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The Singing Sand Story [Kindle Edition]

David Chattaway
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Book Description

How far would you go to save the ones you love?

After a devastating encounter forces the Nelson family to fight for its survival, each family member must decide what they are willing to do to make it out alive.

Part One - Singing Sand & Part Two - Quietus

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  • File Size: 2585 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00L6S0IOI
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent June 23, 2014
"The Singing Sand Story" by David Chattaway brings together "Singing Sands" and "Quietus" into one complete story.
The first part ("Singing Sands") is about Jamal, the adopted son of the Nelson family. With a scaring family background of his own and traumatic experiences from his times at an orphanage / half way house Jamal is by no means an easy character. Add to that the hate his step sister Mary has for him and you have the promising premise for a powerful read and that is long before the story really begins.
The entire Nelson family go on a camping trip together and soon they find themselves in a very unexpected yet life threatening situation that brings their strength as a unit to the test.
Interspersed with flashbacks to Jamal's past the narrative moves very fast and makes for a rather compelling page turner of a book. This is a well written action packed thriller with some great psychological insight in to the minds of the characters. It is also a great family story that defines the terms of family ties and human bonds, there is a thoughtful and pleasing message embedded in all of this. To quote from the book: Jamal has been dealt a very tough hand but he will not give up and not make anyone suffer. A great leading character, supported by several others. It is amazing how easily and yet thoroughly Chattaway has established his cast. This is very good.
"Quietus" (the second part of this book) catches up with the cast of Singing Sands several months after the big finale of book one. Chattaway shows with great empathy and psychological insight the wounds and damage that have been caused. This emotional aftermath builds well on the great care the author took in Singing Sands to give his characters a lot of substance, background and depth.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Novella Power August 5, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
For Singing Sand:

I think that it is safe to say that reading this book was a lot like getting a quick hard punch to the face. It leaves you breathless and gives you a sick thrill, you weren't aware that you were craving. I really liked this, I don't know what I was expecting when I started reading this but I'm glad I didn't see it coming.

The Singing Sand follows Jamal after his parents gruesome murder, he's now living with some old family friends that were long ago names his godparents. Now the family finds themselves on a yearly family trip deep in the woods without cell phones or any technology. No more then a few minutes into the trip a fight breaks about Jamal, leaving the family in chaos and the daughter running out into the woods towards the car. From there, there are gun shots, rape, and murder. Nothing brings you closer as a family then a trip to the woods.

There is so much intensity in this book, and it's amazing because the beginning makes you think that this book will be moderately normal, maybe show the hardships of our young main character, then some other predictable thing with a strong morale like love your family or you choose your family. Something simple and un-complex like that. The author would have none of that,and I'm glad he had none of that. I like this story much better then the expected one.

For Quietus:

Quietus is the part 2 to the novella Singing Sand, and I think I like this one better then the first. The writing is the same in both of the novels, all the same characters are used, but the plot line to this was better. Delicious twists and turns make this novella a real page turner.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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The Singing Sand Story is two stories blended together. One is about survival, the other about trust and forgiveness. Jamal is an orphan who moves in with a adoptive family. While he is accepted by the younger son, there is tension between Jamal and his new sister. Jamal is troubled by his parents murder, and his simmering anger at himself is a running theme in the book. He blames himself for not helping but standing by and allowing their deaths as well as a boyhoods friends beating murder as well. He is frozen with fear, blaming himself for allowing things to happen to people he loves. The family leaves for a remote vacation and things start to go wrong. The group is fractured over a racist remark, that leads them being terrorized by criminals who attack them. The Singing Sand Story is about how the survivors bond, finding courage to overcome the killers. Quietus takes over where the tragedy ends. The group is depressed, angry and blaming each other for the incident. More trouble appears on the horizon, providing an interesting finale with a twist, allowing the family to dig deep and find the peace and courage to forgive not only each other, but themselves as well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Great read June 30, 2014
By Chris
Format:Kindle Edition
Singing Sand and Quietus was impossible to put down!

I thoroughly enjoyed reading every second of this Two part novel. I love the pace, the humour and the suspense it offers. Chattaway has managed to capture my imagination and put me into the lives of Jamal and the Nelson family and made me care about each of the characters and truly engaged me in their lives.

This book progresses very quickly which makes it the page turner it is. The book revolves around the Nelson family and Jamal, a boy who has come to live with them and is trying to find his place in the family. Jamal comes with a ton of baggage from his past which you are slowly introduced to before being taken on a rollercoaster ride.

Where book One ends book Two picks right back up and completes the untold story of Jamal and the Nelson family.

I highly reccommend this book to all for a fast paced action packed thriller of a ride and one that wont let you down. Fantastic read and one of the best short stories I have read. I eagerly await more from this new Author.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Each episode in the 2 parts so far written involve different acts of...
The Singing Sand Story (#1-2) by David Chattaway starts an ongoing story of a young boy whose parents are murdered which leads him to a new family. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Deborah K. Johns
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Thrill Ride-Must Read!
"The Singing Sand Story" By David Chattaway is an action packed thrill ride that you won't want to put down once you start reading. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Gesq
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
Fantastic read! Action packed; very believable characters. Left me wanting more!
Published 9 months ago by Paula Whitley
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible read
Everyone should do themselves a favour and read The Singing Sand Story by David Chattaway. It is an incredible read from start to finish with many twists and turns along the way. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Chloe
5.0 out of 5 stars So good I want more!
I was fortunate enough to receive a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Read more
Published 9 months ago by BevW
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
"The Singing Sand Story" in one word amazing! Loved this book could not put it down. I had to keep reading as it kept me on the edge of my seat. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jason
5.0 out of 5 stars A capturing story
The Singing sand story compiles the ‘cant put down’ thriller Singing Sand with the emotive Quietus.
Woven with mysteries of the past, and the frightening realities of the... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Bridgette Scarff
5.0 out of 5 stars Singing Sand Story in ALL its Glory
Do yourself a favor and read this book. David Chattaway combines his first two pieces of released literature encapsulated in a beautifully showcased cover that is as much a... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jim Sloane
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David Chattaway was born in South Australia on April 8th 1986. His passion for writing started with short creative stories throughout his younger years, until eventually he commenced writing his first novel -Mal'akh- in early 2011. A passionate reader and lover of varying genres including fantasy, science fiction and crime thrillers. Singing Sand - David's first published work was released October 21st 2013.

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