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Beset: The Pursuit of Happiness in Times of Crisis by [Bullen, Lee Daniel]
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"This title is one of the most brutally honest books you'll have the pleasure of reading."

The true story of a single father who embarks on a personal journey like no other following a slide into emotional and financial crisis. As problems mount, internal chaos grows and his young son's autism worsens, he realises that he himself is his own worst enemy and begins to unearth the true meaning to his life...
Set during the global recession, this stirring true story of a father overcoming his demons for the sake of his children and himself will inspire divorcees, single parents and anyone struggling through their own times of crisis.
'Beset' - A modern memoir about an enlightening journey of self discovery.

"99% of this story is true, 1% is outrageous liberty-taking. Although I may only be 99% telling the truth when I say that, I only really remember 1% of what happened." - Lee Daniel Bullen

About the Author

Lee Daniel Bullen is the bestselling author of 'Double Ex', 'Beset' and several comedies and short stories. He previously worked as a teacher, illustrator and screenwriter but now solely devotes his time to crafting natty novels. His personal interests include squirrel romancing, ferret fondling and stringing the guitar. His more intelligible writings are available in paperback and eBook. Follow Lee on Twitter: @bullen_author Facebook: Website:

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3338 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Lee Daniel Bullen (Jan. 1 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0095LHGO8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #587,041 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa49a96cc) out of 5 stars 42 reviews
26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa47ed408) out of 5 stars Desperate Nov. 9 2013
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First, I LOVE non-fiction from a wide variety of places possessing a wide variety of stories. This was not only poorly written (was it ever even edited???), and had the F word seemingly on every page (admittedly, sometimes the F word is super useful, but after about the hundreth time, I just wanted to yawn. But what was really compelling was how incredibly boring this book was and how totally self-absorbed the writer was/is. Although Elizabeth Gilbert in Eat, Pray, Love was likewise self-absorbed, I loved that book profoundly despite Gilbert's undeniable self-absorption because quite frankly she's a great writer and can spin a fabulous yarn. However, self-absorption would be the only common denominator between the two writers. Actually Bullen is less a writer as he is simply a free associator. I'm certain there was a good story to tell given the basic, underlying facts of his life, but it was so covered up with muck, poor writing and lame attempts at dime store humor, I just could not get more than half way through the book and I tried on three separate occasions to plow through it. And the last time was while stuck on a layover with nothing else to read and the airport book store closed. Finally, I just gave up. I simply could not do it. It was just a painfully bad read. After my final attempt and when I sat down to write this review, I was absolutely stunned to read 18 five star reviews. Perhaps they read a different version, or perhaps an edited one.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa47ed630) out of 5 stars Hilarious account of Author's Personal Crisis July 5 2013
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This was a unique memoir in that I laughed when I should have cried for the author's plight of divorce, heartbreak, unemployment and coping with an autistic son. But the darkness and despair were not lost within the pages despite the wry humor. Lee poignantly describes his fears of facing an uncertain future alone. Reading his story felt like I was sitting across the table at a coffeeshop listening to my best friend bare his soul. A great intimate account of what its like to lose it all, be in a black deep pit, but refuse to be defined by your losses and seek to redefine your happiness. This brutally honest account of one's journey through life's difficult events was fantastically entertaining and inspiring. Great book debut and looking forward to reading more of his work soon!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa47ed894) out of 5 stars Besetting leads to Begetting April 28 2013
By James G. Yarbrough - Published on
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After reading the description I selected Lee Bullen's "Beset" hoping to receive insights and inspiration. Both came in spades. Lees' wit and humor made the reading fun. Masterfully he crafts images and evokes smiles and tears with his clever anecdotes as his doorways to coping through heartache and setbacks. He holds nothing back in revealing his weaknesses and failures. He tells his stories through invoking his inner voices naming them Tom, Dick, and Harry.
For me the inspiration did not come from Lee embracing positive thinking or affirmations. It came from following Lee plunge through serial upsets, some initiated by the continually European economic crisis and some self-inflicted, and the self discoveries that ensued. I found myself nodding when Tom would pontificate about the corruption of the self-imposed elite bankers and corporations who largely caused the crisis yet were riding safely above the misery experienced by most of us. I wanted to smack Dick when he whined about his plight and just wanted to `drop out'. I cheered when Harry would step in and point the way forward.
With great interest I followed Lee as he stopped to take aim and quantitatively measured his current status and progress in important life areas: Children, Career, Health, Outlook, Love. Lee never stated that having an autistic son was the cause of his troubles - the parenting challenges and frustrations certainly added to them. The denouement is a blessing for the writer and the reader. I highly recommend Lee's emotional story.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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Superb first book, took me from deep sadness to laughter, couldnt put it down, looking forward to the authors next title.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa47eddf8) out of 5 stars Outstanding! Oct. 2 2012
By 182days - Published on
An excellent read, gritty, up to date and more importantly "to the point". It would appear an understated and untapped new talent is born.