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One Moment in Time Paperback – February 23, 2012
From the Author
"Although it sounds cliche, the inspiration for One Moment in Time came from a dream. It was one of those rare dreams that you remember well after you wake up. As I began to write, the story came together very easily. I wanted to write a story about the power of the individual, how one person can truly change the world, and the dream gave me the twist I was looking for. I hope you enjoy reading about Jack Barrett as much as I enjoyed writing about him."
About the Author
Glenn Snyder grew up in Marin County, a few miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco. After graduating from UCLA, Glenn worked as a finance professional. In 2001, Glenn earned his MBA from the University of San Francisco. For five years, Glenn taught Finance at San Francisco State University, while he also wrote the first draft of One Moment in Time, which he published in May 2011. Glenn is currently a Finance Director and is working on his second novel.
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I enjoyed the way Snyder painted such vivid pictures of Jack's surroundings; the storm and the accident were dramatic - almost as if in slow motion.I especially appreciated how he was able to incorporate his finance/economics background into Jack's story. (Write what you know?)
One Moment In Time is basically about the impact that one truly good person can have in the world and in the lives of all of the people they encounter. The novel swings from the reporter's questions about an event in Jack's life at the beginning of a section and then his detailed answer follows in subsequent chapters. It's sort of a This is your Life show.
Glenn Snyder says on Amazon: "Although it sounds cliché, the inspiration for One Moment in Time came from a dream. It was one of those rare dreams that you remember well after you wake up. As I began to write, the story came together very easily. I wanted to write a story about the power of the individual, how one person can truly change the world, and the dream gave me the twist I was looking for. I hope you enjoy reading about Jack Barrett as much as I enjoyed writing about him."
To be honest, I think One Moment in Time might have been more successful for me as a short story or a novella. It's not long at 270 pages (for the paperback) but the whole message might be more successful and the impact greater with a tighter narrative that moves along quickly. Some of the details watered down the impact of the twist at the end because, well, as the saying goes "the devil is in the details" - and some of the details were presented in an overly simplified manner. And that's the problem. The details in several events were not necessary to propel the message of the story forward but since they were presented they most certainly detracted from the flow of the narrative for me.
But, the ending did make up for this deficit. Even though the description really gives away too much, I'm not going to say much more beyond the fact that the ending made me feel much more forgiving toward the flaws that were so glaring as I was reading. It isn't a complicated story and it's an easy read so you can get to that ending quickly.
(I was given a copy of this book for review purposes.)
The author wrote with such a clearness that I could see the different places Jack went as if I was looking at a photo. All the other characters were as well written as Jack was, and they were characters I won't forget for quite a while.
As I was reading, I kept thinking that we all need to be a bit more like Jack. The book is only 270 pages, which is my kind of book, and even though it wasn't my usual mystery/thriller, it did keep me interested and I read it rather quickly. It was just plain interesting. I wanted to see what Jack did next.
I don't know what else I can say without giving something away, but I will say the ending blew me away!! I was not expecting it to end that way at all, and it came as quite a surprise, and am still thinking about it.
I loved this book and can't wait to read the next one from this author.
This is a great book that is a quick read, because you will not be able to put it down. I can't wait to read more from this author!