Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Book Review: The Baron of Clayhill by John W. Huffman

Publishers Weekly review of The Baron of Clayhill:

Set in 1967 East Texas, this novel mixes a soupcon of the supernatural in with the mundane. Twenty-year old Paul Henry is released from the Army physically healed from the wounds he suffered in Viet Nam, but still suffering from deep psychic wounds and a radically changed outlook. Having gone through the classic lost-his-girl-to-his-best-friend scenario, estranged from family and friends and not knowing what he's going to do with the rest of his life, Paul decides to visit the grave of his father, John Allison Henry, a man he never knew, who supposedly committed suicide on the day his son was born. Paul's impulsive decision to find out more about his father sets him on a journey among strangers in a strange land, where he will find happiness and horror, love and hate, the power of determined effort, and the force of capricious fate. The author does an excellent job of keeping you enthralled, making you hope all will be well, yet causing you to fear that all will come crashing down. Like a skilled poker player, this story keeps its cards close to its vest until all the bets are in, the hand is called, and boom! - the cards are laid on the table for all to see. After the emotions stirred up by the showdown abate, one thought is left - wow! Deal another hand!
A 2010 Finalist in the Popular Fiction category of the National Indie Excellence Book Awards.

Available at Amazon in Print and Kindle

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