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Rex has to date published 3 novels: THE RECOVERY,
THE MAN BEHIND THE MASK and BEYOND THE REEF – ask your local
bookstore for these books!
The Man Behind the Mask has recently been released. The publisher
is Publish America Publishing Company in Baltimore.
The Man Behind the Mask is about an ear, nose,
and throat doctor who becomes a successful practicing surgical
specialist. The novel spans three decades of the protagonist
and presents several dramatic conflicts that he must resolve.
Initially, the young character learns that we are not judged
by life's inherent crises, but rather we are judged by how
we react to them and the choices that we make in response
to them. That, is the recurring theme of the book.
As an adult, he faces a dilemma regarding his
unborn child, who suffers from Potter's Syndrome, which is
a rare but universally fatal disease of the lungs. He is able
to work through that loss by referring to the values that
his grandfather taught him when he was young. However, his
wife is not so lucky, for she has a mysterious past, carefully
kept from him for many years. Her dysfunction eerily resurfaces
and causes her to act out in ways that undermine their relationship.
Throughout the book, the other major character,
a woman that the doctor met as a teenager and whose life is
presented in parallel, deals with her own set of issues, including
determining why men repeatedly attempt to control her destiny.
She faces several circumstances where a man has authority
over her and tries to manipulate her for his own gain, which
leads the reader to believe that she will never, and should
never, trust a man again. Ultimately, however, she discovers
that she is in love, and always has been, with the doctor,
and that leads to the final conflict: whom will he choose,
his wife or her.
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The Recovery is a recipient of Publish America Publishing Company's
Book of the Month! Dr. Jeremy Davis Graf is a successful orthopedic
surgeon in Madison, Wisconsin who outwardly seems to have it
all: money, a big house, and apparent prestige. The only problem
is that he drinks too much and is unwilling to seek help for
the addiction that is tearing him up internally and causing
many family problems. Ultimately, after a great deal of soul-searching,
his devoted wife, Carol, and their children leave him, absconding
to Phoenix where her parents live. She is pressured by her family
to initiate divorce proceedings, but struggles with her independence
and vulnerability until she realizes that her lawyer is taking
advantage of her in an untrustworthy manner.
is completely alone, he still refuses to pursue treatment
of his chemically dependency, denying that he has a problem
with drugs or alcohol, as if all physicians are impervious
to such a dreadful destiny. He is steadfast in that belief
until he makes a serious error in judgement while performing
surgery on one of Madison's elite. He is now presented with
a choice: either seek help or see his career end. He decides
to enter a program of recovery.
Against his knowledge, Jere's clinic foolishly decides to
cover up the debacle in surgery until an aggressive, young
investigative reporter breaks through the thick veil of secrecy
and exposes the entire affair. That disclosure attracts the
attention of the Dane County Attorney's office. They perform
a criminal investigation and indict Jere for a serious crime
and that challenges his sobriety far beyond anything that
he ever could have imagined. He battles back from unimaginable
odds and ultimately comes face to face with the most difficult
challenge of his life. By working a program of recovery, Jere
yearns for serenity and peace, finally understanding that
life's true treasures cannot be measured in purely material
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Currently, Rex Haberman is working on his third full-length
novel, Beyond the Reef. He anticpates completing that project
by 2003. It is a story about a father from Vietnam who escapes
from a brutal governmental regime and brings his family to
the United States only to find hate and discrimination. Nevertheless,
he steadfastly and diligently works hard to make sure that
his children are offered a chance for success and a piece
of the American dream.
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Middle Ear and Mastoid
Rex’s textbook ‘Middle Ear and Mastoid Surgery’
was released in January of 2004 and can be purchased directly
from the publisher at this site: http://www.thieme.com/SID2259807078988/productsubpages/