David L. Bradley left the blue-collar world in his mid-forties to enroll in college and indulge his love for digging into the past. Nowadays, when not making documentary films about the American South or teaching kids how to make movies, he writes novels and screenplays set against her history. He lives in Atlanta with his wife, his two children, a dog, a cat, and a hundred squirrels. His hobbies are studiously avoiding hobbies and collecting wrinkles. He speaks fluent Southern, and he is a honors graduate of Vacation Bible School, having attended from 1966 until 1971.
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5,0 su 5 stelleExcellent History/Mystery that has potential to be a blockbuster
18 novembre 2016 - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
This is a book that I would characterize as a “History/Mystery” which is a type of fiction that is appreciated by and popular with many. Bradley does an excellent job weaving real history into a fictional plot and the action and characters are great. The only aspect of the book that seems a little tedious (as history/mysteries can occasionally be) is all the detail about how surveying is accomplished. Readers should feel no guilt if they glaze past some of these details – and yet the information about how surveying is accomplished is critical to the story line so don’t skip all of it -- it actually is pretty interesting and informative. Just sometimes there is a bit too much of it. Aside from that, the history and the story line follows logically with exceptional detail in a good way. What makes this piece of fiction special is the character development. All the characters are strong, both good and evil characters and they strike the reader as authentic. There are many surprising twists to the plot. Also, I must offer a disclaimer: I know the author personally although it has been some years ago since we were acquainted and just recently I have discovered his writings. This book should be in every Georgia public library! Highly recommended.
It is 4:13 a.m. as I write this review. I have just finished The Dead Hand of Sweeney County after having read all day and most of the night. Dead Hand is the story of a man who must uncover century old secrets to protect a land trust from those who would steal it from the rightful heirs...whoever that might be. Murder, ghosts, family secrets...it sounds as if this should be a gothic novel, but it isn't. Written from a distinctly masculine point of view, it includes details about surveying that would also interest those in the field. I enjoyed the characters, both the living and the dead. SPOILER:. he should lose girlfriend if there is a sequel. Trust me.
4,0 su 5 stelleHard to categorize, but good on several levels
7 marzo 2013 - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
First, I need to thank David for the copy he was kind enough to let me read for review purposes. It is always a pleasure to meet a new author and check out talent. Fortunately (or unfortunately) this is a book that doesn’t readily fit into any single category. It has romance, true love, ghosts, history, rich ruthless scum and lost heirs, also, a pretty good primer on how to do surveying. Ok, while that part was very thorough I did kind of skim over the surveying sections (hopefully there won’t be a test later!). Some knowledge of the mechanics of surveying was needed for the story to be completed, but maybe not that much. The story does start out a little slow, but this is definitely worth the time in order to have the pleasure of meeting Addison, Victoria, Elizabeth, Steve and the rest of the crew. We have a ghost that wants to “Help the Boy” and a greedy family that wants to destroy a good family’s legacy. Unfortunately, we also find out that there were a lot of evil deeds tied up around the good that people do throughout history. This tale does read like real life, unfortunately even when the good guys win, what we really want might not be what we get. Sometimes in the pursuit of what you truly want, you end up finding out that the person you truly love does not feel the same way about you. So, even though the family legacy was saved and the bad guys ended up in jail, the typical ride off into the sunset happy ending didn’t happen. Some people were hurt that didn’t deserve to be hurt, but many people were helped, including “the boy”.
5,0 su 5 stelleMemorable Story ~ Excellent Writing ~ Thoroughly Enjoyable Read
18 settembre 2014 - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
The Dead Hand of Sweeney County is an excellent novel with an engaging story I won't soon forget. Addison Kane is a character so memorable he will stay with me for a long while. The best and the worst of the south is revealed in a story that immerses the reader in the authenticity of a small town southern reality that remained deeply divided along racial lines long after the civil war, the courageous people who led the way to crossing those lines with hope and dignity and the small minded people who resisted the cultural evolution in the south. Sharp storytelling brings characters to life beautifully and leaves the reader pondering the mysteries presented with unpredictable twists that keeps us guessing. Mr. Bradley's wit and humor make for great dialogue and a thoroughly enjoyable read. I found myself pacing my reading allowing only a chapter a day as to let the mystery simmer and savor the story, until at last so engrossed that I stayed awake hours past my bedtime because I just couldn't put down the book till the end. Keep writing Mr. Bradley. I look forward to reading your collected works one day.
5,0 su 5 stelleDon't start this book if you have an early wake-up!
7 gennaio 2013 - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Because you will find it hard to lay it aside for the night. I finished it in one evening, I couldn't bear to wait to find out what happens next and how it all works out.
The characters are realistic and appealing, especially the narrator, a surveyor who gets caught up in far more than he expects. Their flaws and decisions make sense.
The setting rings true as well. As someone bred and born in the rural South, within a hundred miles of all my kin, going back to the 1700's, I tend to cringe at fiction set in the South.
This time, I found myself nodding in agreement. Mr Bradley seems to understand the history, mind-sets, and character traits of the area, past, present, positive and negative.
I can't say too much about the plot without giving away some of the fun. Yes, there is a paranormal element, and yes, there is a romantic element. Both are used in fresh ways and are integral but not central to the plot. The mystery is the plot driver, and the mystery is what kept me reading till the single digit hours, because I had to know what happened to these people before I could sleep.
Bravo, Mr Bradley! I look forward to reading more of your writing.
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