Okay guys, today I bring you all a book review that I read awhile ago, and somehow slipped through the cracks. (Not hard to do with a brain like mine LOL!) For some reason, I thought I already posted this review, but apparently I am just crazy. (This is not news!) Anyways, I wanted to make sure that I reviewed this book for all of you, because I don't want you to miss out on a great read!
Allrighty, let's set the scene for you and give you an idea of where this book is headed:
Dr. Frank Light, archaeologist, is vastly annoyed. He''s settled into a plush life -cushy department-head job at a university, suave girlfriend, book in the works. Now he''s been ordered into the sludgy, back-water marshes of Maryland to fend off hordes of mosquitoes, all because of an inconsequential find at a bridge construction site. Maggie, the outspoken state archaeologist working the dig, insists the shipwreck has historical significance. Pastor Allingham is even more vehement, insisting the decaying timbers hide a rumored, long-lost slave graveyard. Real estate tycoon Jake Terment is furious that his construction project is held up by the growing concerns of Frank and his team. Jake cranks up the pressure for a quick resolution. Others passionately feel the archaeology project should either come to a crashing halt or press full speed ahead. An eclectic group of butterfly fanatics, a mysterious waterman of Mexican heritage, a curvaceous movie star, and even ghosts make their presence known. When several attempts are made on the team''s life, Frank draws on lessons from his Vietnam vet past. He has to decide on which side of this battle to stake his claim - and if he is ready to risk his life again for his beliefs.
Slave GravesI had already made up my mind before I even opened the book that it was going to be a good one. Thomas Hollyday is a great writer, I have read his books before, so I had high expectations. I was not disappointed this time around, either! Thomas Hollyday really knows how to set the scene and make you feel like you are really there, in the story. I have a hard time really "getting into" a story if I can't really vividly imagine the scene, and that is not a problem for me with books like this. I also like books that give you a sense of a relationship with the characters, and this book does that for me as well. When I feel a connection or a draw to a fictional character, that is when I know good writing! I love to feel drawn into a story, and that is what I was able to do with this one. I really feel like I got to know Dr. Frank Light, and the story is unique, different, and engaging. I was also really happy that there were a plethora of characters to get to know, instead of just a "good guy" and a "bad guy". I can't give much more away about the ending, but it is definitely a surprise! Bravo, once again, Mr. Hollyday!!
About the Author:
Thomas Hollyday (1942-present) was born in Easton, Maryland. His father was an acclaimed photographer and his mother a brilliant teacher. His father's family were active in the history of Maryland since its settlement while his mother's family were prominent in Democratic Party politics. He studied writing with Elliott Coleman at the prestigious Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars and with C.Michael Curtis of the Atlantic Monthly. He served with distinction in Vietnam and became a successful international businessman. He also drew illustrations for national magazines and published maritime and Civil War history. He currently edits the Wet Their Whistles newsletter for animal water rights (solarsippers.com). He draws the popular humorous Animal Viewpoint Cartoons for newspapers. He continues to please his fans with new novels in his River Sunday Romance Mysteries collection.
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