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Posted July 10, 2014
Eddie Clay III is honing in on his own brand: reality based fiction spiced with unique, recurring topics, well-established returning characters, and a maturing writer’s voice. All these ingredients embody a great strategy for retaining existing fans and attract new readers.
The plot is simple. Retired Marine Eddie Thompson, who lives in England, reunites with the love of his life, Monet Dawson (The Seduction of Monet Dawson, 2013) after twenty years, and they begin a new chapter in their love affair. They have a son together, and their long-distance relationship is dotted with transatlantic journeys. If you think Gunnery Thompson was romantic during his first encounter with Monet, get this: his first date with old love Monet includes a dozen roses, a personalized, passionate card, dinner for two at the Olive Garden, and two guest passes to Maxine’s Spa and Massage.
Eddie Thompson established and maintains pleasant, long term relationships with his U.K. neighbors who provide all kinds of excitement in his life. The kaleidoscope of minor characters include a cancer stricken American writer and a chain-smoking, serious family man who works for Scotland Yard and who eventually involves Clay Thompson in a high profile local case.
Hypnosis is still one of Clay III’s main interests, but he takes a step further and leads the reader into the world of occult, bringing ghosts into the circle of interesting characters.
True to his artistic tradition, the author often derails from the central storyline to chronicle everyday episodes of the main character’s personal life, such as buying a mobile phone in the U.K., staging a makeover of his neighbor/friend, helping another friend quit smoking by hypnotizing him, and even participating in the hunt for and capture of a lurking serial killer rapist. These seemingly unrelated accounts may slow down the action, but at the end most will make sense and contribute to the resolution. Also in accordance with his creative past, Clay touches on several topical issues, such as gay marriage, PTSD, the Facebook invasion, and old favorites like domestic violence, infidelity, and personal sex-tapes.
The author’s voice have matured notably since the beginning of his publishing career, and his efforts of creating a brand by connecting to past novels and infusing new topics into his craft will undoubtedly expand his fan base.
The bottom line is that Eddie Clay’s newest book is hypnotic, this time pun intended.
The Harrington Review, 2014.
Posted June 9, 2014
Crossover by E. Clay is a fast moving paranormal romance, based on true events, that will leave you saying wow. Once you start reading you will want to find a nice relaxing spot where you read the book from cover to cover. Then, get ready to hop on an emotional roller=coaster ride as you follow Clay Thompson as he takes you through the highs of rekindled love to the low of lose and a myriad of emotions in between. There are times that laugh, at times you will be brought to tears, you might feel an eeriness of a presence that you can't quite explain and other times you might even find yourself experiencing joy. As you ride along with Mr. Thompson you to will find your beliefs challenge by the spine tingling event that unfold in the page of this extraordinary book.
The author does a great job of using using descriptive details to make key scenes of the story come alive to the point that reader experience the same emotion that he must have felt when experiencing the events. One example of this is when he received a message from a mysterious old woman that brings forth emotions that can even make a total skeptic wonder about the existence of the spirit world.
Just about anyone that reads this book will find themselves able to relate to the characters found in the pages of Crossover. There is Jo Tompson, that special person that even though you have only know a short time you feel a closeness that goes beyond friendship. Monet, that person that fills your heart so fully that you can't wait to be with them. Carl, the take charge person that you can rely on on to get things done.
I would highly recommend this book for anyone that is a fan of romance, mystery, that has every lost someone near to them, anyone that has ever felt a bond that transcends one lifetime or just likes a good story with a supernatural twist.