Midwest Book Review Names New Novel a "Choice Pick"

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The discerning Midwest Book Review described the novel "Flying Fish," by Vern Hobbs, as, "A choice pick, not to be missed," in their Small Press Bookwatch for October 2010.

The editors of the Midwest Book Review recently named the novel, "Flying Fish," by Vern Hobbs, a choice pick in their October 2010, Small Press Bookwatch, adding that the novel should, "not be missed."

"Flying Fish," is described by its Florida based author, Vern Hobbs, as a hopeful story with an environmental theme and a supernatural twist.

Set in a tiny coastal Florida hamlet, "Flying Fish" tells the story of a community facing extinction when their only industry, commercial fishing, is banned by the passage of a deceptively worded ballot initiative. The town quickly divides as some of the residents grasp for the false hope being offered by a group of shadowy real estate developers, while others demand help from government officials who prove to have no real plan and even less imagination.

As despair deepens, the ghost of a long dead and highly respected civic leader appears to Smiley Randolph, the reserved and uninvolved editor of the town's weekly newpaper. The ghost counsels Smiley that if the town is to survive it must follow the teachings of two unorthodox marine biologists, and embrace the concept of environmental preservation -- the very people and ideas the locals blame for the destruction of their way of life.

In the end "Flying Fish" shows us that protecting the environment does not preclude the success of commercial ventures, and that shifting economies need not destroy communities.

"Flying Fish," published by Aberdeen Bay Book Publishers of Alexandria, Virginia, is the author's debut work of fiction. Hobbs is, however, no newcomer to the world of writing. His informative articles about all things nautical have appeared in sailing magazines for over a decade. His low-key travel and destination stories are featured bi-monthly in a popular Florida entertainment magazine, as well as several on-line travel sites. A long time resident of coastal Florida, Hobbs is right at home spinning this seaside yarn.

"Flying Fish" is available at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and at select independent book stores.        

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