Overview Riley Keep, former man of God, former missionary, now haunts the streets, a ghost of who he used to be. Wife, daughter, and faith have all been lost in the aftermath of a single act of wickedness. Any chance at forgiveness seems a distant dream, until he hears rumors of a small town in Maine where miracles are happening. In a last bid for survival, Riley sets out and soon finds himself in Dublin, Maine, a costal village now slowly suffocating underneath an avalanche of desperate people searching for help. But will they find their miracle?
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Studio: Bethany House
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.2" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.9" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date May 31, 2008
Publisher BETHANY HOUSE PUBLISHERS #7
ISBN 076420520X ISBN13 9780764205200
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More About Athol Dickson
Athol Dickson is the chairman of D&E Architecture and Design, Inc., in Dallas, Texas. His previous works include Every Hidden Thing and They Shall See God.
Athol Dickson currently resides in Dallas, in the state of Texas. Athol Dickson was born in 1955.
Author Athol Dickson won a much coveted award for his 2006 release River Rising. Being aware of this it was with much anticipation that I awaited for his next release, The Cure.
Riley Keep is washed up. Once a successful husband, father, teacher, pastor and missionary he's made a mess of his life in each of those areas. As the story begins Riley is homeless and an alcoholic surviving on the streets in Florida. But word has come around that there's hope in Maine. A cure for alcoholism. Riley and his friend, also an alcoholic, head out for Maine in hopes of finding there salvation from the demon spirits.
As word has travels the local shelter and, indeed the whole town, are overrun with the homeless who seek shelter and hope. Along the way Riley Keep might just make a turn for the better in his spiraling downward life.
When folks speak of the works of Athol Dickson you're bound to hear words like "profound" and I couldn't agree more. Athol has a way of taking the most fallen of characters, making us care about them and follow them on their journey to redemption.
Here in The Cure, as always, the characters are vibrant and real. Flawed and yet courageous. And this author's prose sings without being overwhelmingly poetic. This is one of those rare stories and rare authors. Athol and his stories are able to touch you deeply with a message of hope in Christ in a way that few can.
Highly recommended! One of my Top 10 Novels of 2007.
Big Swig, Tough to Swallow Dec 27, 2007
When you pick up a book by Athol Dickson, you are welcomed into a personal art gallery. With a canvas that offers only words, the picture is painted, sometimes not so clearly. But sometimes in time, you finally see the big picture near the end. I started reading "The Cure" with some big expectations, and the big picture was always there. But it wasn't always what I was looking for.
You meet a rough looking bum in the beginning in the form of Riley Keep, and his buddy, Brice. You are welcomed, somewhat coldly, to Dublin, Maine. Like a lot of homeless people, Riley had a tendency to tip the bottle. Always longing for a drink. But Dublin has ghosts, and Riley is all too familiar with them. And he finds a people who desperately need help and healing, a plea he's known all so well. Once again, welcome to Dublin, Maine, home of Riley Keeps's past. He used to be known as Reverend Keep before he disappeared. What kind of hope can a man like Riley offer? He can't exactly work miracles, or can he? Why are people so convinced that he has a cure?
Like I said, Athol Dickson paints a picture. In the end, although the ending was quite satisfying, it wasn't easy to swallow. It was kind of like nasty medicine, the liquid kind where you have to count to three, and then choke it down with a big swig! I don't think that Athol Dickson intended for this to be all comfy and cozy. Not at all. This was a good read, as well as a reality check. There is no eliminating temptation. But there is a way to deal with it, and it can either be uplifting or destructive. And through it all, there is always the hope in Christ Jesus.
I like a good dose of strong medicine every now and then. I also like the way Athol Dickson writes a story. You'll see the big picture soon enough. Don't worry about that. Let the painter do the painting. I'll be looking for more big pictures from Dickson in the future!
Dickson top-notch as usual Nov 21, 2007
Excellent read, very well written and thought out. This is not a book just about alcoholism but a book about love, patients, forgiveness, commitment and the human condition entwined with their reliance on a sovereign God. The story does however go very slowly for nearly half the book and the flash-backs to the jungles of Brazil are very confusing (but for a very good reason). Stick with it and you'll find a great story that you'll be glad you read. I did like "River Rising" better so if you haven't read it yet I highly suggest doing so after ready "The Cure". In fact, order them both. And no, I don't work for this site or Athol Dickson. =)
1 Star = I've been robbed! 2 Stars = Why'd I finish it? 3 Stars = Good 4 Stars = Excellent 5 Stars = Life changing
Curious About THE CURE? Oct 3, 2007
Dangers in the this site, urban riots with homes torched, and innocent persons locked in an auto's trunk bring adrenaline at just the right time in Athol Dickson's latest and best novel, The Cure. Snaking through these events is the chimera of guilt indwelling Riley Keep, college professor, missionary, and homeless, hopeless alcoholic. In coastal Maine, miracles, or maybe an exotic drug, are sometimes healing, sometimes damning, a smattering of alcoholics. What will happen when Riley makes his way there? In Dickson's novels, Christians are not always good, and death doesn't necessarily spare the decent. Real life and real issues are delivered to the reader. Both exciting and edifying, The Cure sometimes kept me awake at night. Pure enjoyment!
One of my favorite books so far in 2007 Oct 3, 2007
THE CURE by Athol Dickson October 3, 2007
Rating: 5 Stars
THE CURE is one of the few times I have given out a 5 star rating. For me, giving out 5 stars doesn't mean that everyone will enjoy the book. It is an opinion that comes from one person. However, a 5 star book has to be well-written, have characters that work in the overall scheme of things, and that all other important parts of the story come together to make it a perfect book. With that said, it also is a matter of taste, and in this case, THE CURE was a book that I particularly enjoyed because I like to read about characters that are down on their luck. THE CURE is not an upbeat story, but it is one about redemption and forgiveness, about a man that is trying to make right something that had gone horrifically wrong in his past.
In THE CURE, Riley Keep is an alcoholic who at one time was a highly respected minister in this small town that he has returned to, after many years living in Florida, living the life of a street person. He returns to the town of Dublin, Maine because of a myth being told on the streets about a cure for alcoholism, and that it has been saving the lives of many. Riley returns to his old hometown with a friend, Brice, who is dying from the affects of alcoholism, and they are in desperate need to find the cure before it is too late.
When Riley thinks he's finally found the cure, given to him on a slip of paper and a bag of white powder while in the church he once preached in, he takes a taste and loses his appetite for alcohol instantly. However, the slip of paper warns that if he drinks alcohol again, his desire for it will increase more than ever.
There is a subplot involving a woman who takes care of the homeless. She has a secret that has led her to this town, and it is connected to Riley and his past spent on a mission in South America. She is somehow involved in the cure, and what she knows about it has endangered her life. She is hiding out in Dublin, but her time may be running out, since the news that Riley has the cure has now spread.
The book moves along at a fast pace when the woman disappears and is thought to be dead, and Riley is accused of murdering her. The men and women on the streets have learned that Riley has the cure. He wants this miracle wonder to be available to everyone and tries to make a deal with a pharmaceutical company who he thinks will be able to reproduce this product and allow rich and poor person alike to utilize it. What happens, however, changes the outcome of what Riley hopes to accomplish, and changes again the course of his life.
Riley is also dealing with his ex-wife Hope, who is now the mayor of the city, and their relationship forms another subplot. What happened between them again is related to the origin of the cure, and their story is told in flashbacks, where they were missionaries in South America.
I don't think THE CURE is everyone's cup of tea. It's not an upbeat happy-ending type of story, but I think the range of emotions that come from the characters that make up the story rings true. I found these characters to be true-to-life realistic persons, and while the actual "cure" is something that doesn't exist in today's world, the main theme of the book is not really about the cure for alcoholism but a need to right a wrong that was done decades ago. It's about a man consumed with guilt for something he thinks he's brought about in his past, and his whole future changes because of what he believes he's done. THE CURE deserves a 5 star rating and will most likely be on my list of favorite books read this year.