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Product Details

  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (March 17, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1491872845
  • ISBN-13: 978-1491872840
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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About the Author

"Of Welsh and Irish descent, T. J. Shannon was influenced in his early years by the multicultural French- and English- speaking people of eastern Canada. Born in Toronto, the son of a Canadian naval officer, he immigrated to the United States in the 1950s and experienced the cultural and social turmoil of the ’60s. Educated in both countries, he received his MBA from a Mid-western university and was the president of several major corporations in the United States and the Cayman Islands. As a witness to the emotionally charged issues of the ’60s, he saw firsthand the impact of corporate abuse and unreasoned government control. From virtually every corner of society, there was a universal sense of injustice, spawning the Black Panthers; the Weathermen Underground; and the counterculture movement articulated by free love, squalid communes, and drugs. Mass demonstrations against the war and civil disobedience, born of the civil rights movement, were the order of the day. The imprint of these events left a generation scarred, struggling to find a way back into society. Many didn’t make it, falling victim to their circumstances. Visited with early professional success in the aerospace industry, the author’s affair with a beautiful assistant resulted in divorce and tragedy. Estranged from his family, the next few years were spent drifting in and out of relationships, looking for comfort in pool halls and drinking establishments. Shannon battled on, finding work in the auto industry and never looking back. Having embraced both success and failure, Shannon’s life has been based on determination and perseverance. His principle character, Jack Bishop, relentlessly seeks a better place, but bad choices and circumstances he eventually can’t control dictate his ultimate failure. In the end, Shannon rose through the ranks dedicated to the welfare of the people around him. Recognized by the governor of the state that he and his family reside in, T. J. Shannon has been privileged to bring the ’60s to life as he saw it. This book reflects the gravity of unintended consequences and the cumulative effect of the choices we make."

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Format: Hardcover
A focused narrative, a well realized '60s setting, and enough intrigue to keep you rooted to your seat. Jack Bishop (protagonist) is a tortured soul, mired in the shadow of a past he desperately wishes to leave behind. As I read on, I found that the motivations behind nearly all of the actions in the novel were not only very human, but also very comfortably inhabiting a vast moral gray area. This, I thought, made for a great read with more than its share of memorable scenes of heartbreak and personal triumph for Jack. Where the book shines though is it's portrayal of the day to day life of a man so troubled. The grind of life is given an appropriate gravity by the author which further highlights many of Bishop's flaws while simultaneously spurring him fluidly to action. I very much enjoyed The Darkness Behind Me. A story of corporate espionage on the surface, any reader would find much, much more underneath. As the tangled conspiracy unwinds, so too do the various parts and pieces of the character Jack Bishop and he completely steals the show.
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Format: Hardcover
Setting is in Detroit during the 60's and takes the reader on a roller coaster ride of an adventure following business man, Jack Bishop, through a tumultuous time in our history. Easy read with lots of twists and turns to keep you turning the pages.
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