Joe Nusbaum writes both fiction and non-fiction and has over a decade of experience as an editor, publishing articles and guidance for the Federal Government. He has been published through multiple think-tanks and in security publications, such as Jane’s Intelligence Review. Joe’s first love has always been children’s literature, and worked at Books of Wonder in New York City before beginning his career in editing. In addition to his non-fiction work, he has completed two novels. One is a middle-grade fantasy, titled The Mystic Travelogues. His second is a novel for adults, The Glory that was Glass.
Ten-year-old Tug is lost in the world, even to himself. But when Tug and his cousin are sent to stay with a distant uncle in Vermont, they could not anticipate the strange occurrences at the enchanted old house.
Travel to a mystic destination—
where animals know your destiny,
where dangerous Nomes lurk in the shadows,
and where a stuffed bear can bring you to life.
Blackmore's book emphasizes what makes me so excited about the advent of ebooks. Here's a superbly written suspense story by a writer that I feel privileged to discover thanks to the accessibility and affordability of ebooks. It reminded me of Stephen King's "Bachman" books, where the suspense story also enfolds some pensive themes about life and death, and doesn't shy away from humor and more human qualities in the characters. On these counts, The Missing Boatman doesn't disappoint. Like another reviewer noted, I did find the gore a little heavy early on for my tastes, but that quickly takes a back seat to the rest of the story.