The Rescue by Nicholas Sparks


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His writing has improved—though it's still the equivalent of paint-by-numbers...


One of America's bestselling authors delivers a story about the greatest commitment of all: loving someone forever.

When confronted by raging fires or deadly accidents, volunteer fireman Taylor McAden feels compelled to take terrifying risks to save lives. But there is one leap of faith Taylor can't bring himself to make: he can't fall in love. For all his adult years, Taylor has sought out women who need to be rescued, women he leaves as soon as their crisis is over and the relationship starts to become truly intimate. When a raging storm hits his small Southern town, single mother Denise Holton's car skids off the road. The young mom is with her four-year-old son Kyle, a boy with severe learning disabilities and for whom she has sacrificed everything. Taylor McAden finds her unconscious and bleeding, but does not find Kyle. When Denise wakes, the chilling truth becomes clear to both of them: Kyle is gone. During the search for Kyle, the connection between Taylor and Denise takes root. Taylor doesn't know that this rescue will be different from all the others.

About Nicholas Sparks

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Nicholas Sparks was born in Omaha, Nebraska, on New Year's Eve, 1965. As a child, he lived in Minnesota, Los Angeles, and Grand Island, Nebraska, finally settling in Fair Oaks, California when he was eight. In 1984, he received a full scholarship to run track and field for the University of Notre Dame. Sparks wrote one of his best-known stories, The Notebook, over a period of six months at age 28. It was published in 1996 and spent 56 weeks on the New York Times hardcover best-seller list followed by another 54 weeks on the paperback list. Sparks has had a string of New York Times bestsellers including: A Walk to Remember, Message in a Bottle, The Rescue, A Bend in the Road, Nights in Rodanthe, The Guardian, The Wedding, True Believer and its sequel, At First Sight, Dear John, The Last Song, Safe Haven and The Best of Me. Safe Haven became his eighth film adaptation. Sparks is involved in many local and national charities, and is a major contributor to the Creative Writing Program (MFA) at the University of Notre Dame, where he provides scholarships, internships, and a fellowship annually. Along with his wife, he founded The Epiphany School in New Bern, North Carolina and the Nicholas Sparks Foundation.
Published September 19, 2000 by Grand Central Publishing. 346 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance, Children's Books. Fiction
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Above average

His writing has improved—though it's still the equivalent of paint-by-numbers...

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Publishers Weekly

Above average

...more often Sparks gets bogged down in interminable interior monologue.

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Entertainment Weekly

Below average
on Nov 08 2000

Even if you can get past The Rescue's screamingly obvious quickly becomes clear that the only thing that could salvage this sentimental blather is a cinematic reteaming of George Clooney and mom for hire Michelle Pfeiffer...

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All About Romance


These characters come to life vividly and stay with you long after the book is finished.

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Above average
on Oct 23 2000

The author's penchant for exposition through long monologues of his characters' unspoken thoughts gets a bit annoying...

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Teen Ink


The Rescue is definitely a page turner that will keep you guessing and will stay in your heart for a very long time.

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Teen Ink

on Oct 08 2000

In 'The Rescue' Nicholas Sparks composed a matchless spell, which engages any reader in the intense and raw intricacies of modern relationships...

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