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Scott Nicholson is author of seven novels, including THE RED CHURCH, SPEED DATING WITH THE DEAD, DRUMMER BOY, and THE SKULL RING. Other books include the novellas BURIAL TO FOLLOW and TRANSPARENT LOVERS and the story collections ASHES, THE FIRST, and FLOWERS. He also writes screenplays and children's books. Nicholson lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.
on April 19, 2010 :
4 1/2 stars...Run For The Hills!
I picked this up after following a forum link by the author and I am glad I did. The writing was excellent, and though the pace was a little slower than my personal taste leans toward, it allowed for a deeper exploration into the background and development of the characters. The opening scene sucks you in and I found myself burning a lot of the midnight oil just to see where this story was going.
Ronnie was a solid character and there were parts of his story (when he kept trying to sort out his faith and how the world worked) that reminded me of Huck Finn. You definitely end up rooting for the kid...he's tough, naive, and good.
My only complaint is that I found myself rooting for an ending that didn't happen. It is not that the ending was inadequate, I was just geared to watch something else unfold. Its just a matter of taste on my part and not reflective of the author's talent. I do not want to give away the ending by explaining any more.
Highly recommended...and I am looking forward to checking out Nicholson's other material.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)