"The Elvis Interviews" is exactly the kind of book I love. It's fast-paced, action-packed, has great characters and memorable locales, and something's always happening!
You can sample 50% of Glen Bonham's novel for free at Smashwords, which is awesome. I was hooked long before the halfway point and I happily purchased the book to find out what happened after that.
Fear not: You don't need to know anything about Elvis to enjoy the novel (I am not very knowledgeable about "The King" myself). In fact, you'll learn a lot just by reading this.
I am amazed that the author is actually from Canada, not Elvis's Tennessee (knowledge I gleaned from his official website, glenbonham.com). It reads like it was written by a true native.
I give Glen Bonham's "The Elvis Interviews" my highest recommendation.
I love road trips. I love coming of age stories. And I love books featuring great characters you care about traversing through rich settings you can visualize.
"Calling Out Your Name" by Ned White features all of the above - and more. There's action, adventure, and even a bit of romance strewn in for good measure.
Woody Elmont is the one of the most likable and interesting characters I've come across in my reading as of late. If you're anything like me, you will feel a compulsive need to turn the pages - because you'll just have to find out what happens next as Woody travels beyond his sleepy hometown of Ogamesh, Georgia in search of his younger brother.
The author conveys a convincing Southern cadence that's always comfortable and pleasant to read - never distracting or grating, which is a trap other writers and books have fallen into. In fact, it's a pleasure to spend time with the main character and imagine the soothing sounds of his congenial country dialect.
When it's all said and done, Ned White's "Calling Out Your Name" packs quite an emotional wallop.
This is storytelling at its finest.
Fragile. Damaged. Plucky. Determined.
The first two words seem to contradict the latter two, but human beings are often walking contradictions. Syndey Venery is too, but in the best way possible. Despite a nightmarish childhood and circumstances tougher than any sixteen-year-old girl should ever have to face, Sydney never loses her innate warmth. And it's that very trait that makes the reader root for and sympathize with the main character throughout the novel.
With a fierce attitude, dogged determination, and - yes - the kindness of strangers, the pregnant teenager does what she has to do to survive. We as readers are just along for the ride with Sydney, but it's a tough road to travel because she's so easy to love. Her pain becomes our pain. That's the mark of a great character and a great story.
The Kindness of Strangers may not be a thriller or suspense novel, but J.A. Titus has still managed to craft a real page-turner. I finished the book in only two sittings, but I probably would've completed it all at once if sleep hadn't interrupted my reading time.
Titus has written a haunting debut novel that will stay with you long after the final page has been clicked.