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3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  63 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Nathan Cruz enjoyed the perfect life until the morning of September 11th 2001. Barely surviving the twin towers collapse he loses everyone he loves in the disaster. Devastated, he flees from human contact to live in isolation aboard a houseboat in the Florida Keys. Years pass, but his crushing grief does not diminish with time.

Forced to the mainland by a category 4 hurrica
Kindle Edition, 110 pages
Published August 9th 2012 by Dark Horizons Press (first published August 3rd 2011)
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Aug 14, 2014 Dollie rated it really liked it
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I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This book draws the reader in from the very first page. It’s September 11, 2001 and Nathan Cruz is on an elevator in Tower #1 on his way to meet with his pregnant fiancée and their families for a celebratory breakfast. When the building shakes and the elevator stops and begins filling with smoke, the passengers know they must get out. They do, but unfortunately for Nathan, there’s no way up to his loved ones and he is forced ...more
Deborah Blanchard
Aug 25, 2014 Deborah Blanchard rated it it was amazing
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I received this book in exchange for an honest review. This book touched me in so many ways and on so many levels. It makes you feel, and to me that is exactly what a book should do. The story flowed well and the two main characters were very well developed for a novella. It captured me from the first page and made me cry several times. You will need a box of tissues. It deals with so many issues, loss, love, compassion and faith. We all need to have faith in something, don't we? Having recently ...more
Sep 06, 2011 Linda rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this very much. How fitting to read it this week - the week of 9/11. It was hard to put down - following Nathan through the collapse of the Twin Towers and then more adventures in the Florida Keys. It will certainly put your own problems in perspective.
Jackie Williams
Mar 15, 2013 Jackie Williams rated it it was amazing
Wonderfully descriptive book, full of emotion and genuine feeling. Explained the true horrors of 9/11 and its aftermath for one individual with startling clarity. I came out of it feeling renewed!
Elly Michaels
Aug 19, 2013 Elly Michaels rated it it was amazing
Wow! My literature professors always said that a novel is praiseworthy if it inspires in the reader strong emotions, and Neil Ostroff's Drop Out certainly does that. I was, in turn, scared, horrified, revolted, depressed and warmed by this graphically depicted novel of disaster, tragedy, death and rebirth. Drop Out opens with haunting, pictorial scenes from the World Trade Center bombing where our hero barely escapes the horrors of inexpressible gore and death, loses all his friends and family, ...more
Aug 20, 2014 Char rated it it was amazing
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A captivating and jaw dropping story. The author effortlessly invokes intense feelings and emotions dealing with deep and very touchy issues. There are powerful revelations about life and love. A truly inspiring piece!
Susan Young
Jun 28, 2013 Susan Young rated it really liked it
This was a good read. Gave me a better understanding of 9/11 and the impact on this survivor. Incredible! I agree with Linda (below) - it puts any of my perceived problems into perspective.
Shari Risoff
Apr 19, 2016 Shari Risoff rated it really liked it
A gripping storyline that captured me immediately with memories of the horrors of 9/11. Some great writing, vivid word pictures and a satisfying storyline. The only thing that needs correcting is the name of the hurricane. I lived through Hurricane Charlie in 2004 and Francis and Jeanne as well; the hurricane in this book is supposed to happen in 2011 and is named Hurricane Charles. There was no such hurricane that year - easily found online that it was Hurricane Cindy. Apart from that one factu ...more
MaryJane Rings
Jul 26, 2015 MaryJane Rings rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent story of a man who was a survivor from 9/11. His journey of coming to terms with survivor's guilt, losing his family that day. He was able after many years of grief to meet someone who was able to help him to move on. The story is very authentic and believable. The setting is also realistic and riveting. For those of us who watched these events play out on TV and documentaries, it is very eye opening and gives a realization to the human side of the immense loss of life and h ...more
Theresa Needham fehse
Jan 13, 2014 Theresa Needham fehse rated it really liked it
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Nathan 36 years old survives 9/11 while losing his entire family including his fiancée (who was 3 & 1/2 months pregnant with his son. He "drops out" of life and flees to the Florida Keys where he survives through yet another near death experience (in the form of a hurricane) and is taken in by a 27 year old woman named Miriam who is dying of pancreatic cancer (with many of her own skeletons in the closet) and is trying to get every last second of her life lived to th
Florence Osmund
Jan 16, 2016 Florence Osmund rated it it was amazing
I was captivated by this book and read it in just a few sittings. With excellent character development and carefully crafted pacing, Ostroff tells a poignant yet heartwarming story with scenes so well constructed that you will feel like you are there. Get ready to engage in a compelling journey with Nathan Cruz on his discovery of the meaning of life.
Ashley Tetzlaff
Nov 27, 2013 Ashley Tetzlaff rated it liked it
**Shows the reality of dealing with terrible tragedy, survivors guilt, being messed up physically, and death of various people.
**In-depth, quite realistic depictions of 9-11 and Hurricane Charles from the narrator's point of view.
**Narrator finally comes out of his ten year depression and starts to enjoy life again.

Cons (for me):
**It is kinda depressing that he never returns to faith in God, and thus never seems to have answers for the afterlife. He sorta just hopes that there is some nice
Nov 17, 2013 Cphe rated it really liked it
Shelves: novella, angst, poignant
An interesting premise to this quite intense novella. The main character Nathan loses all that he holds most dear in the aftermath of 9/11. He is hailed as a hero after that harrowing day but all that he wants is to be left alone. He is unable to live with himself and his survivors guilt.

He is anaesthetised from his feelings for 10 years and then he meets Miriam.......
This is quite an emotional read and a whole gamut of feeling is brought to the fore with this quite poignant novella. Well worth
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Raised in a rural town outside of Philadelphia, Neil D. Ostroff has been a published author of dark, noir thrillers, romance thrillers, and middle grade sci/fi and paranormal novels for more than twenty years. He is an avid poker player when not working on his novels. Neil also enjoys fishing, hiking, and all things outdoors. He's been interviewed in such publications as PHILADELPHIA MAGAZINE, THE ...more
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