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Book Review: "The Last American Martyr" 

When I reviewed the authors first book "Beyond Nostalgia" I said that `Tom Winton writes with a pen dipped in his soul'. I wasn't wrong or overtly throwing compliments away; I meant it.

This his second book only serves to enhance that point in my opinion.

Tom Winton's writing is a delicious, complex, parcel of ordinary folks in extraordinary situations.

You are teased into smiling at the insights into his characters motivations, horrified by the lengths that others will go to relieve him of his freedom; and warmed by his ability to care enough about his fellow man to have expressed his remarkable insights so well.

Author Tom Winton has created such a marvelous character in Thomas Soles. A simple man an everyman, a man who wrote a book that motivated and activated an enormous response from the buying public.

A book that garnered him the Nobel Prize for literature.

A book that turned his life upside down and his heart inside out.

The character of Thomas Soles reminds me of another character I came to treasure...Atticus Finch in Harper Lee's wonderful `To Kill A Mockingbird".

Tom Winton writes in a way that invites you in to the warmth of his fire, then holds you a willing captive to the comfort you find there, along the way you experience the wrenching pain of watching the fire die.

I am moved by this book. I am in awe of the authors marvelous insights into our strengths, our weaknesses and our ability to survive.

I now have two books by this Author sitting proudly on my shelf. I have made space for all those that will follow.

About the Author

Said to be a man who writes with his pen dipped in his soul, bestselling author Tom Winton has been listed as one of Amazon's Top 100 "Most Popular Authors" in both Literary Fiction and Mystery,Thrillers & Suspense. 

Tom's novels have been likened to classics such as Catcher in the Rye, To Kill a Mockingbird, and 1984. His titles are Beyond Nostalgia, The Last American Martyr, Four Days with Hemingway's Ghost, Within a Man's Heart, A Second Chance in Paradise, and a short story collection The Voice of Willie Morgan.

Product Details

  • File Size: 575 KB
  • Print Length: 195 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Tom Winton; 1 edition (August 7, 2011)
  • Publication Date: August 7, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005GFM764
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,557 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By C. Williams on August 9, 2011
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I had read and enjoyed "Beyond Nostalgia", the author's first novel, so when I got a chance to read The Last American Martyr prior to its release, I jumped at it - and I am so glad I did. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

This is the frightening story of a quiet, unassuming doorman from New York that is suddenly catapulted into fame and fortune. As a result of writing a book that may well start a revolution against the corporate elite, Thomas Soles and his wife Elaina find that they cannot return to their normal lives, and must begin a life "on the run". They encounter plenty of bad, but also enough good to keep faith in humanity.

I don't want to give away anything - but there is mystery, thriller, romance and love in this story, and thought provoking commentary on the current US economic situation.

This book kept me reading late into the night to finish, and then stuck with me for days.
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If you enjoy a well-told story that sucks you in, grabs you by the heart strings and has you holding your breath and gripping the armrests of the chair you're sitting on, The Last American Martyrs give you all of that and more as the protagonist flees across America trying to evade people who want to kill him. In one particularly hair-raising scene, he drives into a huge Texas tornado hoping to hide under an overpass that was so real I could almost hear the roaring of the storm.

How did he get himself into such a mess? Here, he tells you:

"Had I, an unemployed doorman, never written that book, my life wouldn't have taken such a harrowing turn. Had it not sold so well I wouldn't have needed to be on the lam like I have for so many months now. But I did write my book, and I'll pay for that until the last shovel of cold dirt is dumped over my grave. ... On the other side of the coin, the words I strung together did have at least one positive effect. They seem to have broadened the ... world's perception of selfishness and greed." And enraged those who felt threatened by it and set out to kill him.

The story begins with a hermit named Darius McClure which, it turns out, isn't his real name. His real name is Thomas Soles, Vietnam veteran and the author of the book in question. What was his crime? Telling his readers why their jobs have vanished and their dreams dashed, and who is responsible.

When Tom and his wife return to New York City from Oslo, Norway where he's received a Nobel Prize in Literature, then find a grisly mess in their apartment. It gets worse from there as they set out across country trying to evade the posse, and Tom ends up as a hermit named Darius McClure living in a trailer home outside of tiny White Pine, Maine. Or does he?
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Book Review: "The Last American Martyr" By Tom Winton.

When I reviewed the authors first book "Beyond Nostalgia" I said that `Tom Winton writes with a pen dipped in his soul'. I wasn't wrong or overtly throwing compliments away; I meant it.

This his second book only serves to enhance that point in my opinion.

Tom Winton's writing is a delicious, complex, parcel of ordinary folks in extraordinary situations.

You are teased into smiling at the insights into his characters motivations, horrified by the lengths that others will go to relieve him of his freedom; and warmed by his ability to care enough about his fellow man to have expressed his remarkable insights so well.

Author Tom Winton has created such a marvelous character in Thomas Soles. A simple man an everyman, a man who wrote a book that motivated and activated an enormous response from the buying public.

A book that garnered him the Nobel Prize for literature.

A book that turned his life upside down and his heart inside out.

The character of Thomas Soles reminds me of another character I came to treasure...Atticus Finch in Harper Lee's wonderful `To Kill A Mockingbird".

Tom Winton writes in a way that invites you in to the warmth of his fire, then holds you a willing captive to the comfort you find there, along the way you experience the wrenching pain of watching the fire die.

I am moved by this book. I am in awe of the authors marvelous insights into our strengths, our weaknesses and our ability to survive.

I now have two books by this Author sitting proudly on my shelf. I have made space for all those that will follow.
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T Winton wrote a sad but revealing story of the state of our Society. When the impact of a man's ideas can create the type of result that the character Soles had, you have to contemplate the demise of all we cherish. This is an excellent addition to my "keeper" library, something not often done.
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This book was wonderful! I could not put it down and read it in two days. The main character was fascinating and his internal dialogue on point and compelling. I wish this book was assigned reading in every English 101 class - it might wake up an entire generation as to the realities of the world we live in. I read at least a book a week and would rate this one an A++++++
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When I first read Beyond Nostalgia, I knew I'd found not only a great book but an excellent, outstanding writer who deserved to be up there at the top. The success of Beyond Nostalgia confirmed my belief - Tom Winton's book rocketed up the rankings on Amazon.com Kindle sales, and stayed there. So when I heard that his second book, The Last American Martyr, was out, I rushed to buy it. Sometimes a second book disappoints by not being quite up to the high standard of the first. But with Tom Winton, the opposite is true. I've been gripped, excited, and enlightened by this book. Tom Soles' views on the greedy American (and world-wide) economy, which fictionally stirred millions to respond, are so exactly true that one wonders if this book will have a similar effect to its fictional counterpart - and wouldn't that be great?
I'm particularly interested in this subject because my husband Raymond McCullough has just published a non-fiction book on some of the same ideas, The Whore and her Mother (also on Amazon.)
Tom Winton's book provides us with striking characters, page-turning action, and a twisting turning plot, just as we might expect from this author; but he also goes deep into the reality of our current world, and for this he is especially to be praised.
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