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Reviewed by Barbara Garcia for Readers' Favorite
A Lifetime to Die is a sweeping tale of loss, heartache, and desperation, but ultimately of determination, justice, love, and happiness. Author P.S. Meronek paints a vivid picture of the life and times of Aristotle Mercury in 1968 Prague. Barely getting by after the loss of his father, he and his mother make do, but it didn't have to be that way. Aristotle learns that his Uncle Jake, owner of Mercury Textiles, swindled his parents out of their rightful part ownership in the business. Once his mother passes, he vows he will find a way to get it back. After a shocking revelation and actions on his part, Aristotle must flee the country and makes his way to New York. Through hard work, quick learning, and people that see his potential, Aristotle is on the fast track to building his own empire, and that much closer to accomplishing something never far from his mind - revenge.
A Lifetime to Die is riveting and drew me in right from the start. I was captivated by the everyday life of 1968 Prague, and the way in which Aristotle overcame the obstacles in his life. From the hardships he and his mother faced, to the varied, multicultural inhabitants of Greenwich Village, author P.S. Meronek lays it all out in rich detail. This story is bittersweet in many ways. I found myself loving Aristotle and rooting for him wholeheartedly. All of the characters were fully developed, and their quirky traits were equally as endearing. I highly recommend this book, and am certain that P.S. Meronek will be a rising star with works like this.