The Five Times I Met MyselfJames L. Rubart
Brock Matthews's coffee company is on the verge of bankruptcy---and his marriage is nearly over. But then he starts having vivid dreams of encounters with his 23-year-old self and challenges him to do things differently. Astonishingly, it works---though not in the way Brock ... Read More
Page Count: 400
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Oct 15, 2015
- UPC: 9781401686116
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 400
- Publish Date: Nov 10, 2015
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "FIC042060"
- ISBN: 1401686117
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- Can Brock dream himself a new reality? by Sue on 11/15/2015
o the worldwide customers who flock to purchase Black Fedora coffee, Brock Matthews, the brother behind the unique, top-selling blends is a coffee success. But Brock knows differently; despite the money, the push to help their coffee growers and the fame their generosity has brought, he senses there are cracks to his life. First there is the failed relationship with his father that was never healed before his father's death: then there is an unspoken, almost unacknowledged jealousy that his father made his younger brother CFO and chief stockholder, not himself. And now, with his son ready to leave for college, Brock has to face what he has known for awhile, that his marriage has "lost the wind in its sails." When he begins to have a recurring dream in which his fathers seems to be warning to prepare himself for a disaster, Brock knows something bad is going to happen and shares his fears with longtime friend Morgan. Morgan gives Brock a book about lucid dreaming -- dreaming in which you know you are in a dream and suggests that Brock could approach his father and try to get him to share just what he wants Brock to do. Brock reads the book and gives the technique a try, but not before he learns that Black Fedora is about to go under due to some illegal pilfering of funds and that his wife wants a separation.
Throughout the book, Brock meets himself several times in dreams, each time asking his younger self to do one thing -- something Brock feels will fix the present. Each time when Brock wakes, he finds that the present has been altered. What he has wanted done, has been done, but the "new present" is never what he expected or wanted. I started this book after a full afternoon of shopping with my husband. I expected I would read a few chapters during the evening and then set it aside for a good night's sleep. Our granddaughter was going to sleep over and I knew I would spend the whole next day playing games with her. And to be truthful, I wasn't to sure if I would like the book once Brock started altering the past. But I kept reading and reading, and by the time bedtime came around, I got E. settled in and told hubby that I would be reading for a while before I came to bed. By 12:30 I had finished the entire 381 pages. There was simply no place where I could stop and not spend restless time wondering what was going to happen to Brock. Each new present day seemed more disappointing, almost dangerous, then ... Well, I can't have spoilers, can I? I highly recommend this book.
If we are honest, we would all confess that we've longed for "do-overs." We have things we wish we had made right; we focus too much on past mistakes, or we dream that if we'd only made some different choices life would be peachy. Well, Brock gets do-overs, but he keeps avoiding the one thing he can't face, and the lesson for all of us seems to be that if we want a future, we must face our failures, our fears HERE IN THE PRESENT. I received a copy of THE FIVE TIMES I MET MYSELF from LITFUSE for my honest review.
- WHAT WOULD YOU DO DIFFERENTLY . . . IF YOU HAD THE CHANCE? by Steve on 11/10/2015
I’ve been played. Like a fine-tuned instrument. In his latest project (you cannot call what James L. Rubart does writing, anymore than you can call what Michelangelo did sculpting, or what DaVinci did painting, or what Beethoven did composing) James L. Rubart subtly captured my interest, and then skillfully played upon my emotions and my intellect. Until it was too late.
To stop, that is. To stop experiencing (one does not read James L. Rubart’s projects) the vision that is THE FIVE TIMES I MET MYSELF.
Who doesn’t have regrets over decisions made in the past? Who hasn’t entertained the idea, even said the words, “If I only knew then what I know now . . .”
Things would be different. I’d have done things differently. I would have chosen what’s behind door number three.
Regret is a huge idea that lingers in the background; it’s the outline of many of our future decisions and determinations. Sometimes it’s the foundation of many of our most intricately laid plans, and most expansive endeavors. (Sometimes, it may even spark one’s interest and cause one to write a book about it.)
Brock Matthews’ once promising life is unraveling. His coffee company. His marriage. So . . . when he discovers his vivid dreams – where he meets his younger self – might actually let him change his past mistakes, he jumps at the chance. The results are astonishing – and disturbing. Because getting what Brock wants most in the world will force him to give up the one thing he doesn’t know how to let go.
And his greatest fear is that it’s already too late.
* WARNING * Do not open this book unless you are willing to entertain the idea of having your whole world turned upside down.
5 stars for mesmerizing fiction from James L. Rubart