Friday, December 21, 2012

Book Review: Gold By Thomas Hollyday

I was really excited to get the chance to review "Gold" by Thomas Hollyday. This normally isn't my kind of book, but I was excited to try something a little out of the box for me. I am really glad that I did. This book made for a very interesting read. So interesting, in fact, that I finished it up in two days! The book focuses on John Neale, and his girlfriend as they search for gold that was left behind by a man named Father Tom when he died. The book starts off simple enough, but by the end, you are wrapped up in a world of science fiction and crazy happenings that will keep you guessing all the way to the end of the story!

This book was a really interesting read. For me, I usually stick to either parenting, romance, or post apocalyptic fiction ( I'm eclectic LOL!), so this book wasn't something I would normally pick up. But, I am very glad that I have this book a shot.I really like Thomas Hollyday's style of writing, it is a relatable style that is easy to read. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a unique and entertaining read!

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. His grandmother's family descended from a well known German industrial family of Baltimore. He grew up in the southern atmosphere of the Eastern Shore with its maritime and military heritage. 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 ( 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. In his fiction he describes his recurring theme that human settlers since prehistoric times in the Chesapeake region have left a mist of legend and history that permeates its modern stories with a certain compelling truth. At the same time he incorporates the stories of machines with those of their human owners. Each novel, located in the small town of River Sunday, Maryland, also records the continuing beautiful nature of the area. His writing portrays today's problems, conflicts, and memorable local characters with their loves and their combat with evil. In Slave Graves Hollyday examines freedom and in Magnolia Gods, the issue of nuclear war. In the third novel, Powerboat Racer, he writes about racism, while in Gold, his theme is the homeless.His latest book,Terror Flower, about which critics write that he is a master of suspense,considers the strange faces of terrorism. These are well researched,fast paced stories, in which local heroes, both men and women, fight the high technology of modern adversaries often with only their bare hands and cunning.

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