Fiction is Truth in Disguise

If you’re looking for the perfect Christmas gift for the bookworms in your life, or if you are in need of a great and exciting read, my book, The Man in the Box is available for pre-order on Amazon. You can also order it here.

With less than a week before my book’s official release, little else is being talked about in the Toy household – with the exception of Christmas list items and what is to become of John Bates (can we really wait until January?).

There will be other articles circulating around the Net about my book, but I just wanted to take a moment to address my loyal blog followers personally about why I wrote The Man in the Box, and hopefully persuade some skeptics to give it a read.

The idea for The Man in the Box stemmed from my deep fascination of stories about people finding magical worlds. But then I realized, most of those stories, at least the timeless ones, were all written for kids. Whether walking through a wardrobe or falling from a cyclone or touring a chocolate factory, all of the explorers in these stories are kids themselves. And most adults today, were kids when we first read those stories.

But there is clearly a part of all of us that wants to hold on to those worlds. That’s why we’re so fascinated with updates of the world of Oz, and we tune into shows like Once Upon a Time.

But in all of those great classic stories we just can’t seem to let go of (nor should we), they focus on protagonists who have an unknown future laid out before them. But hardly any of them have a life full of regrets and hardships to contend with that we, as a grown generation can relate to.

Robbie Lake, the protagonist in The Man in the Box has difficulty in his life. He is trying to juggle his faltering job, with two kids who barely like him, and a wife. Life has proven to be dull for him at best, and unbearable at worst. Have you ever found yourself feeling that way? Like there’s just no way out of your current situation? That you’re just doomed to suffer day in and day out? Haven’t you ever wished for an “out”?

Robbie Lake finds his “out” in a very unlikely place – a cardboard box. This is his wardrobe, if you will, his second star to the right, his looking glass. And it proves to be more trouble than it may be worth. You see, the kids in those classic storybooks didn’t have to give up much to explore their magic worlds, but Robbie is required to give up everything to dabble in his secret affairs, and his family is left with a very cantankerous, unreasonable, absent father-figure.

Robbie doesn’t want to be this way, of course. But isn’t that what our secret sins do to us? They change us for the worse, don’t they?

So there you have it, readers and book lovers. A fairy tale for grown ups. One that you will relate to. The Man in the Box is not without its fair share of adventure and white-knuckle moments, let me assure you. You will have plenty of fun in Robbie’s world, the island of Reveloin. But as one reviewer puts it:

“Anxious as I felt during some of the Reveloin scenes, though, it was the parts of the book that took place outside of the box that absorbed me the most; the parts where he struggled to connect with his kids, be there for his wife … and deal with his estranged father.”

Adventure lovers, thrill seekers, average family people, this book is for you. I believe Sam Williamson, Founding Director of Beliefs of the Heart summed The Man in the Box up best:

“Be prepared for the peaks and valleys of adventure, fantasy, real life, and war.”

The Man in the Box comes out Friday, November 30. It is available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and my publisher. Please review it on any or all of these sites if you would like to recommend it to others.

Click here for more reviews.


About Andrew Toy
I'm in the beginning stages of starting my own publishing company that's unlike anything you've ever heard of in the industry. The direction of AdoptingJames is taking a 90-degree turn and will be more writing/publishing-focused. Stay tuned for huge updates and exciting news!

4 Responses to Fiction is Truth in Disguise

  1. Pingback: Why I Wrote the Man in the Box | Simply Simplistic Complexities

  2. johnlmalone says:

    This is wonderful. You and I think along very similar lines. One of my stories, ‘The Fitting Room’ which can be viewed at is reminiscent of your book.. I also have a fairy tale story coming up on the same website in mid December. Thank you for following my blog. I will do you the courtesy of following yours

  3. thanks for this 🙂 i think your blog article came to me at the right time..i’m looking for a good book to read and The Man in the Box sounds quite compelling!

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