Hello And Welcome Readers And New Friends,
One of the wonderful things about Social Media is you meet some really nice people, and that is where I met my guest author, Gerald G Griffin.
We met on LinkedIn, as we are both in the same group, ‘Author & Book Reviews.” So never underestimate the power of networking through social media sites…
I asked Gerald if I could share a little about him, and his books to all of my friends and readers here! And so it’s my honor to share his most recent book titled; “Of Good And Evil.” He has a few other books available on Amazon as well, but I have heard good things of this book. And of course all the outstanding Amazon reviews don’t lie.
I have gone to GoodReads and added his book to my “Want To Read” bookshelf, and as soon as I get it read? I’ll do a follow-up post to share my own Review. But I have heard the Buzz, and read the reviews on both Amazon and GoodReads, and they are fantastic! But before I share the a little bit about his current book, just who is Gerald G Griffin? Well lets find out shall we?
Gerald G. Griffin
A native of Flint, Michigan, Gerald Griffin wrote his first short book of fiction while in the 9th grade. Ever since then he has felt compelled to write — his style reminiscent of Frederick Forsythe, with a dash of Damon Runyon and Tom Clancy.
Review ~ GoodReads Rick F. rated it 5 of 5 stars
In creating the character of Ron Sheffield, Gerald Griffin has proven himself to be a writer of extraordinary skills. Of Good and Evil is a novel that is so finely written, so well plotted and paced that the reader is immediately drawn into the book from the first page. Mr. Giffin, in able to use mere words to introduce the reader to Ron Sheffield is nothing short of breath-taking it is not often that a writer can make so complex a character, a person with such internal torments and external gifts, resonate so perfectly with a plot nad locations that keep the reader glued to the book from start to finish.A JAMES MASON COMMUNITY BOOK CLUB MUST READRICK FRIEDMAN
FOUNDER: THE JAMES MASON COMMUNITY BOOK CLUB
GoodReads Review ~ Starr Reina
He meets Amber Ash while recovering from a severe beating and gunshot wounds, compliments of the Mafia. It is soon discovered Ash has the same special powers as he and together they hunt down evil for the sake of good.But one evil…one major threat against the United States may just be the incident that Sheffield and Ash cannot survive, which means the death of millions of others as well. Will Sheffield be able to stop the terrorists and keep Ash and many other innocent people alive?
An absolute must read! It’s not your typical fight between good and evil and the suspense will grab a hold of you and keep you turning the pages.Reviewed by Starr Gardinier Reina, author of “Deadly Decisions” for Suspense Magazine…
*Now as I said, Reviews have been fantastic, so here are a couple of what ‘Amazon Readers’ had to say about Gerald’s book*…
Amazon Review ~ April 19, 2014 By: Tarzana Kid…
Well! If Ron Sheffield don’t get you, his woman Amber Ash will.
I’m not going to rehash the plot because other have done that bit. However, I found this a well-balanced and constructed thriller with a slight touch of the paranormal. It is written in an easy-to-read style and whilst obviously an American tale, it doesn’t leave the poor English reader thinking “what was all that about, then?” -as some US writers do.
It will appeal to fans of Lee Child, Stephen Leather & possibly David Baldacci. I have no doubt Griffin will further mould the redoubtable Ron Sheffield into a more rounded character undergoing deeper personal challenges other than contract killing and loving the mysteriously sensual Amber Ash. Sheffield has demons from his military passed to conquer and these resurrect at awkward times to plague his conscience and cloud his judgement and cold killing efficiency.
Mr. Griffin’s experience in the world of psychology will enable him to exploit this facet of Sheffield’s vulnerability in future sequels. Thankfully the reader will be pleased to know that Sheffield’s victims are thorough ‘bad guys. Sheffield’s feet are kept firmly planted by the equally gifted Amber Ash who ensures his physical needs are fulfilled whilst also providing intuitive help in tracking transcendentally his opponents’ moves.
The climax in tackling the bad guys on a crowded Atlanta street is masterfully done.
‘Nuff said – buy it!
*And here is one more Amazon 5 Star Review*…
Amazon Review ~ “Of Good And Evil” Feb 2014
“Of Good and Evil” by Gerald G. Griffin is a fascinating suspense thriller with a story that captivates the reader from the very first sentence. It is a story about an ex-Green Beret soldier, Ron Sheffield, who owing to his supernatural and telepathic gifts was the only survivor on a mission in the Middle East. When he realizes that his discharge from the military was due to his possession of Iraqi secret documents, he sought revenge and eventually became a well qualified hit man working for the mob. Multiple plots follow in an almost rhythmic pattern of equation: “action minus evil equals good.” Ron battles government cell, Mafia, secret society and at the end is confronted with the imminent nuclear obliteration of a city by a terrorist cell.
The book is also a captivating story of true love between a man and a woman, Ron Sheffield and Amber Ash, who possesses abilities similar to Ron’s. It’s the kind of romance that women can only dream about – the gravitational pull between two souls who genuinely love each other and so intensely. It gives a refreshing balance between Ron’s justified-in-his-mind killings and Amber’s sweet love – a mesmerizing combination that would keep any woman captivated.
Gerald G. Griffin is an intriguing, galvanizing, even a bewitching writer. The story hypnotically trapped me inside the pages as they turned quickly at the speed of the story line. It is action-filled, full of vivid characters, and intriguing happenstance. The book leads the reader to get involved in the never-ending question of how good and evil are perceived by the society, by various groups and by each individual and how they justify their actions. The author ingeniously plays tricks on the reader’s psyche as it debates the points of reason. Several times the story introduced the concept of violently eliminating the bad as a good deed, and I found myself questioning my own rationalism.
All-in-all, it is a magnetic read!
-Reviewed by Olga Gladky Verro, Editor of Voices From The Past by Orest M. Gladky…
*Here is where you can click & purchase a copy of “Of Good And Evil” for yourself*
*Now like many writers and authors, we like to share and continue or stories, or share other places you can find our work through our ‘Author Websites & Blogs’ and Gerald has done the same. His beautiful “Author Bio and Website for his book can be visited here; http://www.authorgeraldgriffin.com & his Blog as well here,
http://geraldggriffin.blogspot.com — Here is a sample, and a little more about Gerald’s blog and one of my favorite blog posts of his*…
Gerald G. Griffin
“For gosh sakes, when’s your next posting? Don’t you know bloggers are supposed to post every week…or at least once a month.”
I gazed up at her with a vague look. “Really?”
“Yes, really. And you haven’t posted for over four months, leaving me hanging! I so enjoyed your last fascinating and eye-opening post and have been eagerly anticipating your next one. But after four months — NOTHING?!”
My vague look dwindled. I sighed. “Easy. Sorry, I’ve been quite busy.”
“So busy as to ignore your blog — your followers,” she reprimanded, frowning. “Some darn blogger you are!”
I returned her frown. “For heavens sake, don’t be so critical. I’ve been too pressed finishing my screenplay for OF GOOD AND EVIL to write a new blog post.”
“No excuses. Unacceptable. A blogger blogs –regardless!”
My frown deepened. “Boy, you give no quarter, do you?”
“Not on this!” Sue was adamant.
“Just out of the blue, what do you expect me to post?”
“Anything! Right now, I’d settle for…for…You mentioned your screenplay. How about something on that?”
My frown eased into a profound expression. “Okay, you want screenplay, you get screenplay. But before beginning, you must understand that for the mind a novel is more internal and meditative, where a movie is more external and visually expressive. I learned that in spades doing the screenplay; really learned the difference between a movie and the book it’s based upon”
Sue’s lovely features suddenly sparkled. “Now you’re talking!” she exclaimed, excited. “What did you learn?…Did you have any help with your screenplay?…”
“Actually, the initial screenplay drafts were written by a movie script pro working with my film representative. Then all corrections and changes in their script — plenty of them, no mean task, I can tell you — were left for me to make, this becoming the final draft.”
“I take it that was a problem,” Sue said, a sympathetic tone.
“At first, yes. A big problem. You see, the screen script they gave me was limited in scope compared to the novel. At one point it even lost me.”
“That lousy?!”she shuddered.
“No, no. The screen script was amazing in its own right — still captivating…moving with graphic lure…sticking to the gist of the storyline. But for me the problem was that the perfect resonance between the characters and the plot in the novel was choppy and abrupt in the screen draft; this, as I discovered, dictated by the constraints of movie reality.”
“Oh, my, indeed! Some major scenes in the book…some minor characters…had to be cut, as well as some essential character threads, nuances and developments, sort of deleting part of the book’s soul. I tried as best I could to restore this soul; restore what I felt was needed for plot cohesion, but I couldn’t completely. I had no choice but to compromise for the movie’s sake else the screen script would be too long. The script I ended up with would be two hours of movie as it was.”
Sue stared at me in alarm. “Will the book’s magnificence be lost in the movie?” she asked, a certain sadness in her tone.
“My film representative certainly doesn’t think so. When I presented the final corrected screen script to her, and after she read it, she replied to me, and I quote:
“Griff, YOU ARE AMAZING! THE SCRIPT LOOKS AND READS as in PERFECT! I AM YELLING THIS OUT OF PURE JOY AND DELIGHT! God only knows what they will do when we actually send it out….Thank you so much for helping us to fix your script. It was a biggie because you are a Giant as in…a really good soul. I am honored to know you and to work with such a sweet, kind and understanding spirit as you. I am blessed.”
Hearing this, Sue seemed transfixed, for a moment becoming strangely still. Then she pursed her lips, then spoke in a quiet voice. “I have a feeling about your script. A spiritual one.”
“Spiritual? I’d settle for good timing and good luck.”
“No, I don’t think you’ll need so much of that with this movie,” she said, more energy now in her voice. “If what your film representative says about your screen script is true, the movie will automatically achieve its own unique magnificence. I just FEEL it!”
“Wow, you’re really into this.”
“You bet I am. Now!” Sue’s dark eyes were flaming with spirit. “Besides what you’ve heard from your script pro and your representative, what have others said about the possibility of your movie?”
“Well, for an inkling, read this.” I handed Sue the sheet of paper I had been reading when she arrived. On it was commentary from Leigh Savage. Standing in for me, Leigh had answered as if she were me to a question directed to myself by a reader on her blog ‘Comments’ section at the bottom of Leigh’s author interview with me on my novel.
Engrossed, her eyes glittering with amazement, Sue began reading Leigh’s commentary:
“Vickie, thank you for your question. This is Gerald’s answer. ‘I feel very close to the military. Many on both sides of my family have served in the U.S. Military, as well as close friends, a couple in Special Forces. In addition, while a psychologist in private practice, I had in psychotherapy several returning military veterans having difficulty adjusting to normal society because of continuing combat trauma.
I was presented first hand what they unhappily endured, as though I was with them in combat. This background with the military –very close to my heart, in addition to the 9/11 attacks and other factors of national security, are what prompted me to write the story of my novel. This type of storyline in OF GOOD AND EVIL, with some of the same characters, is continued in the novel’s sequel. In spite of my novel OF GOOD AND EVIL receiving powerful reviews and presently being explored for the screen, it is lacking in sales one would expect from such a powerful book. It is ironic and unfortunate that it may take a movie to bring this captivating novel to a broader range of readers and the literary world. Whatever can be done to spread the word of the novel, before a possible movie is made upon it, would be a great contribution to that world.’ ”
When finished reading, Sue immediately gave me a resolute look. “We’ve got to get busy on this. Never mind the blog posting!”
*So in closing, I have to say to my new friend and fellow author, Gerald….. I have to agree with “Sue”, you need to get to your blog buddy and blog post more often for your readers and book fans!…LOL!
I hope you all enjoyed my guest author today, and here are a few more places you can connect with, Author Gerald G. Griffin. What an honor to be able to share such an established author and writer her on my blog today. I hope you’ll go grab a copy of his book and let me know what YOU thought in my comment section her on my blog. I want to THANK Gerald for letting me have the pleasure of sharing him with all my Supportive and Fabulous readers and friends*
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