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In retrospect, it seems fitting  there was a dark, turbulent storm in progress, the day I went into the used book store, in Ann Arbor, Michigan (yes there are still such things in this digital, e-book world).  I had just finished the second draft of my novel,  “Bridges – a Tale of Niagara” and was feeling pretty pleased with myself and was ready to send it into the meat grinder of agent queries.

Oh – how foolish we mortals are!

Luckily for me, after I’d found the book I was seeking in the musty book store, it was still pouring and thundering outside, so I decided to kill some time rummaging through a bin of yellowed, smelly paperbacks, while waiting for the storm to subside. Digging around, I wasn’t too impressed with the cast-off fodder in the bin when, to my amazement,  I found a book from Stephen King that I had never heard of before. How could this be? A Stephen King novel I didn’t know about? And so old it was in the ‘Bargain Basement’ bin of discarded paperbacks? I was shocked – how did I miss this?

The book was titled:  “On Writing – A Memoir Of The Craft”.

What’s this? A horror story about a writer gone over to the dark side? Hmmm, “Craft” , huh? Must be about some writer who gets involved with witchcraft. Must also really be bad for me not to have heard of it, I thought.

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City of Dreams

Author: William Martin

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, from both the aspect of storytelling and writing style.

Martin’ s taken a page of American history many of us know about (the American Revolution), focusing on a tiny slice of it most of us know nothing about. When one thinks of the fascinating history of the American Revolution, and all the tragic and triumphant colorful events surrounding it, the last thing that comes to mind is the use of war bonds to provision George Washington’s army. In a setting alive with the details and minutia of early America, he brings events out of the history books into the real world with the development of characters who think, breathe and act like people we can identify with. We follow the ancient mystery of the paper notes through 200 years of evolving society while also unraveling the modern mystery Peter Fallon is confronted with in the midst of a global financial crisis. His research and background material about the City of New York, its design, layout and evolution gives the book great credibility coupled with insight and a sense of discovery. His characters bring a dead subject alive with details. Especially enjoyable was the manner in which he tied the story together from the Revolutionary era into the present day.

Very well done. I give it 5 stars and highly recommend it.

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