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I was born and raised in New York City. In 1964 I joined the Navy and was honorably discharge four years later. In 2008 I retired after 32 1/2 years with HSBC. For the past 18 years I lived in Cheektowaga New York and in 2010 moved to Surprise Arizona where I currently reside.
Though I published my first book in April of 2009 I have been telling stories most of my life. My kids and their friends were my captivated audiences. I loved watching their faces as their characters (usually contained them as part of the story) came to life in my stories.
Recently finished my 4th book, Hell Train. Read Tony Bertot's Assassin Trilogy which consist of the following:
The Heart of an Assassin
The Birth of an Assassin
The Legacy of the Assassin
Both reviewers and readers have given me great reviews.
on Nov. 04, 2011 :
This story never pulled me in. Overall the story idea is very good, but the execution is extremely poor. The dialog is stiff and unreal. There are many grammatical errors as well as some problems with sentence structure and very amateurish writing.
There is a detailed description of a gang leader who is soon murdered. It was not necessary to the story to know how he became the leader. He a minor character. His main role was to be killed.
The author's selection of a .22 caliber rifle to shoot a man across the street from the top of a six story building indicated a lack of knowledge and research. The 40 grain bullet in a high velocity .22 doesn't have enough weight to go through the back of a skull, through the brain matter and punch through the forehead and spray blood on the victims associate. It's good for squirrel hunting, not killing humans at a distance. And from the elevation mentioned a bullet would likely come out his chin or neck.
Another example of poor plot is a sequence where a van is stopped "a few feet from the end of a pier", a brick is placed on the accelerator pedal, the gearshift is put in drive and the van slowly moves forward and plunges into the water. If a brick is used to increase engine speed, would the van move forward slowly? When the front wheels dropped over the edge and the vehicle dropped onto the frame could there be enough momentum to continue or would it stop? And with approximately 3,500 pounds of human weight in the back would the van tip forward into the water? And then a man in the rear of the van escapes through the locked rear door while an assassin is shooting bullets into the back end as the van sinks. One of the bullets hits the lock mechanism and somehow that allows the door to open. These issues and many, many others make the whole story unbelievable because the actions described are not plausible
(review of free book)
on Oct. 14, 2011 :
Excellent book, thanks for the free novel.
(review of free book)