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Thomas Clayton Hardcover – January 16, 2013
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About the Author
Randy J. Harvey has a PhD from the University of Oregon and is the 2004 World Champion of Public Speaking for Toastmasters International. He has traveled internationally while teaching public speaking and has published two books on the subject. He is married with three grown children. Thomas Clayton is based on the beginnings of a story written by Dr. Harvey's father, Jay L. Harvey. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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It is also here that his troubles truly begin. In a new high school, he has to prove himself to Boats and to a murderous rival for the affections of Mar, the first girl he's ever had a relationship with. As Thomas matures, he finds himself in a fight literally for his life, and the lives of those he has come to love, when the questionable relationships Boats has forged with shady politicians and business people comes to light.
Thomas Clayton, by Randy J. Harvey, PhD, is a story that grew out of a few dozen handwritten pages begun by Harvey's father, Jay L. Harvey, and is dedicated to the story tellers of the Harvey clan, who `never let the truth get in the way of a good story.' Though the author's disclaimer says that this is a work of fiction, and in no way represents real people, this tightly woven tale of greed, jealousy, and murder could very well have been ripped from the headlines of any daily newspaper. Gripping, realistic dialogue and intricate descriptions of places, events, and people; some told from the first-person viewpoint of young Thomas, and others in the third person, as characters and events sweep past in a torrent of emotion, will have you believing that it is a documentary, rather than what it is - a grand tale told in a masterful style.
The truth, in this book, doesn't get in the way of a good story, but, by gum, you'll close it after the last page and swear you just read the God's honest truth. I read a copy which was provided to me for review, but by jingies, I'd be more than willing to plunk down some hard-earned money for a chance to read it, and I, for one, hope this won't be Randy Harvey's last offering.