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Product Details

  • Paperback: 436 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145375069X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453750698
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,146,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Although L. D. Rafey's educational background has focused on science, Microbiology and Clinical Medicine, he has been equally devoted to the subjects of history, mythology and art. Hailing from University City - St. Louis and Washington, D.C., L.D. Rafey currently writes poetry and children's fiction and practices Medicine in a rustic, equestrian region of Florida just North of the Emerald Coast.

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Full of life lessons offered as an amazing adventure.
Colonel Ingber
I felt as though I was reading an Alfred Hitchcock script, I knew something was going on immediately, something intriguing!...I could not put the book down!
Dianna
Character interaction is uniquely developed throughout the book.
Jeffrey S. Moses

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Beverly Appel on January 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
I was pleased to find Martin Truemartin so well-written and fascinating. Its plot is unpredictable and unusual, to say the least. There is truly magic of the best kind in the way love inspires Martin (who is True) to do amazing things, through a natural gift he wouldn't even have discovered had he not been so concerned about his friends' welfare. Although the actual magic in the book is pretty cool, the real "magic" to me is in how Martin always remains so uncritical and innocent, never using his special powers for his own benefit. This is a book for teenagers, adults, and to read to a younger child before bedtime, as it will inspire great dreams--asleep or awake! The writing is remarkably good, the kind that makes a book a classic. I seldom write reviews for books on Amazon, but it was surprising to find a book of this quality written by a new author who hasn't published other children's books, that I know of. It is appropriate for intelligent children and adults, probably 12 years and above. Thank you L.D. Rafey for coming up with a book which is especially stimulating for anyone with sensitivity and imagination, and the desire to read a book that holds your attention to the end!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jen on October 26, 2011
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Martin Truemartin, what a GREAT, GREAT book. I have a hard time reading things that does not keep me interested and this book is diffently one you will not put down. From the start of Martin's trip to understand his growing up and the things as an adolescent, he is going through. I work with the author as his nurse and was so blown away by how he really got into character of all the persons in the story. I could see myself being in the story and related to the way Martin was feeling. I was blown away by the ending. This book is most definetly one that every parent and grandparent should have and give. This will bring you back to how it was to grow up and have an imagination, which is something children (and adults) sometimes forgets..Christmas is coming and this would be a great gift..or read it yourself and get ready to take on an adventure that will leave you laughing and feeling good about who you are and what you do...I can not wait for the next adventure and the movie...Thanks Larry for giving us back our dreams...

Pam Brown, nurse for L D Rafey, author, physician, healer and friend
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jana on June 19, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I listened to the audio book and found it so delightful for all ages!! The narrator draws the lisstener into the story of what is possible and what can be for every one of us. It is just fun. The musical score truly lends itself to the storyline. If you are searching for "self", regardless of your age, please listen to or read the book -- I think the audio version allos the listener to use the mind's eye to see and feel the charactor's charm. ALL PARENTS TAKE NOTE AND PURCHASE THIS FOR YOUR CHILD. This one really left me with a smile as it will you and your children. I would love to see it as a movie!
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This book is a feast of language and plot. It's evident from the first pages that the author has a tremendous facility for description. Every scene is first approached visually, with the words conveying the essence of a realistic but imaginary world. Then, as action picks up in a scene, the language becomes more terse and energetic. This makes the book quite satisfying to read.

Character interaction is uniquely developed throughout the book. In many novels, even long ones, the characters come together and seem to bond instantly into their final relationship. In Martin Truemartin, the major characters meet, then go their own ways for some time, then meet again, then part, then are thrown together again by circumstances and undertake some shared activity that deepens their relationship. This is the way things happen in real life. Sometimes we may not see a new acquaintance for a week or a month, but eventually we come to be friends and spend most of our time together. I'm not sure if the author did this by design or unconsciously, but I have the sense that it's due to his natural storytelling ability.

There are many more positives that could be described about this book, but suffice it to say that Martin Truemartin always comes down to the author's love of language and the his successful achievement of a grand plot design. The language makes the book a delight to be read aloud (as to a child), and the characters and events as they develop are compelling and encourage the turning of the next page, and the reading of each new chapter.
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By Dianna on October 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
I am a single mom with very little time to do anything for myself. However, when I began reading this book, I was drawn in immediately. I felt as though I was reading an Alfred Hitchcock script, I knew something was going on immediately, something intriguing!...I could not put the book down!
A very special book, very descriptive, very exciting!
We need more books like this these days!
You must read it!
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More About the Author


There are few fantasy and science fiction authors I have not read at one time or another, however I feel I must give special mention to Frank Herbert (Dune) and Isaac Asimov (Foundation Trilogy), Douglas Adams (Hitchhiker's Guide), Robert Heinlein (Strangers In A Strange Land), Mervyn Peake (Tales of Gormenghast), Ursula Le Guin (Wizard of Earthsea). These rank among my favorites as well as do Tolkien, of course, and Charles Dickens, Arthur C. Clarke, C.S. Lewis, and Robert Jordan ((Wheel of Time series).

As a child, I could not get enough of Robert L. Stevenson or Lewis Carroll but let us not forget that among the very best fantasy and sci-fi authors were Shakespeare (A Midsummer Night's Dream), Franz Kafka (Metamorphosis) and, yes, Homer of the Iliad and the Odyssey! I personally demand depth of character as well as literary value in these fields of story telling. I currently am a fan of Gary Paulson. My all time favorite children's book is: Wind, Sand and Stars by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944). If I failed to mention a favorite of yours that does not mean I don't care for that one or other. There just isn't room in this limited e-space to enumerate them all. I could go on for volumes on the subject of films and TV as well, but this site is about books, after all.

There is something strangely addicting about these genres of fiction. Perhaps because they appeal to what ever it is within our minds (collective mind?) that connect us with that mysterious center of being that perpetuates the grand illusion, the paradox, and the imagination.

My mind, trained in the vagaries of science, informs me that our Sun is millions of miles away, while my eyes passively accept it as part of the earthly landscape. Its child, shadow, ever in search of its own voice, is still yet another configuration of light. Or, is that, too, a fiction? The more I know of this life, the more I doubt. We use science to attempt to penetrate the illusion, yet it persists, none the less.

Now and again my mind has tended to drift away to where the spokes of the turning world are most restless only to be pulled back (or perhaps to flee) toward the infinite silence at the center of it all.

Life for me has been one of an insatiable curiosity that refused to surrender with childhood. I was raised in University City - St. Louis, MO. but later resettled in Fairfax County, VA at Lake Barcroft near Washington, D.C... Throughout my childhood, I maintained duel interests in both the sciences and Literature. My activities included tennis, swimming, ice & roller skating and horseback riding. I attended J.E.B. Stuart High and then West Nottingham Academy (chartered 1744-Colora, MD). I studied Microbiology at The American University (Wash., D.C.), completed a consortium fellowship in Microbial Genetics at Georgetown University (Wash., D.C.), studied Clinical Science and Medicine at the Howard University Colleges of Arts & Sciences & of Medicine (founded 1868-Wash., D.C.). I completed my medical training at the old D.C. General Hospital (founded 1802) and spent a number of years living and working in the Middle East.

Aside from advocating for advancement in global & domestic Public Health Policy issues, my interests are rather eclectic and include evolutionary & environmental sciences, astronomy, magic, sketching, pen & ink drawing, painting, the cinema, music, history, mythology, gardening, Tai Chi, tennis, biking and hiking. I also am somewhat addicted to the study of mathematical group theory (I have always maintained a belief that symmetry, its presence and absence, is somehow central to the integral workings of the universe and to the encoding of genetic information).

I live in the woods and, although my immediate surroundings are awake with a seemingly endless assortment of animal life (and arrowheads!), I am a serious cat devotee and maintain a colony on my acreage north of the Emerald Coast in Florida. While my rural medical practice presently consumes a significant bite out of my time, I continue to write and to compose poetry (I have accumulated a rather healthy assortment of poems over the years but have chosen not to publish these as yet). I am a devout children's literacy and numeracy advocate and, despite my other obligations, I regularly put aside time to mentor for science fairs, tutoring and to conduct occasional science demos as well as writing a series of articles and hosting radio programs concerned with health matters. For those who would not be bored with some serious personal introspection concerning life's strange journey, please visit my webpage: martintruemartin.com (which includes an extensive books & authors interview page) and my personal blog "Where I'm Calling From" at rafeyknowswriting.blogspot.com

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