I am a self-taught writer. I am the widowed father of two girls, one in college, one graduating H.S. this year. For the last twenty years I’ve earned my living as a general contractor in Los Angeles.
I’ve written seven novels and thrown five of them away. My recent novel, 72 Hour Protocol: written under the pen name, Howard Manson, is available through EM.C Press and Amazon. While there are adjectives used by my Kirkus Reviews reviewer that lead me to believe the reviewer has multiple-personality syndrome, most of the comments were flattering:
…the conversations between Sunday and Katherine keep the narrative moving regardless of the evil political machinations going on around them.
Their back-and-forth banter feels natural and fluid, making these two more interesting and relatable by the page.
Manson’s clear technical knowledge of the work Sunday does, whether interrogation or inflicting pain, is impressive.
The couple’s strange desire for success, unwillingness to compromise and sudden passion for one another all lend depth and nuance…
…strong characterization and an impressive ear for dialogue. –Kirkus Reviews
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Smashwords book reviews by Howard Manson
on Nov. 20, 2012
Truth is a locomotive named Craig Spencer.
In debut fiction from renowned author Joe Navarro, a nuclear trigger is missing from an ultra-secret lab near Los Angeles. With one of the most secret devices in the American arsenal now possibly in the wrong hands, the potential for destruction is mind-numbingly immediate.
FBI Special Agents Marc Roland and Craig Spencer are granted special clearance by the Department of Energy (DOE) to investigate the disappearance of one of the most sophisticated pieces of engineering in existence.
In a game of finesse and mouse, the agents tease-out clues to the trigger’s disappearance until they settle in on a single suspect. And from there, Mr. Navarro proceeds to redefine how fictional investigations work.
If you notice the couple of awkward moments with dialogue and the set-up in the first two or three pages, the next few will wipe that awareness away. Enemies then escalates almost predictably until the interjection of, not so much a twist, but rather, an ending that so succinctly demonstrates nuances of human nature, you will be left shaking your head with disbelief.
In twenty or so pages the author illustrates the shear art and power and science of human communications and personality with ease and understanding that other writers must surely aspire to. Read Enemies, and you will be left with quite a few thoughts when you’ve finish this debut short story, and the predominant one will most probably be:
Please, Mr. Navarro, do this again!