The Power of a Pawn

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Widowed mother Amanda wakes up on her kitchen floor, surrounded by the bodies of her dead children. Her only defense: She remembers nothing.
Tried and found guilty of homicide, she becomes a pawn in the Game of Life. Society's revenge and the end to her pain hinge upon her death sentence, but the flames of the media are fanned when her life becomes inextricably linked to an innocent bystander. More

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About Paul Spite

Paul F. Spite lives with his wife Sally in Cookeville, TN, where he enjoys the occasional company of three children and two grandchildren. A graduate of Ball State University, he is a licensed professional architect by trade.

By inclination, he is a seeker of knowledge. He possesses a deep interest in both science and Biblical truth, believing both are appropriate paths to understanding the world we inhabit. In service to God, he ministers twice a week to inmates in the county jail, teaches in a drug rehabilitation program, and serves as staff for a life recovery program. For fun, he writes fiction and non-fiction, reads whenever possible, attends Scout functions when possible, and fills the role of a grandfather.

The Power of a Pawn is the first of six books in The Game of Life series.

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Review by: Daniel Cox on Dec. 29, 2011 :
The Power of a Pawn is a well-written mystery novel with a clever, captivating,and realistic plot. The book is a page-turner (I finished it in three days) that will keep you guessing until the very end.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Anita Glover on Dec. 27, 2011 :
I loved the Power of a Pawn. I had heard about the book on Facebook and read bits and pieces just enought to wet my appetite sorta like the smell of chocolate to a chocolate lover. The book kept you captured in its web wanting to know what was next and being surprised. I would love to watch this on the screen [movie or TV] its that good. can`t wait for the next one and possibly more of Dr. Navarro hee hee I know that one.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Sonja on Dec. 16, 2011 :
Twists and turns. Betrayal and trust. Life and death. In the end, can there be forgiveness? The Power of a Pawn takes the reader down many of these paths each one connecting with another until you are sitting upright with anticipation.
Paul Spite has written a very intriguing novel that kept my attention from the start. At times throughout the book I wondered why there were flashbacks of the characters but was grateful for each one after reading.
In our lives so many times we ask, "why me?". Mr. Spite, through his characters, says, "why not me ". If we chose that attitude we can help many that go through similar situations.
If you like murder/mystery books I definitely recommend The Power of a Pawn. And I look forward to Paul Spite's next novel of The Game of Life series!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jennifer Russoli on Dec. 15, 2011 :
I've always been one to enjoy a good mystery. It's been awhile since I've read one in it's entirety. With my busy lifestyle, I find I can only read "here and there". It was suggested to me by a friend to read this book. And, you know what, I got through it!

Mr. Spite's story is well-written and perfect for the type of reader I am. It had just the right amount of substance to intrigue me, keep me guessing, and have me wanting to read more. I've found that many authors will fill their stories with a massive amount of details. And, while I find nothing wrong in that, for me, however, I have a hard enough time keeping my kids' schedules straight without having to remember intricate details to a story in order to comprehend it. But with "The Power Of A Pawn" I was pleasantly surprised. I didn't find information overload to be an issue at all!

He crafted the story so that it jumps between character perspectives, which kept the format interesting. He also went back and forth in time with the characters, but he did it seemlessly so that I easily was able to follow.

"Power Of A Pawn" ended with a twist that leads the reader to believe this is a possible series of books. I say "Bring It On" Mr. Spite! At $1.99 a book - I have the money and I will find the time:)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: M. Knoll on Dec. 15, 2011 :
Paul Spite has crafted the most excellent whodunnit novel of the decade. Sherlock Holmes needs to step aside.

The opening scene of this novel is enough to chill any soul. A grim reality faces a young woman: her children are dead and there is no reason to believe she didn't do it. From this point on, you the reader will travel down the path of discovery with all of its twists and turns, to see if she really is guilty.

Are you ready for the journey?

Through deep, dark valleys of doubt, up over rocky mountains of despair, under thick brush of frustration, with only occasional patches of sunlit plains of warmth and love, and then down again into caves of confusion, you the reader will travel. And you will be searching for the answer: did she really do it? But why?

From one page to the next, you will absorb tidbits and pieces of information that won't come together until the very end, and when you get there.... well, you just might be exhausted from the ride, but oh, the revelations you will find along the way!

I can't say you will love everything that transpires on every page of this book. As a matter of fact, there were a couple of events in the story that caused me to become quite angry. There are some harsh realities addressed in the pages of this novel, things that aren't pleasant at all to read about. However, the one guarantee I can give you is this: You won't put the book down willingly. You'll want to read it to the very end to discover what really happened during those first few moments that changed Amanda's life forever.

There will be people in this story that you will love, and there will be people in this story that you just might hate. There were a couple of characters I wanted to strangle! There will be scenes that will leave you aghast, and scenes that might make you cry in anguish. There will be moments you will feel relief, and moments that will make you scowl in disgust. But every page of this novel will draw you in. Into a world of very human, three-dimensional characters, living in a world very much like our own. As a matter of fact, it's exactly like our own. Which will make you think: could this very same situation happen in our world? Is it happening already?

And what would you do if it happened to you?

Congratulations to Paul Spite for an excellent novel! This is one you won't want to miss.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Lorilovesbooks on Dec. 12, 2011 :
Amanda was always running, she ran to think, to escape home, to face her Father's death, then her husband's. When she needs to run most, she can't. Prison won't allow mothers who kill their children to run free.

When she faced trouble now she could only run away in her mind, perhaps this is why she can't remember strangling her son and daughter. Is her faith in God real, or an escape? Or, was it her late husband's father that caused all the mayhem? Since money is so important to him, maybe he didn't want them to inherit any money.

There are so many interesting facets to this story! It kept me on the edge of my seat til the end. The beginning seemed fragmented as the story lines were drawn out, but once it gained steam, it was an awesome book!

I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys an intriguing story that isn't predictable. You'll be thinking about it long after reading it =)

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Review by: Enid Albat on Dec. 12, 2011 :
Intense is definately the right word to describe this unique novel. The book begins with fragments falling rapidly and without apparent connection. But Mr. Spite puts these shards together to create a story filled with suspense and brillant resolution. I enjoy a mystery that gives me the clues but surprises me with the outcome. When such a book is the first book in a series it is even more gratifying as I envision many more hours of great reading experience to come. I recommend this book to anyone who looking for more than a "casual read".
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Deborah Seeley on Dec. 09, 2011 :
I just got through reading " The Power of a Pawn" by Paul Spite. WOW!!!!! Have you ever been accused of something you didn't do? How did you handle it? Did you have those around you that believed in you even when others didn't? What gave you the strength to continue in your everyday life? Paul has woven a story much like God weaves our lives. You know when you are making clothing from material, you must plan, measure, cut, sew, adorn! Paul has done that with his story of a young mother who has woken up with both of her children dead and she is arrested and imprisoned for the death of her own children. What follows in the story will keep you on the edge of your seat. You will not want to put this book down until you have read to the very last page. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in mystery, crime, and conditions of the heart. The Power of a Pawn is the first book in a series of 6 called "The Game of Life". I can't wait for The Power of a Pawn to make it to the big screen. I am already secretly casting each of the characters in my mind. Okay enough said....Go buy your own copy and start reading, you won't be sorry!!!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Lori Ann on Dec. 08, 2011 :
Such a poignant story of a young mother and the loss of both of her children. Mr. Spite sends you on a whirlwind tour of Amanda's life as you are fully engaged in the mystery of what happened to her children. Is she a murderer or isn't she? Read this story and find out as I am not going to ruin it for you and tell! Throughout the book, you realize that no matter in what walk of life you are in, God is there to bolster and support you. The many twists and turns within the plot keep you reading and the writing style allows you to fully visualize each scene. Now I have become emotionally involved with the characters, I cannot wait to read the rest of the series and see the journey God leads each one on! Thank you Mr. Spite for a wonderful first book.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Denise Clere on Dec. 08, 2011 :
ADDICTIVE..CAPTIVATING..EXCELLENT.. All these descriptive words do not even come close to explain how I felt about "The Power Of A Pawn. While reading the book I could not comprehend how Paul Spite,author, could conceive this book. Just when I thought I knew where the story was going..BAM he changed directions.I was constantly guessing the outcome. This was by far one of the best books I have ever read. I am anxiously awaiting the remaining books of the series. If they are half as good as "The Power Of A Pawn", I will have wonderful reading material in my future. I recommend this book to anyone interested in any genre of reading material. Thanks so much for this book. Denise
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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