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Poughkeepsie Begins (The Poughkeepsie Brotherhood Series Book 4) by [Anastasia, Debra]
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It ends with the beginning. This legendary, indie, cult-favorite series ends its tale with the story of the Poughkeepsie brotherhood before the tattoo. Before the train station, before the church, before a criminal empire, there was a foster home and three teen boys who weren't related by blood. But damn if they aren't closer than most blood families by their choice.


Still in high school, Beckett is already laying the groundwork for a grander life ahead, one where his brothers want for nothing and get some respect for once. But even as he plans, Beckett must decide if he’s ready to make that choice—diving into a life that trades his chance at a future, his chance at something as simple as first love with a girl named Candy Cox, for the chance for his brothers to find happiness.


Blake, Beckett, and Cole’s devotion to each other is forged by fists and the driving need to belong somewhere, to do more than just survive this life. Readers of the series know they each get there in the end, but before we count smiles, we must first shed tears. These early days of the Poughkeepsie brotherhood will play on your heartstrings before serrating them with a knife; they’ll lift your soul with music, only to leave you with nothing but a desperate prayer for hope.


And when you reach the end of the beginning, you’ll be ready to start the series all over again.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 199 pages
  • Publisher: Omnific Publishing (22 November 2015)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc (AU)
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #274,062 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Journeying Soul TOP 100 REVIEWER on 10 April 2016
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After I had read the Poughkeepsie Brotherhood series I debated with myself whether to read this one. I like where all the characters were at the conclusion of the series and didn't know if I wanted to experience the pain of the brothers beginnings. I am so glad I did, this a great story. Emotional and painful? Yes!

Blake really got to me in this story, and then Cole - Beckett is my hero ( even though he does 'bad' things).

Thank you Debra Anastasia for a wonderful story of the bonds of friendship that never fail. I think we all yearn for this kind of bond and perhaps that is why we are drawn to stories of it as not many of us actually find it.

The characters Debra has created are wonderful, Beckett & Eve; Cole & Kyle; Blake & Livia will live with me for a long while as will, Mouse, Summer, Wintery, Emmie, Ryan, John, Candy, and others.
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This story made me aww, swoon, cringe, cry and fall in love. I adore a tale about friendship/brotherhood even more than a romance (this has both). I also can't get enough when the characters are survivors of hell yet still possess good hearts. Poughkeepsie Begins has everything I want and need in a book.

Blake, Beckett and Cole come from terrible backgrounds. Many heartbreaking details are given. In a world trying to swallow them up, they find a safe harbor in each other.

Beckett is also at a crossroads in his life. He can try to hang his everything on the chance of first love, or he can follow a dark path into a world of big payouts and big consequences.

I highly recommend this read. The plot felt authentic, no eye rolling moments. I experienced the strength and pain soul deep. I also gave several smiles to Beckett's charm. It pulled all my heartstrings and left me wanting more. The storyline is beautiful, ugly, sad and uplifting all in one go.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Never Alone" 25 November 2015
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“Never Alone”

Poughkeepsie Begins Debra Anastasia

Our journey started with Poughkeepsie, then Return to Poughkeepsie and Saving Poughkeepsie, but Debra Anastasia takes us to the beginning where it all started.
In Poughkeepsie Begins you get a picture of what three brothers, maybe not by blood but by circumstance go through in the foster care system. Beckett, Blake and Cole were all dealt crappy hands in life and the one’s they should be cherished by instead abused and mistreated them at very young ages. Put into the Foster Care system these three beautiful children fell under the same roof and forged a bond so incredibly strong and so protective of each other it was simply amazing. Their struggles, their deep seated fears, their violent hatred, and their survival to want for naught and be respected and just simply fit in somewhere and even the first love.
Beckett seems to be the parent of the group and shoulders most of the responsibility on making sure his brother’s get the respect and want for nothing. At such a young age he has life altering decisions to make and which crossroad to take. One of power, money and respect and lawlessness or one for his future. You can tell he’s torn even though he says his brothers will always come first. He wants the best for his brothers. For the first time to actual feel an emotion of love for other than his brothers is a big deal. His Pink Princess did not belong in a life like his no matter how he felt.
Before the tats (by the way I want that tat), before the train station, before the separation, before the everything. This is the beginning and it will rip your heart out in a brutal but loving way. This series is so worth a multiple read. I can’t seem to get enough of Beckett, Blake and Cole. Can there be such a thing as a “Good” “Bad Boy” because that’s what Beckett is. From his charm to his enormous heart. 5* and a box of tissues for the ugly cry’s for sure.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A hauntingly beautiful, stunning triumph for Debra Anastasia 23 November 2015
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"For a few heartbeats, three teenaged boys raged at their childhood. They hollered at fate. They screamed out of pure need. It was the sound of Peter Pan ... dying, the ghost of dreams that would never be..."

Hauntingly beautiful. Stunning. Breath-taking. Terrifying. Erotic. Tragic. A perfect beginning - or ending. If you haven't read the Poughkeepsie series, start now and don't stop until you've read every last word. You can thank me later.

The wonderful thing about Poughkeepsie Begins is that no matter whether you read it first or last in the series - or even if you read it as a standalone and go no further, it is so powerful that it will stay with you forever. If you read it last - you'll want to go back and read the rest of the series again, because it will put so many things in a new context. If you read it first, or as a standalone, you'll be so addicted you'll have no choice but to see what happens to this brotherhood - three young men, three lost souls, coming together as brothers - helping each other find their place in the world after a lifetime of staggering abuse and cruelty. The odds are stacked against them, and their choices are tragically limited by their circumstances. They are forced to do unspeakable, unthinkable things to survive, desperate not to let their past define their future.

Beckett is a defiant, irreverent, reckless, drop-dead sexy anti-hero. Clearly the leader of the brotherhood, his dedication to the other two members of the trio leads him to take deadly risks and sacrifice his own dreams of redemption in order to save them all. His devotion is put to the test when he falls in love with the girl of his dreams - a girl he knows is 'too good' for him - a girl that makes him question all of his beliefs about who he is and who he can be. Candy - a brave heroine in her own right - believes in him, loves him, and is willing to do anything to save him from himself. Their struggle is poignant - often funny, ultimately painful, but always full of the deepest kind of desire. Their chemistry is off the charts - bringing heat and heart to the story in more ways than one.

Blake is quiet, reclusive, a dreamer - a musician. He cannot bear the light of day - uses the darkness to escape his pain and fear. But he is far from weak - there is great strength in his lost soul. Ironically, he often brings the light they all need when they need it the most.

Cole has been taken to the edge of insanity by the trauma of his early childhood, at the hands of a mother capable of the worst form of abuse. He is the most vulnerable of the three, and the most broken. When all hope is gone, he escapes by losing himself, disembodying his pain and fear, giving in and climbing into the darkness. It's frightening to witness. But with Blake and Beckett by his side, Cole is so much more than the tragedy of his past. He is a partner, a warrior for the two innocent little girls caught up in their world - in need of love and protection. Despite his past and his tenuous hold on the present, Cole is a remarkable young man and part of what makes this such a compelling brotherhood.

The reckless one. The quiet one. The broken one. An unbreakable bond.

Never alone.

You will love each one, feel their desperate need for each other, and experience the power of their brotherhood. Even when you know that their innocent childhood dreams may always be just beyond their grasp, even when they go so far there is no turning back, you will find yourself hoping for the impossible - that they will be fully healed of the pain they've suffered at the hands of others. That they will find love, acceptance, and redemption - and that they don't die trying. In the end - which I won't reveal - Poughkeepsie changes you. It changes your concept of justice in a cruel, dark world. It changes your concept of family. Hopefully, it changes the assumptions you make, the stereotypes you write off as "lost causes." It pulls no punches, makes no apologies. It's a gritty story that you NEED to read about three tragic souls you need to understand.

Debra Anastasia is an enormously talented author with an amazing range. Whether tragedy or comedy, she writes with a deep and abiding passion for her characters and their stories that you can feel. Whether haunting or hilarious, her characters are utterly unforgettable.

Poughkeepsie Begins will keep you on the edge of your seat. It will break your heart, but it will also feed your soul. Once you take this trip to Poughkeepsie, you'll never really leave.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly destroyed 25 November 2015
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I'm not even sure I can find the right words. Going back in time and learning about Beck, Cole and Blake, how they come to be the impenetrable force they are was as heartbreaking as it uplifting. The obstacles they faced head on, together, for each other, would melt the coldest of hearts. This perfect story was not without Ms. Anastasia's trademark humor. Isn't that right, Mylar? Skylar? Crylar? This is the perfect ending to the best beginning.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars End at the beginning 23 November 2015
By Jen Matera - Published on
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t’s safe to say Debra Anastasia is one of my favorite authors, and the Poughkeepsie Brotherhood series has captivated me since the very beginning—reading the first story as fanfiction in chapters as it was posted online. Was it the love story that drew me in? Or was it the tale of a family held together by bonds stronger than blood? Perhaps it was the way she wove the tale with powerful imagery peppered with the most amazing and creative swearing I’ve ever read. I will venture to say it’s all of the above.

Poughkeepsie Begins, while being the last book in the series, takes us back to the beginning, when the boys are foster brothers who learn to rely on each other to simply survive the nightmare that is their foster home. Did you ever wonder what made Cole the quiet, spiritual soul who struggles with his own self-worth? Why did Blake always feel more at home outdoors, even though the sun was an enemy? What was the catalyst for Beckett’s life of crime? All the answers are here.

The story focuses primary on the brothers’ struggle to make it through their senior year of high school while dodging the abuse at home, and Beckett’s relationship with good girl Candy Cox as he begins to build his dynasty. I was surprised at the first glimpse inside Candy’s head—I did not expect her to be a contributing point of view—but not disappointed. We learn so much about Beckett through her eyes. As a teen, he is already confident beyond his years; his “fake it ’til you make it” attitude sees him through many a situation. He’s got so much good in him, though. All three boys do. From the way they protect their little sisters to the secret gifts they leave for a widow to keep the memory of her husband alive. But he’s walking a fine line and he knows it. Once he crosses that line, there’s no turning back, and he’ll have to let Candy go. Can he do it? How does Candy feel about that? Will she let him go?

Cole’s backstory is heartbreaking and makes you want to reach into the book so you can surround him in love and safety. He carries more pain inside him than I’d suspected. We learn more about Blake’s issues with the sun—where it stems from and how the way it was handled earlier in life affects his sense of himself. It makes the fact that he’s homeless in Poughkeepsie completely understandable. As teens, the boys rely on each other. They have already learned to read each other well enough to know when one needs the others. And there is never a hesitation. Never a doubt. A brother needs me. I am there. A brother never faces anything alone.

Poughkeepsie Begins is aptly named. Although it is the last book in the series, it provides the foundation for the rest of the story. I’m so grateful it was written. And while most of it tore my heart out, there are funny moments, too. Like all the new and creative swears. And each and every new version of Zyler’s name that Beckett comes up with. There are moments that make your heart ache with the sweetness—trick-or-treating and dancing come to mind. But as Beckett comes closer to making his choice, to crossing that line, the overall emotion is sadness because I know what is going to happen and cannot stop it. The story has already been written and the boys must walk their path. If you haven’t read the series, start here and find out where their paths lead them.

Trust me.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything I wanted and more 25 November 2015
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I will admit it. When I first heard there would be a Poughkeepsie Pre-quel, I was a little nervous. The boys mean so much to my heart and I wasn't sure I could take it.

But, I should have had faith that Debra Anastasia would weave her magic again. And weave her magic she did.

This book, this series, is nothing short of sublime.

You will not be disappointed. Not at all.