The Losers by David Eddings

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Raphael, a golden-boy quarterback, falls prey to his evil college roommate who manipulates him into a wild affair with an older woman and causes a car crash that cripples and emasculates him. 40,000 first printing.
 

About David Eddings

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Writer and educator David Eddings was born on July 7, 1931 in Spokane, Washington. He received a B.A. in English from Reed College in Portland in 1954 and a M.A. in Middle English from the University of Washington in 1961, writing part of a novel as his Master's thesis. After serving in the U.S. Army in Germany, Eddings began working as a grocery clerk. He later worked for the Boeing Company, placing Minuteman missiles throughout the U.S. He spent a few years teaching English in a business college and a teachers' college. His first novel, High Hunt, was an outdoor adventure about a group of men on a deer hunt in the mountains of Washington State. After nine years, Eddings published Pawn of Prophecy, the first of the Belgariad series. The success of that series led to three more, the Mallorean, the Elenium, and the Dreamers. He collaborated with his wife Leigh Eddings on many of his books. He died on June 2, 2009 at the age of 77.
 
Published January 5, 2011 by Fawcett Crest. 304 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comics & Graphic Novels. Fiction

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Damon introduces Raphael to the seductive Isabel, an older woman who comes dangerously close to consuming Raphael utterly--until Raphael perceives his peril, tries to extricate himself by getting aggressively drunk, and winds up the victim of a horrible accident: he loses his leg and his manhood.

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Stepping out of the fantasy genre, bestselling author Eddings fashions a searing indictment of the social-welfare system in this sometimes compelling but unfortunately didactic novel about down-and-outers in the Pacific Northwest.

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After months of frustrating rehabilitation efforts and group meetings led by self-serving social workers, Raphael flees to Spokane, Wash., to try to construct a new life.

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(Jul 08, 2002) I thought I had read every David Eddings book, then I found out about this one.

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