“Wanting to see more of the body, Paul took the flashlight form his carrying case. The strong LED light revealed a full skeleton partially covered with rotted clothes. The irregular bones’ shape could not be a plastic skeleton. He took several photos he thought might interest the police.”
Thus was started one of the strangest serial killer tales this editor has ever read, one which kept the midnight lights on until the last page. The twists and turns alone tweaked my brain as in any good story.
Abandoned Homes: Vietnam Revenge Murders, Ocean View Publishing, 978-0998820002, 2017. Frank E. Hopkins.
This book provides a blow by blow presentation of the sentiments of the anti-war movement of the 1960–1970 era and the hatred existing many years beyond. Hopkins has a careful method of writing which does not leave out any of the scents and scenes as his protagonist searches for the antagonists. A great romance is started between two wonderful characters and spices the events. It is easily Hopkins’ best novel yet. As a follower of his work, once again in this mystery he gets my attention, this time with the theme of an unpopular war. As always he leads me thorough an exciting plot to a surprising ending.
Hopkins has published several stellar books including First Time, a selection of his best short stories about growing up and The Opportunity, a classic tale of government graft and double dealing, He is a long time member of the writing groups on the Maryland literary scene and works with several bookstores to expand his market and fans.
“Drew cheered as his granddaughters barreled into view. He was surprised Jemma hadn’t dropped off after her sister sprinted. The crowd went wild when Breezy seemed to launch ahead. Drew studied the move carefully. Breezy was about to win because Jemma had backed off. While pondering this, Drew became aware of a man dashing onto the course and heading directly for the bleachers. Liam tore after the intruder and tackled him just as Breezy crossed the finish line. Drew heard no sound but saw the flash before the force of the bomb punched him back into the people and benches behind him.”
As editor of this blog I have my favorites, and without risking my friendship with any of my other writers on the site, I must say Gail Priest ( Annie Crow Knoll, Moonrise, Amazon.com) does seem to give all of us a warm feeling of the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She has, in her series, developed a special place that all of us can carry in our memory where fictional almost real persons live and love and worry. This brings to us a memory of our past in our own family.
Moonrise takes as its subject the millennial and perhaps even Sixties through Nineties fascination with bicycling. It adds in the current unrest in our minds with the constant bombing of crowd places and mixes the two with a strong interest in the recovery recovery and resetting of goals in our lives. All the aspects of family support of therapy after disaster are examined thoughtfully.
This is a good book for military personnel as it covers themes important to them also. Many come home with tortured bodies in the wars of today. From Vietnam to the Middle East soldiers get terrorist bombs that main and destroy life plans. This is a book to read.
More books please, Gail.
“There’s more,” Peter said, and Alex gasped in surprise as Peter looked back down at the document. “…I also leave Alexandra one half of my family’s vineyard, Belle Uve, to be shared with my great-nephew, Nicolas Giordano.”
And so the great adventure in this young woman’s life begins. Written in the spirit of those time honored books and movies of wine growing and Italy such as A Walk in the Sun by Deborah chief or Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes, this novbel adds new depth top that wonderful concept. Alex learns wine but more thanb that she finds the truth in the Italian survival of the terror of World War Two. It’s a book not to be missed.
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“In the meantime, I will let my mind drift to the other wonderful thing about fall – curling up in my favorite corner of the couch with a cup of hot tea and a good book while a fire blazes nearby. What will you be reading this fall and winter? A Place To Call Home is available, and every Wednesday, I will send you a thought or two about my writings and upcoming books. Stay tuned and stay warm!”
A former librarian and teacher, she writes form the Eastern Shroe of Maryland where she lives with her husband, three daughters and two dogs. Her writing is “a verbal masterpiece of art.”
“The President (Johnson) , before I could lead him to Dr. Horn, pulled me aside to say, “Boy, you couldn’t find your ass with both hands.” This embarrassing remark was clearly heard by Dr. Horn, who up to that moment considered me to be an important person”
Oh, how those of us who have worked in government can sympathize with the author on this one. Sometimes working with the great reminds us over and over just how un- great these people are. The book is fearless in telling just how the author experienced the times and people of that Vietnam era, reported honestly and thoughtfully. It’s a read we can’t put down as it will constantly remind us of ourselves, the mark of good literature.
You’ll want to make your own index of the pages too as you go along. Some of these comments and recollections are so juicy you’ll want ot refer back again and again.
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Gillen’s reputation in law and management provides a ready market for his books of which there are many. He’s a well known teacher of the art of the writing too as he assists in various workshops throughout the Maryland area. Check into the Eastern Shore Writers Association news to find his next workshop.