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The Hope We Seek

2.82 of 5 stars 2.82  ·  rating details  ·  85 ratings  ·  33 reviews
Zachary Knox, a sharpshooter known as “the Bull’s-Eye Telepath,” heads north in search of gold. On his way he meets Sephy, a magnetic woman on the trail of her lost brother. But on arrival, they find the mining camp is home to a shadowy mining company. The mine boss, Trevillian, rules the camp like a despotic priest, and at the center of his faith is Hope, an elusive godde ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published March 1st 2014 by Outside Reading (first published January 1st 2014)
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Feb 28, 2014 Rade rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Nobody (sorry author)
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Aw man, I am so done with this book. I am glad the author provided me a copy of this for honest review but I just did not like it at all. I gave it a go, read 30% of the actual book and I could not go on. It is waste of my time which I can use for other books. Here are some things about this book that I did not like (which is basically what makes an entire book).

1) HOPE. I know it is supposed to be a big part of the story but every other sentence mentions Hope in some way. Either she is a savio
The following is a review of this book that I wrote for my college magazine:

One day in Worner [student center], I saw a plastic-wrapped book sitting on an ottoman. Someone said, “Some dude was passing that book out outside.” Within hours, I saw dozens of copies littered around Benji’s [student cafe], the Worner desk, the trash, and even in the Spanish house, where I live.
The book is called The Hope We Seek, and the author’s name is Rich Shapero. It’s 432 pages long, and the cover looks like a c
Kinda bizarre....really bizarre. I received the book as a Goodread's first reads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. So here goes (hang on):

A cult of slave miners which have more than friendly relations with the female portion of their camp who in turn allow the true believers within the group conjugal visits with a rock (as in she's made if minerals not as in Van Halen) goddess that fuels their belief and entrapment. Oh yeah the goddess also manifests as a bear that can't be killed. She
I received this book at the Sundance Film Festival. It's intense, and not for the faint-of-heart. In a gold mining camp in turn of the century Alaska, the miners have turned gold into a goddess whose approval and embrace they desperately chase. It sounds very spiritual, but in truth, there is a hell of a story here. I love the character names and the colloquial of the miners, and overall the portrait of the time and place is beautiful and immersive. Shapero goes on wild flights of spiritual tran ...more
Anna Bueller
Komaeda Nagito started this cult, didn't he? The only thing that would make this book better is if Chaim Potok wrote it and it was about Jews who played baseball.
After repeatedly seeing teams of people handing this book out on campus, I have to admit I was initially pretty skeptical of them and it. Of course, my first instinct told me that it was some sort of religious or political propaganda, but I couldn’t see anything to signal any kind of affiliation. So my curiosity eventually got the best of me. When I talked to one of the women on the team, she told me about the author, Rich Shapero, and that he is just a guy who writes books and wants the world t ...more
What really struck me about The Hope We Seek is the mist of surrealism in which the novel's world and its characters reside. I certainly wouldn't describe this as a work of fictional realism, yet it doesn't quite belong on the fantasy shelf either. The blur between basic, empirical truth and the book's spiritualistic and psychedelic elements are profound. Often times I was captured by the starkness of the imagery, as well as the staccato rhythms of Shapero's dialogue.
Some people may question th
A friend of mine was moving out of her house into a smaller apartment and needed to get rid of a lot of her stuff. I took a bunch of books off of her hands and The Hope We Seek was one of them. I’ve never heard of Rich Shapero before but I really liked the cover art and my friend said she really liked the beginning of the book, but she’s working a lot and doesn’t really have the time to finish it.

It’s a classic story of a group of men casting off in pursuit of a better life, and maybe getting mo
Andrea Pierce
I'm not sure how I feel about this book. the writing is ephemeral and the imagery is pretty spectacular, altho the dialogue takes some getting used to. Shapero leaves these gaps that you as the reader have to fill in, which is odd at first but then engages you and becomes enjoyable. the spirituality aspect is pretty fascinating, that fine line between faith and obsession, between a priest and a corrupt cult leader...but it was also the part that I found the least believable. they worship Hope, w ...more
this book completely consumed me. the imagery, and the deep darkness created here is incredible... caves and deep mining shafts below ground, bars and brothels carved into rock... everything mixed up in madness and lust and deep spiritual craving. It's an interesting look into the heart's of simple men, those that seek power, and this enthroned feminine mystery. This is a very masculine book, but I found it fascinating to get so far into the hearts and minds of these crazed laborers I could allo ...more
My first thought in writing about The Hope We Seek is that Shapero’s novel plays out like a Steinbeck story set in the literal and metaphorical wilderness of Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. Chronicling the struggles and Sisyphean toil of working class laborers who have turned their backs on the lives they once knew to journey to the early 20th century coastal gold mines of Alaska in pursuit of an elusive material and spiritual wealth, the story, almost from it’s outset, sets a mood of dizzying surre ...more
James Curcio
It was an interesting coincidence that the publisher for "The Hope We Seek" offered an ARC right around the time when my general research was leading me back to the history and myth of the American West. This book fits very soundly within the current, as it is essentially an exploration of those symbols--mining, in some sense, for an American myth, rather than gold.

The prose is at its best when it describes the land itself as an outpouring of the human spirit; at times the craft actually reache
Oct 06, 2014 Lauren marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Random book being handed out on campus. One of my rules is "Never turn down a free book."
Gail Ofterdinger-Ledgister
If you are a person of faith, HOPE represents a deity or higher power who alternately loves and despises you, rewards and punishes, gives or takes away, and disappoints and gives great pleasure. Likewise, the mine boss is a savior who can charismatically charm the population into belief. He is your father confessor, your encourager, your conduit to HOPE. HOPE appears to believers as a beautiful, alluring woman or a nasty bear or a glint of ore in the mountain. If you are not a person of faith, p ...more
Chris Pfeiffer
I really enjoyed this book overall. It had a sense of mystery to not only it's plot but even in its writing style. The wordplay was masterful and the plot was complex and well played out. The climax certainly didn't disappoint. I disliked only a few things; the dialogue tended to get confusing at times, and the characters names we're a bit absurd. Other than that, there is nothing I didn't enjoy about this novel. Definitely will recommend it to others.
Katrina Knittle
Goodreads win. Will read and review once recieved.

This book was very intense and definitely not for the soft of heart type of person. I loved the idea of how the miners made gold into a goddess. It made the story interesting and quite different then what I have read recently. The characters in the book are interesting and there were a few names that I just loved. The book has it's spirtual aspects, but it holds it gritty, masucline side. I can see myself reading more from this author.
G.Frederick Firkey


You can tell when you're reading this that there are parts of the book that Mr. Shapero wanted to write (the preachy metaphor parts) and parts that he felt he just had to get through (the entire first section that is supposed to make you like these people). It was so painful to start this book.

The idea of a CD and app is cool, but the writing just isn't very readable.
Ryan Cutter
My student union had copies of this book being handed out for free (in addition with a terrible music CD). The book is alright pretty much what I was expecting from a free title. Although the writing isn't inspirational the story makes for a great time waster waiting for lectures to begin.
Though it has a rough start, there is a fantastic story to be discovered in The Hope We Seek. If you’re a fan of apocalyptic fiction, this story should resonate with you because it’s got the dark elements that are popular in that genre but these elements are nurtured in a very believable setting where man’s pursuit of riches can often taint the mind. The book paints a tale of a crazed mining camp that worships the mysterious Hope in the beginning, but, slowly, before the reader knows it, we are ...more
Marie R
The hope We Seek is about a group of men trapped in a gold mining camp with a group of men who worship gold like a religion. I gave it three stars because the story was slow and I lost interest in some areas. I did like the relationship between Zack and Sephy
Dawn Anderson

This book is strange, very strange. I had a very difficult time getting in to this book...I'm not sure I actually ever really got drawn into it but I did manage to finish it. Some might really like this book but it was not for me.

I received this book in a goodreads giveaway

I give this book somewhere between a 2.5 and 3 stars.
Richard Shapero is a fascinating author, and for this novel he's even got eerie music to accompany the mood. Our protagonist heads for Alaska seeking gold, runs into an environment where the local strong man resembles a cult leader, and learns that life isn't all about money. I'm excited about his other books, although like this one they're not for everyone. I won a copy of this book on Goodreads Firstreads site, but I accepted no compensation or benefit to write this review. Wish I could figure ...more
The Hope We Seek is a book with a unique and different style. The imagery is great and the characters are interesting. The book is very intense and deep and may be difficult for unseasoned readers. I had a little trouble getting through it myself. If you like books that are unusual and out of the ordinary, then this book might be for you.

I received this book complimentary from Goodreads.
I received this book in a goodreads giveaway. I was really excited to get this because I have only recently started to read this genre. I don't like to leave negative reviews but for me I did not like this book at all. After a week I still could not get through the first chapter. It also came with a CD of music that I didn't care for.
Kendra Johnson
May 27, 2014 Kendra Johnson marked it as to-read
I was handed this book in downtown Portland. We'll see how this goes...
Brianne Reeves
I wasn't thrilled. Shapero's idea is interesting: strangers trapped in a mining operation with no way out. The town is led by religous zealots who've all joined a cult around Hope. But, there's no real attachment or even distinctness in the characters (with the exception of the main three) and that makes a lot of the plot seem strange and unmotivated. It moves quickly, but without any reflection on what's happened or on the characters' reactions. This makes it so that the events just kind of hap ...more
I didn't finish. started interestingly enough, then became so disjointed, that I lost interest.
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After reading this book a second time, I give it 5 stars. It is a uniquely written story that is both captivating and mysterious.
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