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The Big Bend (Terry Rankin Book 1) Kindle Edition
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In 1981, he moved to Israel, married, and raised four children while working as a furniture maker, silversmith, goldsmith, and ornamental wood turner. He served in the Israel Defense Forces Reserves for sixteen years, and when not on active duty he worked in government and private security.
He has also served in senior management positions in two software development companies in Israel.
During his time in Israel, Mr. Showalter published articles dealing with international terror and the Israel-Arab conflict in the Jerusalem Post, Israel national News and several political science web sites.
Mr. Showalter returned to the United States in the fall of 2003, to care for an elderly parent. He published his first novel, "The Big Bend", in the fall of 2008. His second novel, "Hog Valley", was published in September of 2010. "Twisted Key", his third novel, was released in September of 2011, and "Lonesome Cove", his fourth, in April of 2012.
Mr. Showalter has also released a collection of published essays and articles written for newspapers and on-line political science journals during the many years he lived in the Middle East.
He currently resides in Dunnellon, Florida, where he has recently published "A Primer on Roses", a book on the planting and pruning of Roses based on his years as a professional gardener.
Mr. Showalter will soon begin writing the fifth novel in his Terry Rankin series.
Top Customer Reviews
I was captured by the down-home, personal-narrative style done in such a way that gave me the feeling of being intimately involved in the life of the main character, Terry Rankin.
With many movies and TV shows I'm able to second-guess the writer and figure out what the next move or event in the narrative will be. When I'm able to do that I loose interest quickly. However, in the case of The Big Bend Showalter's writing led me, the reader, down paths where I could not fathom the next step or predict the next move by the characters, and that made this book very hard to put down.
Realistic events are a significant part of this book. Showalter has given attention to little details in the narrative to the point where they are believable and can satisfy one with a critical attitude. Many times in novels and TV shows there are parts of the story line or details that would not be plausible in real life but Showalter has avoided that pitfall and is able to incorporate complete realism in his story line.
The Big Bend is simply a good thriller and who-done-it and the cycles of tension and relaxation are well arranged so that the reader is drawn into the narrative without being overwhelmed by too much action and high drama.
Then there are the interpersonal relationships that are an important part of this book that give meaning and reason for the characters behaving as they do. The relationships among the characters are a vital part of this novel and they make the backbone of the narrative.Read more ›
The story was half decent, albeit extremely violent and not incredibly believable. The author did grab the reader from the very beginning and it was very hard to put down, but the excessive violence was getting tiresome by the end.
Gave up at 60% and dumped it in the waste bin. If you are hung on everything about boating this might be the book for you, but way too much wasted pages otherwise to keep an average Joe like me interested.
Sadly it was so unrealistic I couldn't finish it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Was quite interesting to read the author's descriptions of several places in Florida that I have been! Recommend to FloridiansPublished 22 days ago by Eva Doan
Interesting action story interweaving an appreciation of Florida environment with a crime story on land and in the Gulf. Read morePublished 1 month ago by JoMul
Having grown up in Miami FL, and now recently returned to an area just S of Tampa Bay it was fun reading about areas I have known my whole live. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Terri Marcus
I really enjoyed this book. A little different than I am used to. I think I will look for more of Mr. Showalter's books.Published 1 month ago by cbred57
Gary Showalter brings us a winner in character Terry Rankin, whose luck seems to go from bad to worse in whether he's on land or at sea. Great story from a master craftsman.Published 4 months ago by Sandra Thompson
This was a thoroughly enjoyable book and I'm about to purchase the next in the series which should show how very much I enjoyed it... Read morePublished 5 months ago by C. Kirk
I enjoyed this book. Easy to read (don't get wound up over minor slips!) and it lead you along nicely with teases and alternatives to consider.
Am also enjoying sequel.
I was totally engaged in this book! It kept my interest throughout. I really enjoyed the entire book and look forward to more books by this authorPublished 6 months ago by Patricia carrier
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