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Publisher: BQB Publishing (June 25, 2013)
Tour Date: June 24th-July 19th
Available in: eBook, 398 pages
Few residents in the small, secluded mountain town of Winston, Colorado, have kind words to say about Sean Coleman. He's a bully, a drunk, and a crime-show-addicted, armchair detective with an overactive imagination. After a night of poor judgment, Sean finds himself the sole witness to the unusual suicide of a mysterious stranger.
With the body whisked away in the chilling rapids of a raging river, no one believes Sean's account. Tormented over the doubts and mockery of the people of Winston, Sean embarks on a far-reaching crusade that takes him across the country in search of the dead man's identity and personal vindication. At the end, he hopes to find redemption and the truth-but sometimes the truth is better left unknown. There are times when the truth invites evil. There are times when the truth can get you killed.
"Some writers are thoughtful. Some have style. John Daly has both. When I read his work, it's time well spent." - Bernard Goldberg, New York Times bestselling author of 'Bias'.
About the Author:
A lifelong Coloradoan, John Daly graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in business administration and computer information systems. He spent the next fifteen years developing accounting software and Internet-based workflow collaboration solutions.
With a thirst for creative expression that went beyond the logic and absolutes of computer programming, John developed an interest in writing. His early work included newspaper editorials and film and television reviews for entertainment websites. He later became drawn toward more substantive commentary on world events. He currently writes political, cultural, and media analysis columns for the website of Bernard Goldberg, former CBSNews journalist and The New York Times bestselling author.
John felt compelled to take his writing to the next level after watching a television interview with former NFL football player, Tim Green. Inspired by Green's career transition from a professional athlete to an accomplished author, John found the motivation to begin work on his first novel, From a Dead Sleep.
From a Dead Sleep is the story of a profoundly flawed man who witnesses a tragic event that no one else believes, and that man's quest for the truth and redemption. The mystery novel unfolds in the dense mountain ranges of Colorado where John has spent much time camping, hiking, and enjoying the outdoors.
John lives in Greeley, Colorado, with his wife and two children.
You can visit John's website at johndalybooks.com or fromadeadsleep.com
Initially this book was somewhat difficult to follow as it jumps back and forth between two people who apparently have no connection, although later you see how they connect. Additionally Sean is sort of the antithesis of a hero; he’s just not a likeable guy and nowhere is this more emphasized than in his disgust or ignoring of the disabled child who (for some strange reason) idolizes him. However, you later see that while Sean is coarse and rough, he is, in a strange way, kind to the child. He never is outwardly cruel anyway. While Sean grows on you, he is a strange one.
The jumping around gives you everyone’s perspective (and they are generally told in bulk clumps which helps). I didn’t like the book when I first started reading it, but before I was 1/3 of the way through I was totally hooked. It is not a style of writing I generally would choose to read, but it was a fun change.
The story is written like a cross between “The Sopranos” and an old black and white detective movie (but with much better dialogue). I will definitely add this author to my keep in mind for my TBR list.
I give this book 3.5 out of 5 clouds.
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