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  1. Howard lent me your book, enjoyed reading it.
    best wishes

    — ronald hollander    Tuesday, January 11, 2011    #

  2. Mark,

    Hope your New Year is going well. I just wanted to let you know that I finished your book, and I thought it was absolutely great. I am glad for you and proud that you undertook such a task. I know that losing Susanne was extremely painful, I just hope that I was able to provide a little comic relief for a little while, to help take your mind off of things. Unless you have been in that situation, no one can know the hurt that you have been through. Just as you laid out in your book, everyone has a different way of dealing with things, and some handle it better than others. I have over the years, seen some people totally destroyed, because they couldn’t handle things, and wouldn’t let anyone help. Just like Billy.

    I hope that you know, that even though you have friends that are closer to you than me, I will always call you a friend, and be there if you need anything. I am very proud of your book, and will be recommending it to everyone that I know, so that they too can enjoy it as well. Good luck with your writing classes.


    — Bert Godwin    Sunday, January 10, 2010    #

  3. Mark,
    Enjoyed your book. I hope this concept of books/songs takes off – It’s pretty interesting.
    Good luck with the sequel/screenplay.

    — John Manganow    Tuesday, March 24, 2009    #

  4. - A very well-written story with vivid characters that I cared about, and I liked the way the songs drew me into the story. I look forward to reading more from you, Mark!

    Jim Sanders    Friday, January 09, 2009    #

  5. Mark, a well told story that touches the heart and the head. Especially when one knows the backstory. Keep living, keep writing, keep flying, keep throwing those parties. ;-}

    — Gordo    Monday, December 22, 2008    #

  6. Mark- A very personal and, at times, complicated topic thoughtfully addressed. You balance the lightness and humor we find in many relationships with sincere dialogue between friends and heavy thoughts & feelings. It is connections and relationships that help us heal, and you did a lovely job of creating and developing those, while keeping the characters fun. I applaud the utilization of self in this effort. I also hope it helps others see the possibilities. Looking forward to the next book.

    — Christine Bertolino    Friday, December 05, 2008    #

  7. What a fantastic marriage between a funny, quick read and a thought-provoking, heavy topic! I loved how the story’s dialogue invited me into the characters’ colorful lives. I laughed and cried right along with them. As with any good book, the words, imagery, topic and especially the music continues to play in my mind. Mark you have a gift. Thank you for sharing it.

    — Rebecca Paese    Thursday, December 04, 2008    #

  8. Mark

    Congrats! Great job. The music is compelling.


    — Grady Dougless    Saturday, September 06, 2008    #

  9. Very cool, Mark. I finished the novel a couple weeks ago and it was really an enjoyable read. I loved the characters and the way you introduced them and how you wove them all into the story was VERY impressive to me as a reader. EXCELLENT first effort. Are you working on another ???

    — David Gaeng    Wednesday, August 06, 2008    #

  10. Words and music…Bravo my good fraternity brother on a job well done. I got a great kick reading the elements of the story where I appeared to rub off on you. But I am especially honored to be included as
    part of Lindy’s band. No small feat considering I’ve never touched the melodica !

    Cheers !

    — Libelous Lou Kady    Saturday, July 12, 2008    #

  11. Excellent…Waiting for the movie…I want to see the German…Good Luck.

    — EZ    Thursday, June 19, 2008    #

  12. I think you took a very heavy subject and wrote a very light and easy to read book. I was sad when I came to the last page.

    — Martin Rischall    Saturday, May 24, 2008    #

  13. The book is great!!! I would like to thank; Mr. Mark Berry, For choosing me and my dealership, BMW Motorcycles of Las Vegas, to bring the “Phoenix” to life. It was a great pleasure, I hope it will give you the lifetime of service and enjoyment I had planned to get out of it for myself. I enjoyed building the motorbike to fit your needs. The Ride is on!

    — Dale Beason, Service Manager, BMW Motorcycles of Las Vegas    Tuesday, February 26, 2008    #

  14. An absolutely fantastic book! Couldn’t put it down. Looking forward to hearing the rest of your lyrics put to music. The first two songs are fantastic! An ingenious way of incorporating them into the story. Good luck to you Mark…not that you’ll need it!

    — Jeremy    Monday, January 07, 2008    #

  15. Mark,

    I just finished reading your book and was really drawn in by your writing. The parallels between the people, places and situations seemed very real. I’m sure many people will be able to make the connections to their own lives in some way or another as I did. The story seemed very familiar to me and brought back some great memories from the past.

    I feel very lucky and privileged to have been able to share a friendship with you and some of those other characters.

    Best of luck. Cheers!

    — Gordon B    Friday, November 16, 2007    #

  16. FINALLY I have finished your book. I thought it was GREAT! Good story. Well told. Easy read. I think it articulated the concept eloquently without being too heavy. And the song lyrics were great. Would love to hear the finished versions once they are put to music. Also — cute take on Billy and Lindy’s names. Liked the canine reference (Shepperman/Huskador)... given the inspiration being your pups. Very cute.

    — Ryan Duvall    Monday, October 22, 2007    #

  17. Mark, now that I have finished reading “Pushing Leaves Toward the Sun”, I want to add to my previous review: I have been moved to the core by your words. Words are usually so weak, and yet you found a way to use them in a way that made me laugh and cry and think and wonder. I can’t wait to tell the whole world about it. I wish you great success (á la Borat!)

    — Brigitte    Wednesday, October 17, 2007    #

  18. Mark,

    I want some of what you were smoking when you wrote it! MY GOD, it’s so f—-ing good! I can’t put it down, but I’ve been having to, though, because we, like, had to land the plane and stuff!

    You my friend are onto something big. Well done!!!!! Will send you my comments when I’m done… but so far, only one question mark and mostly LOL’s and “I love thats”.

    I can’t wait to see what happens to Billy’s flying career… (He just found his Kershner). Shutting the computer down now and headed to bed with your book. (In Osaka)

    x B

    — Brigitte Lakah    Tuesday, October 16, 2007    #

  19. Great read, I loved your book. It was a fun and entertaining trip to recovery and I tell you those people reminded me of my college life with AHP and specifically Pat and Kevin. We lived like they did and your book brought back floods of memories. Very well written and a must read for everyone because at some time in our lives we are going to go thru events that we will need guidance on how to get out of the deep dark places our minds can take us! Cant wait for the book signing and release party.

    — Perri Dyer    Monday, September 24, 2007    #

  20. Mark,

    This is a great book.

    It brings back memories from some of the best times of our lives, and some of the more difficult. One may say “...we have seen it all…”, and others will say “...the best is yet to come…”

    Live every day to the fullest and enjoy the moment today….

    There is so much we can all relate to…(some more than others!!!)

    —Thank you Mark.
    And yes, I am the original Spy. Cheers!

    — Spy    Thursday, April 12, 2007    #

  21. Mark,

    You once advised feedback is welcome. I finished the book earlier today. I think it is a great book, and I see it as a great screenplay as well. A lot of guys are going to relate to Billy. It reminded me of my own days..not to long ago at the rugby house a.k.a “Handy-House” running with a pack, working at a bar, women!!!, and trying to figure out if and when to move on. I think people will also find comfort in these characters working thru there loss, as most people have felt this loss unfortunately. Congratulations on a great story!

    -best of luck.

    — Tyler Carney    Wednesday, February 14, 2007    #

  22. This great book deals with one of life’s hardest emotions to deal with, the loss of a loved one and various ways of coping. The characters in this book come to life rapidly, engaging the reader to not want to put it down until finished. What a truly imaginative and novel idea to incorporate music into the story! A must read for everyone and especially those who relate music to life’s challenges!

    — Julio J. Gomez MD80 Pilot St. Louis Based    Wednesday, January 10, 2007    #

  23. I finished the book within 5 hours of getting it.

    — Steve Hult    Saturday, December 23, 2006    #

  24. Mark, I am very proud of you. I hope it gets published.

    — Killer    Friday, December 22, 2006    #

  25. Nice work. Enjoyable read from someone obviously dedicated to the creative process of writing.

    — Tony Sommo (member Writers Guild of America West)    Friday, December 22, 2006    #

  26. Very creative and imaginative. The story holds the reader’s attention. This novel reveals the ups and downs of life. Refreshing! Very ‘catchy’ title. All the best!

    — Pamela Antionette Sattiewhite- AA F/A (M.A. Communication)    Thursday, November 23, 2006    #

  27. The heartfelt experiences of these characters as they “come to life” move the reader.

    — Rex A Brewer    Sunday, November 19, 2006    #

  28. “Congratulations. To write a novel is one of my dearest aspirations. But I am a dreamer and you are a doer.”
    Christopher Terry- Airline Pilot and Int’l Businessman

    — C.T.    Saturday, November 18, 2006    #

  29. For anyone who has experienced a loss whether it was a friend, a lover, or a family member, Mark has transcended the feelings of grief experienced by that tragic event into this book for us all to relate too. With lifting innuendo’s of real life mixed in with the sad reality that we all will face in one way or another.
    Life goes on,... it never stopped,... the world still goes around,... a seemily once dead tree will push leaves towards the sun,...

    This book will restore your sense’s from “all is lost” to “nothing is lost, all is still there to gain.”

    Thank you Mark.

    John (Scuba) Linneman

    ex-TWA Flight Attendant, now with World Airways,...

    — scuba    Thursday, November 16, 2006    #

  30. I have to say it is very entertaining and I still find myself thinking about Billy, Lindy, Dog, Spy and the rest of the gang. You do have a gift in building these characters in the readers mind.

    — Deland B. Olson - MD80 Captain    Wednesday, November 15, 2006    #

  31. Losses never go away, which I suppose is part of the essence and uniqueness of our human spirit. You have a gift of expression that should make your writing a success.

    — High Schoelzel - V.P. of Flight OPS TWA (retired)    Wednesday, November 15, 2006    #

  32. I just read the first three chapters. Very engaging. looking forward to the rest of the book.

    — Jetlord    Tuesday, November 14, 2006    #

  33. Love the book, it’s the best. I can’t wait to read chapter 2

    — blanco    Saturday, November 11, 2006    #