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A Lifetime to Die

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  261 ratings  ·  182 reviews
The darkest of secrets sometimes linger for a lifetime. When they are finally exposed they can be like the discovery of an ancient tomb, perhaps better left alone, although never ignored. Aristotle Mercury’s father knew too much, so he was silenced. With the help of his friends in the Russian mob, Aristotle’s Uncle Jacob is able to move in and take over as the new head of ...more
Paperback, 461 pages
Published August 1st 2013 by Ponytale Press, Inc.
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Jun 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
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This one was just okay for me. Strong writing and a very likeable character in the person of Aristotle (Telly) Mercury made the first two parts of the book really good. In my opinion, something went terribly amiss with the remainder of the story. The pieces stopped fitting, and I came dangerously close to losing interest. The business with Christina seemed random. Disappointing after such a strong start.

This was a first-reads giveaway, thank you.
Jan 24, 2014 rated it liked it
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I received this book through the Goodreads first reads giveaway program. I liked this novel and would recommend. It was well written with a likeable main character. I enjoyed how the book was broken up into parts. I didn't rate it any higher because I felt the author lost me with whole Christina/Mercury relationship. It felt forced, unnecessary to the effectiveness of plot and felt very much disconnected from the whole feel of the book. Part 1 & 2 were very strong, very much a 5 star rating but ...more
Jan 21, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: first-reads, fiction
I won A Lifetime to Die as a goodreads first-read giveaway.

I thought it was ridiculous. It took me a lifetime, or so it seemed, to read this far-fetched, everything-but-the-kitchen-sink, so-called thriller. The author pulls out every cliche in the book (pun intended) to spin this unbelievable yarn of a guy who flees Czechoslovakia before his uncle can kill him or the invading Russians can get him, makes his way to the United States, and in the space of 24 years or so, goes from an immigrant carp
Feb 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in a Goodread's Giveaway.

Well. That's over.

I liked this book in the beginning. I really did. In fact, almost the whole first segment had me turning pages and sucked into Aristotle's life. The writing was good, which is pretty much all that's kept my rating up where it is. While I may not have liked the story, I can't say the author doesn't have a decent handle on prose.

The problem with this book was the plot which went from the pretty basic 'Uncl
Jan 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway. Thank you for the book!

I have mixed feelings on this book? I liked parts of it, but other portions not so much. I didn't feel like I really knew any of the characters very well except for the main character, Telly. There were also times I would get frustrated with the minute details that just seemed to drag on and on but not really add to the story. I never really felt that I just wanted to give up on reading it, because the story line was inter
Jun 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways-won
Like to thank the author for selecting me as a winner of this book, I went out on a limb and registered for it, I read the summary on the book and thought it might just be a good book to read, thanks for giving me a chance to read the genres of Drama, Thriller and Suspense.

Aristotle Mercury's family has secrets. He and his Mother have lived a poor and hard life, his Mother working for her brother-in-law, Aristole ending up taking a job in construction, working for his Uncle also. What happens w
Jan 24, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book as part of Goodreads First Reads program.

When I began reading this book, I had a four star rating in mind. At the halfway point, it had dropped to a three star. When I got to the last few pages, I was exasperated to the point of a one star rating.

Initially, the blurb on the back had me very interested but while reading, some things simply didn't align. As the story wore on, the plot continued to just fall apart until it was almost nonexistent. This book has every cliche un
Mar 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Fantastic Book!!! I did not want it to end. The character
Whether good or evil are extremely believable. The plot
is more than an immigrant making good, There are a lot
of realistic twist and turns pulling the reader right into
the story. You feel what the characters feel especially the
main character, Aristotle Mercury.
Aristotle’s father possessed to much information so his
brother’s associates had to have him removed. They fake
his death and send him to a Prague Institute for the
Criminally Insane.
Nancy Steinle gummel
A Lifetime to Die by P.S. Meronek is a first read win and I'm giving my honest opinion. This book grabbed your attention right away. I had to know what was going to happen next. It was hard to put the book down. It read as a true story even though I knew it was fiction. The story starts with Aristotle (AKA as Telly) Mercury quitting school and his part time job in Checkoslavakia to begin working construction at his Uncle Jake's factory, Mercury Textiles. His mothers arm needs to be amputated. Th ...more
Peggy N
I was fortunate to win a author's signed copy of A Lifetime to Die by P.S. Meronek as a Goodreads Winner. The book was like none I have read, and is the first that I have read by this author. At first the book has a complicated sadness that seems to come and go throughout the book. The story begins in Prague. Czechoslovakia and follows the life of Aristotle "Telly" Mercury from a young man to when he was an older man in the United States. His is a life strewn with both obstacles and opportunitie ...more
Bruce Veloor
Mar 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
People who appreciate Meronek's books clearly know something others don't. Of course he looks fairly well pressed for a 76yr old gentile... That is... if you think an enlightened sense of style includes a polyester lavender/sandalwood suit, with well heeled shoes made from fascists child's fur. Allow me to divulge further, while his books could legitimately be the flavour of the month, appearances can also be deceiving because his sense of fashion is mostly an acquired one. And yes, if you are w ...more
Feb 14, 2014 rated it liked it
In my opinion, in "A Lifetime To Die" written by P.S.Meronk, poor editing and clichés overshadow the writing in Meronek's premise of the US as the land of opportunity and the additional premise that revenge is not worth the price one pays. Also, I disliked the speed with which the main character could switch women and still consider each the love of his life.

In spite of these handicaps, this book is both entertaining and thought-provoking.
{ U n s o l v e d M y s t e r y }
Jun 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to { U n s o l v e d M y s t e r y } by: Won in a Goodreads giveaway
I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway. Thank you! =)
Denise Eggleston
Feb 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
A Lifetime to Die by P.S. Meronek is written by a man who describes himself as a “writer, entrepreneur, world traveler, and adventurer” ( Goodreads profile).

A Lifetime to Die spans about thirty years, from 1968 to 1999. It focuses on young Aristotle Mercury, living in Prague in 1968. His father seemingly lost his life in a factory accident which occurred in his uncle’s factory. His mother is injured in the same factory and dies later of that injury. Aristotle discovers that his parents helped l
Jan 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-books
A Lifetime to DieP.S. MeronekI was lucky enough to win a copy of this wonderful book on a goodreads giveaway so this is my honest review about it:

Well first of all, this is the story of Aristotle Mercury , or Telly how is know in a big part of the book is a very determined boy who fights with all he has to accomplish what he wants, and all what he has to past thru the journey that is his life, starting when he is sixteen and living in Czechoslovakia with his mother, a beautiful person who alway
Jan 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
This is the first book that I have read by this author and the first book I won through a goodreads giveaway. The story first begins in Prague, Czechoslovakia and then follows the life of Aristotle or known as "Telly" Mercury as a young man and then over the years later as a much older man who has made the United States his home. Thus, due to his hard work and some great friends along the way, his dreams came to life. Telly's story and this book captured me from the beginning and never let go un ...more
Jenny Boyce
Jun 24, 2014 rated it liked it
I've been slacking on writing reviews and I finished this book awhile ago, so pardon me if I can't remember specific details involving the book.

A Lifetime to Die follows Aristotle, a young man living in Russia in 1968. Aristotle is left fatherless and practically penniless while his Uncle Jake lives a life of luxury. Aristotle discovers that his uncle actually owes his family much more than is let on, including his father (locked away). Aristotle sets out to exact revenge on his conniving uncle
Christine Yu
Jan 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
I won this book in a giveaway. At first, I was confused with the plot. I went into this book blindly. However, as I started to read this, it got better. This book is a lot more interesting that I thought. I usually read YA books that deal with magic, love, worlds we cannot live in, etc. I really liked this book. Definitely a different style of writing, I would say. Not my usually reading kind of book but it was great.

So I'll try not to spoil anyone. This book about a boy growing up into a man.
Jun 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
I received a copy of A Lifetime to Die by P.S. Meronek in a Goodreads giveaway in return for an honest review.

I will admit that I liked the main character Aristotle (Telly) Mercury and was rooting for this young man who had taken a lot of knocks in life. The story of his struggle to help support his mother and his escape from Communism really hooked me...he worked hard to pursue the American dream. Once I hit his forays into property development, I had to really push myself to keep reading. Th
Marcus Danson
Feb 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In a time in my life where I am in review of my past and considering the foreground to the next epoch, I run into a book that reminds me the only way that I will achieve anything is to press on with everything I've got.

From the cover of the book, to the final page, I was spellbound. The only shame is that Mr. Meronek didn't extend it longer because I didn't want the story to end. Full points.
Jan 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. The writing is good, and the story moves at a good pace. The subject matter is interesting and there are plenty of exciting bits. I would recommend this book to anyone that likes fiction with a little drama to it.
I received a copy of this book from Goodreads.
A-ma-zing!!!!' :)
Loved the setting (even though it's my first time reading a book with a setting in the 1960s :)
Loved the characters, especially the protagonist Aristotle (aka Telly <3) he was everything I would want to see in a main character:
1. Determined
2. Curious
3. Tough
4. Caring
5. Intelligent
6. Would stop at nothing to achieve his goal or get something he wants
7. And helpful :)

Now, let me give you a summary of this fantastic book :)

In this world, secrets have always been kept hidden, an
Jan 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-read
This is a book I got through the Goodreads Giveaways. It is the second book I have read by this author. I have written to him to offer some corrections, and both times he was gracious and polite.

I find him to be a good writer in terms of word choice, staying true to storyline continuity, and giving details. What I don't like about his writing is that the level of details do little to enhance the story and take a lot of time to read. The author claims to write what he knows. The level of technic
J. Else
Jan 24, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
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Lisa Cromwell
Jan 18, 2014 rated it liked it
*I won this book through Goodreads First Reads giveaway. In no way has this influenced my rating or opinion of this book. Thank you to Goodreads and to P.S. Meronek for this opportunity.*

I wish that I could give half stars, I would then have given this a 3 ½ stars rating.

It is really challenging to write a review on a book and not give away any of the story line. This was a really good read. There were some wonderful parts to the story. It has a main character named Aristotle "Telly" Mercury. It
Jun 23, 2014 rated it liked it
I read this book because my 3yr old grandson took my Kindle… I bring this up because I am in the middle of reading the @CreatusSeries and I can only take so much delay ~ You see, mine is an 8.9 and he NEEDS the bigger screen. Yeah, not gonna fly anymore kid. Charge your own "book"!

A Lifetime to Die by P.S. Meronek

First of all, if you buy the book, skip the back cover. I didn't read it until now and I was surprised to see a number of *spoilers* right there. Not good. I would have been mad I think
Jan 22, 2014 rated it liked it
I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway program.

I thought this book was quietly interesting. It follows a man over the course of his life (losing his family, fleeing communism, and finding friends and building a fortune in the USA). The writing style was pleasingly simple and easy to follow, while still providing several moments for in-depth metaphor. It was easy for me to keep the plot history in focus, and I cared about the main character as he encountered his various troubles.

Jun 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads, reviewed
I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway (thank you) and this is my honest review.

I waited a few days after finishing this book because I just didn't know what I wanted to say about it. I really liked parts of it, others not so much. Well, here goes...

This story starts in Prague in 1968 and follows Aristotle Mercury through some tragedies and extremely difficult times - loss of father, house burned down, mother's death, being hunted by an evil uncle, etc.... Until during the confusion of the
R J Mckay
Oct 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received this book from Goodreads in exchange for a review.

This is the third book by P. S. Meronek I have read. 'A Lifetime to Die' quickly captured my interest, and had me rooting for Aristotle Mercury. Telly had a hard life in Prague. His father died when Telly was a child, leaving young Telly and his Mother, struggling to get by. But when Telly's Mother is no longer able to work, he is forced to quit school at 16 and get a job.His Uncle Jacob runs the Mercury Textile company, a company that
Lawrence Forns
Jun 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
A Lifetime To Die, for me, stood on the merits of the first two parts. The book is set up in 5 seperate parts. The first 2 sections run about 350 pages together, but the latter 3 sections only use about 100 pages between all three.

I enjoyed reading this story, and taking a walk through the life of the very likeable protagonist, Aristotle Mercury. I was a bit thrown by the authors use of flash forward and flash back - without spoiling there was one character who I didn't realize had been written
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