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The Last Word [Kindle Edition]

Paul Combs
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Sal Terranova and Camden Templeton are cousins separated by upbringing, the Atlantic Ocean, and a common language. But fate, a run of bad luck, and a dead uncle have thrown them together, and together they must save the family bookstore from financial ruin, from its own insane employees, and probably from themselves. This is the story of what happens when The Sopranos meets Fawlty Towers...in a bookstore.


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About the Author

Paul Combs was born in Texas on the same day as Stonewall Jackson and Jack Nicklaus. Though not as famous (yet) as those two American giants, he can putt better than Stonewall and lead an infantry charge better than Nicklaus. His ultimate goal (besides being a roadie for the E Street Band) is to make reading, writing, and books in general as popular in Texas as high school football. It may take a while. "The Last Word" is his first novel.

Product Details

  • File Size: 797 KB
  • Print Length: 334 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0692235388
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: The Stratford Press; 1 edition (June 21, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00L75YLEI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,763 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming and Witty! July 6, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
What a delightful debut! In "The Last Word," an unlikely group of booksellers must partner together to revive a sleepy indie bookstore in Fort Worth, Texas. Among the group, there's a London executive, an ex-mobster (maybe) from Jersey, and a bunch of quirky native Texans. The novel is charming and witty, enjoyed best by the intelligent reader. There are so many references to classic and contemporary literary masterpieces throughout, you will actually feel like you're IN the bookstore with the gang, perusing the shelves while laughing your butt off. The humor that arises is spot-on, and the setting provides just enough old-world charm to make you want to settle in and read this book cover-to-cover before putting it down. Goes great with a cup of coffee!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Read it, liked it. The characters are funny and the dialogue is real. The setting for the story is geographically detailed and makes it interesting. I would read a follow-up book if there is one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars IF YOU LOVE BOOKS YOU WILL LOVE THE LAST WORD. September 17, 2014
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FABULOUS! An enchanting tale of two fish out of water trying to run a used book store in the age of Amazon and make it pay! The staff and customers are delightful people that you would want to know. The riffs on literature in this age of video everything are marvelous. i cannot praise this book enough. i borrowed it on kindle unlimited and then purchased it so i could have it ready to hand to read again and again. i praise it to one and all. i have high hopes that the author may come up with another book just half as entertaining and i will purchase it in a heartbeat.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Great characters, attention to detail and snappy dialogue populate this first-time author's book and make you hope for a sequel. The tale of disparate cousins, Camden and Sal, and their more-than-a-little dysfunctional Fort Worth bookstore charms with multiple literary and cinema references and a whole lot of humanity. This is an uplifting, fun and very touching read, one that prompts the reader to look for more wordplay from Mr. Combs. I loved it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining read. November 29, 2014
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If you love books, this one's for you. Perhaps not great literature, it is very entertaining if you're a book lover!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A MOST ENJOYABLE READ September 15, 2014
By nancy
Format:Paperback
This was a fun read full of interesting and, at times, comical characters. A pair of cousins (from different ends of the globe) inherit an old, dilapidated bookstore from a distance uncle. Both struggling, or should I say running, from obstacles and people in their past, they set out to see if they can make a go of this new business thrown in their laps. There is no great mystery to be solved in this book, no "gotcha" moments, no real villian or entrancing love story ... just an enjoyable story with employees you grow to love and appreciate, especially the old fart that everyone thinks is interested only in antiquated books. I love books about books and I enjoyed the creative characters and the motivation they had to share their love of books with others. It made me want to just go and sit in a bookstore for a while with a great book and a large cup of coffee. There is something about the solitude of a bookstore, much like a library, and this story created some real visuals on what a mid 1900's dusty, dark wood, not your "Barnes and Noble" bookstore must feel and look like. I will carry that image with me for some time.

I received this book free of charge for an honest review.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great new read July 6, 2014
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I had to stay awake half the night to keep reading. Great characters and fun view of downtown Ft. Worth. I look forward to Paul's next book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yum, a plum! December 19, 2014
By red pen
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Wonderful first endeavor. I enjoyed reading the book and all the titles cited in the book, with only a few I haven't read. I am going to make the effort to read those titles. Actually, this book is quite engaging. That was a long way of saying the book is total fun. Have you ever had the experience of enjoying words so much that they have a taste? Well, some books do that for me. This one tasted like a ripe plum, sweetly red! I have found that only the scriptures taste like a ripe pear, white and clean. Tasting like a plum is a five star endorsement from me to Mr. Combs. A special note to Mr. Combs...I want to see two books written by you in 2015. The bookstore in this first book must be featured in one of them. I'll wait.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
What an eclectic cast of delightful characters. Long a fan of anything "books about books" related....I picked this up for my Kindle. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Don Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars A little bit sacrosanct
Fun book with interesting characters who are kind to their friends and unkind to their staunch enemies. Lots of information that is kind of boring .
Published 2 days ago by celinda
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
As good as you want for a book about books! With humor and some spice of life thrown in for an interesting read, this was a good time spent to put a smile on your face.
Published 4 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A very good book; I really enjoyed reading it!
Published 13 days ago by Dr. Maggie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Was a page turner.
Published 13 days ago by Doris Montrose
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved "The Last Word"
An excellent book. Unusual theme and unusual characters, blended into an unusual story that holds the readers interest all the way. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Noel Venter
4.0 out of 5 stars As a "Book-Addict" I cannot always say nice things about new authors...
As a "Book-Addict" I cannot always say nice things about new authors that I try. However, this book proved to be an exception. The novel was excellent. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Bleh...
Tried to imitate Dunning but failed. Amateurish, poorly written, characters had possibilities but fell flat. Usually love books about bookstores so I was disappointed.
Published 3 months ago by knit chick
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Entertaining!
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read for all book lovers and librarians!
I said it all in the subject line. If you love reading books (especially real books on paper), you will love this book.
Published 3 months ago by S. E. Williams
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More About the Author

Paul Combs was born in Texas on the same day as Stonewall Jackson and Jack Nicklaus. Though not as famous (yet) as those two American giants, he can putt better than Stonewall and lead an infantry charge better than Nicklaus.

His ultimate goal (besides being a roadie for the E Street Band) is to make reading, writing, and books in general as popular in Texas as high school football. It may take a while.

"The Last Word" is his first novel.


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