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Sands of Time

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In one brief moment, Sam Shepard's family was gone, his wife and children taken from him in a tragic accident following a bitter argument. Sam is left alone, struggling with a mountain of guilt and a chasm of grief that can only be filled with alcohol. When a young, attractive woman comes to stay at his inn, Sam thinks his luck might be changing. She brings him comfort and ...more
Paperback, 187 pages
Published July 23rd 2009 by Cacoethes Publishing (first published 2008)
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Michele Tater
Book Title: Sands of Time
Author: Bruce A. Sarte
Publisher: Bucks County Publishing
ISBN: 9780982981634
Reviewed By Michele Tater For The Couch Tater Review

The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us, and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone. ~George Eliot

After the death of his wife and two kids, Sam Shepard's cure for his depression is Mr. Daniels, as in Jack Daniels, the golden liquor of choice. He gets through his days in a drun
Sands of Time follows Sam Shepard from a suicidal, lonely man who lost his family to a man who has a new purpose fighting super-vampires for God. This book has everything in it -- there is sadness, happiness, sex, action and yes... vampires.

I highly recommend is for the adult crowd, there is some language and at least one or two "adult" scenes in it. It is a great summery type read.
Jeff Beesler
I remember when I first got this book that there was something regarding vampires in it. Some time passed before I actually sat down to read this story. When I did read, I kept thinking to myself, wasn't there supposed to be vampires in this tale? I read the first 60% of this book without finding a trace of any vampires, although Author Bruce Sarte may have cleverly hidden them from me to where I should have noticed them, but didn't.

If there is any excuse at all as to why I missed those clues, i
Three acts are typical of a play, and many novels can be broken down into a three act structure. Evaluated this way, "Sands of Time" is three acts, each a different genre.

The first act, which sets up the remainder, is contemporary fiction. While there are hints of several directions in which the story could go, this first part is mostly getting to know Sam Shepard. We learn Shepard is a successful business owner haunted by the death of his wife and children, struggling with alcohol and faith; n
Ex-racecar driver, who takes pain killers every day for his back pain, becomes raging alcoholic after wife and children mysteriously die in car wreck. Maybe. The book is not too clear on what -exactly- happened to Sam Shepherd's family.


This book is for lovers of erratic fiction. The premise was interesting enough to hook me to read it. I was expecting a delightfully quirky / creepy / unique ghost story or something. AND INSTEAD VAMPIRES.

Before the vampires, th
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Already an accomplished songwriter with two gold records to his credit, Bruce lives just outside of Philadelphia with his family. In addition to writing, he enjoys baseball, playing guitar, reading, church, cooking and being a dad.

Bruce grew up at the Jersey Shore (the picture is at Point Pleasant Beach, where Sands of Time is set) and graduated from Admiral Farragut Academy in Pine Beach, NJ whe
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