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R. Russell Brown arrived by a circuitous route to the craft of writing of fiction novels. After graduating from West Texas Sate University with a BA degree in English and History, he served two years in the Army as a reserve officer. A year at Ft. Riley Kansas, and a tour in Vietnam, as a company executive officer and an infantry platoon leader paved the way for graduate school, where he worked toward a Masters of Fine Art degree and dabbled in the radio/television field. Brown has worked at many professions throughout his lifetime. He is an internationally known, award winning watercolor artist, worked for an interior decorator, been the Temporary Curator of Exhibits at a top rated Texas museum, he is an accomplished musician, spent two years in a gunfight reenactment group, is a small business entrepreneur and artist in residence for several Texas concerns on a state and local level. Writing and storytelling has been a part of his family history dating back to his roots in Europe and England. He lives in the Texas Panhandle, and operates a gallery featuring his own works. He is married to a retired school teacher and has a grown daughter, who is married, and also lives in Texas.
on June 05, 2012 :
I happen to know the author, R. Russell Brown. He casually mentioned to me that he had written a few books and I didn't think much of it at the time. I know the guy is a talented artist and not a bad guitarist...but I never thought of him as an author. But I decided to give it a try.
As I began to read Virmanas, it seemed a bit quaint and colloquial at first. But then I realized that it was a stunning depiction of the places in which I grew up. I am not accustomed to names and places having real-life meaning in the novels I read. By the second or third chapter, the book began to grab me. The characters were well developed and the story, which is mixture of history and science fiction, became more and more interesting with each turn in the story line. I was intrigued to the end of the book and am now looking forward to the sequel. It was well written. I think you will enjoy it too.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)