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Secrets of Men in a Lifeboat

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Secrets of Men in a Lifeboat... Luke Morrow, a financially struggling young single parent to an 8-year-old boy, comes to believe that he has nothing, until by a magical twist of fate, his improbable internet technology start-up turns him into a Silicon Valley billionaire star. Secrets of Men in a Lifeboat begins with Luke’s harrowing romantic sojourn on the moneyed Westsid ...more
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Published April 1st 2016 by Aqueous Books
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Colleen
An interesting read on the male perspective on what defines success and life's true meaning. I enjoyed the parts on what extreme wealth can buy, as well as how a father should treat his son. A real eye-opener on how some people can live and how priorities affect so many people around you. A somewhat entertaining read, but a little heavy at times. The ending made me feel better. :-)

Thanks to the Goodreads giveaways for a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

"You guys drink too much beer."
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Daniel Casey
Mar 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Todd Baker’s first novel possesses its own voice and tells its tale in its own manner. It stands independent of direct comparison as a confident debut. In the end, Secrets of Men in a Lifeboat is a midlife crisis novel akin to the classic It’s A Wonderful Life. But Baker’s version of this tale is anything but uplifting. His is one that seems to provocatively stab a finger in your chest asking, ‘Is this what you want? Huh? Is it?’

Read full review here: http://misanthropester.com/2016/03/21...
Gayle Gordillo
May 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was very impressed with Secrets of Men in a Lifeboat, especially given that this was the first novel for this talented author. The dialogue was crisp, witty and fast paced. The plot twists kept my attention. The book is also a mirror of contemporary society and the fascination with tremendous wealth. Overall, an outstanding read that I will recommend to my book club.
Hannah
May 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaway-wins
I won this book in a goodreads giveaway.

I don't even know where to start with this book or how to go about rating it. In the beginning, I honestly wasn't feeling this book at all, because it wasn't what I thought it would be and certain little things were annoying me beyond imagination. But I decided to stick it out, because that's just the kind of reader I am, and I'm honestly glad I did. Before I knew it, it really started to pick up and I was breezing right through the pages. I still couldn'
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Karen ratte
May 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Think Bonfire of the Vanities LA version, meets A Christmas Carol, meets movie"It Could Happen to You". Quintessential LA high life and down and out dreamers pursue the meaning of life. Baker writes in a catchy style, a fast read, engaging, entertaining and sometimes uncomfortably close to reality. Read it.
BECKY ROE
Mar 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Luke is a divorced father of an 8 year old boy, who is clearly the center of his world. The man is down on his luck, financially drained, with a chip on his shoulder about all of the things he has tried to strike it rich, but seemingly failed. He is bitter as hell about where he is in life, but he continues to nurture his relationship with his son, who seems to be the only person who keeps Luke above water. Not for long. While alone, feeling as low as one can imagine, Luke decides his life is no ...more
Cheryl Wedesweiler
I was lucky to win this book in a GOODREADS.COM giveaway. I really enjoyed this and his decision at the end was terrific!

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"Luke Morrow, a financially struggling young single parent to an 8-year-old boy, comes to believe that he has nothing, until by a magical twist of fate, his improbable internet technology start-up turns him into a Silicon Valley billionaire star. Secrets of Men in a Lifeboat begins with Luke’s harrowing romantic sojourn on the moneyed Westside of
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Laurie
Mar 10, 2016 rated it did not like it
I would like to thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for this book in exchange for my fair review. I have had a lot of difficulty with this book. I liked the idea behind it, but found it very disjointed and the writing of the narrative left plenty to be desired. There wasn't any cohesiveness between paragraphs and there was also repetition and/or scattered thoughts throughout the book, making it difficult to understand what was happening. The brief paragraphs came across as more of a sc ...more
Sally
May 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book really surprised me. I found it really well paced and entertaining, but the deeper meanings of the story really got to me. The book poses some important questions like who are you and how will you choose to live your life, if you were given a chance to have whatever you wanted. The whole story came full circle in the end, and I thought the ending was unexpected and touching. It’s been a long time since I read a novel that actually made me feel things deeply. Overall, the book is smart ...more
Alison McCreery
Mar 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I could not put this book down. The story was compelling and the ferocity with which it was written carried the narrative. It was a great story and the main character's effect on others in the second half of the book was so brutally wrought, that than when I was done, I felt like I'd been through an experience. I read it over the weekend and it stayed with me for several days.
Katrina
May 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: goodreads-win
Goodreads win

An interesting read that was hard to put down. I loved the main character and felt the book was a refreshing read from what I usually read. The writing was great and made the story that much better. A good read that many people would like. I would recommend.
T.J. Burns
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Nancy Brady
Full disclosure: I received this novel as a recipient of a First Reads Goodreads giveaway, but that in no way affected this review.

How does one rate a book that is on one hand positive and the other hand negative? How does one rate a book in which the protagonist is both a decent likeable person and an absolutely deplorable-acting jerk*? That is this reader's difficulty with this novel (Parts were 5 star quality; other parts were 1 star quality).

Luke, a down-on-his-luck single father, loves his
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Tracey
Mar 29, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Luke Morrow's downward spiral began years ago when his startup business failed and his wife left him, taking with her their young son, Trevor. Things go from bad to worse and Luke is reduced to working at a minimum wage job and forced to downsize from a modest one bedroom apartment in a good neighborhood to something much smaller and not so nice. The light of Luke's life is his son. During Trevor's visits, the two share adventures and happiness that money can't buy. Then Luke discovers his ex-wi ...more
Elizabeth
May 25, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf-100
Luke Morrow, a financially struggling young single parent to an 8-year-old boy, comes to believe that he has nothing, until by a magical twist of fate, his improbable internet technology start-up turns him into a Silicon Valley billionaire star. Secrets of Men in a Lifeboat begins with Luke’s harrowing romantic sojourn on the moneyed Westside of Los Angeles. Just when Luke can’t bear life’s pain anymore, he is remade—into a rich but brutal man. As Luke catapults through realms of fame and fortun ...more
Mom2nine
May 21, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I won this book on goodreads and, yes, I did read the other reviews before reading the book. I may not have finished the book, had the reviews not been so glowing. The first part of the book is okay and Luke is a sympathetic character. The second part, when he becomes rich, I get it, he is not a nice guy. 200+ pgs. of not a nice guy, much of it disjointed, with one paragraph following another in another place or perhaps years later. If I wanted to read 200 pgs. of an annoying man, fine but every ...more
Mary D
May 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
I enjoyed reading this book. It was a fast paced and an easy read. Todd R Baker, in his debut novel, tells a story of a struggling single parent, Luke Morrow, exploring the meaning of life and success. In my opinion, Secrets of Men in a Lifeboat is haunting and unforgettable. It follows Luke Morrow as he fails, hits rock bottom, gets a second chance in life, becomes heartless and tramples everyone in his path. It is a story as told in the third person narrative, of anxiety, depression, divorce, ...more
Charlotte
Apr 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways-won
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Dixie
Jul 06, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Secrets of Men…in a Lifeboat by Todd R. Baker is not my normal choice of reading material. I tend to prefer mysteries where I have to use my brain in order to figure out who “dunnit” before reaching the end. The harder it is to figure out who the bad guy is the more I enjoy reading the book. In other words, I like a challenge. Then of course there’s fantasy lit where you know nothing is real and you can just enjoy a good romp through the author’s imagination and your own. However, after reading ...more
A. S.
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: I received this book as part of the Goodreads Giveaways program. This in no way affected my review of the book.

Good story hampered by bad writing. Secrets of Men in a Lifeboat tells the story of Luke Morrow, a devoted dad to his 8 year old son, Trevor, but also kind of a failure at everything else (marriage, employment, financial management). A twist of fate allows him to rewrite his life, but he sacrifices his family for greed, and he mistreats everyone in his path. Honestly, this w
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Miguel Sanchez
It took months to finish this book.

I was nonplussed at most of the narrative. It struck me as a darker version as "It's a Wonderful Life" with sex and some domestic violence. I didn't care about the plight of the main character, the future his son would have, or anyone else the author bothered to spend pages of needless dialogue on.

There are a few moments that feel genuine (spoilers): in one of the timelines, the scenes between the main character and his son were touching, and I empathized with
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Barbara Leuthe
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is truly a great story showing that just because you may get what you want it may not turn out as you expect.Seeing both sides of Luke's life and how destiny changes you was very interesting. I will look for more books by this author.I received this book free as part of goodreads giveaways.
Christie Litchfield
This was received in a Goodreads Giveaway in trade for an honest review.

Overall, I very much liked the concept of the novel. Part 1 was very interesting and pulled at my heart strings. Part 2 was slow for me at times, and I found myself getting very angry with Luke. Think the ending was a little rushed given the concept.
Amy
May 16, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2017, first-reads
Review to come. ***Please note I received this book for free from Goodreads First-reads.
Knives Boone
As Luke Morrow is about to turn 40, he feels like is a failure. It's as if life has thrown him a lemon, and he needs to decide if he should make lemonade, or give up everything and end it all. After a “magical twist of fate”, he is given the opportunity for a do-over. Will he make the right choices and end up a happier man, or will he end up worse off than he was to begin with?

I enjoyed this book because of the symmetry and balance in the text between the two timelines. Much care was given to re
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Jalisa Jones
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
Even though I won this book in a giveaway, I really enjoyed it. I liked that it represents so many parents out here in the real world. Single parents who try to do right by their own children and sometimes due to frustrations and stress, we don't always handle things in the best ways. Sometimes we have mental breakdowns and may even think ending our lives will make things stop. I loved the little twist towards the end of the book, how Luke got a second chance. This book kind of reminded me of "G ...more
Robbi Leah  Freeman
First I must say this is the most awesome cover on a book ever! I could not wait to read it!
Also I received a ARC on book for a review and I really appreciate the opportunity but I must be honest for myself! You may love it or you may hate it. Book brings strong emotions!!!
The book is wrote in small & large paragraphs. It's not really a written story but more of highlighted sections of a life. Is this a male writing style. Kind of like Patterson short & sweet (except some of these "par
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John Morrison
Sep 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It will make you feel like you are living through this yourself. Very well written and gripping novel. I won this book through the giveaways.
Angela Holtz
Jul 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lilac Wolf and Stuff

**I received a free digital copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

I'll say this, it's difficult to put down. It's incredibly fast past, at times too fast to follow what is going on. That doesn't really fit with how lengthy it also seems to be.

I'd call it Dude Lit, like the opposite of chick lit. It's entirely from Luke's perspective. He's a decent guy who makes poor decisions. He gambled his family's money on an internet idea that didn't pan out. In the result
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Tony Parsons
Jun 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ocean Park, CA. Luke Morrow’s (CTO, PhD, physics PhD, computer engineering, Princeton) life has gone from better to worse.
His Internet start-up Company went under & now Lisa has filed for divorce & is taking Trevor their son to live with her.
Luke does his best to have a part-time relationship with his son.
Romance well it never was a home run for him.
Lisa seems to have lots of relationship some marriage others just sex.
Luke lands a dead-end job at The Great Indoors as an appliance del
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