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Down In The Valley: An Arch Patton Adventure (Arch Patton Adventures Book 1) by [Strauss, James]
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About the Author

From a traveled elementary school education, changing schools ever two years, to attending a small liberal arts college, James Strauss graduated to a leadership position that turned out to be a ‘hanging by the fingernails’ survival position in the Marines Corps in the Vietnam War, 1969. From a hospital bed, when he finally found it was likely he would live, and looked up and asked God for one favor. James asked not to lead a normal humdrum life. He now believes that God heard his prayer and pointed one finger down to grant his request. Outrageous fortune was smiled down upon him with all of its travel, pain, depression, elation, danger, adventure and total lack of believability. For a time James tried to have credibility until he discovered that his own credibility was "without meaning". James has published four novels: The Boy, The Bering Sea, The Warrior, and Down in the Valley. He is currently readying another Arch Patton Saga, It Was 1993, and an accounting of his Vietnam War Experience, 30 Days Has September, along with publishing a weekly Midwestern Newspaper, The Geneva Shore Report

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  • File Size: 556 KB
  • Print Length: 133 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Antares Productions, Inc; 1 edition (December 12, 2016)
  • Publication Date: December 12, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01N1RZRUG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,985 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I am spoiled. Reading this adventure thriller by James Strauss has ruined me. I no longer enjoy reading
boring books of this genre. It was a privilege to live life in the author's shoes for 245 pages, although it ended too soon. He wrote about Hawaii as no tourist would ever see it, descriptions of scenic beauty, and tiny places on
the map like Rabbit Island. His characters seemed real, very real. Arch Patton was the most interesting. I have a feeling that the author is just as intelligent, savvy, and world-wise as Arch or how else could he write about him?
If you temporarily want to escape your mundane world, have a great adventure, and safely re-enter your own reality
again, this book is for you.
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This is an 'old-fashioned' kind of a novel. It takes you on an adventure and the only thing you regret in the reading is that it is so short.
I loved the Hawaii portrayed in this novel and want to go there to see if the places the author describes really exist. I'll bet that they do.
Arch Patton is so human. He's not like the traditional macho creature so often associated with this genre of writing. So real. I can't wait for the next in the series, which I hope is a series.
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I throughly enjoyed reading Down in the Valley, both in spite of and due to it being a positive surprise on many levels. I selected it because I usually enjoy action adventure novels. Well, it turned out that while this title certainly qualifies for that genre, it is also antithetical to it in many ways. The main character is well past his prime personally and professionally. But he is enticed back in by an old flame. For assistance he turns to a native friend who is intimately connected with life on the islands, and highly motivated by food, a predisposition which lends itself repeatedly to comedic events. Throughout the novel our hero engages in bouts of self analysis, which he takes quite seriously, but the results of which are usually disregarded quickly. The setting is the Hawaiian Islands and their beauty is eloquently described. Between the introduction to new foods, detailed accounts of the island fauna, and the everpresent ocean, by the end of the novel I felt as if I had traveled to the islands myself. The actual plot is full of twists and turns, right up until the conclusion. But they are continually pleasurable. If you want a serious, but comedic read, and are interested in a literary exploration of Hawaii, check this book out.
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This book needs an editor. It also needs authenticity -- a bit more about that later. On that note, it appears to need more discerning reviewers, judging from its average rating of five stars.

But the real need here is for the buyer, and that need is simple: beware.

Editing? Here are two consecutive lines about 15 percent into its mercifully short length. "Torture, physical torture, always worked Arch knew from his long experience. At some point of applying terrible the subject always came to decision point."

Bad punctuation, limited vocabulary and apparently missing words were among the reasons I found sentiments about torture easy to agree with by then. This was the point in the book at which the application of terrible became enough. I was already thoroughly appalled by the author's use of apostrophes in pluralizing "haole" ("the Haole's who swim there") and predilection for incorrectly capitalizing words and phrases like "federal" and "traumatic brain injury."

It's not just stylistic basics the book lacks. There are also plot weaknesses (supervising intelligence operative makes no attempt to hide her affair, even in official settings, with the protagonist, a retired operative being used to infiltrate a secessionist group), inattention to simple details (a stream goes from knee deep to six inches deep in the space of a few yards; the protagonist "calls it a night" alone in his hotel room just minutes before heading over to close the bar) and a complete lack of character development or consistency (a major target goes from speaking pidgin to saying things like "They haven't a clue" when he clearly is being established as little more than a local rube). These make the book a nearly unbearable ...
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