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The Doorman: A Novelette by [Love, Zack]
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Alex seems to have it all: a great penthouse apartment, a lovely girlfriend, and a prestigious Wall Street job. But below the surface he is sure of nothing but his angst-ridden doubts. And when he realizes that his doorman may be God, or sent by God, he will question things like never before.

This novelette is a story of New York doormen, tormented love, empty office life, and the theological questions that arise in response to the horrors of evil.

NOTE: You can get this work, along with six others, in ”Stories and Scripts: an Anthology" for far less. The cost of buying all of the stories individually amounts to about twice the price of the anthology. As an added bonus, the collection also includes three works that aren't available separately.

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Zack Love has an intelligent and poignant style to his writing. His use of the English language is exquisite, and his technique is flawless in it's execution.
In The Doorman, we are introduced to a character that represents the epitome of an accomplished male, yet the vulnerabilities that we are all inherent to. The character of Alex, forces us to look closer at what we hide beneath the surface, and the questions that plague us in our most private of moments. The plight of this character encourages us to feel what makes us all human.
The other characters, that Alex has his most thought-provoking moments with, is The Doormen of his building. These characters represent our conscience, and our inner guides. We, as the readers, find ourselves looking inward for the answers that these characters are helping to answer.
An excellent short story, written by a truly talented author. I am looking forward to reading more by this author, and would recommend his work to others.
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Zack Love has done it again! It’s another great, amazing, terrific book.

This book took me to a place I didn’t think it was going to go. I don’t want to spoil the book for you so I won’t go into great detail, but if you are looking for a book that does any of the following this book is for you…

• Steals your breath
• Makes you remember
• Makes you hug the person you love the most
• Makes you re-evaluate your life and what you’re doing with it
• Teaches you that faith is what you make of it and what you believe it to be

If you said yes to any of those then this book is for you. His writing grabbed at my heart, held it and squeezed it. I know this book is fiction but there must be some real life experiences and emotions that are in this book. With the way that it is written you can tell that Zack is using this book to help him heal and I am truly grateful that I had the opportunity to read this book.

Ladies and Gentlemen do yourselves a favor and one click this read. Or for an even better option one click his anthology called Stories and Scripts: An Anthology which has 7 of Zack’s short stories under one roof for an amazing price.
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ZACK LOVE has captured our minds yet again,
So, listen up, take note and "One Click" him my friend.

He delves deep, reaches into your soul.
Makes you realize that we should be loving not cold.

My myness was boTh new and old,
I was the centre of the universe to behold.

Paying off my educational debt witH layers of my soul.
This is life so I have been told.

Best years of your life spent in an officeE block,
Loved ones living life without you to watch.

Obessin' and rushin', reputation to maintain,
Can money buy you happiness? So vain.

How Does one find happiness? With quality or quantity?
Can you decide which will give you your sanity.

Are yOu wedded to your work and ways?
Do something spontaneous, live for today!

Can you say yOu have fully lived?
If you live to work or work to live?

Energetic enthusiasm foR your job-never pitying your fate.
Or wishing for a better one, it's never too late.

Live life like there is no toMorrow, love like it is your first.
Just be who your soul wants you to be, what can it hurt?

We live in a world where we Are free to make choices,
Those choices can be good and evil, voices.

Never underestimate the power of good.
An unmeasurable strength to be uNderstood.

Can you see the light where there was darkness?
The higher power lives in each one of us.

Pain and pleasure go hand in hand, he told me today.
That was your choice. You didn't have to stay.

Who is he, maybe divine?
Is it just me or is everyone blind?

How can one person be right all of the time?
Is my deduction off or am I out of my mind?.........
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HASH(0xa24a21bc) out of 5 stars Brilliantly Written!!! Loved it. April 8 2014
By VernaLovesBooks - Published on
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I have to say for a short story this was one of the most Intelligent and insightful books I have ever read. I wish it had been longer because I just couldn’t get enough of it. Zack has done it again and outdone himself with this amazing book. The Doormen proves that Zack is one remarkable writer and I can’t wait to read more from him. The Doorman is Brilliant.

I absolutely loved Alex. He had so much to say and was always looking for more in everything he did. He just felt like he should be doing more and he wanted to help people. I adored that about him. I absolutely enjoyed watching Alex grow into his own person and finally decide to do what was best for him.

Alex had some amazing people in his life that helped to mold him into the man he was. I loved how Orlee was so free spirited and had a fun outlook on life. She had such a beautiful spirit about her. What happens to her is just heartbreaking, I hated it. Then you have Anna. She was good for him as well. She gave him the security he felt that he needed. She was always so patient and kind to him.

Then you have the Doormen. They always had something inspiring to say to Alex. They gave him some of the most wonderful advice and seem to always believe in his ability to follow it. Lenny is the one who had me in awe. He is by far one of the most insightful men I have ever read about. Everything he said made perfect sense and was spoken so freely.

You will learn so much about each of these characters while reading this book and even learn things about yourself because you can’t help but reflect on the advice Lenny gives. Just be prepared to be in shock as well. I was so blown away by many scenes in the book, but one in particular will have you holding your breath to see what happens to Alex.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa24a2210) out of 5 stars What do you believe? April 5 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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This is MY OPINION of the story. Please read the synopsis and any and all content warnings given by the author before deciding on purchasing the book. Please be kind and leave a review when finished reading.

We all have heard the song “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)” by Alan Jackson. We all know it describes September 11, 2001. I know exactly where I was. I will never forget. That day brings many memories for me. I am sure it does for everyone. What it didn’t do was question my faith. It did for others, though. It did for Alex.

Alex is a man who is moving up in life. Helping is parents live comfortably and enjoying the comforts money can buy. He soon starts questioning his life after he continuously works 15 hour days and weekends though and wonders if there is more he could do.

Alex lives at 777 Fifth Avenue. This is where he meets Lenny, the Doorman. Lenny is not usually shy about voicing his opinion or giving out information. The more Alex gets to know Lenny the more he starts to wonder how Lenny knows all these random facts.

Alex is a self-professed Atheist but Lenny is making Alex think of spirituality. Is there a higher being? Can Lenny really be this smart? How can he know things that are happening around the world?

Alex wants to change his life but doing so will cause a drastic pay cut. Alex’s dad is not too happy with that but Lenny tells Alex he will make the change in 10 months.

So, where was Alex on September 11, 2001? Running late to work…..why? This would be the first time he was ever late. Alex really begins to think about things after this…..

The Doorman is a book that will make you think. It will make you question your beliefs. It will make you make a choice at the end….

The Doorman is an amazing story and will leave you with one question at the end…Who is Lenny?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa24a24ec) out of 5 stars What if God were one of us? April 5 2014
By Shandra Torbett - Published on
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Life is a series of choices. If one believes in the concept of Free Will, those choices are all up to us, as individuals, to make them; thus, our lives are comprised of one choice on one topic which leads to a second choice on a second topic which leads to a third and so on and so forth until we've made all the decisions that can be made in a lifetime---and that is our life. It's a string of 'yes or no' answers to questions we may not even be aware are being posed at the time.

The Doorman focuses on one of the most basic choices a person will make: what do I want to do when I grow up? What kind of job do I want?

It's a basic choice, yet it's so important in the grand scheme of things because isn't our job what takes up the majority of our lives? We may have family -husbands or wives, children, siblings, nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, grandchildren, a whole extended clan- or hobbies -reading, writing, painting, photography, dancing, hiking, skydiving, underwater basket-weaving even- but how many hours of one's life do they devote to their family or their hobby in comparison to the number they spend at their job? Even working only the base 40 hours a week, adding in an hour for a commute five days a week, and an hour for lunch those same five along with say another hour to go with that to prepare for work---well, that totals up to 55 hours in 5 days which breaks down to 11 hours out of 24 spent at work or getting ready for work, going to work, eating to keep working, and say a person sleeps a full 8 hours (Though, let's be honest here, who does that? Who has the luxury of 8 hours of sleep every night?), well, that leaves us only 5 hours a day for everything else in our lives.

5 hours for our lovers, families, hobbies, and interests.

Given that one will spend approximately 65% -if not more- of their life working, that seems like such a paltry number of hours to simply live, doesn't it?

This story focuses on Alex Becker trying to decide how he wants to live his life after he gets everything he thought he wanted. He's got the job of his supposed dreams which pays more than any member of his family has ever made and he lives in the nicest residence his family has ever seen and the biggest decision in his life seems to start out being having to choose which girl he wants to date more: Orlee or Anna.

Alex grows up a lot in the course of this short piece. He learns that reality is often harsher than our dreams as well as that some decisions can only be made once. Over the entirety of the piece, his doorman, Lenny, broadens his perspective on life, what he wants from it, what he could get out of it, and what he won't get out of it if he keeps torturing himself working a job that is destroying him. He experiences death, grief, and makes a decision that changes his life all because his doorman opens his eyes to all the world he's missing when he's not 'stopping to smell the roses.'

A single decision can make a life or take it. Alex gets to see that first hand and he's made better for it. His character progression is thought-provoking, genuine, and was one that I feel any reader should be able to relate to since it's made up of all the choices that we typically all have to make at some point in our lives or another.

Theology is something dear to me so it was interesting to see the question posed as to what does it take to make one 'God'? I liked seeing Alex's thoughts on the subject and it amused me though I wouldn't call this a theological study as much as a philosophical journey through a time of change in one man's life.

Personally, I'd give this one five stars for a great short read worth thinking about for at least twice as long as it takes to read it.

***Note: My review was based on a complimentary copy of the work provided to This Redhead LOVES Books Blog in exchange for an honest opinion. I have since purchased the piece to add it to my permanent library.***
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa24a23e4) out of 5 stars COGITATION AT ITS FINEST April 7 2014
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Cogitation: the action of thinking deeply about something; contemplation. That’s what I performed after first finishing The Doorman. This story made me think, soul-search, question ideals that I hadn’t thought to question for a long time if not at all. And to be honest, I don’t feel it was the storyline alone that had me deliberating. You see, Zack’s writing has a tendency to make you cogitate. He takes you on a journey through life’s everyday events but leaves you pondering the path you just took.

In The Doorman, you meet Alex, an atheist who is happily wrapped in his own myness. He forms a rapport with his building’s doorman and soon finds solace within the conversations they share. Soon after the horrific event of 9/11, Alex starts to question the identity, or more so the divinity, of his doorman.
Now, I don’t want to give anything away, so I will leave the recount at that. But what I will say is this Novelette was a wonderful read that had me smiling and teary, quizzical then reassured. It was another perfect example, by Mr Love, of a story well developed and executed.

I highly recommend The Doorman to anyone who wants a short, sweet read that will make you think.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa24a2a20) out of 5 stars Thought provoking story April 5 2014
By Lisa Karafa - Published on
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The Doorman is a wonderfully thought provoking story. The writing is spot on, flows beautifully and allows the reader to make personal assessments by injecting them self into to the story as Alex. This is definitely a novella that could and should be picked up by book clubs as the opportunities for discussion are endless. The message is deep from a both an idealistic and pragmatic side. The premise of “What if God was one of us” (Yes I stole that from Joan Osborne) plays out perfectly from the standpoint of the predictions that Lenny makes and Alex feels come to fruition. When Lenny uncharacteristically strikes up a conversation about stopping to smell the roses, it profoundly affects Alex and allows for the continuation of his existence.

I would not call this a religious story, but more a story that gets the reader thinking about the presence of a higher power and that a higher power can show up just about anywhere in any form. I highly suggest that you pick up The Doorman and allow yourself to mull over questions that are as old as time.