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Length: 320 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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About the Author

Robert Crawford is a published poet and independent author who lives with his fiancee and surly cat in central Massachusetts.

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  • File Size: 1150 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: August 18, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00MUEK860
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,432,329 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I began writing with wooden blocks. I haven't stopped since. There are two types of writers. Those who like to write and those who need to. I'm in the latter category. Back in the summer of 2011, was banned for life from commenting, writing messages or reviews by Amazon after right wing concern trolls complained about permalinks to my product pages on forums they apparently think they own (and publicizing legitimate books is certainly not a TOS violation). Appeals to Customer Disservice result in boilerplate replies or snotty, arch letters informing me they have no intention of reinstating my posting "privileges." Thanks, Amazon, for supporting independent authors and your own customers.

The image thumbnail is the working cover of the next (undrafted) Joe Roman novel with the working title, BLOODLETTERS, which will take place in Canada.

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I enjoyed American Zen thoroughly. It triggered thousand-year-old memories of another lifetime when we were, if not completely innocent, young, clueless and fearless. And it reminded me of what I saw as a hospice volunteer: death is inconvenient. Having a terminal diagnosis is both definitive and weirdly vague. Friends and family struggle to "be there" for the loved one, but employers aren't fond of open-ended absences. "How long is this going to take?" isn't the right question, but life doesn't wind itself down and provide an interlude for final farewells and reconciliations. You'd think impending death would have more sway. In fiction and the movies, death is the denouement. Always timely. In life, rarely so.
American Zen, the movie, would have a great soundtrack. The Immortals play good stuff. And fueled by a potent mix of youthful invincibility and subversive defiance, they play like they've found the Escape Hatch, the Explanation, the Truth. Disillusionment, of course, arrives soon enough and we know its heartless calculus. Our young heroes are no match for the predators, let alone their own internal combustion. They clearly are a danger to themselves and each other. There's plenty of comedy served up with the tragedy here. No less when they manage, barely, to come together again some 30 years later, wounded survivors with enough stupid and crazy left in them to remember who they were and what they had, and eventually, enough wisdom to find reconciliation with what might have been.
In a time when the American Dream has been revealed as a setup, and even the young are seasoned cynics, Robert Crawford chronicles the relentless slide through each character's story. Letting Mike Flanagan, a journalist, narrate provides the social, political context of American Zen.
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WAY too whiny and complainy for my taste. Nobody in the book is even remotely likable, and the plot plods from one alleged plot point to the next without any terribly compelling reason for the reader not to abandon the journey in favor of something more rewarding. Reading requires effort, and if the effort isn't worth it, the reader will not continue down the path that the book sets for them. They will simply find another, more worthwhile journey. The author gasses on and on and on and on about politics, the passage of time, and stuff that really has nothing to do with whatever is supposed to be going on. The reader is bludgeoned with the angry politics of the author and THIS IS WHAT'S WRONG WITH UHMERICA. There's so much OMG RAGE BLARRGH. And when the author is NOT in WHITE HOT RAGE mode, he bores the reader to death with his moody musings of life. Frankly, there's nothing in the book that makes it worth the reader's time.
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I knew I wouldn't be disappointed, and I was right. I read a lot and have a huge pile of books next to my bed, but put Rob's book ahead of my list because of my respect for him as a blogger. I have loved his writing style for several years now, and when I heard he had not one, but two novels available, I was thrilled. The fact that the characters are basically our contemporaries made it even better. I was glued to it, and read it in two days, and my husband is reading it now (and he's barely half the reader I am). I highly, highly recommend this to everyone. One of the undiscovered gems in the publishing world. Read on!
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