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5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating and thought-provoking read!

"Fleeing and starting over are not things easily done, and makes "An Empty Sky" a fascinating and thought-provoking read."
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"Brisk dialogue and plotting as the story of Kevin Kepler, his daughter Virginia, and a rich cast of characters unfolds."   A Goodreads Review

About the Author

Frank Drury is the author of AN EMPTY SKY, published in 2010. Midwest Book Review called it "a fascinating and thought provoking read". He spent the early years of his career as a struggling screenwriter in California before moving to the East Coast and finding success in the high risk world of futures trading, which is where he gained the inspiration for AN EMPTY SKY. He currently lives in Highlands Ranch, Colorado with his wife and daughters and continues to write fiction. A DREAM AWAY is his latest novel. His books are available through Kindle, Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, Booksamillion.com, Powell's Books, Tattered Cover, and Boulder Bookstore. They may also be purchased through your local independent book store. You may contact the author at frankdrury@gmail.com
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449974902
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449974909
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,918,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Red Rock Bookworm TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 3, 2011
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When I began reading An Empty Sky, I was truly intrigued with the premise of a story built on a foundation of greed and revenge. We have the man, Cecil Clemenzi, a young commodities trader whose promising future is supposedly destroyed in one trade and who blames his misfortune on another trader named Kevin Kepler. I say supposedly, because Cecil has rebounded and is not exactly living in a ghetto waiting for his next welfare check to arrive. He is relatively comfortable, which makes his ability to hold a grudge for more than a decade come across as rather immature and childish, and the nature of his revenge against his "enemy" can only be described as over-kill. (sort of like using an AK-47 to eliminate a mosquito that is annoying you.)

Rather than recount the entire story for you let me just outline some of its pros and cons. First, although the story initially draws the reader in, it fails to captivate and hold your interest. While some chapters are compelling and really flow, other portions of the story are choppy and distracting because they are interrupted by scenes which literally have no significance and are not integral to the forward momentum of the tale. For example, Cecil's sexual encounter at the motel seems to have just been inserted just for its prurient value and not because of any viable purpose in advancing the storyline, as were the comments relating to our protagonist moving back to the D.C. area and making visits to the nation's capital to show his support for the President and his policies. (While these feelings may be relevant to the author, they are certainly out of character for the protagonist who up until that point had been only interested in revenge and survival, not politics.
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Vengeance only inspires more vengeance. "An Empty Sky" tells the story of neurotic trader Cecil Clemenzi as he digs his own hole of paranoia when he has a rival trader's daughter killed and soon finds himself on the opposite end of the revenge game. Fleeing and starting over are not things easily done, and makes "An Empty Sky" a fascinating and thought-provoking read.
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This book must have been self-published or published by a vanity press. No self-respecting publisher would want it on their list. The plot is completely unrealistic; the characters are vapid and all the same; chunks of religious garbage are inserted for no apparent reason; in short, there is nothing to like about it. Plus it is full of misspelled words. Don't waste your time on this.
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I was intrigued by the idea of revenge. I was very disappointed with the characters who had no personality. The protagonist was melba toast in color and flavor. There was no redeeming value to the book. Some of the language was just off... I was bored but I finished it anyway.
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A fast paced, well plotted book, An Empty Sky, that keeps your turning pages. Well developed characters - some you love, others you're glad don't live next door. A splendid offering from a new author. James Patterson, watch out. I'm looking forward to Mr. Drury's next novel.
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I read AN EMPTY SKY when it first came out in 2010 and loved it. I recently told my sister-in-law about it and she looked it up on Amazon and said it had just received two very bad reviews, complaining of misspelled words and a weak plot, even though all of the previous reviews had been very good reviews. Anyway, she read the book and really loved it. She said that although she is not an English teacher, she didn't notice any misspelled words. I also just read Mr. Drury's latest novel, A DREAM AWAY, and truly enjoyed it as well. I am definitely looking forward to his next book.
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The title proves prescient in "An Empty Sky" as the characters move past the initial storm-induced drama to a place where they seek clarity but often find emptiness instead. Author Frank Drury moves along the action with brisk dialogue and plotting as the story of Kevin Kepler, his daughter Virginia, and a rich cast of characters unfolds. I look forward to seeing more from Frank Drury.
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