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Crystal Ships was released on Amazon in a limited edition paperback on Nov. 22, 2013 in commemoration of the 50th memorial to President John F. Kennedy's assassination.
] Crystal Ships by Richard G. Sharp


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Here is a nice descriptive quote from ForeWord Reviews'5-star Clarion review:


"Crystal Ships is an epic story about a group of young friends living through the turmoil of the 1960s and ’70s. Coming from different social, religious, political, and economic backgrounds, the main characters try to discover who they are and their places in the world. With compelling characters, an impressively researched historical landscape, and an artfully crafted plot, the book is entertaining and educational from the first page to the last."


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The latest review for Crystal ships: "a kaleidoscopic review of 1960s politics, promiscuity, rampant drug activity and assassinations. . The wide-ranging novel supports intelligent characters and a complex, lucid plot…. A brisk narrative pace holds the reader in thrall… the novel fascinates due to the writer’s skillful rendering of the era." Kirkus Reviews


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The question came up in a recent review as to the generation of the protagonists in Crystal Ships. They were all young adults about to turn twenty or just having turned twenty in 1960,so they were not baby boomers as usually categorized those born 1946- 1965). So the very oldest boomers were only 14 in 1960, with the youngest yet to be born. Only those born before 1950 were over tewenty by 1970.

So who were these young adults? In The Duke Don't Dance I call them the "silent generation","a term for the generation poipularized in the 1950s. They wewre, in fact all from the last half of that mis-named generation. Virtually all the legendary singers and musicians of the Sixties were from this group, so they were hardly silent! Some called them honorary boomers, since the boomers were hooked on their music and like to claim it as their own. Whatever the case, they were the great transitional generation of the post-World War II era.


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An excerpt from Crystal Ships,"Requiem for Luciana," received honorable mention for the prestigeous Dean Ritch Lomax Poetry Prize (Charlotte Writers Club, 2013)


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Selected Crystal Ships review extracts through 2/14:

“Five Stars. Crystal Ships is an epic story about a group of young friends living through the turmoil of the 1960s and ’70s…[A] vibrant and compelling look into an important time in history. . Many chapters are given the title of a well-known song, and the meaning of the music reflects the content of the chapter, creating a soundtrack that enriches the plot.” Foreword Reviews
“[A] kaleidoscopic review of 1960s politics, promiscuity, rampant drug activity and assassinations. ..a brisk narrative pace holds the reader in thrall” Kirkus Reviews
“an extraordinarily entertaining read… highly recommended for community library fiction collections.” Midwest Book Review
“Crystal Ships Crystal Ships follows the lives of these four people, their friends, spouses and families, as they find careers, mourn the deaths of the Kennedys and musicians such as Joplin, Hendrix and Morrison, and endure the ongoing war” “Crystal Ships by Richard Sharp is a new GREAT in the way of the epic American novel… stays with you and keeps you thinking about it long after you've turned the last page.” Readers Favorite
Customer Reviews:
“Richard Sharp has written the novel that many of us baby boomers wanted to write and the rest have been hoping to find” // “[T]he 60's… Crystal Ships allows the reader to understand how lives and people were jolted, how the end of a fairy tale era cleared the way for something different, something more - resilience over tragedy”// “Make no mistake when you purchase this novel, Richard Sharp is a storyteller - one of the finest I've ever read.” // “reveals the spirit of this period, encompassing tragedy, social and cultural perspectives, and humor. Richard Sharp has done it again!”


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