Monday, May 9, 2011

Review: Ladies and Gentlemen ... The Redeemers by Michael Scott Miller

ISBN #: 1456363476
Page Count: 286
Copyright: 2010

Book Summary:
(Taken from back cover)

Ladies and Gentlemen…The Redeemers tells the story of Bert Ingram, once a successful rep in the music industry, who has lost his way. Desperate for redemption, the perpetual dreamer decides to put together a band, recruiting musicians who have only one thing in common: the need to overcome a significant obstacle in their lives. The volatile mix of the musicians' personalities and backgrounds threatens to derail the band at every opportunity, but in time, the Redeemers begin to realize they have more to gain from one another than they ever could have imagined.

Charlene's Review:

Bert Ingram is still struggling to recover from losing his career in the music field. Years have passed, but he refuses to give up on his dream to return to the top. After “teaming up” with a musician in the subway, begging change, he comes up with a plan to start a new band to manage.

Bert starts his search for talent in the subways and missions around San Francisco. An eclectic group forms, from the blind lead singer and the card-smart street hustler who plays sax, , to the middle class music teacher/keyboard player. The only common link between the musicians is the past they are all trying to redeem. As the band grows, musically, they are forced to mesh, or face losing their dream of success, altogether.

The characters are emotionally engaging as they face their inner demons and disappointments.  You get to know their struggles, and can relate to where life has taken them. Shows how your station in life can improve if you choose to work together for a common good. A very well written, feel good novel that will leave you wanting to dust off your own dreams!

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