Flat Water Tuesday by Ron Irwin shines! It delivers with emotional depth, making you think, and teaching you about rowing training, competitions and rFlat Water Tuesday by Ron Irwin shines! It delivers with emotional depth, making you think, and teaching you about rowing training, competitions and relationships. At first, I wasn’t sure that I wanted to read it because I have never rowed. Then I remembered watching the Olympic rowing races and being enthralled with them. Now I want to see more of them.
Rob Carrey, a documentary film maker for National Geographic receives an invitation to his 15th class reunion from a Connecticut prep school with a strong devotion for crew rowing. He had only been to the school for one year and rowed for one year the God Four (because not even God could beat them). But that year had a huge effect on him and the team. There was a tragedy and his sister had also died from drowning. No one knows if that was an accident or intentional.
There was an internal struggle going on within Rob. He had been a single rower and didn’t want to work with or depend upon a team. He had to learn to trust the team and learn the different requirements for crew rowing. That learning did not come easy. He and all the members of the team suffered tremendous fatigue and lost weight while preparing and racing. There is a description of one of the crew tending to Rob’s blisters on his hands that is unforgettable and will probably stave off many people from rowing.
The story switches around in different points in time but it was still easy to follow. The description of the races made me want to see them on film! The characters have such depth, several of them are so sad, for different reasons. This book could be called a coming of age book but it so much more.
There are passages so beautiful that they beg to be read out loud. This book is a treasure!
I highly recommend Flat Water Tuesday by Ron Irwin.
I had this cozy on a shelf for quite a while and then decided to read it next because of the sweet picture of the cat on the cover. I confess that I rI had this cozy on a shelf for quite a while and then decided to read it next because of the sweet picture of the cat on the cover. I confess that I read the reviews before starting the book. Most of them were quite negative for No Cooperation From the Cat by Marian Babson.
I was surprised when I started to read it. I enjoyed the fussy and sometimes stupid chatter. I loved the character Cho-Cho-San. The author is an expert at capturing the ways that cats signal their displeasure or annoyance. The other main characters, Trixie, the narrator of the book, Martha her daughter were different from the usual main characters of cozies. They really did not spend a lot of their time or thoughts on the murder of Melisande.
At the opening of the story, Martha is proud that she was chosen to work on a cookbook but finds out later that she was the second choice. From then on, Martha is in a snit. The first choice had been Melisande, the wife of Banquo. The autopsy report had already declared that Melisande died from an allergic reaction to nuts. How she got the nuts was the starting point of the mystery. Martha and Trixie are theatre people and so are all most of their friends. Jocasta was helping Martha with cooking and testing the recipes in the future cookbook. For some unfathomable reason she had a serious crush on Banquo. Banquo is pampered by three sisters of Banco’s who are constantly fawning over him. Also, there is character who reminded me of someone I know who kept popping over to see Cho-Cho. Cho-Cho was originally his but his wife was allergic to cats and wanted to kill Cho-cho.
After getting to know Trixie and Martha, I do think I would like to read more of this series. I was disappointed by the ending, it seemed too sudden and I wasn’t prepared to find out who the murderer was. So this book kept my interest in the end but seemed to fizzle at the conclusion. I am wondering if the main characters are more active in trying to figure out the mystery in this book. ...more
I now want to read everything that Wiley Cash writes!
A Land More Kind Than Home is superb in its emotional power and portraying Appalachia of North CI now want to read everything that Wiley Cash writes!
A Land More Kind Than Home is superb in its emotional power and portraying Appalachia of North Carolina. In the back of the book Mr. Cash tells what inspired him to write it. His professor in a writing workshop brought in a news story about the death of an African American autistic boy in Chicago at a healing service.
Since Mr. Cash was not familiar with that cultural environment he took that story and transported it to North Carolina in a church where the same thing could have easily happened. When reading about Stump (Christopher) the mute, I recognized some of my younger brother in the characterization. It was easy for me to understand the protectiveness of Stump’s younger brother Jess Hall.
And the words of Adeline Lyle about why did Stump have to be healed. He had no devil in him, he was born that way. She knew, she had delivered him. Adeline Lyle, a seventy-seven year old woman grew up with her parents but was taken in by her great aunt and learn self-reliance at the age of fourteen when she had to support herself, she knew the healing of herbs and had the wisdom to stop going to a church that was dangerous to the lives of its members. She knew that a church with newspapers pasted to its windows so outsiders could not see in was wrong.
Jess Hall, Stump’s younger brother is an ever curious boy who had a deep love for his brother, gentler and deeper than his mother’s. He is dealing with actions of adults that he cannot understand and that are scaring him. Sheriff Clem Barefield is haunted by a tragedy in his past. He also knows the dark history of the Pastor Chambless who took on the church. He knows the Hall family history too and emotional scars that her carries.
I highly recommend this story set in North Carolina’s Appalachia as it is a strong story of innocence, fear, hate, tragedy, love and forgiveness. Reading his book makes me more aware of where I grew up,of what is special to that area. Mr. Cash deserves the title of a gifted storyteller. ...more
I loved this first book by E.J. Simon. I am not into science fiction but becoming a techno fiction fan. I have read a non-fiction book recently that mI loved this first book by E.J. Simon. I am not into science fiction but becoming a techno fiction fan. I have read a non-fiction book recently that makes the jump from fantasy to reality in this book logical. In Death Never Sleeps, E.J. Simon has created a fast moving and intriguing mystery wrapped up in the world of crime and Artificial Intelligence.
Mike Nicholas and his brother Alex are as different as day and night at first. Alex is a Queens’ bookie who has expanded his business into loan sharking. He is on his third marriage and loves fast women and cars and lately is interested in artificial intelligence. His brother, Mike keeps away from him most of the time and is a CEO who is married and has a daughter at Norte Dame.
Then a hired killer bumps off Alex and Mike starts to enter Alex’s world, dipping his toe in the water a little at time by meeting Alex’s friends and associates. He just wants to do right by Alex, he says. He wants to make sure that Alex’s seven million debt is paid off by the deadline given. When I was reading about Mike at this point, I wanted know more about what was going on in Mike’s head. I wasn’t sure if I liked him or his wife. I was a bit frightened by Fat Lester and Skinny Lester but they grew on me until my stock in their characters went way up. The three wives were all high upkeep and sometimes sinister.
The gem of this story is the artificial intelligence angle which actually reveal most of Mike’s character as the story goes on. Moral questions that arise and we get a glimpse in the dark side of corporate world and religion. So you can read this book on several levels at the same time. At first, it seems a simple entertaining mystery but at times, you can enjoy seeing the world in different ways, criminals who can be kind, business men and church leaders who can be evil.
I am very fortunate to have a copy of the sequel, Death Logs In which I will begin reading tonight!
I received this book and its sequel as a win from the IRead. I also appreciate the author making sure that the books went out in the mail during the holidays. Yes, E.J. Simon, it was worth the wait.
Although the books were received free of charge that did not influence my thoughts or feelings in my review.
Death Logs in by E. J. Simon is part two of a smart techno thriller series. Even though I have read the first, Death Never Sleeps, I think that the auDeath Logs in by E. J. Simon is part two of a smart techno thriller series. Even though I have read the first, Death Never Sleeps, I think that the author gives just the right amount of back story so you that you will not be lost if you have not read the first book.
This second book seemed even darker than the first one because of the entrance of the Sindy Scotto character. She had been a medical school student who dropped out and keeps her dark past hidden. She is irresistibly slender but well-built and has gams that go on forever. She volunteers to be Michael’s body guard and lures him into being his mistress.
Alex, Michael’s dead brother who is living on through cyber technology warns Michael that a hired killer is flying from Rome to assassinate him. Alex, himself is continuing to grow exponentially more intelligent with every week. He is beginning to outshine Michael who had ten years of college. Michael is starting to become aware of the culture of the underworld. For example, you don’t joke about having someone killed. Someone may just take care of that for you!
The evil corporate men and people willing to do anything to protect the Church from bad publicity are still out for their own selfish interest never mind what might happen to the workers or innocent people. One quote from the book struck a chord with me. I was proud that Michael said what he did.
“Don’t give me that crap, John. The part you like about making people an asset is that assets depreciate over time and then they’re worth less so we can just get rid of them".
The themes continue to grow in depth. There were several other things that I loved about this book but I will leave that for you to discover.
I highly recommend Death Logs In and hope to read part three, Death Logs Out which will be out next fall. ...more