The Real

The Real

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by James Cole
     
 

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When seven hippies burned to death 39 years ago in a tragic fire, a ghost story was spawned. The legend, passed down by students at the local University, centers on Claire Wales, also know as the Hippie Queen. Graduate student Jeremy Spires thinks nothing of the tale until he stops on a deserted road to help a stranded motorist, an odd man named Grady, who retells the

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When seven hippies burned to death 39 years ago in a tragic fire, a ghost story was spawned. The legend, passed down by students at the local University, centers on Claire Wales, also know as the Hippie Queen. Graduate student Jeremy Spires thinks nothing of the tale until he stops on a deserted road to help a stranded motorist, an odd man named Grady, who retells the ghost story as if it and the Hippie Queen are real. Despite Grady's warnings to stay away, Jeremy and his devoted girlfriend, Jinni Malone, plan a camping trip to the very place - Reefers Woods - where the hippies died in 1969. After a near-death experience, an ultra-vivid dream and bizarre visions of children roaming about, Jeremy wonders if there could be some extraordinary power manifested in Reefers Woods. Can Jeremy, in his role as a cynical scientist, dare to believe in the supernatural? Can he discern what is real and what is not?

Do you know what it is to burn? No? Neither did Jeremy, at least not before a girl, a beautiful stranger, kissed him unexpectedly in a bar. In the days that followed, and despite his love for Jinni, Jeremy cannot turn his thoughts away from the provocative encounter. When Jeremy gives in to his forbidden desires and seeks out the mysterious Monika, he is thrust into a shadowy subculture of sex, drugs and rock-and-roll, of which he had been completely unaware. It is Monika who asks the question, and subsequently reveals what it is to burn.

I can' t believe she's dead! The intrigue and suspense intensifies after a ritualistic murder at the University draws the attention of the nation. After learning that the victim is someone very close to Jeremy and after finding evidence linking him to the crime scene, the police focus on Jeremy as a suspect, forcing him to search for the real killer and to try and make sense of the many unforeseen twists and turns his life takes.

THE REAL is a deeply-layered work that can be experienced on several levels. It is up to you, the reader, to decide how deeply you wish to delve.

Editorial Reviews

J.C. Simmons
If one could read only one book this year, it should be The Real by James Cole. A first novel by a southern writer, it is brilliantly written and once started, one cannot put it down. A supernatural mystery/thriller set on a southern college campus, one can see the writer's clarity of intellect, the breadth of his information, and the profundity of his knowledge. The measure of a writer's work is not quantity. If he can get as much intensity and as much meaning into a novel as possible, it will
Tom Ricks
Having just finished this fantastic read, I can honestly say that is among the best books of this type that I've read lately and I might eveh rank it at the top. The author beautifully spins a compelling drama that keeps you in constant suspense while vividly describing each event as it unfolds.
Far too many writers of this genre seem to leave loose ends in weaving their tales, but this is definitely not the case with this author. He clearly and cleverly describes each character and each ev
Karen Gordon
while this is not a genre i am especially partial to i purchased this and read it because the author's mother is my neighbor and she asked me to. not expecting very much from a first novelist under those circumstances i found it an amazingly easy read given the length and complexity of the plot. at first i wasn't too sure about the rich and detailed descriptive language but then as i got more involved i let my mind's eye 'paint' a canvas that the story unfolded and layered upon. like the light r
K. Gordon
while this is not a genre i am especially partial to i purchased this and read it because the author's mother is my neighbor and she asked me to. not expecting very much from a first novelist under those circumstances i found it an amazingly easy read given the length and complexity of the plot. at first i wasn't too sure about the rich and detailed descriptive language but then as i got more involved i let my mind's eye 'paint' a canvas that the story unfolded and layered upon. like the light r
T. Ricks
Having just finished this fantastic read, I can honestly say that is among the best books of this type that I've read lately and I might eveh rank it at the top. The author beautifully spins a compelling drama that keeps you in constant suspense while vividly describing each event as it unfolds.
Far too many writers of this genre seem to leave loose ends in weaving their tales, but this is definitely not the case with this author. He clearly and cleverly describes each character and each ev

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781936377336
Publisher:
NightTime Press LLC
Publication date:
08/01/2010
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
16 Years

Meet the Author

JAMES COLE (pen name) was born and raised in the sheltered environment of a small town in Mississippi. As a child, growing up in the late sixties and early seventies, the loves of his life were bicycles and tree houses, white-sand streams and swimming holes, and the friendships and summer days he thought would never end. James lived for being outside and for summer. The outdoors, especially the nearby woods, represented adventure, exploration and discovery. Summer meant absolute freedom. It was those innocent and grand times of his childhood that provide the backdrop for this author's writing to-date.
Published by NightTime Press, THE REAL has been many years in the making. James first conceived of the novel while attending Ole Miss, where he obtained a Ph.D. in chemistry in 1995. In the intervening years, the book was an on-again, off-again proposition until late in the summer of 2010 when the novel finally became a reality. The story is first and foremost a fictitious mystery. Contained within is a whodunit murder but in the composite THE REAL is a complex weave of several subplots that bring together strong elements of adventure, thrills, the supernatural, and romantic interest that in the end converge in a way guaranteed to surprise and amaze even the most insightful readers.
It is with keen anticipation that the author begins writing the sequel, even as his promotional tour for THE REAL has just begun.

Find out more about James Cole and his creations on the author's website: SecretRealms.com

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The Real 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like to call the main character Jerry. It starts out slow and monotanous.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Try this book by southern author James Cole and emerse yourself in this masterful work. THE REAL is written with a unique style and the multiple storylines will intrigue, amaze, and, in the end completely surprise you. Don't hold me to this, but I even saw on one of the discussion boards where the author himself will refund the purchase price of the book for readers who have (verifiably) bought the book and are dissatisfied with it. I have never heard of such an offer and believe it speaks to the confidence as well as the integrety of James Cole. Bottom line: 5 star, highly recommend