Prisoner Prodigal Pawn

Rated 4.25/5 based on 8 reviews
Follow the adventures of the Mozingos as they unravel a conspiracy that has led to one of their own, Elton Mozingo to be set up for murder. It revolves around a law firm, an Indian casino and tribal politics & the Mozingo brothers, Elton,Charles, and their father, BP who are the eponymous prisoner, prodigal son, and pawn caught up in an embezzlement scheme that some would kill for to keep secret. More

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About Robert Sparkman

Georgetown, South Carolina, is home, a small southern town on the coast 60 miles from Charleston, and 30 miles from Myrtle beach. I'm from a military family, my father was in the Army, so we did move around a bit. I served 4 years in the Army and 4 years in the Navy, as a Lieutenant. I’m also a graduate of the University of Houston, in Texas, class of ’84. I'm an avid runner, having run in 5 Los Angeles Marathons, and now live in Southern California with my family. Writing a novel has been a goal for the longest time, I finally embarked upon the trail towards achieving that goal, and am quite pleased with the result. Writing is an art form, and I wanted to learn as much about the art of writing as possible. I studied writing under the tutelage of the Long Ridge Writers Group, and read several books on the subject of writing, before and during the writing of my first novel: Prisoner Prodigal Pawn.


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Review by: Graham Downs on Feb. 08, 2016 :
This was a pretty good story. Quite original (for me, anyway), it's set against the backdrop of Native American tribal politics, and a law firm. It's either well researched, or the author has real personal experience with the way this stuff works... or he's a good bullshitter, because I wouldn't know the difference. He writes with confidence, though!

I've shelved this book as mystery, but it's not a whodunit. You know who done it pretty early on in the book; you just need to figure out what they done, and why. And there are some interesting plot twists on the way to figuring that out - it's definitely not predictable, and I was pleasantly surprised at the end.

Unfortunately, the writing leaves a little bit to be desired, and Prisoner Prodigal Pawn (clever title, by the way - I didn't actually figure out the symbolism until the very end) could do with some serious editing. There are missing quotation marks here and there, and the fact that internal dialogue is formatted exactly the same as everything else, makes it difficult to know when someone is thinking something, or whether we're just being told something.

The biggest problem, though, is the comma use. It's not like this book could use more commas, or even fewer commas. It's just that they're frequently in the wrong place. And as I'm sure you know, in English, moving a comma one word to the left or to the right can change the entire meaning of a sentence! I often had to re-read things a couple of times to understand what the author was trying to say.

Also, the Smashwords Edition had this weird behaviour of the font changing every couple of paragraphs. Sometimes we'd go through an entire chapter in a normal typeface, and then all of a sudden, without warning and without any discernible purpose, there'd be an entire paragraph in Courier. It was quite jarring.

Overall, this is a good story. It just needs work, is all.
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)

Review by: Erika Toni X on Sep. 14, 2015 :
I enjoyed reading this author's debut novel, Prisoner Prodigal Pawn. I like to use the first sentence of a novel to try and get a feel for what I'm in for. In this book the first sentence does a pretty good job of setting the tone. All the elements of a good novel are present, the lead character has internal and external conflicts to push him along his journey as he tries to free his dad from prison. The plot twists are good, I was wondering which of the sub characters would turn on him. The air balloon chase scene was different and fun to read. The subplot fits in very well with the story and helps make this a true page turner. The author may have gone a bit over board with his use of description and modifiers in certain scenes, but it didn't get in the way too much. The ending was nice. Overall this was a good book to read and one I do recommend.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: MegKing on April 04, 2015 :
From the opening pages of “Prisoner Prodigal Pawn” I knew it would be different from the books I’ve been reading lately and I was right! Mr. Sparkman sets of the scene and characterizations in a skillful way that not only pulls us in, but creates great visualizations and elicits emotional investments. I truly cared about the characters’ fates, and was shocked and saddened at certain things (no spoilers). An interesting and diverse cast of characters, along with several intriguing plotlines interwoven against unique setting makes this a memorable read for me. Highly recommend.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: April Dawn on April 04, 2015 :
4.5 stars
this was the first book I’ve read by this author Robert Sparkman, but I certainly hope it’s not the last. He has a gift for writing descriptive and life-like scenes that make us feel like we are really there inside the story, as opposed to it all just being “told” to us, as so many rookie authors make the mistake of doing. I like that this book didn’t feel stale or derivative, but instead like a new niche of suspense that serves well to help diversify a somewhat cookie-cutter genre (in my opinion). I did notice some editing mistakes that could be handled with a good proofreader, but overall the entire novel was one that I thought was well-crafted and delivered an emotional win.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)

Review by: Anabella Johnson on April 04, 2015 :
wow, “Prisoner Prodigal Pawn” By Robert Sparkman was awesome! I haven’t read anything like that in a long time, if ever. For once it seemed like the characters were anything but the stock, ordinary typical hero/protag guys, but instead all had demons, motivations, secrets, and I don’t want to focus too much on it, but I thought the Native American aspect was pretty cool too. All came together to create a fresh-feeling novel that was out of the ordinary and kept me hooked throughout. This was a standalone novel (not a part of any series, it appears), but I hope the author Robert Sparkman writes more like this in the future. I’d be reading it!
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)

Review by: Jesse Thomas on April 02, 2015 :
A compelling read, and one that will definitely appeal to fans of thriller/mystery/action novels. Robert Sparkman infuses a unique blend of family, multi-culturism, intrigue, corruption, and shocking twists. The story itself was fairly even-paced, but I thought the beginning was a bit slow until things started to pick up. The practice of the characters constantly saying each other’s name in conversation was annoying and unnatural-sounding, but other than that they flowed well and moved the plot forward nicely, sparing us of the dreaded “telling” that so many authors tend to do. We feel like we are a part of the book and I recommend for fans of thriller/suspense who’d like a new twist.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Karen Matthews on April 02, 2015 :
This book was terrific! Once I started reading I didn’t want to stop until I’d finished the whole thing. It pulls you in from the beginning, and I enjoyed the author’s “voice” and style of writing. The interweaving plotlines were well-crafted and not predictable, and the element of Indian politics was a new angle for me. The characters were all interesting and well-written, and although there were some grammatical and punctuation errors, it wasn’t anything that really bothered me. I’d love to read more from this author in the future!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Kaylee Stevens on April 02, 2015 :
I’m not one for rehashing the plot (that is what the description is for) so I’ll just say what I liked and didn’t like about this novel “Prisoner Prodigal Pawn” by Robert Sparkman. First with what I didn’t like: I thought it could use some editing, as there were times that the missing (or incorrect) punctuation was actually confusing to me and I had to re-read sections to figure out exactly what was being said. Sometimes was difficult to discern direct thoughts from the narrative, and the too-frequent use of saying character’s names in conversations was distracting (no one speaks like that in real life… it’s weird). But I loved the plot line, as it was really original and unlike anything I’ve read before. I was really invested in the character’s fates, and was surprised more than once. I thought the ending was perfect, and overall it was a genuinely good book. Recommend.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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