In the Shadow of Elvis: Perils of a Ghostwriter

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This is the true story of how and when I met the legitimate, illegitimate son of the King of Rock 'n' Roll, Mr. Elvis Presley. These are the trials and tribulations of ghostwriting John Dennis Smith's epic and incredible mystery of being adopted and discovering his birthright. This is his journey, of finding out, WHO, his birth mother and birth father really were. This too, is of my adventure, trying to get the full story documented, written and published for the world to read of this incredible, well kept secret...
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Overview

This is the true story of how and when I met the legitimate, illegitimate son of the King of Rock 'n' Roll, Mr. Elvis Presley. These are the trials and tribulations of ghostwriting John Dennis Smith's epic and incredible mystery of being adopted and discovering his birthright. This is his journey, of finding out, WHO, his birth mother and birth father really were. This too, is of my adventure, trying to get the full story documented, written and published for the world to read of this incredible, well kept secret of over five decades.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781936745098
  • Publisher: Rio Grande Books
  • Publication date: 4/1/2013
  • Pages: 236
  • Sales rank: 1,440,453
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.54 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2013

    I thought when I read My Bad Tequila in one day that I would not

    I thought when I read My Bad Tequila in one day that I would not be able to do that again with another book.....I was HIGHLY mistaken!!!
    I could not put In the Shadow of Elvis down!!! Rico tells the (beginning of the) story of John Dennis Smith, the legitimate, illegitimate son of Elvis Presley in such a way that you can feel the emotions. When John discovers the truth about his birthright, when he 'meets' his mother (whom he has known as a  family friend), and so many other parts written, I was in tears or laughing.
    Incorporate Rico's perils in trying to write and publish the book, personal struggles while all of this is taking place, and a few margaritas in between....
    I am speechless when asked how good this book really is, because there are no words to describe it. Rico Austin really outdid himself with this one!!! Job well done (again), Rico!!!  

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 30, 2013

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    Reviewed by Joy Hannabass for Readers' Favorite "In the Sh

    Reviewed by Joy Hannabass for Readers' Favorite

    "In the Shadow of Elvis" is the story of the legitimate, illegitimate son of the legendary King of Rock ‘n Roll, John Dennis Smith. Author Rico Austin meets Elvis’s son at a chance meeting in Cave Creek, Arizona, and this book follows the journey of that unique encounter, along with the trials and tribulations of trying to get the story written and published. John Dennis Smith wanted his story told, and Rico Austin was the person he wanted to tell it.

    This book was interesting in two ways, one because it tells a never before told story of the son of Elvis who was raised by Elvis’s aunt and uncle, which makes the story well worth reading. But then when things happen with the story totally out of Austin’s control, he turns the situation into the difficult journey of a ghostwriter. And Austin has such a unique way of writing that he makes the story fun, exciting and entertaining enough that you don’t want to put the book down until you finish. This is really a sad story because though John loved his adopted parents, he was robbed of a relationship with his own father and mother. And as the story tells, John follows in Elvis’ footsteps in several ways. It is all written here in Austin’s book, "In the Shadow of Elvis". This is sure to be a best seller as this book gets more and more publicity. If you enjoy memoirs, you will enjoy Smith’s story. If you are an Elvis fan, then this book is a must for you. And as an added bonus to this book, there are photos of John’s dad Elvis and his mother Zona Marie, plus lots of pictures of the author as well.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 21, 2013

    Rico Austin & Elvis Presley - What a combo of a living writi

    Rico Austin & Elvis Presley - What a combo of a living writing legend and a deceased singing legend! This is one Great Read and Story! After Rico's first novel, MY BAD TEQUILA, I thought to myself no way will this Author be able to top or even come close to writing another emotional and exciting book! Boy, was I wrong! This is a memorable journey of the Rock n' Roll Icon and a never before seen side of ELVIS!

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  • Posted April 21, 2013

    In the Shadow of Elvis, Perils of a Ghostwriter ¿ by Rico Austin

    In the Shadow of Elvis, Perils of a Ghostwriter – by Rico Austin
    Rico Austin has done it again, serving up a double shot of reality. His new book, In the Shadow of Elvis, Perils of a Ghostwriter, chronicles his adventure ghostwriting for John Dennis Smith (aka Johnny Starr) the legitimate – illegitimate son of the late great Elvis Presley.
    Like My Bad Tequila, Rico's award winning novel of his early life, In the Shadow of Elvis, Perils of a Ghostwriter is more than just a story about writing a book. It's a story of love, fear, friendship and understanding. It makes the reader laugh loudly, giggle or shed a silent tear.
    Rico Austin's laid back style makes reading his book easy – but the emotions and situations he explores are anything but simplistic. A chance encounter with someone in San Francisco may have changed his life forever. But even that black cloud doesn't get him down. He soldiers on with an indomitable spirit and unwavering faith that few people have.
    In the Shadow of Elvis, Perils of a Ghostwriter, is a journey through Rico's life and an in depth study of his emotions and thoughts. It is a book I will long love and you will too.
    Incredible. Marvelous. Rico.
    5 Golden Acorns (and 5 Shots of Tequila!)
    © Dellani Oakes

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2013

    weird book

    i fot it for my aunt she says its strange but is still reading it i think.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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