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 McAllen's writing is strong, and he does an excellent job of building scenes and settings and creating memorable characters, such as a widower who poignantly recalls his last days with his wife. Some of the 20 stories are more successful than others, but overall, it's a promising debut."   - Kirkus Indie Reviews

SPLIT ROCK ROAD is a collection that will easily evoke an emotional response from its readers. Sometimes that response will be uncomfortable, sometimes uplifting, but it will always be honest.  - IndieReader.com
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1481121367
  • ISBN-13: 978-1481121361
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,091,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James McAllen was born and raised in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn N.Y. After failing as a baseball player, rock singer, Shakespearean actor and masked superhero, he decided to try his hand at writing. His first screenplay, Three of a Kind, was a semi-finalist in the 2004 Project Greenlight contest. His first published collection of short stories, Split Rock Road, was named a winner of the 2014 Indiereader Discovery Award.

James can be contacted at JimMcAllen@Yahoo.com or JamesMcAllen.com.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Meg on March 16, 2013
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The author has a way of getting into the heart of his reader. The short stories are short but packed to the brim with the human element. There's a fragility to each character that is so real, it felt at times I was reading about parts of my own life. I like that its a book of short stories. For me, each story is to be read, chewed and digested before I moved on to the next. I definitely recommend it, it's a great read and I am looking forward to next book from this author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kobasky on May 9, 2013
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Once l got past the limp-wristed cover, l was nothing short of excited to devour the gritty contents so masterfully crafted by Mc Allen. For starters, a short story format is ideal considering our collective hectic adult schedules. The true bonus, of course, is the huge portion of brain candy that the author liberally supplies as the captive reader becomes a fly on the wall witnessing, in some cases, the underbelly of society.
McAllen's ability to transport the reader into the character's mind and soul is stupendously rendered, story after story. There wasn't a single offering in this book that disappointed. The mostly urban-based tales will appeal to city slickers and country folk alike, l believe. As a Brooklynite , l felt like l was walking beside the characters in some cases.
Hopefully in his next book McAllen will treat us to more of the morose, sans the faggy cover .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William on March 8, 2013
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A collection of interesting and entertaining short stories. A great choice for those that read on their commute, at the beach, or simply do not have the time to commit to a full length novel. Buy this book and you will not be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gary Johnson on April 9, 2013
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For lovers of the strange side of life, these short stories by James McAllen put the reader in a facinating world of the darker side of Brooklyn. A must read for all true New York people.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sue on March 24, 2013
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This is a great collection of short stories. Very interesting and unusual stories and well written. This would be a great gift for the avid reader in your life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TIMOTHY J. COCHRANE on March 23, 2013
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Entertaining read! Very thought provoking. It was easy to see myself in any number of the stories, which made it easy to become absorbed in the tales.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By nick on March 11, 2013
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caught my attention so much i couldnt put it down, id buy it a million times over . im recommending it to everyone
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