Shaefer helps people fight their enemies, with the assistance of the police a medical team and a one man war. This thriller, a suspenseful book was compelling and intense and only 19 pages long. The exercise was masterfully written.
This was not what I expected when I was asked to review this book. It is a short story, but a short story that packs a wallop. Great unique plot with the intensity that many books never reach. Great Story Elias.
My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
I wrote this in 2011 and Arizona Highways published it on their website. I wanted to share it again.
You never know what’ll pop up when you plug in “Arizona Highways” in Google… in this case, a blog post by Vicki Goodwin was the winning hit. Ms. Goodwin wrote about her grandmother’s stack of Arizona Highways that sat on her coffee table, and the pictures each issue painted in her mind about this far away place… you see, Ms. Goodwin lived in Alabama.
I think we said it best in our August 2011, Best of AZ, issue: “People like to complain. About their jobs, their neighbors, their lot in life. People like to complain about Arizona, too. It’s too hot, it’s too dry, it’s too this, it’s too that. Admittedly, Arizona isn’t perfect — no place is. Nevertheless, there’s a lot that’s right with Arizona”
Thank you Ms. Goodwin for sharing your memories.
Revisiting the Arizona Highways
My grandmother, Mama Kate, always had copies of the magazine Arizona…
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A couple of weeks ago I read the third installment of a series I really loved. I will refrain from sharing the name of the novel and its author.
Like any reader, as soon as I finished reading, I wrote my review. When I tried posting it on Amazon (I did buy the eBook, just like any normal and decent human being would), I received a rather concerning email.
I will not share the screenshot of the email as it does contain the title of the book and name of the author. In its place I have copied the body of the email below.
Dear Amazon Customer,
Thanks for submitting a customer review on Amazon. Your review could not be posted to the website in its current form. While we appreciate your time and comments, reviews must adhere to the following guidelines:
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This review is from: The Path of the Child (Paperback)
Young Melanie Easton got no love from her mother who is fighting her own demons. But Melanie’s life changes dramatically when her classmate Rob gets her a job at a pizza place where he is employed part-time. Melanie had been so lonely that she finds her workplace home. The author is a skillful writer who takes us effortlessly through the many turns and twists in Melanie’s life. What happens to her friendship with the ever-helpful Rob? Well, this is the question that made me finish the book in two days, my other engagements notwithstanding. From the depiction of lifelike characters, one would suspect an autobiographical element in the theme. Five stars as this is the first book by the author.
I am so thankful for this unknown person’s review. I am not sure who aarem is but thank you from the bottom of my heart. It is reviews like this that keeps me writing the sequel to The Path of the Child. I am telling what happened to Melanie and Robert and their amazing friendship. I look forward to announcing that the book is ready for publication in January.
Thank you again, aarem. You have made my day!
Want to read more, The Path of the Child is on Amazon
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This book was not quite what I expected from a book about oil and water. There was intrigue and unusual practices that may or may not be real. The way the story was told, I am not sure at this point what technology is really available, I know we need the technology.
This story is a thriller and there were many dangerous people involved in the oil business. The family that was creating gasoline at their home were in jeopardy. It was somehow tied into the death of their parents. There is a much-needed discussion on the environment and the effects of our actions with the earth’s resources. The kids in the book were interesting, fun, and kept it well grounded with unexpected incidents and occurrences.
This was an interesting read. It began a little slow for me, I had to feel my way into a comfort with the story and the characters. Once it picked up, I was all in. I was interested and worried for the different characters. There are so many real emotions in this book from many of the side stories. One of the characters broke my heart, I did not quite see that coming.
It was a book that I got a message from and throughout there was humor to take the sting away from the message. Interesting book. I am glad I read it. I would love to see more on this family and about Hart. I enjoyed him the most. He has a good head on his shoulders and a good heart inside.
This is a good read for those that like thrillers and people that are not as they seem. The book was full of ideas that I hope come to fruition if they have not already. It has enough heart to keep you interested and enough sinister behavior to keep you guessing. I can recommend this for thrill seekers and people that appreciate the environmental damage that oil manufacturing causes.
Where to Find Oil and Water:
This book is available on Kindle and in paperback by clicking the link below.
Print Length: 410 pages
My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
About The Author:
Award-winning author CHRISTOPHER DICKEY, the foreign editor of The Daily Beast, is based in France. Previously he was the Paris bureau chief and the Middle East editor for Newsweek. He served as Cairo bureau chief for the Washington Post and, before that, as the paper’s Central America bureau chief. His books include the acclaimed memoir Summer of Deliverance as well as Securing the City, Expats, With the Contras, and two novels about espionage and terrorism.
This is the story of Robert Bunch, the British government’s consul in Charleston, South Carolina, before the start of the civil war. I have never read such chilling accounts of the slave industry as I did in this book. To know that even after it had been banned in the south a ship was confiscated and proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that it was carrying what was left of four hundred plus Africans to America, it was treated as a nonoccurrence.
After reading these secret memos that Robert Bunch sent back to England, you can understand the distaste for the south that he conveyed. He had seen into the deepest darkest aspect of life in Charleston. He had been privy to the leader’s inner workings and their flawed decisions about human trafficking.
When the Echo was brought into Charleston’s harbor, the city was given a birdseye view of the destruction, horrors, and inhumanity of slavery. Yet, when given an opportunity to prosecute the perpetrators, aka the ship owners, they were let go by the leaders of the legal system in Charleston. This shines a different light on what we in the south were told about slavery and Northern aggression. The north was not left out of the slavery problem as they were many times the owners and builders of these slave ships. Ships built to hide hundreds of illegally acquired Africans.
Bunch was in the thick of things in Charleston and he saw things that many were not able to see. Sending dispatches back to England allowed them to have inside knowledge of the slave mentality of the Southern states and America in general. Written in an easy to understand manner, I was pulled into the history of the prewar south.
An excellent read that encapsulates the real reasons behind that war and why Great Britain was so staunchly anti-confederacy. I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.
I can highly recommend this well crafted and researched book to anyone that wants to know the truth behind the slavery question of pre-civil war America This book brought so many points to the forefront that I had never seen in print before. It is an excellent resource. I felt I had to give it 5 stars, as it was wonderfully written.
Where to Find Our Man in Charleston:
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