The Two Lives of Everett Quinn

Fiction - Fantasy - General
200 Pages
Reviewed on 06/03/2019
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Reviewed by Asher Syed for Readers' Favorite

The Two Lives of Everett Quinn by John Paul Carinci is a Christian story about the titular character and a young teenager named Brian Sanchez, whose point of view is narrated in the first person. Brian is having difficulty at school as a result of the poor choices he seems to be drawn to, which are likely attributed to the lack of a father figure and the environment outside of his home. Following a run-in with the police and a fight at school, he meets a homeless man in the park by the name of Everett Quinn. The two form a bond and things begin to improve for Brian. But when Everett ends up in a coma and his lawyer walks into the hospital room, everything Brian thought he knew about the man is only half the story of Everett Quinn's double life.

The Two Lives of Everett Quinn is a simple story that will appeal to readers of Christian inspirational fiction. John Paul Carinci imparts a faith-based narrative throughout the story, weaving it through the simplest situations and, naturally, making it a central theme in the book's (and the character's) tougher moments. I enjoyed that Everett Quinn remained true to himself, even when some of his experiences as a homeless man would push the average person to the edge. Carinci's style of writing is direct, making this book an easy to read and uplifting tale that most age groups (teens onward) of Christian readers will appreciate.

Kirkus Review

A troubled teen gets a new outlook in Carinci’s (Defying Death in Hagerstown, 2014, etc.) uplifting novel about second chances.

After a run-in with the law, young Brian Sanchez is beginning to wonder where he’s headed. He worries that his occasional shoplifting is only the start of a life of crime. But when he meets a friendly homeless man in the park called Everett Quinn, things start to take a surprisingly different turn. Despite sleeping on a park bench in all kinds of weather and never knowing where his next meal is coming from, Everett is a content and happy man who’s full of gratitude. Dumbfounded, Brian eventually learns more about this peculiar man as they spend long afternoons deep in conversation. It turns out that Everett has what one might call an alter ego; the spirit of an Englishman from 1802 lives inside him, he says, who likes to sporadically voice his opinion. At first, Brian is skeptical about the man’s sanity, but he becomes humbled and even inspired by the wealth of life experience that he has to offer. Strangers often approach Everett for advice on their problems, and he’s always ready to offer new ideas or fresh insight. This makes him somewhat of a household name among the locals, and Brian’s proud to be his friend. As time passes, Brian’s life undergoes unanticipated changes. Carinci takes the story in an unexpectedly religious direction when it becomes clear that much of Everett’s resilience comes from his enduring Christian faith, and there are many instances of insightful dialogue: “We have no idea when our time will be up. So we must maximize our time and help others every chance we get. We are all brothers and sisters.” The transformation of narrator Brian from a troubled street kid into a kind and compassionate man gives the plot a satisfying emotional depth. Along the way, readers will enjoy a delightful, entertaining sense of camaraderie with the protagonist.

A touching, intelligent read filled with moments of wisdom.


Park Benches And Faithful Lives
John Paul Carinci is an insurance agent, public speaker and author. His non-fiction work includes The Power of Being Different and An All-Consuming Desire To Succeed. Carinci's novels include a couple I've reviewed, Better Off Dead and Defying Death In Hagertown.

This year finds Carinci with a new novel out. The other novels I reviewed from him were mysteries. This new one has a bit of mystery to it, although it is not of that genre. It is a novel of life and redemption, faith and love. The title of the novel is The Two Lives Of Everett Quinn. It is being published by Christian Faith Publishing.

The novel is a narrative of sorts. The person behind the narrative is a high school aged boy named Brian Sanchez. The reader meets Brian as he is being interviewed by a police detective about a break-in of a car. While not exactly a delinquent, Brian does have his share of troubles. He's not doing well in school, hangs out with the wrong crowd and is being raised by his mom, a single parent.

A walk in a park near his school brings Brian into contact with a homeless man. He stops and talks to the man who has staked out a particular bench in the park on which to live. Brian learns that the man's name is Everett Quinn.

Mr. Quinn imparts Brian with some sage advice. From that point forward, Brian visits Mr. Quinn on a daily basic. Brian quickly learns that Mr. Everett, as he's called, provides advice and life lessons for many people, both homeless and otherwise.

Brian also learns that Everett has another personality. This personality, as described by Everett, is Philip Haverson, an Englishman, who had Everett's spirit before him. Mr. Haverson comes out at unexpected moments.

As the novel progresses, Brian becomes more and more entrenched in the life of Everett. As a result of a tragic incident, Brian learns of a whole different Everett Quinn than he knew of.

Throughout the novel, the advice and life lessons are faith based. Mr. Everett talks a lot about how God can help you and what God expects of us. There are several times in the novel where there is prayer, either being done as private thoughts or spoken out loud.

When I began reading the novel, I wasn't quite sure about it. Knowing it would be faith based, I wasn't sure if it would be really preachy. Some faith based novels tend to let sermonizing take over the storytelling. But here the author does a good job of blending life lessons and stories that Everett tells to emphasize a point with his strong belief in God. And that all of those who come in contact with Everett seem to become better people because of it.

I enjoyed reading The Two Lives of Everett Quinn. The author took an experience that many of us have encountered, a homeless man on a park bench, and made a nice story or life, love, faith and redemption.

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