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The Impossible Bird by Patrick O'Leary

The Impossible Bird

by Patrick O'Leary

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Even though we all know everything will end, sometimes we wish things would last forever. But what if that wish were actually granted, would we be happy with the results? This complex and amazing book examines that idea by telling the story of two brothers and space aliens. While that might sound like a silly premise, the insights the author is able to convey are profound. I found the book to be thought provoking and an interesting read, mostly because there are many great plot twists that keep the pace up. ( )
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Daniel Glynn is a quiet, responsible suburban father mourning the recent death of his wife. His brother Michael is a brilliant, hot-tempered Hollywood director. The only woman Michael ever loved left him--for Daniel. It's one of many secrets the brothers keep from each other, and from the world. But Daniel and Michael are rushing toward a strange reckoning. Unknown gunmen have shown up at their doors, claiming to be government agents and demanding that each brother find the other--or die. But both brothers are missing from the world they know, and the new universe they inhabit is a heavenly utopia--a utopia that everyone they meet wants to escape.

Patrick O'Leary's previous books are the novels Door Number Three and The Gift (a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 1997), and the collection Other Voices, Other Doors. --Cynthia Ward

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"Michael Glynn is a hotshot director addicted to a there's-no-success-like-excess hedonism. Daniel Glynn is a professor of literature, devoted husband, and doting father with a quietly buttoned-down life. Brothers bound by blood. But brothers waging a private civil war - an emotional feud of lies and deceit and dark secrets buried but not forgotten." "But all that is about to change." "One day the brothers are visited simultaneously by gun-wielding strangers claiming to be agents of an elite government security agency. Each brother is questioned about the whereabouts of the other. What they want is "the code." The strangers are convinced one of the brothers possesses the code, but they aren't sure which. Having maintained only sporadic contact, Michael and Daniel can be of no assistance. Or so they think. The strangers will not take no for an answer. Their instructions are simple: find your brother or die." "But what begins as a cross-country manhunt - brother converging on brother - turns into an odyssey of discovery neither could have imagined. It is a journey that will take them to a world of perfect human happiness. A world purged of suffering. A world without death. A world where a life can be relived and mistakes corrected." "Both have been given a second chance. The question is, is a second chance what they really need?" "For Michael and Daniel the answer to that question will be found by unraveling the mystery of the impossible bird."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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