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Chuck Miceli combines his criminal justice background and fascination for severe weather in his new paranormal thriller, "Amanda's Room." Part mystery, part thriller, Miceli's novel merges details from his experiences in prisons and jails with facts about severe weather and violent storms. Then he adds his own mix of supernatural coincidences to act as a catalyst for this paranormal stew. Together, these forces set the stage for what happens in the story and in the lives of its characters. The book challenges readers to uncover the mysterious source of supernatural power in Amanda's room, and then takes them on a violent-weather thrill ride of thunderstorms, tornadoes, waterspouts, and hurricanes.
Miceli serves on the Editorial Board for "Voices and Visions," the annual literary review of the University of Connecticut's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. His text, "Fire Behind Bars," co-authored with Alton P. Golden, was the first book in the United States to deal with the issue of deadly fires in secure institutions and put him on the national stage as a speaker and consultant. His articles have appeared in professional journals and magazines, and his poetry and short stories have been printed in literary journals. Miceli is also a columnist for WTNH's weather information website: WXedge.com. The site features several of his articles on major weather events like the Blizzards of 1969 and 1978, and the "Long Island Express" hurricane of 1938.
Chuck Miceli's background in criminal and juvenile justice includes experience as a work supervisor at a reformatory and training officer in jails and a maximum-security prison. He was a Resource Center Coordinator for the National Institute of Corrections and Chief of Curriculum for the Connecticut Justice Academy. He has worked as a consultant to the American Correctional Association, the National Juvenile Court Services Association, and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.
Miceli spends much of his free time involved in civic, social, and religious volunteer work. He currently serves on the Leadership Council for the University of Connecticut's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and was previously a Lieutenant for the Community Emergency Response Team in his town. He is also Board of Directors Chairman for Every Dollar Feeds Kids (http://www.edfk.org), a non-profit organization that raises money to feed hungry children in the US and abroad. He donates a portion of his book sales to the charity.
Miceli was born the son of a coal miner in Pittston Pennsylvania. He grew up one of eleven children in the tough East New York section of Brooklyn New York. He served as Staff Sargent and rifle platoon leader in the Marine Corps Reserves, and now lives with his wife, Judy, in suburban Connecticut.
on July 19, 2014 :
The description of the story caught my attention and I wanted to read it. The beginning of the book intrigued with the secret of Amanda's room and I was curious to find out what it was.
At first I read book slowly. It took some time to get in to the story. It seemed as if it lacked something to make me interested to the characters introduced, to feel conected to them. I'm not sure what it was. Maybe it was told in a little bit too straightforward way, maybe it seemed lacking of emotion or depth. But later on I felt I was getting more and more interested in the story as more details, secrets and questions came. There was also told more about the stories of the main characters and I felt I was touched by it. Characters became more real to me. I was beginning to know them more, started to care for them and was eager to know what would happen to them next. It was interesting to delve along with them to the story and secrets of Amanda's room, to try to figure out what's behind all that. Chapter after chapter situation got more complicated, events got bigger and more crucial. As the story went forward it kept getting more and more intense and I was hurrying through the pages eager to know what's next.
It was interesting to read a story about the weather. That was new to me. Seems it's casual everyday topic. People everyday want to know what the weather would be like. Whenever we don't know what to talk about, we talk about the weather. It's constant part of our lives. And yet I found out I know not that much about it. It was quite shocking to read about the tornado. I haven't encountered any of them in my life, just read about it or have seen on TV. Reading about it happening made me see there are a lot of differences of the weather in the world and what I haven't given it a thought before. It made me see a little bit more how it would be like to experience it. It made me feel it with the character and not just know about it. I liked quotes about the weather too. They gave me deeper knowledge about the weather and also added some interest to try to find out how they were connected to the story.
It was a great story. It was intriguing, interesting, intense, touching, giving some thoughts. It had fun moments too. I wouldn't have guessed there's so much to know about the weather and what the story about it could be so interesting to read.
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review (Lovers of Paranormal).
(reviewed within a month of purchase)