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Paperback: 386 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 4, 2014)
“Would you be willing to destroy David to get the children back? An accusation can work wonders.” “At this point I’d be willing to do or say anything. But what if he fights it and they realize the accusations aren’t true? Couldn’t I get into trouble?” “That’s the beauty of it. No one’s going to come back and investigate whether you lied. The court dockets are too full for that. What’ve you got to lose?” So begins the chain of events that turns a single dad’s idyllic home into an agony of solitude. Shattered by the accusation, David must fight shame and dejection to win his children back as his life crumbles around him. Based in part on the author’s personal experiences, the novel reminds us that unselfish love between parent and child is a treasure worth fighting for. James Crawford is also the author of Mariner Valley, Seed of Aldebaran, and books in other genres. He lives in Charleston, SC and can be reached at AuthorJamesCrawford@gmail.com. “…never tedious or self-indulgent… may ring true for many readers.” – Kirkus Reviews “… a timeless story made fresh and new… ” – D. Donovan, eBook Reviewer, Midwest Book Review “… a very fine novel! Highly recommended.” – Grady Harp, Author WAR SONGS, Art Historian for PoetsArtists, Art of Man, Vitruvian Lens
About the Author
James Crawford started writing at the age of 11 after reading the novel 'Jaws.' He writes, "I was greatly impressed with its emotional power. I started my own book, but novel writing requires more discipline than I possessed at 11 years old!” He wrote sporadically over the next 15 years or so until he saw the movie ‘The Abyss’ in 1989. “Again I was impressed by the emotional strength of the film and it rekindled in me the desire to write.” This time he stuck with it and wrote 'The Kraken,' a modern '20,000 Leagues' story, completing the 1st draft in 1992. He pushed on with Seed of Aldebaran, a futuristic story of a killer virus loose on a remote space station. As the books were still not up to professional standards, he skipped the publishing route and completed his next novel 'Mariner Valley,' a story of a police manhunt on Mars, in 1996. "By that time I had become a single dad and the pressures of that important task pushed the writing to one side." By 2000 he was remarried and decided to try his luck with on-demand publishing, releasing 'Mariner Valley' in 2001. “During this period I took time out from novels to focus on family, home, and work concerns. I only had time to write poetry and short stories, but it was good discipline. I started writing sci-fi again in 2006. By that time the Amazon and Kindle phenomenon were in full swing and I wanted to take advantage of it.” One of his books in another genre became a great success, selling thousands online. He revised 'Mariner Valley' and released it in 2012. “A better novel by far,” he writes. James knew he could make a successful career out of writing his sci-fi adventure novels, but there was one novel he wanted to write while he still had his day job. “I wanted to write 'A Noble Paradise' while still living the life of an industrial mechanic in a paper mill, while the sights and sounds and frustrations were still fresh to me. As for recreating the setting and emotions of my single dad years, I turned to my daily journal, which I have been keeping faithfully since 1995. There I documented all of the events as they happened, as well as the thoughts and emotions I experienced. Fortunately, my writing ability has progressed to the point where it could successfully tackle such a sensitive and difficult topic.” 'A Noble Paradise' is scheduled for release in early December of 2014. “I’m grateful to Amazon and Kindle for the opportunity!” He can be reached at AuthorJamesCrawford@gmail.com
James Crawford. A great parent. Fight for the family. Perfect book. A larger paperback, but well worth the read!