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Reichold Street (Reichold Street Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Ronald L. Herron
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Book Description

Albert Parker is the new kid in the neighborhood. He brings with him the emotional scars of parental loss and all the aggressive attitude a dysfunctional and abusive step-father can create.

His struggle to fit in, and the stories of the people around him as he tries, create a powerful story about friendship, love and loss. Set in a working-class American neighborhood in the turbulent 1960s Vietnam era, REICHOLD STREET deals with some tough issues: alcoholism, bullying, family dysfunction, criminal activity, suicide, murder and the horrors of wartime Vietnam. It takes you all the way from their first introductions to the searing tragedy, yet remarkable redemption of war.

Masterfully written in the manner of J.D. Salinger (Catcher in the Rye), William Golding (Lord of the Flies) and Stephen King (The Body), the 2012 Readers Favorite Gold Medal Winner REICHOLD STREET, by R.L. Herron, comes to life as an intriguing coming-of-age story. The neighborhood where young boys routinely play baseball in the street becomes a place where they discover the sometimes violent realities of life. Kirkus Reviews called it "Skillfully written and emotionally charged."

Editorial Reviews


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.

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.

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

...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)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007OZGXU0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #844,455 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thoughtful and thought provoking novel. 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
4.0 out of 5 stars A new perspective..... 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Reichold Street 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic and Entertaining 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Can't put it down. 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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3.0 out of 5 stars A Review of Reichold Street by R. L. Herron March 24, 2014
[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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More About the Author

Ron Herron's earliest known paternal ancestor emigrated from what is now Northern Ireland and landed in the (then) colony of Virginia in 1635, more than 140 years before the United States existed. Three hundred and thirteen years later, Ron was born in central Tennessee.

His parents brought him north, and he grew up in Michigan, earned a BA from Monteith College at Wayne State University and an MBA from Michigan State. He has 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, The Association of Independent Publishers (US), Michigan Writers, the Alliance of Independent Authors (UK), and The American Academy of Poets, Ron has written multiple works of fiction.

His debut young adult novel, REICHOLD STREET, won a 2012 Readers Favorite Gold Medal and was favorably reviewed by Kirkus Reviews. He followed that with a 2013 Readers Favorite Silver Medal in the fantasy genre for his story collection, ZEBULON. In 2014 his novel ONE WAY STREET, a sequel to his first book and the second book of a planned trilogy, debuted to 5-Star reviews. All of Ron's books are available in print or digital form on Amazon.

You're invited to visit his web site, BROKEN GLASS:; or his blog: PAINTING WITH LIGHT:; or like his Book of Face page at:; or you can follow his shorter musings on The Twitter @ronherron.

The father of three grown sons, he still lives and writes in Michigan with his lovely wife, an ugly mortgage and one exceedingly large cat.


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