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Concealed: The Book of Joshua

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  37 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
In a quintessential small Midwestern town, Professor Joshua Stone is a popular, outgoing, and quirky professor at Grant’s Hill College. He lives alone with his dog, rides a bicycle everywhere, and has memorized the high school mascot names of his students. He’s a 3-on-3-basketball player and fan who’s insular life centers around his teaching. Joshua confronts his demons ...more
Paperback, 380 pages
Published May 14th 2013 by Two MIle Ranch (first published May 13th 2013)
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May 30, 2013 Cathryn rated it it was amazing

In “Concealed: The Book of Joshua” Fritz Nordengren has spun a most thought provoking yarn. The debut novel is set in a typical small Midwestern college town with fully fleshed out characters – from the protagonist Professor Joshua Stone to secondary characters such as Jerry Coogan, a tenured professor who makes the briefest of appearances.

In Stone Nordengren has painted a portrait of a complex man. The professor rides around campus on his bike with his dog in tow, he meets colleagues for drink
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Jul 21, 2013 Carol Bro rated it it was amazing
CONCEALED - THE BOOK OF JOSHUA, by F.R. "Fritz" Nordengren, depicts the life of Dr. Joshua Stone, a rather eccentric and fastidious professor of English composition at Grant’s Hill College. Joshua is a 21st century Macon Leary, who rides his bicycle to work each day, his dog Rex trotting along at his side. He is beloved by his students and colleagues alike–a personable loner and a dedicated and inspiring teacher. Were it not for his dog wandering off, his life would have remained blissfully ...more
Ann York
Jun 15, 2013 Ann York rated it it was amazing
I read this book at the was an exciting read that stayed with me.

After a brutal attack, Joshua Stone devolves from an outgoing, organized professor to an unstable recluse, trying to make sense of it all. During the process, the pretty patina of Grant's Hill College is peeled away to reveal a pockmarked core.

Fortunately, there is enough levity to balance the darker aspects of the story. The author has infused scenarios with authenticity, and characters with depth. The pace is fast. T
May 30, 2013 Eve rated it it was amazing
The plot of this book is deceivingly simple. A college professor's world is turned upside-down in a horrifying attack that leaves him predictably scarred and searching for answers. What unfolds after that are things that have the feel of watching the backstory of some less-than-cheerful news stories we've all seen in the recent past.

I found the main character, and honestly several others, easy to dislike as they wallowed in self-congratulatory intellectualism and straitjacketed routines. Fortuna
Norm Hamilton
Jul 24, 2013 Norm Hamilton rated it really liked it
Professor Joshua Stone is a naïve, at least in matters of the heart, college professor who is gently conducting his life. Suddenly a shocking, savage attack changes his life forever.

F.R. “Fritz” Nordengren begins his book with a short description of the assault and then goes on to introduce Stone and his colleagues and paint a narrative of their lives. The reader gets to know and get involved with them.

Stone is a well-regarded, caring teacher who, while he has eyes and his heart set on one parti
Heather Lawson
Feb 01, 2014 Heather Lawson rated it liked it
A gripping story about a college professor and the event that changed his life.

The story is exciting enough to keep you turning the page, however, after an initial burst of action the story slows at the beginning and takes a while to build up again.

A note to the author, I feel a further edit would benefit your novel. There were a lot of typos that should have been easily spotted and it hindered my ease of reading. I'd also suggest replacing many of your 'ands' with commas so sentences don't seem
Eileen Carter
Aug 07, 2015 Eileen Carter rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this book, thought there were moments that I was fearful for the characters so much that it made me stop reading and take a deep breath. As you follow Joshua through his tragedy, recovery, tragedy again you have to think about the amazing power of human will and the need to survive. The author paints such a beautiful picture of this college campus and small town. I would recommended this interested in reading a story about survival.
Jul 30, 2013 Greg rated it liked it
Solid story that bogs down a bit in the middle. There are times you want to just shake some sense into the lead character, but the fact that you take an interest in the character is a testament to the author's ability to engage the reader. Would give it a 3.5 or 3.75 rather than a 3.

it was very quiet beautiful story about a victim and the changes in his life. loved it! ( even though I had to fast forward through a short, very violent scene )
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F.R. "Fritz" Nordengren is publisher at Two Mile Ranch where he works with new and established authors. He's the author of two novels, a writer's guide, a memoir of his pilgrimage across Spain, and a photo collection from his 2015 3|6|5 project.
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