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Ferdinand's Gold by [Sheldon Charles]

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"A riveting combination of fact and ingenious narrative ability that throws surprises at the reader on a regular basis Ferdinand's Gold proves a taut and exciting read with Charles leveraging his own experiences as a decorated Air Force veteran to good effect...Sure to be met with approval by fans of the War and Military Action genre, Ferdinand's Gold is a must-read and is recommended without reservation!BookViral Reviews

"This novel is fascinating in its historical detail, but also woven together with fictional elements that make the story leap off the page. Charles is able to bring a barracks to life, even for someone who has never stepped foot in one, just as easily as he depicts a flurry of action or violence -confident, specific, and memorable. With increasingly high stakes and a powerful narrative voice that makes it hard to put down,
Ferdinand's Gold is a tumultuous ride that is a perfect afternoon escape for fans of military thrillers and adventure fiction." Self-Publishing Review

"Air Force veteran Charles' novel feels entirely authentic, and his extensive knowledge of military aircraft and procedure lends weight to Dex's exploits, as when the character actually steals the gold from aC-141 aircraft. The author's prose style is largely crisp and direct...compelling, well-paced plot...every player proves memorable--especially for such a relatively compact narrative. A fast-paced adventure with some emotional weight."
Kirkus Reviews

"As the plot thickens, these misfits struggle with heist logistics while trying to avoid Air Force authorities and, eventually, Madulás and his thugs...the characters are complex and intriguing, and the Filipinos present a palpable threat...heightened by brisk dialogue and Charles' admirable attention to detail. At its climax, the story offers gripping ultra-violence, offset by a surprisingly satisfying denouement. Overall, readers will find a tasty mix of criminal conspiracy set in unfamiliar territory, all spiked with political intrigue."
BlueInk Review and featured in Booklist Magazine
"★★★★★Ferdinand'sGold is fast-paced and detailed; Sheldon Charlessprings surprises and revelatory moments with the skill of a great storyteller.It is complex and engrossing and the kind of fiction that will have readersutterly riveted." Jane Riley, The Book Commentary

From the Author

At about age eight, I went to my first sleep away camp at Lake Arrowhead, California.  I could say many things about the camp; just like anyone else who has ever gone to camp, it is impossible to escape without more than a few One time at camp stories. 
 
Every night of the week, there was a huge bonfire down by the lake right at sunset.  It seemed like there were thousands of us gathered there, but in reality, it was probably only 2-300 boys gathered around in a semi-circle being led in cheers, songs and watching skits.All of this was new to me, and camp was a big bag full of new stuff of which to be a part.  At the end of the evening came an act that changed my life.
 
The character's name escapes me now, but he walked out slowly from the darkness, using a cane, and wearing a jungle explorer jacket with a pith helmet.  A long beard and wire-rimmed glasses finished his look.Everyone fell silent as he walked to the center of the fire ring and slowly sat down on a small stool a few feet in front of the fire.  The intensity of the moment increased as he took off his glasses and cleaned them using a handkerchief he had taken out of one of his many pockets.    The only sound to be heard was the crackling of the fire that roared behind him.
 
Even among us first timers, there was a sense of expectation as he cleared his throat and began to speak.He told us a story.  The story was a combination of local legend, tall tale, and humor; all told using various voices and sound effects he provided.  Ashe spoke, he used facial expressions and hand gestures to emphasize points.  The assembled crowd was no longer silent as we laughed, cheered, and shouted comments while he kept us enthralled.  The teller of tales would eventually stand and walk from side to side as the story came to the climax; his gestures becoming more wild and inspiring excitement.  
 
When he finished the story, he would slowly drop his hands to his side and lower his head - as the absolute silence returned.  As if on cue, we all exploded in loud cheering and applause.   Over the course of my life, I have come to realize that what I witnessed was a master storyteller sharing his craft.  I went back to my cabin every night of camp inspired and knowing the career path I wanted for my life.  I wanted to be a storyteller too.  
 
As an avid reader, I found myself drawn into writing.  My first public display of my talents was in 2009 when I climbed back on a motorcycle after a thirty-year hiatus.  While riding, I found myself flooded with thoughts, words, and visions of tales I should tell.  So, I did.  I started a blog to record those events.  I found myself writing about people,adventures, and observations.  It was not long before I expanded into fictional tales written.  The blog evolved into a weekly, when I was assigned to Kuwait, then writing about my experiences living in the Middle East... Humorous and poignant. 
 
It was there, during a meeting, I expressed a small bit of regret that I had yet to become the storyteller I envisioned only to have Lt Col Dan Ellis, point out that I had become the storyteller - using the written word.  Sometimes it takes someone outside of you to point out a truth you are too close to see.  I am grateful Dan did, as it caused me to write and publish my first novella and to begin writing tales in earnest. 
 
Someday, I may get a chance to be a purest, experiencing that feeling of walking out before a crowd in front of a roaring fire, wearing an appropriate costume with the right props ready to tell tall tales.  However, for now, I find great joy in telling stories through the written word and sharing them with readers. I hope you enjoy them.

You can always find an up-to-date list of my Evan Davis tales and all of my other books, at my website: valkyriespirit.com  .Also...
 
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Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08F2JZSKZ
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Valkyrie Spirit Publishing (July 30, 2020)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ July 30, 2020
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 5744 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 278 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 1733958851
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 62 ratings

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Sheldon Charles is a decorated Air Force veteran, whose career has taken him around the globe, and given his writing a unique international flair. He is the author of Three Paperclips & a Grey Scarf, Blood Upon the Sands and From Within the Firebird’s Nest. His last two books (From Within the Firebird’s Nest & Blood Upon the Sands) earned Amazon bestseller badges after being ranked Number One for War Fiction and Middle East fiction, respectively. Sheldon currently resides in Michigan, where he is a member of Michigan Writers.

From the Author

At about age eight, I went to my first sleep-away camp at Lake Arrowhead, California. I could say many things about the camp; just like anyone else who has ever gone camping, it is impossible to escape without more than a few "One time at camp" stories.

Every night of the week, there was a huge bonfire down by the lake right at sunset. It seemed as if there were thousands of us gathered there, but in reality, it was probably only 2-300 boys gathered around in a semi-circle being led in cheers, songs and watching skits. All of this was new to me, and the camp was a big bag full of new stuff of which to be a part. At the end of the evening came an act that changed my life.

The character’s name escapes me now, but he walked out slowly from the darkness, using a cane, and wearing a jungle explorer jacket with a pith helmet. A long beard and wire-rimmed glasses finished his look. Everyone fell silent as he walked to the center of the fire ring and slowly sat down on a small stool a few feet in front of the fire. The intensity of the moment increased as he took off his glasses and cleaned them using a handkerchief he had taken out of one of his many pockets. The only sound to be heard was the crackling of the fire that roared behind him.

Even among us first-timers, there was a sense of expectation as he cleared his throat and began to speak. He told us a story. The story was a combination of local legend, tall tale, and humor; all told using various voices and sound effects he provided. As he spoke, he used facial expressions and hand gestures to emphasize points. The assembled crowd was no longer silent as we laughed, cheered, and shouted comments while he kept us enthralled. The teller of tales would eventually stand and walk from side to side as the story came to the climax; his gestures becoming more wild and inspiring excitement.

When he finished the story, he would slowly drop his hands to his side and lower his head – as the absolute silence returned. As if on cue, we all exploded in loud cheering and applause. Over the course of my life, I have come to realize that what I witnessed was a master storyteller sharing his craft. I went back to my cabin every night at camp inspired and knowing the career path I wanted for my life. I wanted to be a storyteller too.

As an avid reader, I found myself drawn into writing. The first public display of my talents was in 2009 when I climbed back on a motorcycle after a thirty-year hiatus. While riding, I found myself flooded with thoughts, words, and visions of tales I should tell. So, I did. I started a blog to record those events. I found myself writing about people, adventures, and observations. It was not long before I expanded into fictional tales written. The blog evolved into a weekly, when I was assigned to Kuwait, then writing about my experiences living in the Middle East… Humorous and poignant.

It was there, during a meeting, I expressed a small bit of regret that I had yet to become the storyteller I envisioned only to have LtCol Dan Ellis, point out that I had become the storyteller – using the written word. Sometimes it takes someone outside of you to point out a truth you are too close to see. I am grateful Dan did, as it caused me to write and publish my first novella and to begin writing tales in earnest.

Someday, I may get a chance to be a purest, experiencing that feeling of walking out before a crowd in front of a roaring fire, wearing an appropriate costume with the right props ready to tell tall tales. However, for now, I find great joy in telling stories through the written word and sharing them with readers. I hope you enjoy them.

Sheldon

www.valkyriespirit.com

www.facebook.com/TheRealSheldonCharles

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