Towering Pines Volume One: Room 509 [NOOK Book]


When high school superstar basketball player Liam Rider is
sentenced to military school to serve out an aggravated assault
charge, he thought his life was over. But when Lisbeth Harrington
comes into his...
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Towering Pines Volume One: Room 509

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When high school superstar basketball player Liam Rider is
sentenced to military school to serve out an aggravated assault
charge, he thought his life was over. But when Lisbeth Harrington
comes into his life she sparks feelings in him he didn't know he had.
Suddenly pulled into the past of the historic school by nightmares of
his own suicide, Liam and Lisbeth are catapulted forward into the
hidden history of ghosts, suicide and murder.

Can they solve the mysteries of the military school before Liam
becomes the next victim of the paranormal murderer?
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Editorial Reviews

BD Wenches
Mr. Sarte writes with a realism that makes the supernatural element seem almost plausible. He gives his readers vivid and descriptive scenes and multi-faceted characters we can believe in. He builds Admiral Farragut Military Academy into a real place that contrasts almost shockingly with the fact that a vengeful ghost seems to be stalking its grounds.
David Trapp
As other reviewers have note Towering Pines defies being pigeon-holed into one category. The intriguing story of Liam, a young transfer student at a military academy, is so "real" you can smell the salt air of the Admiral Farragut Academy. What happen next .. well that's the story. Suffice it to say it's not dull. Elements of mystery, horror, paranormal goings on come flying on keeping the reader guessing to the last minute
Hannah H
Bruce A. Sarte’s Towering Pines Volume One: Room 509 is an interesting novel that grips the reader’s attention throughout. The suspense captures the reader until the very end. Sarte’s plot was solid and easily intertwined the characters throughout the storyline....he author proved his strength within his characters and his writing.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011821004
  • Publisher: Bucks County Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/6/2010
  • Series: Towering Pines , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 596 KB

Meet the Author

Bruce lives just outside of Philadelphia with his wife and three children. In addition to writing, he enjoys baseball, playing guitar, reading, church, cooking and being a dad.

Bruce grew up at the Jersey Shore (the picture is at Point Pleasant Beach, where Sands of Time is set) and graduated from Admiral Farragut Academy in Pine Beach, NJ where he first became enthralled with reading and writing. From his early influences Bruce was introduced to and fell in love with Shakespeare, Marlow, Henry James and Nathaniel Hawthorne.
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  • Posted January 6, 2013

    I picked this book based on a small excerpt where Liam is litera

    I picked this book based on a small excerpt where Liam is literally shoved out of bed by no-one. I haven't read many ghost stories and figured I was over due.

    The book starts with Liam being hurt by 2 members of the opposing basketball team, one of which then foul him just as he is about to take the winning shot at the end of the match, Liam loses his mind in the heat of the moment and takes his revenge by beating him with a folding chair,leaving him in a coma. Liam then finds himself facing aggravated assault charges, and being sent to Military school to serve out his sentence.
    Once there he tries to settle into the routine of the Academy. But he keeps having strange dreams, dreams in which his life is in danger.. and time is running out. 

    I actually felt sorry for Liam at the start of the book, injured deliberately by the opposition and then fouled near the end of the match its no wonder he lost his temper (yes he took it too far), and then shunned by his family who wouldn't even arrange legal advice for him... Not once did he try to deflect the blame away from himself.

    The story developed at just the right pace to keep you reading. Not giving away too much early in. However, the final showdown seemed rushed and left me feeling a little cheated. Now im looking forward to reading the second book in the series.

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  • Posted February 22, 2012

    This is a unique, tensely written and well-paced paranormal young adult story

    Reviewed by Vered E for Readers Favorite Liam figures things couldn’t get worse. A confrontation on the basketball court lands him in jail, his parents disown him, his girlfriend breaks up with him and now a judge sentences him to complete his remaining high school years at the Admiral Farragut Academy. Can it get any worse? Apparently, it can. He makes enemies upon arrival at the Academy and he is assigned to Room 509, a dorm room that has been sealed for twenty years. At first, he dismisses the stories surrounding the room: that all its previous tenants committed suicide on Halloween night by jumping off the building’s roof. Then he meets his roommate, a strange boy who no one else has seen, and starts having weird dreams. Liam’s only friend, a sullen girl called Lisbeth, isn’t even sure she wants to be around him. Will he find a way to solve the mystery before it is too late? This is a unique, tensely written and well-paced paranormal young adult story with good plot development. The teen characters are realistic and learn to move out of their self-absorption and reach out to help each other. The story also provides an insider’s look at the routines and experiences of a military school, and the author draws on his own experience to create an authentic description. There were some editing issues a few minor inconsistencies throughout the story. But overall this story has great promise and kept me interested.

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