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The Floating Man Paperback – August 9, 2013
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About the Author
A graduate of Northwestern University, William Crawford began telling stories at the age of five to his cousins late at night while on family vacations in the Great North Woods. This quickly progressed—if you can call two decades quickly progressing— to political satire. In 1996 the author created a parody on the OJ Simpson saga. My Search for the Real Killer, not by OJ Simpson became a minor cult classic. The author’s real ambition was to become a novelist. Over the years he developed several storylines. Once he retired from his safety position in government he turned that ambition into reality. The result is the Floating Man: a mystery thriller that takes place in both past and present, where historical figures collide with fictional characters in a story of love, discovery, ambition, greed, death, and redemption.
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The story is told by the main character, John. A high caliber investigative reporter in DC he tires of the rat race and decides to return home. He accepts a position as the editor of his local hometown newspaper, packs up and heads home. As we’ve heard before in the Land of Oz, there’s no place like home but he has no clue what awaits him at home.
We are quickly introduced to John’s long time friend and the current editor of the paper, James. The interaction between the two was done very well and it added a good depth to the story.
When John leafs through some old newspapers in the basement of the Beaufort Sentinel, we travel back in time to the details surrounding the story.
This is just the opening and the story goes back and forth in time as the book progresses. Is there a conspiracy or a cover up regarding the incidents in that old newspaper article?
We stay with John and his new life back home as he pieces the puzzle together regarding the story from the early 1800s.
The author adds a good amount of mystery and just the right peppering of romance in the story.
I’m not giving away any more details plus I feel I already said more than I usually do. I liked this book and I hope anyone reading my comments is persuaded to grab this book.
It was well worth reading and a memorable read.
`The Floating Man' is about John Hill, an exceptional investigative reporter with a lot going for him. But his long-time investigative partner, Sheila Jefferson, has quit the paper and joined "the other side": the National Security Council, killing all possibility of not only further professional collaboration, but also any romantic future as well. Add to that are the recent deaths of his beloved parents, which seem to have left him jaded beyond redemption. So he retreats home, back to his old haunt in South Carolina. But what he thought was a quiet, uneventful business of taking over the management of his old friend James Campbell's local paper, John and James stumble into some story from 1830 that is never meant to be read, not even in the present: France's "Floating Man" named Henri Richaud, who appears to be well-connected politically and scientifically. Their investigative instincts kicking in, they embark on an incredibly suspenseful journey of historical discovery (along with Shiela) that places them on a deadly path against some shady conspiracy that threatens not only their journalistic reputation, but also their very lives.
Crawford writes with a depth and surety that takes your breath away--his writing reads like Michael Crichton-meets-Dan Brown-meets-Clive Cussler (that is, if you'd remove all of Dan Brown's cloying awkwardness)--he never flinches when he dives to further complicate the plot, and comes out of it as cleanly as a razor-sharp Samurai sword through a hapless fruit. Yes, it's my own way of saying I enjoyed reading this book immensely, and I'm sure you will, too.
Fans--even the most die-hard fans--of suspense techno-historical thrillers, especially those who like their intellects stimulated, will love `The Floating Man' to shreds. I believe the logical next step for this novel is a Hollywood movie version, and I'm crossing my fingers that that is up-and-coming--and soon. I highly recommend!
This is an exciting adventure story with unexpected twists and turns. I found myself more than once thinking it was a true historical novel. I became attached to the characters as they attempt to stay one-step ahead of their pursuers, while uncovering the facts.