Soldier Boy by Glen Carter
Lightning splits a savage night, and in the arms of a priest, a mysterious woman dies while giving birth. The infant survives and as a boy is haunted by visions of soldiers and war and blood-soaked betrayal. As a man, even with his strange talent for beating the slots, he chooses to dwell among the legions of mole people beneath the Las Vegas Strip. A bizarre confrontation sets him on a journey to discover who he once was and what was robbed from him.
Samuel Bolt has come home, to a place he’s never been. To a lover he’s never known. And to a powerful enemy who will stop at nothing to send a dead soldier back to his grave.
Cold Coffee Review: Excellent writing by Author Glen Carter. The gripping story opens with a woman making her way to an American shelter, in hopes of giving birth in the arms of forgiveness. With nowhere else to turn, she walks toward the door. I quote “A pain suddenly split her abdomen, and it took all her strength just to stand. She dropped the small case and clutched her stomach as another contraction took her to her knees. Phantom gunshots rattled through her. She hugged the dirt, tasted it, wanted to claw her way into the earth’s crust.”
The infant survives, but not without consequences. As a young boy, he is haunted by visions. Visions of unknown places, war, soldiers and blood. I found the boy’s visions troubling and curious at the same time.
I quote, “The cockpits were dark, and with their night-vision go ggles, the pilots appeared as alien invaders. The lead checked his outboard shoulder. Satisfied, he nudged the cyclic, and both choppers banked steeply over Iraqi territory.”
As a man, he lived in the shadows, on the edge of the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada. I quote, “Samuel Bolt’s pockets were stuffed with money. Wads of it. Folded and rolled, in twenties and fifties. It had weight, and if you looked closely, there were bulges at the front of his jeans. He was not feeling cocksure, and there was no swagger in his walk. He was a nobody, his face shadowed within a thrift shop hoodie, trying to stay invisible.”
Afraid to say too much, I leave you with this and invite you to read Soldier Boy, Bolt couldn’t move. The sand was deep, and he was in it to his knees. He tugged free a boot for another impossible step and then sank again, deeper this time. A storm of grit stung his eyes. It took everything he had to pull himself forward. To the tree and the squirming bundle at its base. The baby was covered in blood, its fat little arms reaching out to him. The face of an angel bathed in the flash of lightning. Bolt stooped low and placed both hands around the trembling flesh. Suddenly, the child began to scream. Scream so pitifully that Bolt had to cover his ears. The infant tumbled out of his hands and was swallowed by a whirlpool of sand. In a second, it was gone. Flames burst from the tree, forcing Bolt backwards. Away from the nightmare, to his bed in Harbour Rock.”
I love the author’s characters, story and his quote, “I’m a believer in things. It’s my default position, unless they can be proven not to be. As humans, we are sadly limited in our understanding beyond the horizons of existence. Do I believe in reincarnation? Prove to me that it doesn’t exist.
As an award-winning journalist, author Glen Carter worked most of his life in a high-pressure news environment. His experiences in research and fact driven stories has motivated him to apply his story telling craft to fiction, like this book titled Soldier Boy and Last Witness.
I encourage you to read Soldier Boy, understanding that it is adult content and adult language. I purchased this book from Kindle and this review was posted on September 29, 2018.
Genre: Literature, Fiction
File Size: 812 KB
Print Length: 391 Pages
Publisher: Flanker Press (September 5, 2018)
Publication Date: September 5, 2018
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Last Witness by Glen Carter
A mysterious letter has reached retired FBI agent Frank Malloy. A letter bearing a name from a lifetime ago, from a woman who claims she saw what really happened on the day John F. Kennedy died in Dallas. Many were there to film the president, but Helena Storozhenko snapped a photo on November 22, 1963, that would have changed everything. Then she vanished.
From her death bed in Odessa, the Babushka Lady provides a piece of evidence that will send Malloy and network television host Jack Doyle on a desperate search for the truth. has summoned Malloy and finally reveals what she witnessed in Dealey Plaza.
Malloy and Doyle need each other to solve a decades-old mystery, and to stop an assassin who is driven by the same evil which changed the world so tragically – so long ago. It all comes down to one place, one time, and one bullet as they race to prevent history from repeating itself – more than fifty years after a president was brutally slain – and Helena Storozhenko was The Last Witness.
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Literature & Fiction
File Size: 1388 KB
Print Length: 256 Pages
Publisher: Breakwater Books Ltd. (October 11, 2013)
Publication Date: October 11, 2013
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Amazon Customer Review: A novel that reads like non-fiction!
December 30, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
“We’ve been told a lot about the murder of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, but we were not told everything. In the decades since that tragic day, America has had its share of fact and fiction, myths and misinformation. The truth is, the JFK story continues to be written….”
The quote above is from LAST WITNESS- which is a novel mind you-but the quote is true in my mind nonetheless. (taken from an on-air news broadcast written into the story)
It begins in a way that has your head spinning- Guatemala, New England, NY, Havana….the list goes on. Characters, locations, and intricate intrigue. And as the book progresses, all becomes a woven fabric of pages.
My eyes popped open, got teary, and ultimately got tired from just staying up too late to keep turning pages.
4 thumbs up from myself and my husband!
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Cold Coffee Press Spotlight Interview With Author Glen Carter
Glen Carter is an award-winning journalist who has spent more than thirty-five years in the high-pressure world of television news. He has covered everything from national politics and crime to world leaders and deadly disasters. He is now applying his story-telling craft and decades of fact-driven writing to the flight of fiction.
His debut novel, Angels of Maradona, was published in 2008 by Breakwater Books. Last Witness was released in the fall of 2013. Glen’s latest offering is Soldier Boy, published September 2018 by Flankerpress.com, a novel of reincarnation, redemption and revenge.
What makes you proud to be a writer from Canada)? Newfoundland and Labrador are known for its abundance of successful authors. We live in a place where story telling is part of our culture. It is celebrated and nurtured.
What or who inspired you to become a writer? My father was a talented story teller, politician and author. I spent many hours listening to his tales and learned to appreciate the art of storytelling from him.
When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? I began to write for the love of words. My first novel was published in 2008. That was the bonus.
What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing and publishing journey? The acknowledgment by readers that they’ve enjoyed my novels is the most rewarding experience of my writing and publishing journey.
How many published books do you have? Three published novels, so far.
Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? I prefer to write in the suspense thriller genre, because of the constructs, tools and fundamentals that are part of this style of storytelling.
Please list the title of your book you want featured and promoted? Soldier Boy
What do you like to do when you are not writing? Trying to live a good life, full of friends, and family.
What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Adopt a disciplined writing schedule. Produce each day.
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