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"Enthralling . . . convincing . . . a well told coming of age story." -Kirkus


"Jones weaves an insightful story . . . his blue-collar beer swilling about to be in-laws is broad comedy at its best . . . Jones has a talent for both comedy and drama." -ForeWard Clarion Review

"The Way Up is recommended as an enjoyable read for a general audience..." -Wayne Cunningham, Clarion Review

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 28, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477429379
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477429372
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,856,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 21, 2013
Format: Paperback
Ward Jones has the background to write this novel that addresses the legal profession on several levels: he has been both a private and a corporate lawyer and understands the lingo as well as the tenor that surrounds life in the legal lane. Though Jones has written four novels prior to this one, he still feels a bit uncomfortable in the act of translating thought to written word. Perhaps this is an early version of the novel and an editor has not had the opportunity to fine tune it, but Jones' writing technique does tend to get in the way of the flow of the story.

John Howard has completed law school but after being fired from a legal firm he is (no surprise these days!) unable to find a job: he fills in the spaces by being, among other things, a door to door salesman for such companies as Portapotty. Losing jobs while dancing between unsuccessful relationships with women lands him back at his parent's home - a less than comfortable situation because of John's haughty alcoholic father's behavior patterns. After a series of traumas - his mother's cancerous demise, the loss of his older brother in a car crash - John meets and marries Kathy who also practices law, and subsequently falls in with a precious oil tycoon who enjoins John to form a gas exploration and drilling company. But John's life seem cursed as his marriage ends in divorce, Kathy gains custody of their daughter. John develops from an immature twenty-six-year-old who is bullied by his father into a sophisticated, confident businessman, sorely tested by environmental catastrophes and a beautiful wife who increasingly places her career far ahead of him and her child.
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Kathy's Review:

Hi, it's Debbie Downer here with another book review. Today I am reviewing The Way Up, which should have been titled, Up, the Way Is, Hmmm? because I think it was ghost written by Yoda. Now, I'm all for different writing styles, because as they say, variety is the spice of life. But I'm also a stickler for correct grammar and punctuation, because I judge your intelligence by the way you construct a sentence.

The author's writing style is very ... jarring. It's not natural and it doesn't flow correctly. It's almost like it was written in a different language and then copied and pasted into Google Translate. So, right off the bat, that was hard to get past.

I made it through the whole book, but nothing really stuck with me. The plot doesn't seem to be building toward anything, it just goes from one thing to the next to the next. The characters aren't that compelling. The most interesting relationship, in my opinion, is the one between John and his parents, and that's over within the first third of the book. The relationship he has with his wife, Kathy, seems like a mis-match from the start. She is not a likeable character, but then again, he isn't, either. Everyone is kind of flat, depressed, not much dimension.

I'm not going to recommend The Way Up at this time. Between the writing, lack of plot and character development, The Way Up needs to find its way up to snuff.

*A paperback copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
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The book, “The Way Up”, takes the reader back in time to the latter 1900s and to Houston, Texas known as Space City, the oil capital and the fastest growing city in America. Houston was the perfect stage for this book. The principal character is John Howard, a young man who went to night law school and barely squeezed by the bar exam. Howard’s journey begins in search of a job, just anything in the legal profession that will pay the bills.
The author, Ward Jones, an established lawyer and writer in his own right, has a great eye for detail as he follows our “hero” in and out of court and in and out of some of Houston’s favorite haunts, places like Tony’s, Otto’s and Ninfa’s. Howard finally gets hired by a small plaintiff’s firm and does amazingly but self destructs. From here on it is one adventure after another. And along the way Howard continues his running battle with his down right mean and overbearing father who hates lawyers, son included.

Along life’s road, as Howard wiggles his way through the briar patch, he meets the love of his life and pursues her with a passion. She is beautiful and brilliant but also a highly focused and ambitious woman lawyer. Howard quickly learns her desperation to make partner in the city’s best old line firm may be obstacle.
Howard at considerable risk asks her hand in marriage and she accepts to Howard’s surprise. Before the wedding her family, stock from Irish ancestry and living in New Jersey come to Texas to meet the groom. Their initial get together is at a red neck beachfront bar in Galveston. There the beer and fired seafood flow wildly, and the family takes each other apart with flying insults that will keep any reader in stitches.
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