Just Life

Just Life As he did in UNSAID Neil Abramson explores the interconnectedness of humans and the animals we share our homes and lives with in a timely novel that will resonate long after you ve turned the last p

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  • Title: Just Life
  • Author: Neil Abramson
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 433
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • As he did in UNSAID, Neil Abramson explores the interconnectedness of humans and the animals we share our homes and lives with, in a timely novel that will resonate long after you ve turned the last page An unidentified virus is spreading through the New York City neighborhood of Riverside, near Central Park Despite the desperate need for answers, the medical communityAs he did in UNSAID, Neil Abramson explores the interconnectedness of humans and the animals we share our homes and lives with, in a timely novel that will resonate long after you ve turned the last page An unidentified virus is spreading through the New York City neighborhood of Riverside, near Central Park Despite the desperate need for answers, the medical community can only determine the cause is zoonotic, suggesting birds one day and dogs the next as the possible source Despite the lack of information, the politically ambitious governor orders the National Guard to enforce a quarantine of all dogs At the heart of this conflict, veterinarian Samantha Lewis is struggling to keep her no kill shelter open She finds support in a motley crew of friends that range from a local priest, to a troubled nineteen year old emancipated foster child, to a former psychologist whose life was destroyed by addiction But the one person that Sam needs is the last one she d ever want to call on and contacting him will mean confronting every painful memory of her past.

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    1. If you're looking for a heartwarming read, full of goodies and baddies and saving animals and medical conspiraciesis is for you. It's a simple tale but told with a smile and a genuine love for dogs and humans who fight for them. The author depicts the connection between human and animal as positive and life-affirming, anyone who cares for their pets the way I do my three cats can easily understand the emotions that underlie this story. In addition, there was some great dialogue which provided a [...]

    2. I just loved narrating this book. It has suspense, mystery, great characters, and HUGE heart. It's just wonderful. I hope my narration does it justice.

    3. There are two definitions to the word just and Abramson uses both in his title. Early on he writes:“Intention. Your intention to imbue the space between you and another being with the spirit of God. Your intention to care. That is the stone and mortar, the architectural drawings and the building permits rolled into one. It is the only required ingredient. That is the definition of a just life”. Just Life starts with the stories of four attempting to live a just life. A cop, formerly a K9 cop [...]

    4. From now on, I will know what to expect from a Neil Abramson novel: LIFE! Teeming with LIFE, his sophomore novel tells the story of Sam Lewis, veterinarian and operator of a no-kill animal shelter, who is facing a scenario that is the nightmare of every animal lover: dogs are suspected of carrying a virus with devastating effects on children. I loved UNSAID, the debut novel of Mr. Abramson, for the powerful bond between humans and animals that it so beautifully described, as well as its complex [...]

    5. Could you imagine simply turning in your dog because of a viral outbreak? What if you had no choice? What if you were mandated to do so under the fear that you might never see your dog again if they believe that destruction is necessary to prevent the spread of the virus to keep from killing children? How far would you go? These are the choices that residents of Riverside, a small neighborhood in New York have been asked to do as part of a quarantine to prevent the spread of what the CDC has det [...]

    6. This starts off feeling like a dystopian novel, with a West Nile-type zoonotic virus outbreak threatening the children of a neighborhood of New York City. Before too long, though, the plotline turns both more prosaic and more mysterious. Is this a rabies epidemic or something more sinister? Evil animal research and dodgy local politics collide to put Samantha Lewis’s shelter dogs in peril. Good and bad are pretty cut-and-dry here; how you treat animals is Abramson’s sure-fire sign of moral r [...]

    7. I loved "Unsaid", and was excited to start this book. I didn't like anything about this book. It starts out boring and predictable, continues to be boring and predictable, and ends the same way. The characters are not interesting, and I didn't care about them or what happened to them. There are quite a few characters and most of them didn't add anything to the story. The main character's back story is supposed to make the reader sympathetic toward her. It just irritated mee irritated me.Many rev [...]

    8. If you love animals and enjoy heartwarming stories, this fits that bill. I've read one other book by this author and it too was about animals and veterinarians. There are a few things I like about this author. I like his humor. He makes me laugh and he makes me smile. Some of his characters are complete crack-ups. That too is something the author does welle characters. They are unique and quirky. One last thing I want to mention is that he often throws thought-provoking ideas into his books. I l [...]

    9. You know, there were so many problems with this book: everything was too black-and-white, characters were too often revealed to have hearts of gold that don't occur in reality, situations were far too extreme for the suspension of disbelief, it was wildly sentimental, and simple human goodness (see above: hearts of gold) helped save the day. And yet I couldn't put the damned thing down.This couldn't hold a candle to Abramson's first novel, Unsaid, which I still recommend and didn't have as many [...]

    10. As a animal lover, I really enjoyed this book. The characters in this book are diverse and very interesting, lots of twists and turns, and just an all-round wonderful read. Have the tissues ready as it is an emotional roller-coaster ride!

    11. Just life by Neil Abrahamson is a great book. I liked it because it was good and had great characters. If you like dogs you should read this book. There are some sad moments and some happy. My favorite character is Sam she owns a no kill shelter and is getting evicted and has to save her dogs. I think you should read this book because it is breath taking. I hope you can get time to read this amazing book.

    12. Just Life is a novel about dogs and people who love them. If you view dogs as nothing more than home accessories, or worse, I doubt you will find much connection with this story. If, however, you view dogs as one of the true graces in this broken world, this story will resonate deeply. I thankfully belong to the latter category.This is a story about a young veterinarian, Samantha Lewis, running a shelter in New York City with dreams of one day operating a true sanctuary for these creatures who h [...]

    13. This review originally appeared on my blog at gimmethatbook.Thanks to the author and publisher for providing this review copy.Imagine a neighborhood in Manhattan in the grips of panic over a virus – one that is killing children and could possibly be spread by dogs. Imagine a shelter vet pushed to her breaking point by lack of money and no lack of politics. Add in a priest who may be losing his faith, an orphaned teen, and a few stray dogs who need homes.Put yourself in the shoes of the veterin [...]

    14. I just read the last pages of this remarkable book and am writing this review with tears in my eyes. "Just Life" by Neil Abramson is moving and suspenseful, eye-opening and heart-wrenching, scientific and spiritual, cruel and loving -- perhaps most importantly, it's a mix of greed and sacrifice, loss and forgiveness -- and faith. I loved this book, and it's crazy mix of characters and dogs. I dog-eared passages throughout, but I particularly found this piece on page 103 moving: "These were dogs [...]

    15. Gosh, another book that's really hard to review! I LOVED the characters (who they were, what motivated them), loved the story (although a bit unbelievable). And Neil Abramson has such a way with encapsulating the profound love and connection so many of us have with animals. If you are an animal lover, his description of this link between animal and the humans who love them will ring so true. The book was also fast paced and kept me wanting to read. BUTe writing (in terms of character's reactions [...]

    16. JUST LIFE is a wonderful, thrilling novel about the connection between people and the animals in their lives. Anyone who enjoyed Neil Abramson's first novel, Unsaid, will enjoy Just Life, but it is also a different read. There is an intensity to it that really draws you in and makes it hard to put down. You find yourself rooting for the main characters as they battle to save the day -- and the dogs. Readers who enjoy books about dogs, great characters, and an action packed plot will love Just Li [...]

    17. A strange virus has emerged in New York City and is affecting both animals and children. Dr. Sam Lewis must race against time to discover the cause of the virus or thousands of innocent lives will die, both human and animal. "Just Life" is a simple title, but is also a powerful theme in this incredible story for animal lovers.

    18. I thought this would be a hard one to read. and, when 2 dogs died in the first couple of chapters I thought maybe I should stop before I wound up curled in a ball sobbing nonstop. But I'm glad I continued, humanity wasn't nearly as bad as I feared it would be (but some were still as bad as I expected). I'll admit it, I had to read it because of the dog on the front cover. And the premise really struck a chord with me. we have seen what happens to cows, birds, pigs, etc out of fear; but what woul [...]

    19. I feel this got off to a slow start, but around pg 150 it started getting good. In NYC, dogs are being accused of carrying some strange disease that can be passed on to humans. Some children have died. They are thinking of rounding up all dogs and destroying them if they appear sick. A vet and her really motley crew of helpers is trying to prevent this from happening. They are trying to track down what is really going on. Can they succeed before the town starts to panic, and the National guard a [...]

    20. This was an okay book for me. At first I thought it was going to be good because I could actually understand the format of a book told from different views. Then it got confusing and somewhere in there I lost my way. I don't think I will read any more books by this author. I love dogs and he writes great but I just couldn't fall him. In the end, NOT my type of book I am back to the drawing board and hopefully I can find a book to satisfy me!

    21. Couldn't finish this one. Way too many animal deaths for me. 2 dogs dying within the first few chapters should have been a sign that I was not going to like this one. Off to find a happier book to read.

    22. As a general rule, I typically decline any and all books to do with dogs because they just give me too many feels…good bad or otherwise!However, there was something about this one that sounded really intriguing….ybe it was the hint of a scientific type of story line…I don’t know but something just said ‘read me’ about this book.While this is a wonderfully written novel that will move you in many ways…. gave me just too many feels! I was torn between wanting to finish it but the swe [...]

    23. The legend of the Just"The legend, which dates back to the Old Testament, states that a small number of completely righteous beings are chosen to be born into every generation to maintain the balance between good and evil. They bear the burden of the world's sins, hold back the darkness, and serve as physical and personal proof of goodness in the world. The Just must always share this burden for the world to continue as we know it. If even one of the Just stumbles, the balance will be lost, the [...]

    24. Synopsis: This novel explores the complex connection between humans and animals. New York City veterinarian Samantha Lewis and her team are dedicated to providing a sanctuary for unwanted, abused, and abandoned dogs. Every day it gets harder to operate her no-kill shelter and she is already at her breaking point when she learns of an unidentified, dangerous virus spreading through their neighborhood. The medical community (with help from the CDC) can only determine that animals are the carriers. [...]

    25. This is a good book and it was easy to be drawn into it, I read half the book in less than 24 hrs, however, this book is advertised to be recommended for dog lovers. I am a major dog/animal lover and have a tender heart and I sobbed through so much of this book that I had to put it away for a while. I don’t know if I will even be able to finish this book. I read ahead to the end to make sure that it ended ok, and it sounds like it will, but after sobbing uncontrollably at least 3 times before [...]

    26. When the truth is far worse than any fiction you could imagine….Samantha Lewis took the pain from her past and used every resource to help the animals she cherished as saw as every day victims. She ran a small, free clinic the city was doing everything in its power to shut down and with a handful of misfit people who worked tirelessly to keep things afloat. However, when a disease starts spreading out into her small community and children become ill and die the only figure being pointed is tow [...]

    27. A virus has been discovered that is killing children in Riverside. They determine that is some advanced rabies virus that is transferred from dogs to humans. Samantha Lewis is a veterinarian and owner of Finally Home, a no kill shelter. Sam thinks there is something suspicious about this since rabies transfers through a bite. But she has other things on her plate when her little shelter is at capacity and she is being threatened with closure. If she is going to save the dogs, Sam is going to do [...]

    28. This book is a perfect read for those of us who love the world of animals, are fascinated by the dynamics between humans and animals, and feel that humans far too often put themselves at the top of the hierarchy of life. The title echoes two ideas woven throughout a fast-paced plot: when it comes to animals and humans we are all "just life," and the question of how to live a life that is just and worthy. These ideas have long compelled me and I'm glad that they are addressed here. Abramson gives [...]

    29. This is a story of people who love dogs and try to save them when a massive virus threatens both humans and dogs. Samantha is a vet who runs a shelter taking in as many pets as possible but faces threats from the authorities and vigilantes alike. As she and a small group try to find the source of the deadly threat, she is in a tiny minority of people trying to save their pets. This is a suspenseful thriller that has a legal twist. I found the plot a little difficult to read because I'm such a pe [...]

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