Monday, December 11, 2017

Comments and Testimonials

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“For anyone who has lived in the city of Detroit, here are two books to put on your reading list.  Bob Henige captures the spirit and the essence of this gritty town with his plots, but especially with his characters.  The Redemption of Mr. Ben and Ned's are stories of neighborhoods and the people who live there. The dialogue is crisp and true. Not always happy stories, but stories that get the reader thinking. He tells a tale that keeps you reading right to the end.”

 - Arthur M. Woodford - Historian and Author, This is Detroit 1701-2001;   Wayne State University Press
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                      “Ned's gives readers a taste of characters and events experienced by a small sample of people in one blue collar town. In this case, Detroit is the setting DanHallmanThmShwhere one neighborhood's players interact with each other, and their surroundings. Filled with humor, detail, and the raw language that shouts reality, the snapshot is also educational with its delivery by Henige. Easily related to, as a template, in countless cities across the country, to those familiar with the theme. To those unfamiliar, the book offers an interesting glimpse into the lives of small groups of gamblers, having fun while flirting on the edge." – Dan Hallman

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DanHallmanThmSh“The Redemption of Mr. Ben is a rich tale of longing, as you progress through each character's concerns and experiences. The writing style is enjoyable, using italics that define each subject's self-thoughts, easily recognizable. Through the struggles, heartaches, and aspirations, the portrayals deliver details that spark images of familiarity and realism. Dive in, and the story will have you wondering how it all comes together in the climax. The end triggers hope and encouragement, and quite possibly in the reader's own personal redemptions for reconciliation and healing. This book will touch your soul." – Dan Hallman

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BobMcnamaraThumb“The characters and story lines in both Ned’s and The Redemption of Mr. Ben are intriguing, straight forward and present a vivid image in your mind…you really get a great sense and mixture of both 'Street Smarts' and 'Motown hometown values'… both great reads that stays with you…” - Robert McNamara

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MikeMcKeonThmSh“I LOVED Ned's. It’s quick reading that's witty with great characters. I laughed out loud several times. Anyone who grew up in Detroit will love this book.” - Mike McKeon

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MikeMcKeonThmSh“When reading The Redemption of Mr. Ben, you find yourself rooting strongly for and against several of the characters. What will happen to these people? The alley scene is unique and riveting. Grisly story that makes you wonder what steers us in the path we take in life.” – Mike McKeon

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TZthumb"The Redemption of Mr. Ben is both entertaining and terrifying.  What more can you ask for in a well-written novel?.  As for Ned's..... was I there, Bob?  You have captured 1970's colloquialism spot on!" -- Terry Ziemba

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MaryWthm“Henige scores, exhibiting his unique writing skill as he takes the reader through the lives of people we can all relate to. Set in downtown Detroit, The Redemption of Ben’s characters are masterfully intertwined in this fast paced story of choices made, regrets and eventual salvation. First yearning and then seeking redemption of their own, events bring each individual together to a suspenseful climax. Another can’t-put-it-down book from this new, talented author.” – Mary W – Harsen’s Island, MI
 
MaryWthmNed’s is an endearing tale of a young man’s adventures into the dark world of gambling in 1970's Detroit. The Kid’s exploits will have you simultaneously laughing out loud and shaking your head in disbelief at his lucky breaks. The events and characters make this work a one of a kind, must-read story.”  Mary W -Harsen’s Island, MI
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clockIf your mother didn’t read Ned’s, then how did she know enough to warn you against guys who hang around pool halls and the race track? When I lived in Detroit, I never knew this underground gambling culture even existed. Although it reads like a movie plot, I personally know for a fact that the characters and incidents are real. It is truly a case of truth being stranger (and more fascinating) than fiction. It is nice to meet the characters without having the danger of actually associating with them, to laugh at what happens without having a true regard for the actual life and death implications of some of the shenanigans. I never knew that the clean cut guy down the street whose “paycheck” was taken by his father, who doled out a meager allowance, was actually pretending to have a job and paying his father from his gambling proceeds. If you want to read about the world that existed unseen but right under your nose, read Ned’s. You will remember it forever. - Becky Wiggins

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