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About the Author

Caroline Collier's main goal in life has always been to write stories that would lead the way to world peace and universal compassion. No, seriously. She is a three-time recipient of the Lone Star Award for journalistic excellence from the Houston Press Club. An avid traveler and multi-lingual communicator, Caroline likes to venture out into the world and find the places where human experience can be reduced to a common denominator. Born on the winter solstice, she received a degree in chemistry and economics before falling into a world consumed by books and music. She lives in Fort Worth, Texas within walking distance of where her favorite football team plays. When she is not writing news stories, grant proposals, songs or novels, she is probably cooking or getting sucked into Twitter.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Universal Language Publishing (April 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985491701
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985491703
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,708,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By T. W. Huckabee on May 13, 2012
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I don't read a lot of books and when I do I don't read them in one sitting,
but I started this book at noon and finished it at midnight with barely
a break. Caroline Collier has a great future as a novelist if she wants it.
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...through Fort Worth, TX, a city that I am familiar with myself. (so it was somewhat poignant, with the vivid local imagery portrayed in the story) It was similar to the real time framework of the movies Magnolia and Crash. (which I both enjoyed) A very interesting and exciting affair about the wants and wills of various people colliding, some spontaneous and some planned, some fantasy and some reality. A bit of a take on the free will vs. chance philosophical debate. Very enjoyable, and certainly qualifies as a hard to put down book!
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Wow! In a heat-drenched Texas city, fascinating, quirky, and all too human characters stumble to the demise of American Exceptionalism. Twists of plot pull them together and leave me questioning our values and our future. Great read on the story level and great read on a philosophical level. Beautifully written. I want more from this author.
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The Shining City on the Hill by Caroline Collier is one of those books that needs to be read and then re-read. In light of the events of this past week re: the bombing at the Boston marathon, the explosion at West, Tx., a local murder and highspeed chase involving murder of an unborn child...i decided to review it again.
There is so much in this one book that feels at once historical and foreseen. as i read it i felt a definite search going on in my own heart to find my authentic spirit identity.
the characters are fleshed out in sensual detail and the challenges they confront are plausible and horrifically real.
as Ms Collier points out in this unfolding, the US is a nation of confused ideology, hypocrisy and a distorted sense of its self in this world. and while we applaud lady liberty holding that torch, at the same time we are very possessive of our freedom and reluctant to share.
each of these characters seem to be a part of everyone of us. maybe Karma and re-birth will be easier next time around.
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