Sunday, March 16, 2014

Lament for what novelist A.S.A. Harrison might have written

THE SILENT WIFE took A.S.A. Harrison ten years to write. What a triumph this first novel turned out to be. Unfortunately, she died in April, 2013 at the age of 65 two months before the book was published. Dipping into THE SILENT WIFE was like savoring the best hot fudge Sundae I have ever had, with lots of real whipped cream of course. The novel was a joy to consume. A.S.A. Harrison provided all of the ingredients that make a book extra special: the writing, the depth of the character, the plot, and the surprises. If you are hungry for a great literary novel, read this one. When you finish THE SILENT WIFE, you will be as sorry as I am that A.S.A. Harrison will write no more.

A suggestion: My novel, THE PENCIL ARTIST, is now available as a free download on, Smashwords and Barnes and Noble.
Try it, enjoy it, and if you are in the mood, review it.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

A five-star review of THE TRUCKERS

This is the first online review of my novel, THE TRUCKERS, which is a combination parallel and sequel to my nonfiction book, COLLISION/How the Rank and File Took Back the Teamsters: 5.0 out of 5 stars Another Good Story by Kenneth C. Crowe February 14, 2014 By Miles Henri Sumner Format:Kindle Edition I think I like the way Mr. Crowe writes. This is the third book by Mr. Crowe that I've read. His work is not boring. In 'Truckers' I began to recall my time as a member of the Teamsters Union in Los Angeles, California, both before and after my military service in the 1960's. This story exposes, mostly in the perspective of the Organized Labor Zealot, how power and corruption tend to go hand-in-hand. Now that I live in the Philippines (there are no Unions here) I recognize the beneficial effect Unionization has had on the lifestyle of the American worker, even though it's another layer of bureaucracy that must be nourished at the consumers' expense. This story is fiction, yet there are parallels to real people and events; don't look for the answer to the question: "where is Jimmy Hoffa?" ! ! ! Miles, a voracious reader, has reviewed six of my seven online novels giving each a five-star rating. Obviously, I appreciate his positive view of my books.