the dark finger of fate, and the impact of misjudged bonds of a lie and strange dissolution of dreams as tainted by those factors we all recognize as deterrents to a happy life. This is not only an important debut novel: this is a very finely written important novel about choices.”
About Joseph Patrick33
Joseph Patrick33 is a Michigan author who grew up in Shelby Township, a suburb of Detroit. He earned his bachelor degree and master’s degree from Wayne State University, and his advanced degree from the University of Detroit. He is concerned about the futures of young people in today’s challenging society of addiction and consequences of actions that lead away from a happy successful and rewarding life.
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