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"Dedicated to the survivors of America’s decades of discontent
and the writers, musicians, artists and entertainers
who helped them through it."
by Richard Sharp
Author Richard Sharp
Richard Sharp earned a BA from Harvard as well as a Masters
Degree from Princeton, launching a career as an international development
consultant before recently retiring.His work throughout the US and in over
four dozen countries provides authentic settings for his fictional work.
He is the author of Jacob’s Cellar, Time is the Oven, The Duke Don’t Dance, and his most recent novel, Crystal Ships. His publications have garnered him multiple accolades, including a Kirkus Star and place on the Kirkus Best Self-Published Book list (2013), the an Independent Publishers gold medal for Best Adult Fiction (2014), a finalist finish in the ForeWord Clarion Firsts (2012) and Reader’s Favorite (2012) categories, and even a Deane Ritch Lomax Poetry Award for an extract from Crystal Ships.
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You can expect to be propelled by BOLTS of emotion! Richard Sharp, (Best Adult Fiction Novelist, 2013-) weaves heart pounding moments into his latest novel. I wanted to escape to a softer place, for this is not only the story of an assault on a complicated young girl, but the on the confrontation of a values in a changing society.
Ships might be regarded as a companion piece to Sharp’s prize-winning Indie
novel, The Duke Don’t Dance. Again, his rigorous narrative of this unfolding tale was relentless. I could not
put it down.
in the popular culture and politics of its time, Sharp’s latest novel
focuses on a specific period -
1960-1978. Here, with great craft obviously supported by his research
and personal experience, Sharp reveals the spirit of this period. He
encompasses humor around tragedy,
and brings a new light to social and cultural perspectives. Dedicated
to the survivors it must be.
Of Crystal Ships,
CreateSpace says: “A sweeping saga of American idealism and disillusionment,
Richard Sharp’s exquisite Crystal Ships traces the lives of seven friends
through two decades of violence, hope, and cultural change Sharp spins an epic
tale that starts back in the heady days of the Kennedy administration, when
Camelot appeared as a shining beacon of hope for all Americans.”
Here is a novel orchestrated within an era laden with moral
ambiguities and the ambiguities in the protagonists themselves. Alive with emotive
threads that play piercingly throughout the novel, Sharp rivets the reader and
keeps pages turning. “Sexual tension - passion - the dreams of youth - yearning
for more - reaching for the stars, along with the disappointments life hands to
everyone - it's all wrapped up in one perfect rendition dedicated to the 50th
memorial of JFK's assassination.”
Early on, Sharp introduces us to Lucy, a sexually provocative young girl. With a clap of emotion reminiscent of a performance by Jim Morrison and The Doors, he then makes the reader an eye-witness to each horrifying moment of her rape. At the same time, he reaches within the psyche and defiant spirit of this character allowing her to react in a darkly comic victory scene..
“ I feel that the
credibility of my female protagonists owes a lot to … Isabel Allende’s novels
and memoir.. ..” Sharp tells me in an interview.
Assassinations, drugs, gender conflicts, and the Vietnam War come crashing through Crystal Ships as the voices of Sharp’s haunting, individually defined characters speak.
In his career, Richard Sharp traveled the world. Clearly he writes from first-hand knowledge of the locales he chooses, as well as of the war itself. Sharp brings these locations alive and “…animates the Vietnam era with sharply drawn characters and intricate story lines,” one reader says.
YOU CAN FIND ALL OF SHARP'S NOVELS AT POWELL'S
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