Past Twilight

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Summer 2011 Pinnacle Book Achievement Award winner.

Best Book Award in the category of Thriller

Past Twilight will appeal to those who enjoy their mystery and suspense laced with a hint of science fiction, especially if they are not deterred by portrayals of physical and emotional violence and the attitudes and behaviors common to people who spend a good deal of their time in bars. Fortunately, the author balances the all-too-human negative ...

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Overview

Summer 2011 Pinnacle Book Achievement Award winner.

Best Book Award in the category of Thriller

Past Twilight will appeal to those who enjoy their mystery and suspense laced with a hint of science fiction, especially if they are not deterred by portrayals of physical and emotional violence and the attitudes and behaviors common to people who spend a good deal of their time in bars. Fortunately, the author balances the all-too-human negative traits of his characters with forays into ethics, honor, and self-respect.

"Hemingway is a gifted storyteller. He brings to his work the observational and investigative skills and ability to read subtle body language that he learned during his nearly twenty years of experience as a New York State Peacekeeper. Such skills allow him to convey much with little and move his story forward with a character's gesture or glance."

Kristine Morris

ForeWord Clarion Review

Occupying the sparsely populated genre of science-fiction noir, Hemingway's debut blends the extraterrestrial with the classic tale of the one that got away.

Hemingway shows skill at plotting, always moving his rather large cast of bar-hopping characters forward. He keeps the reader engaged through twists and turns of the complex mystery.

Kirkus Reviews

'Past Twilight'- my novel, has nothing to do with vampires. But it does have a mean hurricane that shatters the beach front property of a small town on the Jersey Shore and provides the spark that propels a web of unhealthy relationships to murder, betrayal and of course more murders. It is also a story about two men obsessed with the same woman. One wants to save her the other may be the one who wants to kill her again, yes this is one of those novels where someone goes back in time. Will he solve the puzzle of why the same gun was used to kill the woman he was obsessed with and the man he thought killed her? And when he was sent back in time why did the alien who sent him back whisper to him as his mind was starting to leave his former body:

"Find the mother and father and you will find your answers."

While you're at the Jersey Shore or some other fun vacation spot, reading my book and getting early stage melanoma on a hot, sweaty afternoon at the beach: ask yourself this question. What really happens when the sun goes down? Buy this book and find out what is possible.

Somwhere in writing this novel I found passion again and that is when my characters started taking over and it became a novel about many inter-relationships and how some of those relationships can get you killed it you aren't paying attention. It also became a novel that became surpisingly optimistic as the novel moved toward its end. A lot of the novel has that pulp fiction style of the detective novels in the thirties where lurking beneath picket fences and two bedroom homes things were pretty ugly and of course there was always a couple of corrupt copper's.

My novel is a lot longer than a detective novel where you have a closed environment of the sharp and savvy detective, leading lady, some victims and everyone else is a suspect. This is because it is also a journey novel played against the background of the 70's. It is also a personal journey where the protagonist tries to make sense of his life and also come to terms with the four types of women that a man gets interested in. The first three types you get to meet in this novel. I could tell you which character is which type. But it is much more interesting if you meet them in the novel. If you are a man I'm sure the three types will look familiar. The last and final type you get to meet in the second novel, if I can sell enough copies of this novel and I get to make a movie out of the first novel.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781456560836
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/3/2011
  • Pages: 374
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

My experience as a NYC HHC Hospital Police Captain and NYC HRA as a Fraud Investigator was instrumental to the development of my main character. I also value the education I received at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in pursuing a master's degree in Criminal Justice. Most of the characters in this book are various combinations of some of the interesting people I have met. Certainly, some of the people I met at the Jersey Shore during the 1970s provided the early inspiration for my novel. I also have a background in Photography and a respect for some of the great film directors like David Lean who used cinematography to enhance their story telling. I believe a good story is about individuals and the moral, social and physical landscape that ties them together. Hopefully someday, someone will read the book and see a big-budget film Noir.
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  • Posted September 12, 2011

    An intriguing time travel read

    Time travel has always been an intriguing idea. Many of us have had one pivotal moment that seemed to turn the rest of our lives in one direction or another. If that moment had been a mistake that could have been avoided and you were given the chance to correct the outcome, would you go back in time to change things? To complicate things even more, what if you died or somehow ceased to exist and could never return to the present time? Of course, the answer would probably depend on how satisfied you are with your present life. In Past Twilight, the main character is Jack Turner, a 59-year-old barhopping drunk who is sour on women, sour on life, and has pretty much given up on humanity in general. We get the feeling that he is disgusted with life and doesn't care if he lives or dies. For years he has been obsessed with a beautiful young woman who was brutally murdered. The story takes on a supernatural twist when Jack meets a stranger who seems to know everything about him - his past, present, and his future. This odd stranger seems to know even his most intimate thoughts and feelings, including those about this young barmaid whose murder seemed to turn his life in the wrong direction. Lending a supernatural twist, this stranger admits to being an alien and offers Jack a chance to travel back in time to change what happened during this pivotal period of his life, giving him a chance to save this woman's life and alter the downward spiral of his own life. Unfortunately, this travel to the past will be permanent; he can never return to the present. Jack at first is unbelieving and scoffs at idea. It is only when the alien accurately predicts that Jack will be diagnosed with terminal cancer that he becomes a believer and decides to go back in time to stop this murder. As Jack travels twenty-six years back in time, he retains some, but not all, of his memories of past events and people. The alien has also helped him by giving him clues, "Find the mother and father and you will find your answers," and the monetary resources, through a lottery win, to stop these tragic events from happening. The story is centered primarily around a bar in Jersey Shore. From Hemingway's writing, we can see that he has a great deal of background in law enforcement. There is a mystery to solve, murder, a terrible hurricane, greed, and political corruption. In the beginning of the book, Jack is an unlikely hero. He is a drunk, a racist, a sexist, and has a very negative attitude on life and people. Yet as the story progresses he changes into a very different person whose moral values have changed and is more likeable and optimistic. Past Twilight is much more than a police/detective novel. The author includes many philosophical thoughts on racism, politics, religion, and personality. For example, the alien, in an effort to get Jack to change, instructs him in the four dimensions of personality: the first - how we view ourselves, the second - how other people see us, the third - who were really are, and the fourth - who we can be. Hemingway is a very talented writer. Past Twilight is a fast-paced read that will keep you turning the pages. My only suggestion would be to give the alien a larger role in the book. I recommend it for those who enjoy light fantasy, mysteries, or police/detective novels. And does the guy end up with the girl of his dreams to live happily ever after? You'll have to read the book to find out.

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  • Posted August 30, 2011

    Page turner through the dark side

    "Past Twilight will appeal to those who enjoy their mystery and suspense laced with a hint of science fiction, especially if they are not deterred by portrayals of physical and emotional violence and the attitudes and behaviors common to people who spend a good deal of their time in bars. Fortunately, the author balances the all-too-human negative traits of his characters with forays into ethics, honor, and self-respect."

    "Hemingway is a gifted storyteller. He brings to his work the observational and investigative skills and ability to read subtle body language that he learned during his nearly twenty years of experience as a New York State Peacekeeper. Such skills allow him to convey much with little and move his story forward with a character's gesture or glance."

    Kristine Morris
    ForeWord Clarion Review

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