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About the Author

Steven D. Bennett was born in Boston and has remained literary (and literate) ever since, even after moving to Southern California where he lives, in Julian, with his family.

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  • File Size: 330 KB
  • Print Length: 248 pages
  • Publisher: DeadLife Books (August 20, 2010)
  • Publication Date: August 20, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00408ANQY
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,829,928 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I was born in Boston in the 1900's which gives me automatic literary credibility, as Boston is the mecca for famous dead writers. I grew up in Connecticut and San Diego which gave me a good background in both history and tanning. I have four children and four grand-children, which is remarkable as I am only 27, yet I've been married 31 years as a result of an in-utero wedding.

With six books under my belt (DUMB COWS, TRACE THE DEAD EYE, HUMOR OF THE GOSPELS, HUMOR OF THE GOSPELS Daily Study, THRONE and THE CHUCK-IT LIST) I am looking for a bigger belt to stuff the seventh, which will hopefully be completed in time for the 2014 Christmas shopping season. It is about a writer who finds to his horror that a mistake he made on page 47 completely invalidates the plot so he must track down and kill anyone who has bought it lest they spread the truth about his miniscule talent. It's called DON'T READ THIS! and looks to be a best-seller unless people take the title literally. Fortunately, nothing I write can be taken literally. (It's fortunate I didn't stay with the working title, which was DON'T BUY THIS! Personally, I don't buy a word of it.)

Other than writing, I like watching the world go by (which requires a lot of jumping as the Earth rotates) and wondering what life would be like if people didn't like to wonder so much.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on July 3, 2011
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While the premise of a neglectful father and husband returning to watch over his family and right some wrongs isn't exactly new, Bennett does create several new plot twists in this supernatural novel. The result is a gritty look at some of the harsher realities of love, sex, and betrayal.

The plotting and pacing are excellent but at times the protagonist seems too broadly drawn for the amount of time the reader spends inside his head.

While there are definitely darker depictions of drug addiction and prostitution out there, more sensitive readers might find certain passages troubling.

The script could have used a good copy-editing before release as there are some grammar and punctuation mistakes throughout, particularly errant apostrophes.

Overall, a quick-paced and cleverly-plotted read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dragon Lady Ness-a on August 17, 2011
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Trace is a detective. Only problem is, he's dead and he doesn't know who his killer is. He meets Rollins, who may be his guide in the afterlife, if he could only understand his cryptic comments. As is common, Trace seems to only realize what he had when it was beyond his reach. This book examines questions of fate and choices. Do people plant the seeds of their own destruction? How much is destined and how much occurs because you and those around you take actions that have consequences, like knocking over the first domino in a chain? A very philosophical work under the detective facade. There are some grammar and formatting errors, but they don't take away much from the overall story. Worth reading.
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You just died. What happens now? Trace is about to find out. A private eye when he was alive, now he's just someone with a lot of questions and no answers. Is there a Heaven? Is there a Hell? Rollins, the man who was there to meet Trace after he died, is more annoying than helpful, answering Trace's questions without giving any actual helpful information. He offers Trace a choice, move on or stay here, without explaining what either choice really means. Trace chooses to stay, to be with his family and watch over them, even if they can't see him, but is then told to watch someone else instead.

I like how the book takes time to explain things. It starts with Trace already dead and you're wondering what is going on. The second chapter gives you a bit more information, but thankfully doesn't explain everything. It just goes into the last half hour or so of his life, how he died, and his first meeting with Rollins. Then it goes back to Trace being told to "Watch the girl". He's a rather annoying character, because he's told over and over to watch the girl, but he keeps leaving her to see his family. It's rather obvious to me that she must be important in some way, but he just isn't allowing himself to see that. I would say that's a problem with the book, that it makes you so aggravated with the main character, but really, that's just who he is. You see that as the book goes on, and things start to fall into place and you see snippets of his life, who he was, and why someone would want him murdered in the first place.

This was a rather refreshing read, different from what I'm used to, and though it's about death and what happens directly after, it leaves questions about Heaven and Hell, and continuing the journey after you die relatively unanswered. I like that. You can come up with your own ideas about what happens next.

A really good book, and one I'm sure I'll read again later. Recommended.
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I thought this was a great story and thoroughly enjoyed the read. Trace is a very selfish man, and without spoiling anything, I don't think he will ever learn. The love he has for his son is truly touching. It was a page-turner for me.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Park Ave on July 28, 2011
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Very little of this book surprised me, nor did I find any of the characters compelling. I read it in an afternoon and just as quickly deleted it from my Kindle. Too formulaic, predictable and shallowly written to recommend.
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