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Caribbean Moon (Manny Williams Series Book 1) Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 375 KB
  • Print Length: 347 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615706770
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Murcer Press; Updated Edition 9-26-12 edition (August 7, 2014)
  • Publication Date: August 7, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004U2UPOK
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I live in Michigan and graduated from Michigan State University. I've been married longer than my wife likes to admit, and have two grown children, Josh and Elizabeth, and four beautiful grandchildren. Molly, Charlie, Josie, and Lily!

I lost my blind black Lab, Max, fifteen months ago. He a was great friend who also served as my "writing" dog. He pushed me hard to get to the writing room each morning so he could snore on his rug while I did all the work. I still miss him but we've added Braxton and Beaux over the last year, a chocolate lab and boxer/Lab mix who we rescued, and they're getting it, sort of. Not bad for 18 month old pups.

I'm an older writer. I started about twelve years ago and got the first story I wrote, Herb's Home Run, published in Writer's Journal. I've been hooked since then.

I lost my real job six years ago and after 600 resumes with no luck, decided I was going to make it as a writer, and here I am. Caribbean Moon was a labor of love, and writing it taught me more about myself than I cared to know. (My wife thinks I should keep my mind a secret!)But it also taught me to expect more of myself and I do.

I finished the second book in this series, Deceitful Moon, a couple of months later and have completed eight in the series, Emerald Moon, Caribbean Rain, Carolina Rain, Vegas Rain, Caribbean Fire, and Miami Fire, just released, plus five short stories, another first in a series, Drop Dead Perfect, and an epic Fantasy called Seer, also just released.

I was also fortunate enough to participate in an anthology with six other mystery writers, The Killing Sands. I'm currently working on Perfect Sinners, the sequel to Drop Dead Perfect. Manny Blue and Black Max, a short story honoring Old Max and taking place when Manny was a rookie, is now available.


I've not made it yet to where I believe God is taking us, but we're on that road, and I want to be a living example that with hard work and God's blessing, you can do anything. I want to encourage you to go for that special thing you've been dying to try...one never knows!

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157 of 172 people found the following review helpful By Michael Phelps on May 10, 2011
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CARIBBEAN MOON by RICK MURCER introduces Detective Manny Williams & his wife Louise, his partner, Sophie Lee (an Asian-American), her husband Randy, Chief Gavin Crosby, his wife Stella, their son Mike (a Rookie Cop) and his bride Lexy. The District Attorney Liz Casnnovsky & her husband Lynn, CSI Alex Downs & his wife Barbara. All are members of the Lansing Police Department (as in Lansing, Michigan), except Liz, the DA and her stockbroker husband, Lynn. They are acommpaning Mike & Lexy Crosby on their Honeymoon cruise aboard the Carosel's OCEAN DUCHESS to San Juan, Puerto Rico and the caribbean islands.

While docked in San Juan, a grizzly murder is committed in a San Juan hotel, which brings in Detective Christina Perez of the San Juan Police Department and FBI Special Agents Corner & Tucker. Soon, another murder occurs on board the Ocean Duchess and the MO is strikingly similar to a case the Lansing Detectives had worked and solved, with the killer in prison. Doesn't take long for the Lansing cops to be fully engaged with Chief of Security Richardson, a retired NYPD Detective with an alcohol problem, and Captain Vicente Serafini, the Ship's Captain. As you read this carefully plotted novel you are gripped in suspense as you scroll down your Kindle. The scenes are masterfully and vividly laid out, you feel the Caribbean brerezes, smell the coconuts, the rich Pina Coladas and Cuba Libres. You get to know the characters indepth, and you like them. Then Robert Peppercorn appears as he is released from prison. You learn first-hand from him that he is now Eli Jenkins. He next appears in San Juan, and you learn he is a passenger on the Ocean Duchess . . . with a score to settle with the Lansing cops.
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164 of 183 people found the following review helpful By David Miller on October 13, 2011
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I got a lot of laughs out of this book.

Unfortunately, the author did not intend it as a comedy. WARNING: Anyone who cares about the English language should NOT read this book. You will retch. I'll give you some examples a bit later in this review.

Aside from the obvious butchery of our language, it is equally obvious this author didn't bother to get a competent editor to look at this work. Why do I say this? The characters aren't credible, the plot just doesn't work, the author tries so hard to be clever and "creative" with words that he winds up sounding like a seventh grader attempting to emulate one of the greats, and give me a break... the bad guy gets away at the end? There is no satisfactory conclusion to the book.

Perhaps the author is attempting to lure the gullible into purchasing future books, which I see he has written. I can only hope that he's learned from his mistakes.

Okay, here are some of the examples I promised, some of the absolutely wretched writing inflicted on us readers. Note: what follows is a mere sampling of the comedic blunders with which this book is riddled. If you see a misspelling, please assume (sic) immediately following.

"There was a mutual, cosmic tear that her and her intended soul mate needed to mend."

"'This is going to be one hell of a vacation,' he clenched. 'At least for me.'"

[character name]... "let out a soughed breath and left this world, windpipe crushed like a twig in a vice."

"The words [on the paper] reached out and grabbed him by the front of his uniform."

"She purged a full belly laugh."

"...after he had wrangled into the black tux..."

"Mixed emotions strolled into his mind like they owned the place.
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62 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Kobie James on November 3, 2011
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When I buy free or cheap novels from Amazon, I really don't have high expectations. I will also read almost anything, under the assumption that there will be at least some redeeming value in each book.
However this book has the rare honor of being so annoyingly written I only made it half way through. The grammar is terrible; perhaps English is the second language for the author? For example, "It appeared someone had mistaken her suitcase with a trampoline." bring the reader to a grating halt.
Also, if you removed the word "like" from this book it would be half as long. Someone must have told Rick that the way to liven up his prose is through similes, and almost every sentence has one. For example, "His heart rate quickened as his anticipation strutted like a wild Arabian stallion." Really?
This is the first review I have ever written. I would recommend taking your $3 and buying a nice latte instead of this book. I appreciate and admire start-up authors, but please at least have a friend run through it for a quick edit to make it readable.
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58 of 63 people found the following review helpful By P. Johnson on August 10, 2011
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While I was interested enough in the storyline to finish the book, the author packed so much simile into every other sentence that it was difficult for me to read without continually rolling my eyes. The constant use of simile was in no way subtle and detracted from the flow of the writing. ("The details of the murder stormed his senses. He tried to shove them away, but they hung in there like a door-to-door environmental activist.") Also, the "witty banter" between the main characters was sometimes overdone and off-track, and I wanted to get back to the story. I love murder mysteries, but this was not my favorite. Probably worth the $0.99 price I suppose.
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