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Alive Day: A Story of Love and Loyalty

3.61  ·  Rating Details ·  88 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
Based in part on a true story, Alive Day is an inspiring, affirming tale about the power of love, loyalty, and living full-out.


A Marine's "Alive Day" celebrates the survival after an almost certain death. It's a time of hope and joy.


But Antwone Carver isn't celebrating. Home from war but not quite whole, Antwone's having trouble dealing with his new physical limitations.


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Paperback, 240 pages
Published July 13th 2009 by Thomas Nelson (first published 2009)
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Deanne
Mar 21, 2016 Deanne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-copy
I'm not sure how to begin this review. Marine,Antwone Carver has returned from war but he is a broken man. He came from a poor background but went into the Marines as a way of bettering himself. Now his spinal cord is severed and the doctor tells him he is paralyzed from the waist down and that he also has no way to function sexually. Newly married this sends him into a depression and he gives up on life. From his hospital bed he meets Psychiatrist Brendan McCarthy . Brendan has been blinded in ...more
Jill Manske
Oct 12, 2013 Jill Manske rated it it was ok
Sullivan has a good premise - a visually-impaired psychiatrist and his guide dog helping a spinal-cord injured Iraq War veteran adapt to his injuries. The book is optimistic, with a hopeful thread running through-out. Unfortunately, it's all down hill from there. Alive Day is preachy, condescending and offensive on a couple of levels. First, Sullivan paints a caricature of a young, African American man, raised in a Los Angeles ghetto by a single mother, with 8 children fathered by different men ...more
★Carri
May 26, 2013 ★Carri rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Alive Day is primarily about a blind psychiatrist named Brenden and his guide dog named Nelson. Brenden lost his sight due to a civilian accident while climbing a mountain. He is encouraged by his colleague, Dr. Barnes, to take on some pro bono work in the form of newly disabled military personnel. Dr. Barnes, also a blind person, feels that Brendan can bring a sense of camaraderie to sessions with disabled veterans. It was his hope that those veterans would be more likely to open up to someone ...more
Cheryl
Sep 08, 2009 Cheryl rated it really liked it
Psychiatrist Brendan McCarthy knows a thing or two about struggles and dealing with curve balls. She about seven years ago, Brendan was mountain climbing when he had an accident that left him blind for the rest of his life. Luckily for Brendan, he has met the perfect companion in Nelson, a black Labrador with a heart of gold.

Antwone Carver thought his life was over. He survived a critical situation, which has left him paralyzed from the waist down. Antwone felt like he has nothing else to live
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Kirsten
Aug 01, 2012 Kirsten rated it liked it
Shelves: christian
"Alive Day" is a feel good read about the loss of purpose, and identity. Written by a blind man, the story follows two main characters an injured Marine (I forgot his name now) who is struggling greatly because he has lost the use of this legs during a tour in Iraq. And blind Dr. Brendan McCarthy and, his psychologist. Dr Brendan can relate with the Marine’s struggles because he too has struggled with such issues---he had lost his sight via a climbing accident a few years previous. This is good ...more
Clockstein Lockstein
Aug 04, 2009 Clockstein Lockstein rated it really liked it
Alive Day by Tom Sullivan is a heart-warming novel based on a true story. Brendan McCarthy is a psychiatrist who had to learn how to live all over again after becoming blinded in a mountain climbing accident. With his beautiful wife and two terrific kids, Brendan has built a great life for himself, especially with the help of his Black Lab helper, Nelson. When Brendan takes on a new patient, a former Marine Antwone Carver who has recently become a paraplegic, his skills are pushed to their ...more
Allison
Jun 28, 2010 Allison rated it it was amazing
As a reader it is difficult to become invested in characters early in a book. Alive Day was not the case. I think what was different about this story was the bond between Dr. Brendan McCarthy and his seeing eye dog, Nelson. It also gave light to what wounded soldiers have to face not just on a physical level, but mental and emotional levels, when they return home.

Also, knowing the author, Tom Sullivan, is blind gave the story an even more realistic quality. The experiences Brendan has in this no
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Mustafa Basree
"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." Partially, a true story, the book revolves around the power of love, friendship, and loyalty and living full-out!

When Dr. McCarthy decides to treat a war vet of Iraq who is disabled and hopeless. For Dr. McCarthy is disabled himself, he knows exactly what it means to be disabled and how to cope with this condition by participating in life, work, doing sports, workouts.

An inspiring story, neat, with a sense of hu
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Betty
Mar 12, 2010 Betty rated it really liked it
Good read; story about a blind psychiatrist who has an amazing bond with his guide dog, Nelson, a black lab. Nelson is instrumental in helping the doctor treat an Iraq vet who has been paralyzed. Towards the end, Nelson and the Dr. are aboard a ferry which crashes and Nelson saves the doctor's life .......... very good, feel good read.
Joanne
Jul 30, 2009 Joanne rated it it was ok
Blind psychiatrist, Brendan, and Iraq war vet, Antwone, form a bond through therapy that brings Antwone to terms with his disabilities. Little suspenseful twist at the end with Nelson, the Black Lab. Just an OK story - fast read.
Dawn
Nov 19, 2009 Dawn rated it liked it
I would read another book from this author. A story about a blind man, his dog, and the paralized man he tries to help. Good story, but not as much depth as I expected for a book that is partially based on a true story.
Kevin
Nov 05, 2010 Kevin rated it did not like it
Poor writing. Boring story. Unrealistic characters. Never for a moment did I lose myself in the story and think these events might actually be happening. I always knew I was being preached to - and badly at that.
Cheri Stringer
Dec 23, 2013 Cheri Stringer rated it really liked it
Shelves: completed
Read this twice in 24 hours (only 183 pp) it was that good. Sequel to "TOGETHER" by same author. This book puts a face on the war in Iraq, which sounds more like a police action than an actual war with a known enemy.

The Marines are awesome.
Gerardo Corripio
Dec 19, 2014 Gerardo Corripio rated it really liked it
Wow! if the first book was awesome, this sequel was even better! what a way to pay forward! and what an important message, of how the disabled can help the disabled! mostly by example.
Rhonda
Dec 06, 2009 Rhonda rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2009
Good book about how a blind psychiatrist and his seeing-eye dog help another injured Marine cope with his paralysis and PTSD and find new meaning in his life.
A very quick read.
Kayti Parker
I want a lab dog.

The story gave empathy and understanding to wounded veterans. A must share for building hope for those in need of finding true love and loyalty.
Tenna
Apr 13, 2010 Tenna rated it it was ok
I SO wanted to enjoy this book but....the writing was AWFUL. Short, choppy, mood jumping, no character development, etc. Would not recommend.
Odetta
Feb 16, 2012 Odetta rated it did not like it
I noticed someone had shelved this as "no-desire-to-finish." I like that description. I send them back if I don't like them. And that's where this one went, back to the library.
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Jan 04, 2010 Connie Gunderson rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
Terrible piece of claptrap. Atrocious dialogue; ridiculous characterizations.
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