No pictures, no past and yet his dreams were left on the shelf. A book, a toy, a framed quote and a plaster bust symbolized the places Sam’s father wanted to see and things he wanted to do. But that was all that remained of the man who sacrificed everything for his son. The rest of Robert Archer’s life was a mystery, deleted from the pages of time, and when he died unexpectedly Sam was left with the bitter regret of not having done more to learn the truth. Things change with the discovery of a hidden yearbook, a list of names and a government document. Sam’s interest in his father’s life becomes a surreptitious tale that ignites a passion to know what happened to him and why his secret could not be shared. He embarks on a quest for ‘his story’, one with the promise of closure but also the threat of learning more than he should know. The trail leads to Gus, a WWII veteran whose cryptic ramblings suggest a horrific plan to end the war in Europe, and to his daughter Karen, who is torn between helping Sam and protecting her father. Together they learn the dark secret behind the Dream Shelf, the high cost of integrity and the lessons a father left behind for his son.
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I am a tale-spinner. My childhood heroes were Jules Verne and Victor Appleton II, architects of fantastic adventures. Hemingway stepped in when I discovered that the trials and triumphs of real people - those with limited physical and financial resources - are even more intriguing than science fiction. Today I follow that example with my characters. They are the 'you and me' of the world, ordinary people facing extraordinary circumstances, beaten down perhaps and yet determined to succeed. Invariably they find adventure, romance and self-fulfillment, as should we all. My current novels include Cab’s Lantern, Afterlight, The Dream Shelf and The Girl Who Watched Over Dreams. When not absorbed in the pages of some new author or hammering away at my latest manuscript I can be found living and running in Stowe, VT.
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Book Description Cabern Publishing, 2016. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 1st edition. 216 pages. 8.00x5.00x0.49 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk0989542130