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Dick Claassen has been writing and selling his books for many years. He began his journey into writing when he was seven years old. Since then he has written and had published math textbooks for Houghton-Mifflin, news and magazine articles for the Des Moines Register and Petersen's Photographic, and he co-owned and co-operated Awe-Struck E-Books from 1999 to 2009. During this ownership Dick wrote and published twelve novels as well as three method books for the Native American flute. Dick just keeps writing and writing and... You get the idea. :-) Dick's full-time career was as a math and chemistry college instructor. He's also given a gazillion guitar and banjo lessons. During the last ten years or so Dick has taken up the Native American flute with a vengeance! But he's still writing and writing and writing. Once the writing bug bites, there's no cure. And Dick is most grateful for that!
on July 30, 2010 :
"Silver Seed" is the sequel to "Country Priestess". Although each book is a stand-alone story, if you have read neither at this point, I suggest you read "Country Priestess" first, simply because you will be introduced to Timmy, the autistic boy, who is also the hero character in "Silver Seed".
In "Silver Seed", readers will be happy to learn that Timmy has not only grown into a fine young man, he has also conquered his autism--mostly. He also falls in love with the heroine in this fast-moving tale. I mentioned in my review of "Country Priestess" that Claassen gives equal attention to both science and romance, something we don't see often enough, IMHO, in sci-fi fare. And "Silver Seed" is no exception.
The story opens with a homeless man who is brutally beaten and left for dead on the street. Eventually, our heroine, an emotionally unhealthy Goth girl, (not all Goth girls are emotionally unhealthy, I hasten to point out, but this one is), enters the picture, and before you can get your breath, our Goth girl and the homeless man who suffers from a nasty case of amnesia are on the road together, fleeing for their lives.
The homeless man turns out not to be homeless, and we eventually learn that the Goth girl has real reason for the way she is. The mystery is introduced early, and the reader is taken on a very fast ride as the mystery unravels one page at a time. The story moves quickly, the mystery deepens, (aliens aplenty), the romance is heartfelt and real, and the whole story ends with a bang--literally! What more could one want in a story? I give this book a 5-star rating. It certainly deserves it.
(reviewed the day of purchase)