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Add Time Fall by Timothy Ashby to your must read list! A perfectly written, great storytelling piece. I post here about first pages that keep me reading and Ashby’s Time Fall swept me away. Just published December 12, 2013. I have a feeling this one will rise on the charts.
This one is easily one of the most fascinating beginnings of a book I’ve read. Just start reading and you will fall into the same spell I did when reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Soon to be a major motion picture. I was intrigued by this person, this soul snatcher’s obsession of a little girl, the book thief, and how compelling and heartbreaking her journey was on that train when her brother died. A well deserving spot as number one on Amazon.
When I first started reading Book One of the Outerworld Key, The Protector, by Mark Matthews I fell for the bond between father and son, the king and prince. Looking out of a window from the castle the young prince says, “Good morning, your Majesty.” The king replied, “Stop it, boy.” I knew from this line there was a promise of meaningful bonds ahead. The pace of the journey is perfect for this enchanting tale. The author held me in suspense, the characters were well developed, each with their own quirks and personalities that made the story all that more entertaining. I look forward to book two.
The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune. A mystery indeed. Paul Clark Jr. Newell, Huguette’s nephew, and Bill Dedman, the authors, wrote a fascinating story about Huguette. Bill, having stumbled upon one of Huguette’s mansions in Connecticut, describes his curiosity about a woman owning a mansion that she had not lived in for twenty years, or more, and how he came to meet Paul Clark Jr., to learn more of this mysterious American tale of wealth and loss. Huguette is described as a very private heiress by her nephew Paul Clark, who, as written in these first pages couldn’t get her phone number, but had many, “personal,” conversation with Huguette during her elderly years. When reading these first pages my own curiosity rose, who was this woman? How had her life been?
Jacob Quarterman’s, Cold Rage opened with an aging first sergeant Frank Gaver pausing to take a drink of cool water, the landscape crunched under his steps, snow already on the ground, and the smell of more to come. He was on a mission. His father James Gaver was the only family he had ever known and what intrigued me while reading these first pages was the relationship between Frank and his father. They had only spoken to each other with grunts or gestures, or with their fist. When Frank joined the Army his father sent him off with a firm handshake and a nod, and that was the last time Frank saw his father. While serving in Afghanistan Frank learns of his father’s death and that night he cried into his hands until morning, then went back to fighting. I’m hooked. I like Frank. Frank meets Allison who eases the fight in him. She gives birth to his daughter Julie and dies on the same day, Frank’s birthday. Frank runs back to the fight and for years he avoided Julie. She’s old enough to join the Army and Frank realizes the storm had found her in Goslin, Alaska. Thirty hours later he was there and encounter the first beast of a man. I love it!