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Most mysteries and suspense novels have to do with cops, lawyers, and PIs. My protagonist is a firefighter and is the first firefighter pulp fiction in Canada. True grit and reality are my writing tenets.
My juvenile/middle grade/chapter books have no magic wands, wise talking creatures, vampires, or parallel worlds. I write stories about children, not so much specifically for children. Many adults enjoy my writing because of this. My stories are about unassuming boys who get in trouble and must prove themselves and show the world they have hearts of lions. There's fighting, conflict, loyalty, bullies, integrity, and courage. I've read samples to Grade 4 and 5 students and garnered excellent reviews.
I was born in Welland, Ontario, a blue-collar town in the Niagara Peninsula. Backpacked the world and lived in Australia. I've worked as a paperboy, grocery clerk, sales rep, all types of construction work, painter, mink ranch hand, assembly line rubber factory, cherry picker, freelance astronaut (no offers), boilermaker apprentice, various sales jobs, delivery driver, father, coach, and career firefighter and officer for 32 years. I've also played drums in the Black Gold Big Band for 8 years.
I retired as fire captain with Edmonton Fire Rescue, a large Canadian metro fire service. I live in Beaumont, Alberta with Gloria, whom I met on a freighter/passenger ship from Jakarta to Singapore. I've climbed the Great Wall of China, been down and out living in Australia, honeymooned with Gloria during the Grenada Revolution and saw Maurice Bishop, snorkeled with a marlin, almost smuggled a Playboy into Communist Russia, tossed eggs at an Aussie PM, was in Havana when Fidel shocked Cubans and stepped down. My wife made a pot of tea for the Queen of England in N.Z.
I travel widely, do a bit of fishing and boating, drink demon rum, manage a writers group, do occasional renos, and sit on my butt outside in the good weather reading a decent book. My writing work consists of travel articles, YA, juvenile, how-tos, and has garnered several awards. Check out my website for some excellent short stories.
on April 13, 2012 :
I'm honored to have the privilege of being the first to review this book by a fine author, E.R. Yatscoff.
If you enjoy Out on a Limb be sure to check out Archie's Gold and Ransom which are both similar stories. The end of Ransom is very funny, and Archie's Gold is, in my opinion, even better written than Out on a Limb.
Warning: the rest of this review contains spoilers on the story!
Two kids are building a tree fort in an old man's backyard because they think he has treasure in his garage and they want to steal it. The old man hates them and tries to get rid of them. They harass him until the point where they offer to rake his leaves and shovel his snow.
At one point "Egghead" catches them snooping in his garage and chases them into their tree fort. He starts to chop down the tree so they spray him with ketchup and he has a stroke. While he's in the hospital they use their key to sneak back into his garage and dig up his basement. There they find a chest of rare jewels from a duchess the old man was escorting to the country long ago.
Someone spots them and the fire department shows up before they can make off with the loot. The rightful owner thanks them for finding her mother's stuff. The land lady presents them with an eviction notice for their many indiscretions but says if they rake and shovel the whole subdivision for 5 months they will 'get off'.
The kids agree with the proviso of the limited term of their agreement. Egghead (the old man) returns and harasses them with his new high-powered motorized wheelchair. They consider digging a pit for him to fall in but don't want to kill him and get in even bigger trouble.
This was a good book, but I feel the other two and Old Flames were even better, hence 4 stars instead of 5. To get a good feel for this story I'd download a sample of it and check it out.
I hope this review has helped you make a more informed decision.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)