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A child will die. You're afraid to live. Would you go to all lengths to save him? Darkness knows no bounds, as Alcott, an African American doctor sees all too well. The man is petrified by death. His fragile existence rests at the mercy of the universe. This fact is far too much for him to handle. From unyielding nightmares to elevator terrors, he's lost in paranoia.

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Paperback, 265 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by Solstice Publishing (first published August 29th 2013)
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Dianne
What if you had to watch, helpless as a young child’s life was slowly being snuffed out before it had even really begun? What if you were given the opportunity to save that child’s life, to change fate? What would you be willing to do? Would you be willing to make the ultimate sacrifice? A young doctor is faced with watching his young charge slowly die when an elderly man in a nursing care facility gives him a mysterious tome that magically offers Alcott the opportunity to meet several challenge...more
Aditi
The best quote about Obstacles was once quoted by the French playwright and actor, who is considered one of the greatest masters of comedy in Western literature- Jean-Baptiste Poquelin "Molière",
“The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.”

Similarly, in the debut book, Obstacles by an American author, named, Christopher Reardon, obstacles are the one thing that keeps the primary character, Alcott, who is a doctor, from saving a nine-year old's life. But his obstacles are painfull...more
Julie Powell
I have given this book four stars because the plot is intriguing. Although the writing style is good, it does need some attention and I'm not sure if all rings true with the main character. There are extremes of emotion, to such an extent that I wonder if the stress of which wouldn't put anyone into an early grave.

However, it was a good, interesting read, the idea thought-provoking and clever, delving into the science - or myth - of how to cheat death.
Francene Stanley
The fantastic adventures in the story take the reader first-hand into the mind of determined but quivering hero. We live each moment of his challenges--each worse than the last when he arrives in an unknown place with sic other contestants--all with the same aim of saving the life of someone they care about. The plot carried me away to a reality where every normal expectation is overturned and only raw courage will suffice.
Joy Hancock
*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*

What an amazing book! I'm not even sure where to begin! I love the way this story was written, not to mention the pure creativity that is in this story. An action packed fantasy novel it keeps you on the edge, as well as bring up hard questions. Would you give your life for a sick childs..even if you were afraid of dying?

Reardon does a great job developing his characters and bringing them to life as well as painting wonderful pic...more
Connie
I received a free physical copy of this book from the author in exchange for a honest review.

Obstacles by Christopher Reardon is a Young Adult Fantasy/Paranormal novel about Alcott, Alcott is a live in doctor and his patient, nine year old Gari who is suffering from a terminal illness. Alcott, horrified by the injustice of this young life ending so soon, is extremely upset when another patient from his hospital gives him a book. A book of dark magic that may possibly change his fate and Gari's...more
Linda Parkinson-Hardman
Obstacles is a truly different book. It seems to be part novel, part fantasy, part adventure novel and part parable. It’s this unusual combination of elements together with its very different premise that makes it a compelling read.

Just imagine if you had the power to change someone’s life. But, in order to do so you had to forfeit your own. Would you do it? I’m not sure I would. It is complicated even more by the fact that in order to make the ultimate sacrifice you had to pass a series of tria...more
Megan
I was not sure what to expect when I first started to read this book. The plot was very interesting to me, and I can very honestly say that I do not think I have read anything quiet like this. Which I loved, it was nice to pick up something that was not like most other books that I have read.

From the moment that I picked up this book I had a lot of trouble putting it down, and found myself sitting on the edge of my seat as I read through the trials Alcott and the rest of the characters had to g...more
Elicia (Girl in the Woods Reviews)
You can also find this review at http://girlinthewoodsreviews.blogspot...

Detailed Review: *I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

A review has been long due for this book; I actually read it last year, but unfortunately at that time school got in the way, so I never had the chance to voice my thoughts on Obstacles.

It was a short read, and a fast-paced one. I finished it in a matter of hours.

You want to know more? Think The Hunger Games.

This book is about...more
Jessica Bronder
Alcott is a doctor that has wrapped himself in fears. When he has to look after a young dying patient, Gari, his fears wrap him even tighter. The more Alcott is around Gari, the more he starts connecting. It is just frustrating that nothing can be done to save Gari, he is not even expected to make it a year.

Then Alcott meets another patient that is showing classic signs of dementia. He insists that Alcott take this huge book about bringing the dead back to life. After reading the book, Alcott d...more
Yvonne
I have received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

Wow! This book is amazing! You’ll be captured by it from the beginning until the end, not able to put it down.
It’s very clear and easy to read. The story is very exciting and the characters are downright wonderful. You’ll finish it in no time, way faster than you want it to.
Alcott is a very brave man, willing to risk his life to save another one. He has to pass different Obstacles to save this cute boy, Gari. During this adventure...more
Starry-eyed Heart Reviews
Originally reviewed in January.
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What a marvelous book to immerse yourself into! I literally finished this book in a matter of hours, because I couldn’t put it down! Chris Reardon you’ve just won yourself a new fan. Those, whom have followed me since the beginning, know that I can never turn down a YA Fantasy. I have read TONS, but by far this is the most refreshing. The plot, the characters, the overall purpose was enthralling. And, is that cover not gorgeous? I was immediately attracted.

Gari i...more
OOSA
The Fear of Death Can Sometimes Be Worse Than Death Itself!

“Obstacles” is the story of a 9-year-old boy who is dying. Dr. Alcott monitors his health and creates an environment of support, tranquility, and care for him until the end. Dr. Alcott is terribly afraid of death and the unknown and can't bear the thought of Gari dying. He visits one of his patients who believes in magic and he gives him a book that if followed properly can reverse death and so the story begins.

This novel is about fantas...more
Rachel
I really enjoyed reading Obstacles, not only was it a novel about a man who would do absolutely anything to help a young boy have his cancer reversed but it was full of adventure, strange beings and lots of action and there was no romance in sight which makes a great change.

By the end of the book you believe that anything is possible if you try hard enough which Alcott did.

The characters were well developed I liked them all, well until things were turned on their head and I started cursing them...more
K.C. Sprayberry
Dr. Alcott faces the loss of a young patient, a vivacious boy whom he believes shouldn't die. When given the opportunity to change the young man's fate, he embarks on a test of endurance that challenges him on levels he's never achieved before. As a doctor suffering from night terrors, he has no clue just how frightening his decision to beat death really is.
Chris Reardon's fantasy novel of overcoming death challenges the reader from the first page. They're met with an improbably situation and fi...more
Jeanne Bannon
I’ve just read Chris Reardon’s debut novel, Obstacles. In this action-filled fantasy, a doctor, Alcott is tasked with the care of a boy named Gari. Gari has just days to live and in order to save his charge, Alcott agrees to exchange his life for the child’s. After summoning a Goddess by using a spell from an ancient book and agreeing to her terms, he is taken to another world where he must compete in the Obstacles. Alcott must pass three of the obstacles if Gari’s life is to be spared.

As I read...more
Georgiann Hennelly
Obstacles is an action packed fantasy story. A young Doctor is faced with watching a young patient die, slowly an elderly man in a nursing home gives him a mysterious book that magically offers Alcott the chance to meet several challenges, if he wins young Gari will live but he will not remember the Doctor. But winning means that Alcott must give his life for Gari's. Each obstacle is more challenging than the last and more dangerous. There is no guarantee Alcott will survive these challenges. He...more
Carol
It was the story line that led me to this book. I was intrigued by the idea of a doctor trying to cheat death for his patient. It is action packed with the characters experiencing a wide range of challenges that draw you on to the next chapter. One of those 'just a few more pages' books, as your clock tells you it is time to get some sleep! The author's style is rather intense as everything happens to the maximum level, which can be a bit exhausting. It would have benefited from a change of pace...more
Ailyn
When you are given a chance to save a life, how far are you willing to go to prevent death? For Obstacles, Alcott is given a rare opportunity to save the life of a patient, and he takes it willingly.

This fantasy story is interesting as well as exciting. It also shows that there are people who are always choosing to do something good and kind.
Lavinyaa Pash
The whole thing was so sweet.
I have got nothing to say, but a guy risking so much (even his life) in a supernatural game to save the life of a little kid, that touched my heart.

And I know this review cannot be really long because I do not have many to say and I do not want to repeat my ideas, but this book is a must-read for those who want a Supernatural Story about Humanity.

Damn, that's sure a rare thing.
Jeremy
I just received my copy of Obstacles yesterday and i immediately picked it up...and i couldnt lay it down.I read late into the evening and today.I have now finished the book and I enjoyed it so very much..i really could not put it down.I could identify with the characters,and the "obstacles"great book and thanks so much for giving me the chance to read it.
DC Jarreau
Interesting read from cover to cover. Really enjoyed the book
Stacy Sabala
Book Review- Obstacles by Christopher Michael Reardon

Dr. Alcott is now a live-in doctor caring for a young boy named Gari. Dr. Alcott is prone to night terrors and fears death. One night when he goes to visit the hospital he has worked at in the past, he stops to talk to a well known patient named Mashilto. Mashilto is worried about young Gari and encourages Dr. Alcott to use the book Mashilto’s mother gave him. In it, he explains, is a way to raise the dead. The doctor is skeptical and agrees t...more
Denna
I think this was a great first novel for Chris Reardon. He is a talented author with a bright future ahead of him.

A young doctor has a nine-year-old patient who is dying and he’s frustrated that there is nothing he can do to save him. Then another patient steps into the picture and offers the doctor an ancient tome. Inside is a possible solution to saving the dying young boy. All he has to do is follow the directions and call a powerful god down for a favor, a god who has the ability to alter d...more
Christie Michelle
This imaginative journey began with a doctors exasperation at his inability to save the life of one of his patients, a child named Gari. Throw in an eccentric elderly patient who claims to be able to bring back the dead, and I was hooked. From the minute Dr. Alcott took the mystical book in his possession, Chris Reardon penned and interesting and gripping world that is everything a fantasy should be. We have real characters facing great odd in pursuit of a noble cause. It's the kind of story tha...more
Gail
The author sent me a copy of the book for my honest review. It is a fantasy adventure suitable for all ages. I found it a little boring in spots but it is a good story. It is intriguing and keeps you guessing until the end of the book. Thanks Chris Reardon for the copy of the book.
Arianna
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melydia
Alcott is a doctor providing live-in care for a terminally ill boy to whom he forms a deep attachment. When he is given the opportunity to save the boy's life in exchange for his own, he accepts and is then whisked to a fantasy realm where he and others in his same situation must pass a certain number of challenges to earn the right to perform the life exchange. The plot is more or less what you'd expect, though I was pleasantly surprised by a couple of the twists.

Alcott is quite the chatty narr...more
Hayley
Firstly I'd like to say how gorgeous the cover is for this book. I mean really? It's ridiculously beautiful, I love, love, love it!

Secondly, the plot for this novel is astounding and like nothing I've ever came across before. A doctor bonds with his child patient, and is given a book by a dying man that allegedly has the power to save a life. Using this book he summons a goddess, who promises that if he succeeds at dangerous obstacles, the child will live.

I'm amazed that this is a debut novel ba...more
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