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Gunrunner Moon [Kindle Edition]

Ed Ditto
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Smugglers like it dark for what they do.

The Cosgrove family has just settled into a beach cottage for a nice vacation. Sunny days, starry nights; peace and quiet.

But when an abandoned sailboat washes ashore in a storm, Matt and Stephanie Cosgrove get pressed into the Coast Guard’s search for its missing owner—Rick Wagner, an eccentric museum curator on the run from a local loan shark.

Wagner swears it’s not about the money. His strange story and stranger offer launch Matt and Stephanie into a desperate race for a Confederate smuggler’s lost secret…in the dark of a gunrunner moon.

About the Author:

Ed Ditto’s unconventional writing style has consistently won praise for its playfulness and unpredictability, which prompted one reviewer to write “More twists than a nest of garter snakes!” As a long-time freelance journalist and fiction writer, Ed brings a mix of street smarts, good humor, and dramatic irony to his work.

Ed has written for over a dozen local and national newspapers and magazines, and he was honored to write the first novel ever published by the American Quilters Society. He studied thriller writing with Christopher Keane, a screenwriter whose novel “The Hunter” was the basis for Steve McQueen’s last movie. Ditto has recently been selected to teach literary deconstruction at the John C. Campbell folk school in North Carolina.


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What do diamonds, a sunken Civil War smuggler's ship, a mysterious missing captain's log books, and homeschooled teenagers have in common? A great story, that's what!
--Michelle Pierce, HomeschoolLiterature.com

About the Author

Ed Ditto is a homeschooling father who lives and works in Appalachian Tennessee. Join him at EdDitto.com.

Product Details

  • File Size: 542 KB
  • Print Length: 252 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005H3VSJM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,096,894 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent action-adventure for kids or adults August 21, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Disclosure: I got a free, no-review-required, copy of this book after responding to the author's offer on the Amazon Meet Our Authors forum. I bought my own copy when I was 15% through - and while I've got a Kindle-ful of freebies, I don't buy many books, much less books I already own.

The product description has a decent synopsis of the plot, so I won't bother rehashing.

I didn't anticipate liking this book for myself; the MOA offer mentioned The Hardy Boys, which I loved as a teen, and found better remembered than reread as an adult. But I'm always looking for books appropriate for a precocious eight-year-old. It's hard to find books that are appropriate both in reading level and content for a kid whose reading ability outstrips her emotional maturity. When I was 20% through this book, I told her to close up her Percy Jackson and read this instead. (She filed it away into the "Mom said I should read this" category, instead, but that's her loss.)

I was pleasantly surprised to find that Gunrunner Moon is both appropriate for her and hugely enjoyable for me. The action pulled me in from the very first page, and never let go. I particularly loved the kids, who were by turns childishly naive, truly intelligent, and too smart for their own good. The characters were well-rounded, and the dialogue rang true. The book isn't a comedy, but I found myself laughing more than once, at a particularly enjoyable turn of phrase or plot twist. There are some places where I found my suspension of disbelief a little strained, but it was more "How did I get all the way up here, and why is there no net?" than "No, I don't think I can go there.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Book for all Ages August 25, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
As I was reading the discussion forums one day looking for my next great read, I came across Ed Ditto's offer of a copy of his book Gunrunner Moon. I really enjoy reading authors that I am unfamiliar with and this book seems like it would be interesting.

The editorial reviews referred to this story as being for Young Adults so I was curious as to how it was written. The story was a catcher from the beginning, interesting kids that are precocious and very intelligent who become involved in a lot of exciting and action filled adventures. Just good clean fun which is so refreshing given some of the books and movies that are out today. It was very nice to see that a talented author doesn't need to include vulgarity and gore to write a good story.

Mr. Ditto has gives us a lot of twists and turns which keep the story going and keep the reader involved. There is a lot going on in this book and the plot keeps you guessing as to who is the bad guy. This book offers a lot to not just younger readers but readers of all ages.....I am a senior and I really enjoyed it.

Thank you very much for sharing a copy of this book with me and I am looking forward to the sequel. Write Faster!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gunrunner Moon August 23, 2011
Format:Paperback
Since I am a homeschooled student, and desire to write a book of my own, a family friend handed me copies of Gunrunner Moon and it's companion Lessons in Novel Writing. Lessons in Novel Writing is a great tool in helping me to understand the whole process in which it to takes to write a novel. Gunrunner Moon stars two homeschooled children in which they try to uncover a mystery. It is great to have books that aim at homeschooling. I enjoyed Ed Ditto's novel. Ed does an excellent job in capturing the action in his novel. I look forward to reading any other books he writes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gunrunner Moon December 16, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
As a teacher, I am always looking for books that would be of interest to my students. Gunrunner Moon is an excellent choice for pre-teen/teen kids who want a book filled with a lot of action and adventure. The precocious Cosgrove characters are both curious and intelligent, a good combination that leads to great and risky adventures. The story is very well written and the adventures the Cosgrove kids found themselves in had me turning pages until the very end. There were so many twists and turns in the story line that I was kept guessing as to who the real villains were.

Because I am also a parent, as a teacher, I will always take a conservative approach when recommending books to students. Just because a book is on the appropriate reading level for a child, does not mean the content is appropriate. I am happy to say that Gunrunner Moon is cleanly written with no vulgar language or sexual situations that would make the book inappropriate for children. While there is mild violence involved, the details are conveyed in such a way to leave out all the gory details. The Cosgrove children find themselves in situations which are potentially dangerous, but always manage escape harm. The brother/sister combination of likeable characters makes this book an equally good recommendation for both pre-teen/teen boys and girls.

This is a great book, and not just for teenagers. I also enjoyed reading this book, as an adult, and will gladly be reading more books from this talented author.

Review written by Gwendolin Schwartz, 2012
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
I loved this book. I like adventure books so I enjoyed this one. Especially Part 2 of it. READ IT!!!!!!
Published 3 months ago by Joe
5.0 out of 5 stars yo
We liked the book I can relate my dad's dad was a son of a son of a son of a sailors son.....
Published 8 months ago by Carl Childers
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Written Action/Adventure
A quality YA novel perfect for young readers who are looking for a good adventure with an interesting mystery. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Steve R. Yeager
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
I loved this book! It was a great read and is not just for the younger crowd. I would definitely recommend this book to others!
Published on January 2, 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Amazing!!
Every chapter had me practically shrieking in suspense. This captivating story was incredibly well written and and an extremely enjoyable read. Read more
Published on September 25, 2011 by Lucy Skyvola
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Read - Hoping for Gunrunner Sequels
Gunrunner Moon is a must get of the year. What a surprise for me, when I was looking for an engaging and adventure packed read for our pre-teen. Read more
Published on September 1, 2011 by Lisa N. Jacobi
5.0 out of 5 stars A keeper for adults of all ages
I really liked this book and hope the author is planning more stories with this spunky homeschooling family. Read more
Published on September 1, 2011 by Parsons Family
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for teens.
What a fun mystery. I could hardly put it down. This book has more twists than a nest of garter snakes. Read more
Published on August 20, 2011 by Fiddleyak
4.0 out of 5 stars Homeschooling Family Adventures
I enjoyed this story of the adventures of a homeschool family along the East Coast. It was fast-paced and historically researched (always a plus to this reader! Read more
Published on March 6, 2011 by Amazon Customer
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More About the Author

Ed Ditto's unconventional writing has consistently won praise for its playfulness and unpredictability, which prompted one reviewer to say: "More twists than a nest of garter snakes!" As a long-time freelance journalist and fiction writer, Ed brings a mix of street smarts, good humor, and dramatic irony to his work.

His work has appeared in over a dozen local and national newspapers and magazines, and he was honored to write the first novel ever published by the American Quilters Society. He studied thriller writing with Christopher Keane, the screenwriter whose novel "The Hunter" was the basis for Steve McQueen's last movie, and he's recently been selected to teach literary deconstruction at the John C. Campbell folk school in North Carolina. His latest book is "Conquer The Cage," a collaboration with nationally-recognized mixed martial arts coach John Pinder.

Ditto's books are professionally-edited and family friendly.

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