Monday, June 8, 2009

An Author You Can't Refuse


I don't do book reviews, at least not very often. But this is one that will be on my favorites list for a long time, one that I will even read again, and that is very rare. So here goes, I hope I can do this book justice.

I met Mr. Michael Snyder on ChristianWriters and was immediately drawn to him before I even knew he was a real honest-to-goodness-published author. His first book is "My Name Is Russell Fink", which I reviewed here last year. A book with that title, I just had to read. I soon became a fan of Mr. Snyder's work, so I was excited when I heard that his next book was to be released this Spring. I preordered it and checked the mail every day until I finally had it in my hot little hand. Finally "Return Policy" was in my "reading room".

As a wanna-be writer I've taken a few classes to try and learn the trade. A couple of things I had been taught is that it is hard to write in the first person and not to head-hop from one character to character. Mr. Snyder does this with a master's pen. The story flows from one character to the other and back again. The story unfolds through the eyes of the different characters, whom take on the story is just as different as they are.

His characters became my friends, that has only happened once before, and that was with another CW author's creation, John Robinson's Joe Box. Upon reading the last word I had this feeling that I just said goodbye to my best friend for the last time, only this time it was several best friends.

So the next time you're on Amazon or at a good bookstore, grab a copy of "Return Policy", it is worth every penny you'll spend. And Mr. Snyder's kids will be glad to be able to eat.

5 comments:

michael snyder said...

Walk, you did more than a little "justice" in your review!

I can honestly say this is one of my favorite reviews...ever. I'm humbled, honored, and thankful. Seriously. (This is typically where my own neurosis kicks in and I end things on an intentionally humorous or self-deprecating note, but I'm still reeling a little at the image of you saying goodbye to a friend...)

Man, thanks. Big time.

Mike

Walk said...

My privilege. Keep writing and I'll keep reviewing. Deal?

Linda Yezak said...

I love Mike's books and his sense of humor. Thanks for posting the review!

Shaddy said...

You've written an enticing review, Walk. Reading used to be my favorite pastime but now with all the writing I'm doing, I'm way behind. I've got a list as long as my arm of books I want to read.

I've made a note of your suggestion and I'll put in at the top of my list because if you read it, I want to read it.

How's that?

Walk said...

Linda, I'll be one of the first to review "Give The Lady A Ride" also.

Shaddy, I gar-ron-tee that you'll love the book. Put at the top of that stack.