Spring Lake, NJ (PRWEB) October 18, 2005
Acclaimed storyteller, Leonard Johnsen, is back with the release of his latest novel, Fort Moody Blues, the poignant if somewhat irreverent tale of a small Oklahoma town back in the early 70’s. It is a saga of uncomplicated folk who rely on stubborn determination when forced to deal with pain and uncertainty. While Sheriff Cobb, Bobby Lee, Rhonda and Dwayne might drive the story, it actually revolves around two others, an abusive father and an aging bluesman known as Sweetwater Canyon.
The novel is a moving tribute to life in Middle America as it explores the prevalent attitudes and the ways people interact in a small community when faced with hardships including a prolonged drought, the arrival of the ‘dreaded’ circus, a suicide, the threat of an Indian uprising and an apparent murder. How is it all woven together? Through the mastery of the author’s words along with a little help from Sweetwater Canyon. The story is thought-provoking with just enough loose ends to make the novel satisfying, not contrived.
“Johnsen’s talent lies in his ability to create an ensemble of characters that appear to be as real as the guys in the next booth. The events take the reader on a mysterious escapade up until the very end of the book. It will make you laugh and it will definitely make you cry.”
After toiling down in the canyons of lower Manhattan, Johnsen tired of playing a role in someone else’s story and decided to write his own. He and his wife currently reside on the Jersey shore.
This award-winning author's other works include A Capital Crime, Sunrise Diner and The Ditch Digger, The Life of J. Fletcher Creamer, III. The Phoenix, a historical novel, is scheduled for release in 2006.
To get your copy of Fort Moody Blues or any of Mr. Johnsen’s other works, log on to your favorite on-line bookseller or simply call Xlibris at 1-888-795-4274.
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