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Boy On The Beach

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  17 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Andrew Foster, a real estate developer in San Diego, is a man suddenly haunted by his past. Memories, like specters from his former life of sex, drugs and rock and roll have come crashing into his current world of business in this sunny coastal city. The ominous, repeated appearance of a black SUV at the beach where he meets his sister each week, has triggered fears that i ...more
Paperback, 294 pages
Published March 11th 2017 by Ezekiel 12 Publishing
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Sherry Fundin
I love the simple and intriguing cover and the title does its job of making me curious,. Why is he on the beach, what is he doing and who is he doing it with?

The mystery of what and why kept me reading. What is that black SUV doing? Is it his past come to claim vengeance? Is the child the target? What happened to the girl, Blaire? The one he crushed Amber for?

The story is so not what I was expecting and at first I was very disappointed. As I traveled from the past to the present and back again I
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Boy on the Beach is the newest release by RD Maddux. I thought the book was a little different from my normal read, but it was pretty good. The writing style is unique and refreshing. The book goes back-and-forth between two time periods. Andrew Foster is an interesting character. I was not sure about him at first but he grew on me about 50 pages in. I admire his success as a developer in San Diego, California. I was intrigued to find out what was in his past that he was trying to get away from. ...more
Kristine Hall
3.5 Stars. I was drawn to the cover of this book and then the cover blurb enticed me even further. Neither really represents the crux of the story told in Boy on the Beach, but it’s time well-spent between the book’s covers nonetheless.

The first chapter of the book is action-packed, heart racing, and quickly hooks the reader into the world of Andrew Foster. After that, there is less heart racing and more heart wrenching. For the majority of Boy on the Beach, readers are sitting on the shoulder
Tonja Drecker
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
The past returns to threaten a man's dreams in a thrilling mystery which dives into some basic questions surrounding life, dreams and consequences.

Andrew is past his mid-fifties and still hopes to find success with his business, although his life up to that point hasn't been extremely blessed in many areas. While assisting is sister with weekly excursions to the beach to play with a boy she nannies, he discovers he or the boy are under constant surveillance. The rest of his life, though, seems t
Jul 22, 2018 rated it liked it
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Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Boy on the Beach by R.D. Maddux is a moderately-paced yet suspense-filled drama featuring Andrew Foster as the protagonist. Andrew is a 57-year old real estate developer who is down on his luck in his professional life and filled with regret regarding his personal one. The one spot of joy for him is his weekly visits with Chandler, the young child for whom his sister is the nanny. When Andrew notices a strange vehicle that seems
Jul 15, 2018 rated it liked it
I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Andrew Foster is a complicated character. I wanted to like him and he has some good characteristics but when he was young he was self-centered and even cruel at times. Now that he's older, he realizes that he made some mistakes but he doesn't really seem to regret those mistakes. He believes he may finally have a chance to make enough money to be well off and not have to worry ab
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it

Boy on the Beach takes an interesting angle of both past and present and how our past actions can sometimes come back to haunt us.

Andrew had a very interesting and unique past, with the carefree lifestyle of casual sex and drugs. At that point in his life he was selfish and at times uncaring. His actions were done in the moment with little thought to the future and to others. While at times, this served him well he did make a few enemies this way. One in the form of the woman he had thought he w
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
In this novel, it opens with Andrew reflecting on earlier years, when he was caught up in drugs, sex, and careless adventures.
Bringing his thoughts back to the present, he questions his choices in giving up everything in pursuit of financial success. Now in his "mid-life" he is alone, except for his niece. She has him assisting her, once a week, in entertaining a six year old boy she is overseeing. He will greatly miss the time he spends on the beach with him, when his niece no longer tends the
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
When the skeleton in your closet comes out and haunt you

Life is so short and sometimes we did stupid things that will haunt us in time we are not expecting. A boy on the beach is a story of old flings that create vengeance you never expected to happen. It is an intriguing story yet captivating. It will shock you at the same time mesmerized you.

Hatred is an evil thing and vengeance is even worse. It affects everybody not only in your family but works as well. It is nice to let go of the skele
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, book-club
I had mixed feelings while reading this book - some of the time I felt for Andrew and what was he was going through as we flipped back and forth in this life (37 years in the past, age 20) and the present (57), and some of the time I thought he deserved what was happening to him. He is rather arrogant when it comes to women. He is fast approaching 60 but was negative towards women just hitting 40, like they weren't worth being around. But that sort of behavior is expected in shallow men that exp ...more
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, ebooks
Boy on the Beach is a story that makes us re-examine our past actions. It makes us realise the impact those actions may have on our present and future selves.

Don't expect fast-paced action from this book. That is not what it is all about. It is contemplative and thoughtful. It examines the personalities of the main characters. Also, it gives rich details about their individual make-up. It is not necessary to like any particular character in this book in order to thoroughly enjoy the story. Andre
Andrew Foster is a struggling real estate developer. He is haunted by past and feels his career is stalled. When an angel investor offered to fund Andrew's dream project, he feels his life is back on track. However, when he visits his sister on the beach each week, he sees a black SUV that follows him. When a strange twist of events threatens his dreams, will Andrew be able to survive?

I thought the novel was an interesting read with a good plot twist. However, I found myself hating Andrew and ho
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Boy on the Beach by R.D. Maddux was a well written book that just felt so real. I knew it was fiction, but it really felt like non-fiction. I loved Andrew Foster's interactions with Chandler and how the two really seemed to have a bond that had Andrew worried about Chandler. Overall, I greatly enjoyed reading this book!
Marilyn Wilson
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
To the author - well done. I was intrigued by this book as it offered me something different than the titles I have been reading lately. The pace was slower. The author took more time to allow the story and it's characters to develop, letting us savor the journey as we read. And the flashbacks were into a time from my past I remember well.

Maddux develops this intriguing story by following the lives of several characters. We meet the main character - Andrew Foster - in current times where his lif
Angela Thompson
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Boy on the Beach is Difficult to Put Down. While this novel isn't an action-packed, psychological thriller--it will draw the reader into Andrew's story page by page. Readers won't find a violent, terrifying story--although there is a bit of violence and a mounting fear as the book moves along. Instead, readers will discover Andrew's past, page by page, and piece together the puzzle creating his current life events. While I pieced together the underlying mystery fairly early in the novel--I still ...more
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Story telling is in my blood. Since I was young I've always loved a good tale. I've been writing seriously since I was in high school and college. I've written in the realm of Sci-Fi and Fantasy and now with my latest novel, Boy On The Beach I'm setting the story in modern America, to be exact, the West Coast of California. I'm a native of the golden state and have been a resident of San Diego sin ...more

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