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By: Marc O'Brien

The Final Fence: Sophomores In The Saddle

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Fair Questions for a Feature Story Is a disability something that is subjective or is it objective? Is a diagnosis opinion or fact? The Final Fence: Sophomores in the Saddle authored by Marc O'Brien takes a creative and honest look into a life filled with support due to well meaning individuals that think before they speak. When Eddie Patrick meets up with Danielle Lynne on a college campus, a love of horses triggers a classroom discussion. When their professor - a large chestnut pony named The Great Satan - starts the lecture, the relationship skills make the grade, with the ribbon only being a decorative award. Using a backdrop of the elegant and classy world of the hunter jumper horse shows during the second Ronald Reagan presidential administration, the setting for this novel is a perfect way for the future generations to learn about respect. 

Realizing that the skills that he obtained from Barry University in 1988 while studying Communication Arts were important in daily life, Marc O’Brien decided to take his trade in a whole new direction. Living in Las Vegas, O’Brien has put together a strong portfolio of fictional works that challenge the reader to interpret and learn from his writings. Blue Note Publications were the first to bring his thoughts to the public when they assisted O’Brien through self-publishing Peter The Peteeatrick Panda’s Playground, Peter The Peteeatrick Panda and the Pandy Chip Pancakes and A Special Person to Ride.

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  • Janvi sanwani

    In "The Final Fence: Sophomores In The Saddle" by Marc O'Brien, readers are transported into a thought-provoking exploration of disability, diagnosis, and the impact of mindful communication. The story follows Eddie Patrick and Danielle Lynne, who connect through their shared love for horses. O'Brien's storytelling is a masterpiece of creativity and honesty, offering a unique perspective on lives surrounded by supportive individuals who choose their words wisely.The narrative unfolds on a college campus, where a remarkable professor, the chestnut pony known as The Great Satan, initiates captivating classroom discussions. As Eddie and Danielle's relationship deepens, the book reminds us that true success lies in their relationship skills, rather than the decorative awards they might receive. Set against the backdrop of the sophisticated world of hunter jumper horse shows during the second Ronald Reagan administration. this novel serves as an ideal platform for future generations to understand the importance of respect. Marc O'Brien's storytelling prowess shines in "The Final Fence: Sophomores In The Saddle," where he masterfully delves into the complexities of disability, the nature of diagnoses, and the significance of thoughtful communication. O'Brien's ability to capture these themes in a thought-provoking and creative manner showcases his talent for narrative exploration, making him a writer who leaves a lasting impression. In Conclusion "The Final Fence: Sophomores In The Saddle" is not merely a book but a captivating journey that challenges our perceptions of disability. It urges readers to ponder whether disability is subjective or objective and whether diagnoses are opinion or fact. In this heartfelt narrative, Marc O'Brien reminds us that true rewards are not in ribbons but in the connections we forge and the respect we show. This book is a must-read, as it inspires self-reflection and empathy.

  • Bookstalk

    I recommend a captivating book that seamlessly blends equestrian passion with a deep exploration of disability and relationships. Set against the backdrop of hunter jumper horse shows, the novel provides a unique perspective on a subculture. The connection between Eddie Patrick and Danielle Lynne, rooted in their shared love for horses, goes beyond typical romance plots. O'Brien introduces an unconventional professor, The Great Satan, a chestnut pony whose teachings extend beyond the traditional classroom. The narrative becomes a thought-provoking exploration of disability, challenging perceptions and prompting reflection on diagnoses. O'Brien skillfully combines humor and honesty, creating a personally resonant story. Against the Reagan-era horse show backdrop, the novel serves as a time capsule, allowing readers to experience the era while contemplating timeless themes of respect and understanding. "The Final Fence" goes beyond a love story or equestrian adventure; it transforms into a journey of empathy and self-discovery. I personally loved reading this book. One of a kind and I enjoyed reading it If you want to know grab your copy and start reading.This book is definitely worth the purchase and worth the read.

  • kshitij

    The Final Fence" by Marc O'Brien is a thought-provoking exploration of the subjective nature of disabilities and the impact of well-meaning support, published by Austin Macauley, UK, LTD. O'Brien's narrative introduces readers to Eddie Patrick and Danielle Lynne, whose shared love for horses leads to discussions about life's challenges and a unique classroom experience with a professor named The Great Satan. The novel is set against the backdrop of the elegant world of hunter jumper horse shows during the Ronald Reagan era, offering a historical perspective for future generations. Marc O'Brien's background in Communication Arts from Barry University is evident in his ability to craft a compelling story that challenges readers to consider the subjectivity of disability and the power of respectful relationships. The book's themes are especially relevant in today's world, where understanding and empathy for individuals with disabilities are crucial. The author's move to Cocoa Beach, Florida, during the COVID-19 pandemic allowed him to focus on his writing, resulting in a portfolio of engaging works. "The Final Fence" is a testament to his ability to tackle important themes while keeping the narrative engaging and relatable. In summary, "The Final Fence" is a must-read for those seeking a unique perspective on disabilities, relationships, and the elegance of the equestrian world. It combines thought-provoking content with a well-crafted story, making it a valuable addition to contemporary literature.

  • Shobhit

    Marc O'Brien's "The Final Fence: Sophomores In The Saddle" skillfully weaves a captivating narrative that transcends the equestrian world. Through the lives of Eddie Patrick and Danielle Lynne, O'Brien explores disability, diagnosis, and the profound impact of mindful communication. O'Brien's storytelling prowess shines, offering a unique perspective on success defined by relationships rather than accolades. The characters navigate the challenges of disability with grace, reminding readers that true rewards lie in connections and respect. Set against the backdrop of hunter jumper horse shows during the Reagan era, the novel provides a historical lens for future generations. O'Brien's exploration of the subjective nature of disability and the importance of well-chosen words adds depth to this heartwarming journey. Whether you're a horse enthusiast or simply seeking a thought-provoking read, "The Final Fence" is a must. O'Brien's ability to blend creativity, honesty, and relevant themes makes this novel a compelling addition to contemporary literature, inspiring self-reflection and empathy.

  • Heartfeltreader

    The Final Fence: Sophomores In The Saddle** by Marc O'Brien intricately weaves a tapestry of empathy, exploration, and enlightenment. Through the lives of Eddie Patrick and Danielle Lynne, O'Brien embarks on a profound exploration of disability, relationships, and the profound impact of mindful communication. The narrative skillfully unfurls on the canvas of a college campus, where the unassuming presence of The Great Satan, a professor in the form of a chestnut pony, orchestrates discussions that transcend traditional academia. O'Brien's artistry lies not only in the captivating storytelling but in the poignant reminder that the true victories are rooted in meaningful connections, not mere accolades. Set against the backdrop of the refined and elegant world of hunter jumper horse shows during the Reagan era, the book not only transports readers to a different time but serves as a beacon for future generations to glean essential lessons in respect and understanding. O'Brien's narrative finesse, honed through his background in Communication Arts, shines brightly. He artfully challenges conventional notions, prompting contemplation on the subjective nature of disabilities and the subtle yet profound influence of supportive gestures. His relocation during the pandemic to Cocoa Beach, Florida, provided the sanctuary necessary to craft this gem of contemporary literature. In essence, **The Final Fence: Sophomores In The Saddle** is not just a book; it's an immersive journey that prompts introspection, challenges perceptions, and fosters empathy. O'Brien's storytelling prowess effortlessly marries societal themes with relatable characters, making this book an enriching read for anyone seeking enlightenment through the lens of relationships and understanding.

  • Dr. Earl Harber

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  • Carlton McCaslin

    Las Vegas author Marc O’Brien penned this tale, but it is not a normal novel. It is more of a “slice of life.” According to author O’Brien it “takes a creative and honest look into a life filled with support due to well-meaning individuals that think before they speak.”

    O’Brien further states, “As for the reader, I would like to let you know this book is a springboard for reflection and interpretation. It is a work of fiction and winning is not the important factor in the story, instead, it is the living. So sit back and relax and take my course that I designed.”

    The story centres on Danielle Lynne who is spending her sophomore year in Florida at Southern Dominican Catholic University. Close by the campus is County Line Stables where her chestnut horse, “The Great Satan” will be stabled. The stables have a show arena where she and her animal can work on their skills so they can possibly make the Olympic jumping horse team.

    The first student she meets on campus is her roommate, Bobbi Barns, a nursing student. Next, she meets Eddie Patrick, a student with a love for horses as she has. Patrick has weak legs and walks with two canes but does not let it slow him down. Rounding out the group is Peter King, editor of the campus newspaper, and cheerleader Abigail, who King calls “Muffy” much to her disapproval. There is some interaction between some younger students and a subplot about Angel Damien, who leaves the stables to go to work as a groom at the local race track. Most of the story revolves around the five students. Personally, I would have preferred more interaction between the main characters but that might not have served the author’s intent. Let the readers judge for themselves.

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