David Galster

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Air Race Fever
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 45,610. Language: American English. Published: February 25, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
An aspiring actress, Ramona Larosa, enjoys special treatment from her "sugar daddy," Victor Hamilton. Her second cousin, Kent Stevenson, and friend, Jasmin Clark accompany her on many air shows and fun evenings at Chicago speakeasies, movies, and Victor's parties. Along the way, they encounter many different 1920s celebrities such as jazz cornetist Bix Beiderbecke, Louis Armstrong, and Hoagy Carmi
Showdown in Blue Cane
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 178,610. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2012. Category: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
(4.00 from 1 review)
The story of Bill Lovejoy and his feud with Mart Vowell in Clay County Arkansas. This ended in a well known gunfight in 1903, and the subsequent hanging of Mart Vowell a year later.
Hundjäger
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 32,790. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2012. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Professor Gladstone enjoys corresponding with a KSK commando in Afghanistan, until the NSC finds out about the communication. His little "adventure" lands him in jail and gets a fair amount of attention from the authorities . . .

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Smashwords book reviews by David Galster

  • Canawlers on July 22, 2012

    Canawlers by Jim Rada ***** (Five Stars) Book Review by David Galster The story is about the Fitzgerald family, who operated a boat on the Chesapeake & Ohio canal during the Civil War. The well-developed plot has multiple threads and includes the adventures of Tony, the illegitimate son of a "Shanty Town" prostitute, and David Windover, a Confederate Lieutenant sent to scout possible crossing sites along the Potomac River. Not only is there conflict between the Union and the South, but between the "Railroaders" and "Canawlers," as well. Naturally, there is also conflict between man and "Mother Nature." The protagonist, Hugh Fitzgerald, is captain of the Freeman, and his entire family accompanies him on trips between Cumberland and Georgetown, Maryland. He strongly believes in freedom, hard work, and family. With his wife Alice's help, he sometimes had helped runaway slaves passing through the "Underground Railroad." The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal ran parallel to the Potomac River and the main traffic was boats hauling coal from Cumberland to Washington, D.C. The novel gives much interesting information about the canal and its history. This includes detailed descriptions of the boats, and the mules that pull them, as well as the towpath, and the various towns, and locks along the way. The writing is very clear and understandable. It was very easy for me to follow and stay focused on the story line. The imagery is vivid and the story includes a lot of action. Hugh Fitzgerald represents an American ideal man for that time. He was good, honest, hardworking, and had no vices or faults. Perhaps the author intended to represent him as an ideal, rather than real person. This characterization is consistent with the Romanticism tradition. (Victor Hugo's novels are an example of this style.) David Windover, in contrast, is a spoiled, pampered son of a rich plantation owner. However, he "evolves," and after seeing the horrors of war, develops a more humanitarian point of view, and in doing so, transforms into a hero. The dialect is much cleaner than people in Civil War times used. The word "ain't" never appears. Some Negro dialect would be more realistic, and add interest. Ruth, the runaway slave girl, spoke very little, which is understandable. But, when she did, she sounds no different than a polite English teacher. A moderate dialect, like, "Ah sho do thank you ma'am," could have been used without compromising the story. Overall, the novel is very exciting and informative. It maintains good tension, and has many surprises along the way. I highly recommend it.
  • The Race on July 23, 2012

    This novelette portrays a very amusing and charming situation, when young Tony Fitzgerald makes a bet using someone else's boat, with slim chances of winning. Set as mini-sequel to "Canawler," it takes place ten years after the Civil War and describes how the character's lives changed in that period. The main focus of the story is on the youthful folly of Tony Fitzgerald, and the eternal rivalry between the "Canawlers" and "Railroaders" along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. Tony races the family canal boat against a freight train, and it has quite a surprise ending. This book is very readable, amusing, suspenseful, and often funny. You will especially enjoy it after reading the novel, "Canawlers."