“vision, voice, imagination”
Thomas Hollyday brings to life modern Chesapeake characters in his fictional shipbuilding town of River Sunday, a place located at a crossroads of the world. Reviewers praise his rich sense of place, animals and nature coupled with a vibrant imagination. His words resonate with a deep awareness of history and legend, reminiscent of Michener and Follett. From pre-history to the present, marauders have disturbed this land and its people as tribes, pirates, soldiers, criminals and, some say, even ghosts have come to do evil. These are the stories he relates. His novels have been compared to “pocket battleships,” with interwoven story lines, intriguing mysteries, beautiful love affairs and unique characters in carefully scripted pages. There is humor too as Tom draws on a comedic sense honed from an accomplished cartoonist background. Critics praise his ability to take the reader into thrilling suspense and to make him or her “see the blood” and “breathe the swamp air.” His books are enjoyable sojourns into a fascinating world and are definitely must reads on today’s bookshelf.
The River Sunday Romance Mystery series of books, available at Amazon and other retailers and distributors:
China Jewel by Thomas Hollyday, AF -mystery romance, 228p
“Media around the world cover an inspiring and beautiful ocean race as international tall ships once again sail the ancient tea route to China. Yet, beneath the bright sails hide evil and treachery as the competitors sabotage and even murder each other to win the billion dollar prize.
“The American entry is the Peregrine - a replica of a famous Nineteenth Century clipper with a mysterious past. Tough former soldier Jim Cutter is the ship's race director. It's his responsibility to ensure the ship makes it to its destination in one piece.
“Then far at sea, the Peregrine disappears. Against impossible odds, Cutter must track down the ship and rescue its crew. Most importantly, he must still conquer his recurring personal demon. His only son is aboard. Cutter failed him once before - and he will go through Hell and High Water to bring him safely home again.”
Part of the proceeds from the sale of Thomas Hollyday fiction, cartoons and non-fiction goes to support clean drinking water resources for wildlife.
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