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Altar Boy

Neal P. Gillen (Author)

ISBN: 0-7414-6329-6 ©2010
Price: $15.95
Book Size: 5.5'' x 8.5'' , 276 pages
Category/Subject: FICTION / General

A conflicted young man’s desire to become a priest is detoured by love and devotion to his family even as one member becomes entangled with the Mafia.

Altar Boy is about the arcs of the life of Jack Van Duesen – his tests, trials, tribulations, joys, and sorrows.

Set in the New York neighborhoods of Astoria and Brooklyn Heights, the story reveals how a young man overcomes personal conflicts only to be detoured from his desire to become a priest through doubt and love. Instead, he becomes a devoted husband and father, achieves success as a lawyer, and is saddened by his wife’s struggles with ALS before he confronts his most serious challenge when his granddaughter marries into the mob.

In the end, faith, love, and devotion prevail.

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Customer Reviews

  A Terrific Yarn , 12/17/2010
Reviewer: Martin Tolchin
"Altar Boy" is a terrific yarn, a compelling drama that gave me great insights into the Catholic laity. It central character, Jack, studied for the priesthood but instead married his sweetheart, practiced law and became a prosecutor and judge. When his granddaughter marries a mobster, j.g., he fights to rescue her from her abusive husband, and rescues him as well. This is a well-told story, with great detail about the Catholic laity, as well as Brooklyn, its politics, and a mob family. You'll enjoy it. marty tolchin

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  Good book , 12/17/2010
Reviewer: Donald Graul
The "inside story" of Alter Boy opens up the Catholic Church, the New York legal system, and the subtle details of organized crime that touches both. Lively action and sharp talking characters moves the plot fast and direct to some surprising developments. A good read and lots of new views of the streets of New York.

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