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"5 out of 5!"..."packed with many surprises"..."The character opens himself up for the reader to feel his grief and anguish"..."keeps the reader intrigued". --BittenByBooks.com --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Bruce A. Sarte Bruce lives in Suburban Philadelphia with his wife and three children. In addition to writing, he enjoys baseball, playing guitar, reading, church, cooking and being a dad. Bruce grew up at the Jersey Shore and graduated from Admiral Farragut Academy in Pine Beach, NJ where he first fell in love with reading and writing under the guidance of Jeff Cain and Verne Romefelt. From those early influences Bruce was introduced to and fell in love with Shakespeare, Marlow, Henry James and Nathaniel Hawthorne.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 187 pages
  • Publisher: Bucks County Publishing; 1st edition (September 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606950207
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606950203
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,929,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bruce lives just outside of Philadelphia with his wife and four children. In addition to writing, he enjoys baseball, playing guitar, reading, church, cooking and being a dad.

Bruce grew up at the Jersey Shore (the picture is at Point Pleasant Beach, where Sands of Time is set) and graduated from Admiral Farragut Academy in Pine Beach, NJ where he first became enthralled with reading and writing. From his early influences Bruce was introduced to and fell in love with Shakespeare, Marlow, Henry James and Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Bruce has published the vampire thriller Sands of Time, the paranormal murder mystery Towering Pines Volume One: Room 509, the heart-warming story of how God selected The Star of Christmas, has a story in the horror anthology Bump in the Night 2010 and 2011 -- plus the Kindle only offerings -- the historical mystery of Sweet Nessie, the story of the undead performing at the Walnut Theater The Show Must Go On, and the top selling short-story Best Friends Forever about two friends who have been kidnapped by a secretive cult.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Break of Day on March 10, 2012
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I started out enjoying this book; it held my attention completely and is quite well-written. However, I was disturbed by the extremely graphic sex scene right in the middle of it; it was incongruent with the seemingly Christian theme running throughout. I really was taken aback and believe the whole book would have been much more enjoyable without that scene.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Beesler on November 7, 2013
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I remember when I first got this book that there was something regarding vampires in it. Some time passed before I actually sat down to read this story. When I did read, I kept thinking to myself, wasn't there supposed to be vampires in this tale? I read the first 60% of this book without finding a trace of any vampires, although Author Bruce Sarte may have cleverly hidden them from me to where I should have noticed them, but didn't.

If there is any excuse at all as to why I missed those clues, it is because Sands of Time doesn't start out like a lot of the vampire stories I've come across as of late. In fact, the fact that roughly the first half of the book didn't seem to have anything paranormal about it came across as a wonderful reprieve for me. Here I found myself immersed in what felt like a mystery story, right up to that 61% mark. I enjoyed reading about the main character, Sam Shepard. At times, Sam seemed like one of the most human characters I've followed through any story. He isn't ashamed of his flaws, but he has definite redemption value here. And the author has certainly put a unique spin on the vampire trope.

If you're looking for a vampire read that instantly brings the bloodsuckers to the forefront of the story, you may find yourself wanting in the first half of this book. Author Sarte builds the story and mystery in layers, taking the time to make this reader care about the protagonist. And I do. I hope there are more Sam Shepard stories out there, because I feel there is so much story to be told here.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By James V. Arcoleo on November 25, 2010
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great read! It's really something special to be able to get a glimpse into someone's life the way we did while reading about Sam S. Even though it's fiction, somehow I was able to identify with the characters that the author created. The twists and turns were totally random and unexpected at times, but tied up nicely ... 5 stars, you will definitely enjoy and recommend to your reading club. James Vincent
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By BigAl on July 9, 2011
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Three acts are typical of a play, and many novels can be broken down into a three act structure. Evaluated this way, "Sands of Time" is three acts, each a different genre.

The first act, which sets up the remainder, is contemporary fiction. While there are hints of several directions in which the story could go, this first part is mostly getting to know Sam Shepard. We learn Shepard is a successful business owner haunted by the death of his wife and children, struggling with alcohol and faith; not just religious, but also faith in himself.

Act two reads like a mystery with a hint of romance as Shepard finds clues indicating not all is as it seemed. Act three introduces a mostly unexpected paranormal element and could be classified as a paranormal thriller.

I've read books like this before and they'll often feel like they take a change of direction that makes no sense. As a reader, I'll feel like the author is cheating by setting up expectations in my mind and then not meeting them. I didn't feel this way with "Sands of Time." In principle, I like the idea of genre mixing, but it can be hard to pull off. Satre manages this feat by giving hints in prior sections of what is coming. He also smoothly segues from one section to the other. Both of these make what could have seemed like sudden changes feel like a logical story flow. Last, Satre pulls the threads together from all three parts, accomplishing a surprise ending that is satisfying in all respects.

**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K.Wee on August 30, 2009
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Great book, I enjoyed it! Kept my interest all the way through. The main character, Sam, a B&B owner, loses his family in a tragic accident, and finds clues which guided him to the truth.

I couldn't put the book down; well done!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By michele tater on May 12, 2011
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Book Title: Sands of Time
Author: Bruce A. Sarte
Publisher: Bucks County Publishing
ISBN: 9780982981634
Reviewed By Michele Tater for The Couch Tater Review

The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us, and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone. ~George Eliot

After the death of his wife and two kids, Sam Shepard's cure for his depression is Mr. Daniels, as in Jack Daniels, the golden liquor of choice. He gets through his days in a drunken blur until he starts to experience scary and eerie happens. Having to face the fact the he is either hearing and seeing things because of the drinking or there is something going on that he needs to look into further. The book gives an heartbreaking account of a man walk down the path of destruction after tragic has struck. Although he has people around him that want to help him, he turns them down and choose to drown his sorrows in drink. With the slight of chance, that circumstances may change, Sam is given something that he never let go completely; a glimmer of hope.

Written in an unique style which may cause the reader to think that the book is full of mistakes in the placements of paragraphs. I found that maybe the author did this to break up the sentences in just a way to give them emphasizes and a slight psychological pause. Geared for both the male and female population, however for adults only, because of a certain description of a personal in nature event. Without any clues of what may happen next in the book, the reader is complied to read the book to the end. Well worth the putting the housework and/or the garage cleaning on hold to finish this read.
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