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The Man in the Box

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  29 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Work provided Robbie Lake the perfect escape from his family. But his life is turns upside down when he is unexpectedly fired. When he finds a new way of escape through a cardboard box, everything changes. The imaginary world of his childhood has evolved in his absence and is now more savage and hostile than even he could have dreamed. Robbie is drawn in by the excitement ...more
ebook, 207 pages
Published November 30th 2012 by Blackwyrm Publishers (first published November 28th 2012)
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Andrew Toy
Oct 03, 2013 Andrew Toy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
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Here is a review I found on Barnes and Noble.

From Bookin-It:

Wow, wow, wow! My copy came in earlier than expected, and after reading a few reviews on this book, I couldn't help but get started right away. I think it's the first time I've finished a book in one day. It's a little slow at first - the author takes his time setting up the story, but by the middle of the book, there's no going back!! I felt like I was on a rocket shooting full blast into adventure, fantasy, suspense... EVERYTHING I wa
Robbie Lake was counting down the days until his island vacation with his family. Everything was going as planned, until the unexpected happened. While dealing with the unfortunate consequences of being laid-off, Robbie stumbles upon a box that sends him to a whole other world. In Reveloin, people fear for their lives and they are excited to return Robbie to his throne. Only one problem, Robbie has no memory of this world or why the people are treating him like they have been waiting for his re ...more
Robbie Lake’s life spirals out of control as the economy drives its nails into the coffins of the editing and publishing worlds. But Robbie doesn’t like things to be out of control, and now the child who used to retreat into imagination finds himself retreating into… a box.

Instead of waking to Seattle’s gloomy rain, Robbie finds himself in a curious village with no memory, no past, and strange hints of an epic future. Hailed as the possible savior of the world, he makes friends, enjoys a pleasi
Dec 29, 2013 deb rated it 1 of 5 stars
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The story, the *concept* of this book is fantastic. While a boy has grown into adulthood, his left-behind imaginary world has grown up as well, and when he unwittingly stumbles back into it, it is no longer the tame, delightful escape he enjoyed as a child.

Sadly, the book never lives up to this wonderful potential. It's difficult to accept that the protagonist is a husband and father since his dialog, both spoken and internal, sounds far too much like that of a 12-year old. None of the character
"The Man in the Box" by author Andrew Toy is a very fun, interesting book that will allow you to escape into another world. While Robbie is moving forward in the corporate world, he along with others are let go and now he must find a new beginning. His new beginning involves a simple cardboard box that leads him into another world of adventure. Soon the reader will see the hardships of Robbie as he is transported back and forth from this world to another by way of this cardboard box, spending co ...more
Frishawn Rasheed

Andrew Toy's "The Man In The Box," speaks to the heart of every adult who has stared longingly out onto a sunny day and wished with all their might for even the smallest escape from the implosions of life. Robbie Lake, it seems is a man lucky enough to do just that; when he unwittingly stumbles upon a portal to the land of Reveloin.
A land where he is no longer the harried father of a disconnected son and a rebellious and ungrateful daughter. He can never be fired, and the demands of being a husb
Matt Dalton
Whilst browsing through some online blogs, I stumbled upon one that was written by Andrew Toy, the author of this book ( On his site, he mentioned that his book was available for a limited period on the Kindle Store for free, in the hope that he could drum up some interest and, ultimately, receive some feedback on his work.

Like Andrew, I would like to write a novel one day and see it published. Thus, I was intrigued. I immediately headed over to Amazon to get my
Cherese A. Vines
Nov 23, 2012 Cherese A. Vines rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: suspense, adventure, family life
Recommended to Cherese by: Andrew Toy
The Man in the Box by Andrew Toy is about Robbie Lake, a middle-aged man who finds a box that sends him to a fantasy world that he created as a child. When Robbie is fired from his job of 11 years, he is at a loss of what to do next. This comes on the heels of yet another blowout with his teenaged daughter and another cold shoulder encounter with his distant young son. Robbie doesn't know his family and they're not quick to welcome him either after he's fired due to layoffs. Only his wife Rosaly ...more
Robin Blankenship
This book was pleasantly surprising. Andrew Toy is a wonderful storyteller. This book was just not what I expected when I first picked it up. Robbie, the main character, is such a likable guy one most people can find a way to relate to. He is just an ordinary guy who gets laid off and then the adventure starts. Robbie discovers a box, he enters a magical world called Reveloin where he is the long lost "god" that everyone has been waiting for. He feels strong and together not like he feels in the ...more
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Author of The Man in the Box, Andrew Toy lives in Louisville, KY with his wife and dachshunds. If he's not reading, he's writing, and if he's not writing, he's eating pizza, and if he's not eating pizza, he's eating Mexican food, and if he's not eating, he's reading...
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