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Don't Die Mr. Opal: Oklahoma Needs You

by:
. St. Charles Writers Group (Author)

ISBN: 0-7414-2946-2 ©2006
Price: $11.95
Book Size: 5.5'' x 8.5'' , 122 pages
Category/Subject: FICTION / Suspense

Rescued from a burning plane crash, Jim, Alice and Dan travel west to say farewell to Charles, the man who saved them. Their journey becomes a fight to survive.

Abstract:
Rescued from a burning plane crash, Jim, Alice and Dan travel west to say farewell to Charles, the man who pulled them from the wreckage. Dying, Charles insists he must see them. They assemble in Chicago and head to his bedside in California. Their journey quickly becomes a frightening fight to stay alive as one-by-one they become targets. What is it that Charles has to say? Or is Jackson Opal somehow involved? They think of Opal as a friend, but he’s living a secret life, playing a mysterious, dangerous game known only to a few.

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Customer Reviews

  Great! , 01/17/2006
Reviewer: Maria Rabenda
Great, great, great! And Congratulations to the St Charles Writers Group, from on of your biggest fans!

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  Portrait of the Writer(s) as a Group Novel , 01/17/2006
Reviewer: Susan Kraykowski
“Don’t Die, Mr. Opal: Oklahoma Needs You” (InfinityPublishing.com) by eighteen members of the St. Charles Writers Workshop in St. Charles, Illinois, began as a lark, developed into an exercise in continuity writing and took on a life of its own, demanding follow through by its authors all the way to publication. The novel features a taut plot and fascinating, diverse characters on a winter journey from Chicago to San Francisco. Jim, Alice and Ted, survivors of an airplane crash, find themselves summoned to the bedside of their dying rescuer amid hints that the accident was not an accident at all. Their trip to visit Charlie, one last time, quickly becomes a desperate struggle to escape assassination as well as to solve several mysteries. What really happened that day in Chicago? Is the sender of the threatening letters they received after the accident anyone they know? And just how is Alice’s foster brother, Jackson Opal, involved? As the plot unfolds, the reader appreciates not only the story but the writing as well. Each author wrote a chapter in succession. Each chapter bears its author’s own stamp and style, but all of them carry the storyline consistently throughout. That said, some chapters are lyrical, some are funny, some action-packed, some mystical and downright poetic. Allusions, jokes and digs at each other abound, revealing a tight-knit group of friends who respect each other’s talent, just as Jim, Alice and Ted come to appreciate each other in the story they created. Don’t rush through “Don’t Die, Mr. Opal.” Although reading purely on the story level is rewarding in itself, this reviewer recommends savoring the fine writing exhibited throughout the book. The hearts and souls of the authors are there to discover, along with the solution to the mystery.

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  Portrait of the Writer(s) as a Group Novel , 01/20/2006
Reviewer: Susan Kraykowski
Portrait of the Writer(s) as a Group Novel “Don’t Die, Mr. Opal: Oklahoma Needs You” InfinityPublishing.com) by eighteen members of the St. Charles Writers Workshop in St. Charles, Illinois, began as a lark, developed into an exercise in continuity writing and took on a life of its own, demanding follow through by its authors all the way to publication. The novel features a taut plot and fascinating, diverse characters on a winter journey from Chicago to San Francisco. Jim, Alice and Dan, survivors of an airplane crash, find themselves summoned to the bedside of their dying rescuer amid hints that the accident was not an accident at all. Their trip to visit Charlie, one last time, quickly becomes a desperate struggle to escape assassination as well as to solve several mysteries. What really happened that day in Chicago? Is the sender of the threatening letters they received after the accident anyone they know? And just how is Alice’s foster brother, Jackson Opal, involved? As the plot unfolds, the reader appreciates not only the story but the writing as well. Each author wrote a chapter in succession. Each chapter bears its author’s own stamp and style, but all of them carry the storyline consistently throughout. That said, some chapters are lyrical, some are funny, some action-packed, some mystical and downright poetic. Allusions, jokes and digs at each other abound, revealing a tight-knit group of friends who respect each other’s talent, just as Jim, Alice and Dan come to appreciate each other in the story they created. Don’t rush through “Don’t Die, Mr. Opal.” Although reading purely on the story level is rewarding in itself, this reviewer recommends savoring the fine writing exhibited throughout the book. The hearts and souls of the authors are there to discover, along with the solution to the mystery.

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