Quentin Stewart


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  • The Second Fly Caster: Fatherhood, Recovery and an Unforgettable Tournament on May 28, 2011

    A short but interesting look at a son's coming of age and learning lessons that were hidden to him as he grew up. The perfect father has flaws and in later life the son learns those flaws must have come about from some hurt in the past as the flaws in his character are brought out by the life experiences that he is affected by. He learns that perfecting a cast was more then trying to win a competition or casting further then others. It turns out to be a way to concentrate and to try to overcome the flaws that affect our lives. An excellent read. Well worth the few minutes it takes to read it.
  • Legacy - Book One of the Balancer Chronicles on June 05, 2011
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    "Legacy--Book One of the Balancer Chronicles" is an fascinating book. I have not been a fan of supernatural novels dealing with vampires and witches but Chris Adonn has turned me onto his Balancer novels. I look forward to the follow up volumes in this series. The characters are well developed and one becomes emotionally involved with and grow to love each of the characters. I was surprised at how involved I became in the book and found it extremely difficult to put down once I started reading it. I urge anyone to read this book and find out for themselves the role that the Balancers play in keeping the world in sync and everything running smoothly. Of course what they do takes a toll on them, but it is in their nature to continue the work that has been set forth for them. I think everyone will connect with James and his friendship with Wolf. This is James' story and his passing of the torch to another generation . It may be fantastical but I found it interesting beyond what I felt I would. It is a great read and as I stated I look forward to the coming volumes. Thank you Chris Adonn.
  • Campaign Promises on Nov. 01, 2011

    Very interesting story and a quick read. Ms. Osterkamp takes important events in her life and compares them to political events that occurred and that also affected her life in some way. Her stories tell of the political problems that arise from campaigns for high office. Whether it is a candidate that turns emotional during a press conference or candidate dying that causes a campaign promise to be broken they all affected her and she has been able to show how those incidents in campaigns can be translated into her life. The novella is well written and is done in such a way as not to be overbearing but it does get its point across. Very good job.
  • The Cemetery Vote on Jan. 16, 2012

    Growing up I had always heard of the practice of one political party keeping the recently dead on the voting rolls so that they could have someone come in and vote for them in the next few elections. That is what drew me to this book. Silkin's description of the "cemetery vote" being bused to the polls is a variation of the practice that I grew up in. Silkin does an excellent job of weaving his characters into his story. At first you may wonder what do all of these diverse people and situations have to do with each other, but as you read he brings all of them together and makes you realize that in real life how disparate people and events are tied together. So that a computer hacker can become the leader of new political movement. The reader will find that it is difficult to put the book down because of the interest in seeing how the various stories turns out and how the characters are changed by the common thread that runs through their lives. A very interesting and entertaining book that is more then just a political mystery. I highly recommend the book to anyone looking for an interesting read.
  • I Am Diving on Jan. 16, 2012

    I found this to be an interesting read. The main character, Jack, is struggling with his past in the Navy and goes into a fugue state and disappears and his wife is left to run the bar that they own. He returns with no apparent memory of where he has been or what he was doing. The stage is set for some interesting twists. The submarine Thresher is lost and former sailor is trying to figure out why it happened. A bar patron plants the idea that the problem with the Thresher can be traced back to the person who was the Secretary of the Navy at the time the authorization came through to build the Thresher. So as Jack enters another fugue state he blames this Secretary of the Navy for the loss of life that occurred when the Thresher disappeared. He goes to Dallas to kill that ex-Secretary of Navy, but another assassin pulls his trigger first and in Jack's mind the wrong man was assassinated. It is an interesting book. The author leaves it up to the reader to tie a lot of the events and characters together but I enjoy that type of story.
  • Tyler Palewhite:Soft-Boiled Detective on Jan. 16, 2012

    Tyler is truly a "soft boiled detective". I hate to compare him to Barney Fife but he comes mighty close. As a struggling writer Tyler decides that he needs to improve his biographical sketch that appears in his book. So he becomes a detective. It seems easy enough and it does add to his aura as an author. At a book signing he is approached by a lady who needs his services. He accepts the case of returning her daughter who has not been returned from a visit with her father. Tyler and the friends he enlists to help him come up with an elaborate plan to kidnap the child back only to find out that the client has been lying to Tyler and he must work to undo what he has done. It is an interesting read and gives one the idea that one needs to be careful with what he claims to be. A little detective work into the background of the client would have sufficed to save everyone a lot of trouble. Very good.
  • Naming The Moon on Jan. 16, 2012

    An interesting novella that could easily be expanded into a novel. The story revolves around Paul who has a new love move in with him. He is the happiest he has ever been but she disappears with all of his stuff. The search for her leads to Paul finding his stuff but not her. After the police have given up he continues to search for his true love. One day during the search he finds a skull. But the skull turns out to be of a much older woman and leads to a second mystery in Paul's life. He is determined to protect the skull from all other claimants. It is too bad that the author leaves these two mysteries open. I hope that he expands on both stories some time in the future and possibly continue Paul's search for his two women.
  • The Bad, The Good and Two Fly Fishing Women, and a Life-Changing Day on a River on March 03, 2013
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    A story of two women and how a day on the river helped them to come to grips with what life had thrown at them and in their own ways they learned how to go on and face the rest of their lives. There is a spirituality in a river that if one slows down and lets it overcome all of their daily cares, it will soothe and comfort a person. That is what the grandmother knew and was on the river alone to achieve, and her granddaughter in her search for her found that comfort and was able to overcome any doubts that had been bothering her and she learned that becoming “famous” (in the eyes of the world) was not all that it was cracked up to be. With fly fishing you must become observant and alert to what is going on around you and on the river. That is the lesson that the young girl learns. Sometimes we must pass up those holes that we want to fish to achieve our goals. A very interesting a good read.