Thursday, December 2, 2010

Book Review: Hal Fleming

By Todd Rutherford

New England, 1960. The tumultuous time during the Civil Rights movement, the anti-war protests, and a pivotal turning point in American history, all make for a riveting story. Add a shipwreck, a disorientated young woman, a black folk singer, and a hard working police officer, and you have the ingredients for a book--a good book.

Hal Fleming's new novel, Once Upon a Storm, is a consuming read of passion and adventure. Based in New England during the 1960s, the reader follows the mystery of a yacht wrecked during a hurricane, off the shore of Cape Cod. Everyone aboard perishes, except for a young white woman named Felicity. Police find Felicity walking aimlessly, and the story quickly turns into a high-speed pursuit when Felicity flees with a famous black folk singer.

Fleming's descriptions and meticulous detail keep you entertained and wanting more. With a flow of words that is both captivating, yet easy to read, you truly feel as if you have traveled back in time to the hardships and soul of the `60s.

The characters are key to this novel as you follow them on their journey. As you read the personal details of the character's lives, feelings, and past, you witness episodes of racism and diversity through their eyes. Each character, whether it be the eccentric father, the lonely yet active Mrs. Jordan, or the timid Aunt Anne, brings a different experience and viewpoint to the story, with intertwined relationships throughout.

Whether you prefer romance, thriller, or are just looking for a great read, Once Upon a Storm is a novel for all. Hal Fleming delivers a story that is both exciting and powerful--and will keep you hooked until the astounding end. This great book is available for you to order at and almost everywhere that books are sold.

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