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Bobby's Trace [Kindle Edition]

Edward C. Patterson
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Book Description

Do ghosts mourn the living? Perry Chaplin is in mourning for his life partner, Bobby - a time of stress, notwithstanding. The more he drifts, the more he becomes unhinged until he's one room short of a rubber one. "Get a grip, Perry." So he takes his chances on a blind date, which further plunges him along the nightmare highway. He gets an unsought lesson in life-after-death that turns his bereavement into a horrific adventure. Come peek through Perry Chaplin's mysterious window. See what there is to see. Enter Our Lady of Perpetual Grace, where the holy water boils and the confessionals whisper. What lurks in the rectory's attic? What lies beneath the surface of life and death? What comes in Bobby's - in Bobby's trace? Do ghosts mourn the living? Perry Chaplin knows. Will you?

REVISED and EXPANDED for 2010

Review from Rainbow Reviews:

"Perry suffers unending grief at the untimely loss of his lover, who isn't quite as gone away as Perry believes.

Bobby's gone: bright, sparkly, creative, lovable, never-miss-a-trick Bobby, and Perry, Bobby's survivor, cannot cope. He's not sure whether the odd experiences he's encountering, which constantly remind him of his loss, are positive or negative. He just knows the grieving won't end.

Some experiences aren't accountable for by the natural laws of physics, and while those around Perry scoff and attribute them to troublemakers, deep down Perry knows better. His beloved is still reaching out to him in love. However, the living seem able to still anger the dead, and a deceased spirit can wreak job havoc for a computer programmer. Poor Perry: trapped between the unyielding, unforgiving rock of grief and the hard place of exorcism of a spirit whom he loved in life.

A subtle and wry humor never detracts from the intensity of the characterizations, which rather unfold like the peeling of an onion to reveal unexpected layers and depths. The characters belong in the category of "more here than meets the eye at first" and indeed, so does this story, which left me happy I had chosen to read it. I was also left with a quote that quite blew my mind and provoked thought:

"The fiction is never gone when you're in the closet." What an encouragement to do as Socrates recommended and be true to ourselves!"


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About the Author

Edward C. Patterson has been writing novels, short fiction, poetry and drama his entire life, always seeking the emotional core of any story he tells. With his eighth novel, The Jade Owl, he combines an imaginative touch with his life long devotion to China and its history. He has earned an MA in Chinese History from Brooklyn College with further post graduate work at Columbia University. A native of Brooklyn, NY, he has spent four decades as a soldier in the corporate world gaining insight into the human condition. He won the 1999 New Jersey Minority Achievement Award for his work in corporate diversity. Blending world travel experiences with a passion for story telling, his adventures continue as he works to permeate his reader's souls from an indelible wellspring.

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  • File Size: 377 KB
  • Print Length: 120 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace; 1 edition (February 19, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00150Z5HC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,644 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive May 30, 2008
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Mr. Patterson has mastered the challenge of bringing his characters to life. I had no difficulty visualizing the characters and events, which allows the reader to forget they are reading a book, and immersed myself fully in the story. I was a tad disappointed that it was so short, and I believe the author could easily write a prequel and/or a sequel; however, the brevity in no way hinders what the story is meant to convey.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Book's a Keeper! August 19, 2008
Format:Kindle Edition
Once again Patterson proves to be a master when it comes to bringing out the emotional side of the characters, the subject matter, and the overall feel of the story.

Perry is emotionally distraught over the passing of his beloved Bobby. Bobby is still 'present' and is reaching out to communicate with Perry. Perry makes an attempt to get on with his life and goes on his first date since the funeral. Bobby tags along...and there is no putting this book down until the last page is reached.

Patterson has a way of including the reader in every thought, emotion and experience the characters have. At times it was hard to determine which emotion had priority, laugh hysterically or cry uncontrollably. When I finished the book, I was tempted to re-read it just to experience it all over again. This was a great book, a joy to read, and one I'll want to visit again.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars M. Night Shyamalan Beware May 30, 2008
Format:Kindle Edition
Grief is a terribly destructive thing.
Grieving while being haunted by your dead lover... who won't let you get laid, or even date... well that's just no fun.
Bobby's Trace is a hauntingly beautiful exposition of one man's failing sanity in the face of prolonged grief. Touching and terribly heart wrenching.
Added to the mix is a mysterious ghostly twist... I don't want to give the plot away... making this trip through pain a psychologically straining thriller that M Night Shyamalan would be proud of.
Re-read it twice to more fully appreciate the subtleties.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sigh... November 24, 2009
Format:Kindle Edition
It took me about an hour and a half to read this book. And while that may not seem like a long time, I could have spent it vacuuming my car instead.

The underline story is a good one. A man loses his love and struggles with moving on and whether he was right in doing so. But the author could not leave well enough alone! Nope. He decided to add the supernatural. Not only did it read fake and out of context, but it wasn't even well explored. All of a sudden it's thrown at you and none of the characters react to it, unless you call crying for two minutes a reaction. I love reading about the supernatural but everything has its place. AND THIS WAS NOT IT! Not even the priest in the story was overly concerned with lights flickering on and off and the temperature dipping more than 20 degrees in less than a minute. There was just no tie-in between the two stories.

But let's move on and talk about grammar and spelling. Now I am not naive. Spelling issues appear in every book as no one can catch everything. But seriously, the errors that appear in this book a second grader can identify! This is an example of an author who would prefer to say he has self-published many books rather that say he has self published 2 or 3 excellent ones. He is the reason indie authors can't get respect.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm sleeping with the lights on! August 20, 2008
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Perry Chaplin is a computer programmer mourning the recent death of his partner, the incomparable Bobby. When inexplicable events start occurring all around him, Perry begins to wonder if he may have lost his marbles when he lost his lover.

The fast-paced and unique storyline of "Bobby's Trace" held my interest right from its angst-ridden opening chapter until the fascinating conclusion. There were so many plot twists in this book, which thankfully weren't telegraphed miles in advance. On the contrary, when the curve-balls revealed themselves they came as a real punch to the gut!

The story is told from the points-of-view of three characters: Perry Chaplin, Father Paul (a Catholic priest), and the elusive Marlin Fisk. Although the titular Bobby is supposedly dead, his presence is felt in more ways than one!

"Bobby's Trace" is a combination of ghost-story, love-story and mystery novel, held together with the author's trademark black humour. At times bizarre and terrifying yet also beautifully uplifting, Edward C Patterson has crafted a literary jewel.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Do you love ghost stories? here's one for ya! May 1, 2009
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Perry Chaplin is in mourning and has been for a long time. He can't seem to get it together after his life partner, Bobby, passed on. Perry's job is at risk, as well as his own sanity. Things began to happen - unexplainable things - messages from beyond, pencils floating in air, strange notes on his computer.
Trying to move on, Perry goes on a date. Big mistake. Now the ghost of his lost love includes Marlin Fisk in his hauntings.
Bobby's Trace is a very well-written ghost story about love lost whose touch reaches beyond the grave. His jealousy is about to explode into the real world and place Perry's existence in desperate peril!
Good job, Mr. Patterson!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A look at love from both sides December 6, 2008
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Perry Chaplin is a programmer who is having a hard time. His life partner, Bobby, has passed from AIDS, as anyone who loved someone who's passed, it hurts the living to see them go.
But, author Edward C. Patterson has written what if those crossed over mourn the loved ones left behind in the world of the living?
Friends decide it's time for Perry to join the living instead of hurting from Bobby's death and sets him up with someone. As Perry finally goes on a 'blind date', Bobby's presence starts to be seen. Bobby's not too happy that Perry is getting back to his lifestyle and he's starting to make himself known.
Bobby's Trace or presence certainly is a force in this book. It also deals with church policy and the human heart, as well as the metaphysical aspect.
Mr. Patterson writes with fluid elegance. You can put any person in the situation Perry's in, and Bobby too, male or female, and the premise still is a strong one.
A sensitive read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love romance with a paranormal twist, this one's for you
I read this book in one sitting, I couldn't put it down. It is a novel twist on love. Perry has survived the death of his lover, Bobby. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Susan M. Reaves
5.0 out of 5 stars A TERIFFIC GHOST STORY
IF you don't believe in Ghosts and have never read a 'Ghost Story' - then you definitely NEED to READ this masterpiece of a Ghost Story written by the prolific Author, EDWARD C. Read more
Published on August 12, 2010 by J. D. Michael Phelps
3.0 out of 5 stars It Was Just Okay
Sorry, but I can't agree with most of the reviews of this book. I thought it was just okay. And I wasn't surprised by the ending at all. Don't get me wrong, though. Read more
Published on December 7, 2009 by RA
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 3/4 Stars
Plot/Storyline: 4.5 Stars

The story was awesome. The twist ending made for a gripping finale that made you want to flip back and reread passages. Read more
Published on July 21, 2009 by Lynn McNamee
5.0 out of 5 stars A finely written exploration of grief
A beautifully drawn exploration of a young man's grief at the loss of his partner and his eventual resumption of life. Read more
Published on July 6, 2009 by Sandy Nathan
4.0 out of 5 stars Mourning from the other side
Bobby's Trace is an enjoyable, fairly short story about Perry - a programmer who recently lost his partner & is struggling deeply with grief. Read more
Published on June 22, 2009 by Danielle
4.0 out of 5 stars A Haunting Love Story
After losing his life partner to AIDS, Perry Chaplin struggles to move on. Work provides little solace; hiding his lifestyle from his unsupportive boss had always been stressful... Read more
Published on February 17, 2009 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars You got me!
This is a great story about "Perry" who's just lost his lover to illness. He's deep in mourning when his dead lover's ghost begins to haunt him. Read more
Published on August 23, 2008 by Pam P
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More About the Author

Edward C. Patterson has been writing novels, short fiction, poetry and drama his entire life, always seeking the emotional core of any story he tells. With his eighth novel, The Jade Owl, he combines an imaginative touch with his life long devotion to China and its history. He has earned an MA in Chinese History from Brooklyn College with further postgraduate work at Columbia University. A native of Brooklyn, NY, he has spent four decades as a soldier in the corporate world gaining insight into the human condition. He won the 2000 New Jersey Minority Achievement Award for his work in corporate diversity. Blending world travel experiences with a passion for story telling, his adventures continue as he works to permeate his reader's souls from an indelible wellspring.

His novel No Irish Need Apply was named Book of the Month for June 2009 by Booz Allen Hamilton's Diversity Reading Organization. His Novel The Jade Owl was a finalist for The 2009 Rainbow Awards.

Published Novels by Edward C. Patterson include No Irish Need Apply, Bobby's Trace, Cutting the Cheese, Surviving an American Gulag, Turning Idolater, Look Away Silence, Oh, Dainty Triolet, The Road to Grafenwöhr, The Jade Owl (Jade Owl Legacy Series Book I), The Third Peregrination (Jade Owl Legacy Series Book II), The Dragon's Pool (Jade Owl Legacy Series Book III), The People's Treasure (Jade Owl Legacy Series Book IV), In the Shadow of Her Hem (Jade Owl Legacy Series Book V), the Southern Swallow Series (Book I - The Academician, Book II - The Nan Tu, Book III - Swan Cloud, Book IV - The House of Green Waters), and The Farn Trilogy (Book I - Belmundus).

Coming soon: The Southern Swallow Series (Book V -- Vagrants Hollow), The Farn Trilogy (Book II - Boots of Montjoy and Book III - The Adumbration of Zin), and Green Folly.

Look also for Dearest Flower of My Heart -- Mail Call from Two Generations, Plum Flower Journey and The Sapphire Astonishment - A Nick Firestone Mystery.

Poetry books available are The Closet Clandestine: a queer steps out and Come, Wewoka & Diary of Medicine Flower. Pacific Crimson -- Forget Me Not

Also - Non-fiction: Are You Still Submitting Your Work to a Traditional Publisher? and A Reader's Guide to Author's Jargon and Other Ravings from the Blogosphere.

Edward C. Patterson is the proud founder of Operation eBook Drop, a member of Kboards, The Gay & lesbian Writers and Readers Group. He is a Veteran, US Army 1966-68. He has guest blogged extensively and has appeared on the Bobby Ozuna - Soul of Humanity Show.

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