About the Book: Intrepid journalist Jared Blake makes an amazing discovery while researching the history of an 1870s estate built by reclusive silver baron, J.W. Everett. Upon his death, the silver baron's will names a child, to be born forty years in the future and who has no blood relationship to him, as his heir. How is that even possible? What bizarre motive would he have for doing so? As Jared works to solve the mystery surrounding the circumstances of the will, he finds that in the past others have investigated the estate, only to end up dead or in an asylum. What dreadful secret is the estate hiding? Could the rumors of a hidden treasure be true? Someone else, someone with a more sinister reputation, thinks they are and is determined to uncover the estate’s secret and find the treasure.
About the Author: M.D. Meyer is the pen name of Michael D. Meyer (1949 - ). Born in Pennsylvania, his family soon moved to the suburbs of Chicago, eventually settling in Evanston, Illinois, where he grew up, went to school, and on to college at Northwestern University. He graduated 1971 with a B.A. in History with a focus on Asian history. It was during these college years that he developed an intense interest in eastern philosophy, mysticism, and the paranormal, and read widely in those fields. Many of the books in the library of his fictional character, Nicholas Freeman, from his mystery novel, The Strange will of J.W. Everett, are books he actually read during and after his college years. After college he pursued his budding interest in computer technology, which developed into a forty year career in Information Technology. During this career he honed his writing skills by drafting IT strategic planning studies for medium and large sized companies. He retired in 2012. When he saw a library announcement for the November 2013 National Novel Writing Month, he was intrigued, and his current novel is the result.
My Review: This is a very entertaining reading, where the author develops a nice idea in a plot easy to follow and that keeps you reading eagerly to find out the mystery behind J.W.Everett and his state. Jared Blake is a journalist that since young age was fascinated with the state of J.W.Everett in his home town. Upon becoming a journalist, he decide to shot a movie on the story of the state and in order to do his movie he set a visit into the house to talk to the current owner. What from outside seemed to be almost an abandon house, as a matter of fact it is a very comfortable and very well decorated house from inside, hiding more secrets than the imagination can handle. A love story is resumed with the help of our journalist and the final explanation of the mystery is quite imaginative!I recommend this book to the permanent library of any reader that wants to be entertained for hours with a very well written story, that will hook you from the very first page.
I received an electronic copy from the author and I was not requested to provide a positive review. Opinion expressed here is my own.
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