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About the Author

C. David Gelly is the author of “Fancy Gap” the award winning Amazon bestseller that was serialized in the Galax, Virginia Gazette newspaper. “Fancy Gap” received over one hundred and forty five 5-Star reader reviews on Amazon. In his second novel, “Orchard Gap” a rogue biotech scientist secretly nurtures her deadly GMO corn seed while America sleeps. The author is a serious mountain and road biker who has completed over fifty marathons and has written extensively on global travel and athletic experiences and accomplishments. He is a graduate of Northeastern University in Boston, and lives in North Carolina as well as the mountains of southwest Virginia. Follow him on Twitter at FancyGap .
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1469955490
  • ISBN-13: 978-1469955490
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (227 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,152,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ok, first off SCARY!!! And definitely not for younger audiences, but if you want a fabulous suspense thriller set in the mountains of Virginia this is the book for you! The characters are well defined and real, the setting is so well described you can close your eyes and imagine yourself there in the action. I highly recommend this book!
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I was drawn to the book because of its setting, having grown up in Fancy Gap and dealing with the annual gun show, and as a fan of mysteries and thriller's. The style was in inconsistent and rambling, but I decided to wade on. Then there was the opening accident, which as a journalist I've seen many times. It was the inaccuracies insetting and support characters that made me abandon the story. While they might not trouble someone from elsewhere, when using a real community geography should be be consistent with the locale. The motel is north of the accident area and would not be reached from a fog crash. Also county law enforcement would not stay to assist at a wreck scene if another 911 call is received. The interstate and highways are the province of highway patrol in Virginia. Thirdly, I resented the ignorant hillbilly characterization of the locals. I couldn't get past all that to embrace the potential of the plot. If you've ever been to Fancy Gap, and especially if you grew up there, skip this book.
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Loved this book looking forward to the others in the series! This was a cross between a romance and a demented child snatcher... With a lot if humor and entertaining spots.

Very well and tastefully written...
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If you are looking for a quick summer read, I think you will enjoy this story.

This book grabbed me instantly and I could not put it down. I really like the layout as it moves the story forward quite nicely. My kind of reading.

I enjoyed the plot and characters were fun to get to know. I particularly like the main characters Quinn & Louisa. It was very nice to read a story evolving around 60 year olds living life to their fullest.

You don't need to visit Fancy Gap to get a feel for the area. The author does a great job bringing Fancy Gap and the chateau to the reader.

I enjoy finding 'new to me' authors. I hope to see more books by C. David Gelly. His style is fresh.
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For all the people who have read this book and felt it transported you right into the Blue Ridge Mountains I would say to you that David Kelly doesn't know Jack about the people who actually live here. I was very upset about references he made about MY people, that we all are toothless, racist, and continue to resurrect the Civil war by flying the Confederate flag. I was raised here in these mountains and my forefathers farmed this rocky land, trying to make enough money to feed their families and survive. I wonder if Mr. Kelly has ever even talked to someone who actually lives here. From looking at his pictures of his home I doubt seriously that he has ever went to bed hungry or watched his father walk miles to a job for 10 cents an hour. Has he ever carried water from a spring, slept under 4 quilts and awakened to a snow drift under the kitchen door? Did he live in a house with no plumbing, was he denied an education because he had to quit in the seventh grade to work on a farm? I don't think so. We are a proud people, we work hard and I don't think he has the right to insult us in this way. Now you may say this is just a book, fiction if you will; I say it is an affront to all of us who live here. If you really want to know what we are like then come to the mountains and talk to us, you might be surprised at just how much you could learn. Shame on David Kelly, I can assure you that I won't be reading anymore of his work. I am thankful that I didn't buy this book, it was a gift. I would really be pissed if I had wasted 15 bucks for this trash.
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By Bebop on December 15, 2012
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It begins OK, a fog, massive car crash, family must spend the night in a motel where a predator waits to take their children and then does. But then it just becomes trite and boring. As in bad TV shows you can guess the who the perp is as soon as he's introduced; the characters are all one dimensional, outlines of people rather then people who come to life on the page, and the side live angle made me yearn for the Lifetime movie of the week. Now I've read plenty of books I did not connect with but none were as poorly written as this. I felt as if I were reading something serialized in the Reader's Digest.
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The beautiful village of Fancy Gap does not deserve the hackneyed, over the top writings of this first time author. The names used for some of the secondary characters are so stereotyped as to be insulting and the sexual scenes are straight out of a male fantasy. The murder plot itself is just a little too much. I would hope that any further works by the writer would be a little more developed.
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Mr. Gelly should stick to dining at the deli,hard riding mountain bikes, and sharing bottle after bottle of wine with his lady-love in the hot tub. Pity the four communities targeted in his proposed sequels. To use real names of areas along the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway and introduce a pedophile, murder, and a shooting death to these specific areas is unconscionable. He seems to have little respect for the "natives" as evidenced by characterizations of public officials, waitresses, and neighbors in the novel as inept, unattractive (really, sir, I have yet to meet a waitress with only one tooth), and backward. If he wants to use real places, he needs to use real characterizations. I read many great mysteries and this is not one of them.
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