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Reichold Street (Reichold Street Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition

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FIVE STARS!
Reviewed by Lorraine Carey for Readers Favorite
Ronald L. Herron is a master of the art of character development. You can hear each voice clearly in this extremely moving account of a group who come-of-age during the turbulent 1960's. Some walk away with fame; a few never survive the haunting essence of this place.

FIVE STARS!
Reviewed by Anne B. for Readers Favorite
Ronald Herron's characters come to life...and march straight into the hearts of readers in this character-driven plot. Herron's style is fresh and enticing. It's easy to recommend this book.


FIVE STARS!
Reviewed by Jean Brickell for Readers Favorite
The boys of Reichold Street each have story to tell...
I was fascinated by this enthralling book. 

KIRKUS REVIEWS
...the characters are bold, the plot twists surprising, and the point - that we never fully know a person or his story - heartbreakingly clear. Skillfully written and emotionally charged.  

From the Back Cover

"Struggles in life, love and relationships have poignant touches that evoke empathy in Ron's easy narrative style...." 
       ~ Siobhan McKinney, Writer & Editor, Northern Ireland 
"A must read..."
       ~ Compulsion Reads 
"Don't let this one slip under the radar..."
       ~ TBR Book Reviews

Product Details

  • File Size: 435 KB
  • Print Length: 286 pages
  • Publisher: R. L. Herron (January 16, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 16, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007OZGXU0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,083,285 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Ron Herron's earliest known paternal ancestor emigrated from what is now Northern Ireland. He landed in the (then) colony of Virginia in 1635, more than 140 years before the United States even existed.

Three hundred and thirteen years later, Ron was born in central Tennessee. His parents brought him north as an infant and he grew up in Michigan, earning a BA from Wayne State University and an MBA from Michigan State. He once worked for some of the world's largest advertising agencies and enjoyed a career in public relations and marketing with an international Fortune 10 company.

A member of The National Writers Association, Michigan Writers, the Alliance of Independent Authors (UK), and The American Academy of Poets, Ron has written multiple works of poetry and fiction. His young-adult novel, REICHOLD STREET, favorably reviewed by Kirkus Reviews, was a 2012 Readers Favorite Gold Medal Winner.

He followed that success with a 2013 Readers Favorite Silver Medal for his fantasy short-story collection, ZEBULON. In 2014 his novel ONE WAY STREET, the second book of a planned trilogy, debuted to 5-Star reviews. The final book of the trilogy, STREET LIGHT, was published in June 2015, also debuting to a Readers Favorite 5-Star review.

All of Ron's books are available in print or digital form on Amazon.

You're invited to visit his web site, BROKEN GLASS: http://www.ronaldherron.com; or his blog: PAINTING WITH LIGHT: http://ronherron.wordpress.com/; or like his BOOK OF Face page at: http://www.facebook.com/rlherron; or you can follow his shorter musings on THE TWITTER @ronherron. He also has a page on PINTEREST: https://www.pinterest.com/rlh2663/

Although he admits hating the winters, Ron still lives and writes in Michigan with his lovely wife, an ugly mortgage and one exceedingly large cat.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Weekend Reader on April 20, 2012
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One of the reasons that I enjoyed `Reichold Street' was its unpredictability. I wasn't able to 'get ahead' of the writer and anticipate events, so it played out like reality, complete with all life's bumps and bruises. There was no fairy tale or `cookie cutter' ending. I suppose it doesn't hurt that I grew up in a very similar town and approximate time frame as the main character. Seeing some of the same events through a different pair of eyes was an interesting choice of narrative. I think the writing was skillful and absorbing, not overly sentimental, but with just the right touch of nostalgia. The conversational exchanges were both realistic and entertaining. I thoroughly enjoyed `Reichold Street' and would recommend it highly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary Vanhaaren on April 28, 2012
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This author tells us a story from a variety of perspectives. It helps us understand that life is about different perspectives and reminds us not to judge a situation because you can't know what's behind the scene. It's a story you can relate to with details that bring you down memory lane.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marge D. Kleiner on July 14, 2012
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A well written book that kept me interested from beginning to end. The characters were interesting and very diverse. A book that I will probably read again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shopaholic on July 10, 2012
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This was a very entertaining book. Mr. Herron's writing style reminds me a little of Stephen King's. It was interesting the way the story is written from every character's perspective and is a fast read. I enjoyed reading it and look forward to more from Ronald L. Herron.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rochelle R. Smith on July 3, 2012
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Reichold Street is not the traditional type of book for me. Much to my surprise, I loved it. The characters come alive. Within a couple of chapters I was already caring about what would happen to these young men. The writing style is captivating. I highly recommend Reichold Street.
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[Preface about my reviews: I do not write reviews that give away the story, telling you the premise of the book and possibly becoming a “spoiler alert.” I figure that if you want to know more about books these days, you can click on the various “Look Inside” features booksellers offer and read enough of it to get a feel for the writing. You can also go to the author’s website and see if they have a “Sneak Peek” section of the work. You can even read other reviews that reveal more. I also rate my books on two different scales. My Star-Rating Scale is posted below. The other is the rating system used in the movie industry (G, PG, PG-13, etc.). I feel this rating too is a much needed element in reviews today and helps the reader know “who” should be reading what when it comes to children and young adults.]

Reichold Street is written in a themed, anthology style. What does that mean? Like most anthologies which are compilations of separate stories centered on a common theme, the author states in the foreword that he used this anthology style and wrote several short stories revolving around a theme. Together, these stories form a “coming-of-age” novel about a man named Paul. His friends call him Paulie.

Told in first person from Paul’s perspective, it starts in August of 1962 in the mythical town of Brickdale, on Reichold Street, of course. From the beginning, another character emerges alongside Paul. His name is Albert Parker. The story is as much about Albert as it is about Paul. Their interactions—from high school when Albert’s family moves to Brickdale to their involvement in the Vietnam War—are chronicled in this short-story format, following the lives of these two young men.
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In 1962 Albert Parker moves with his family to Reichold Street in the working class town of Brickdale. Almost immediately the high school teen begins causing trouble. Albert is big, mean and always spoiling for a fight...at least that's the image that he seeks to project.

Told through the eyes of various characters, Reichold Street slowly unfolds the story of a young man struggling to survive in the home of a mentally-unbalanced and alcoholic step-father. Author Ronald L. Herron pulls off a unique literary trick by writing Reichold Street as an anthology. Each set of chapters is a standalone story told through the perspective of a different character living on Reichold Street. Together, these stories overlap and blend to add depth to the events that occur on Reichold Street and the characters who participate in them. Each set of stories expands Albert's character, showing us his many different sides: bully, protector, genius, patriot and hero.

Herron writes of a traumatic time with a sure hand. Most of his characters speak from the pages with strong, defined voices. The Vietnam War lingers in the background and then strikes toward the end of the book.

Overall, I was impressed with what Herron was trying to accomplish, though I'm not sure that he fully succeeded. The challenge of overlapping stories is that the reader must traverse many of the same events over and over again. This definitely affected the pace of the story, and at times my interest waned as I hit a familiar scene once again. Also, several characters seemed to race through their stories, barely pausing for breath before they handed over the baton.

Overall, however, Herron shows great promise as a writer, and I think Reichold Street foretells of great works to come.
(This book was provided to Compulsion Reads for review by the author.)
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