Blackwater

Blackwater

by Mrs C. D. Blizzard

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Blackwater by Mrs C. D. Blizzard

"Wildest ride with the biggest kick in the ass." Swamps, alligators, deadly snakes. Illegal fishing, bad booze, and a river they called Blackwater. It's a place where a boy can dream.... The summer of 1965. That's the year Mikey would never forget. It was the year he became a man. He'd been ten-years-old when Uncle Cotton finally managed to convince Mikey's overprotective mother that what her little sissy-boy son needed was to spend the summer with a real man. Mikey was all too eager to comply. In their small Florida community, Cotton's penchant for wildness had made him a celebrity, and there was nothing in the world Mikey wanted more than to get close to all that craziness and experience it for himself. Under the tutelage of this local legend, Mikey steps into a world filled with the sort of adventure he'd only imagined. But, by summer's end, the innocence of youth is tarnished when a single chilling act shatters the boy's idealistic view of his uncle.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781463670276
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/29/2011
Pages: 298
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Cassandra Ormand is an accomplished, award-winning author, with over 30 novels to her credit. She has been writing since the age of 15 and has published numerous short stories, articles, and books. When it comes to her writing career, she is known for her skills in hopping genres. She has written in nearly every genre, including romance, mystery, thriller, science fiction, and mainstream. She has recently added to her list of writing accomplishments with a spiritual non-fiction series, the first of which is titled Seven Years of Surrender. In fiction, she writes page turning novels that keep readers avidly engaged. Her non-fiction series promises to be a revelatory look at life, living, and what is beyond. Cassandra also writes under the pen names E. J. Deen, C. D. Blizzard, and Cassandra Blizzard.

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Blackwater 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Swamps, alligators, deadly snakes. Illegal fishing, bad booze, and a river they called Blackwater. It's a place where a boy can dream.... The summer of 1965. That's the year Mikey would never forget. It was the year he had become a man. He'd been ten-years-old when Uncle Cotton had finally managed to convince Mikey's overprotective mother that what her little sissy-boy son needed was to spend the summer with a real man. Mikey was all too eager to comply. In their small Florida community, Cotton's penchant for wildness had made him a celebrity, and there was nothing in the world Mikey wanted more than to get close to all that craziness and experience it for himself. Under the tutelage of this local legend, Mikey steps into a world filled with the sort of adventure he'd only imagined. But, by summer's end, the innocence of youth is tarnished when a single chilling act shatters the boy's idealistic view of his uncle.
Guest More than 1 year ago
C.D. Blizzard's writing skill so successfully drew me into the story that I forgot I was reading a book, which is something no other author has achieved for me. The characters are so strongly imprinted in my memory that I will never forget them. All of my five, and maybe six, senses were fully engaged. I can still smell the horse, see its long eyelashes, hear its soft nicker. I can still picture Cotton's one-of-a-kind truck, and the barn, too. What mysterious secrets lurked in its cool, dim-lit interior? I can sense Tank's hatred of the man: Cotton. I taste Mikey's Fresca, feel the chocolate of the Moon-Pie melting in my own fingers, and smell the fear oozing out of Jimbo's pores as he sits next to me. I experience the jealousy and the joy of being near Shelby. Even Aunt Ruthie, Cotton's wife, touches my sympathy in her humble acceptance of her lot in life. I can hear Cotton's demonic cackle, ringing out across the lake above the roar of the Lycoming. My stomach lurches at the memory of that dark night's wild ride on the lake in the airboat, as they tried to escape the law. Cotton demanded maneuvers of that airboat no ordinary mortal would dare try. I can feel my fingers clutching the seat so tight--hanging on for dear life--that my hands seem locked there. And then there is the Blackwater itself, that broad and wonderous river, lazily flowing along with a tide all its own. I still have a sharp vision of climbing up into the long abandoned lighthouse keeper's domain, perched up on steel pilings like a big bird at the mouth of the river, and gazing out across a lake so huge the opposite shore is invisible. Who can forget discovering that Cotton has Mikey fishing on that lake right up next to an active military bombing range, illegal fishing at that. I thought my soul would leap out of my body and fly away right then and there. Yes, even the Blackwater has a character, strong and compelling, making one desire to be on it or near it, savoring its vast wildlife riches forever. There's so much more to this book. Incredible. I became Mikey, the boy and the man. I experienced everything he experienced. I felt the trauma of the event that literally slammed him out of his boyhood and into manhood, changing him forever. Give me more, more, more from C. D. Blizzard. If you want the ride of your life, read this book! You'll get it, in more ways than one. Signed, S. K. Van, reader enthusiast.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hands down, Blackwater has gone to the top of my list of all-time favorite books. I was totally caught up in these characters. This is one heck of a good book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Blackwater by C.D. Blizzard is an amazing story! We get to see parts of Florida not well known to any but the Crackers themselves! It is a fascinating story of good and evil, as life goes, seen in the backflashes of the man, who saw it all, as a young boy. One may not like all about the main characters, but that is part of the clue - no stereotypes. A whole new world reveils it self - and not just in the nature of Florida !
Guest More than 1 year ago
Powerful is the only word to describe both the book and the characters. It does have some punches, but I guarantee it is a book you will not put down and forget. It stays with you! Best seller in the making or I will eat my hat!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book. The kid in this book is so alive that I can almost feel him breathing down my neck as I'm reading. And Cotton is a real kick in the pants. Even if you don't like some things that happen in this story, you will agree that this writer can get the job done in spades.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is probably not for everyone. But I will say this. I've never been more drawn in by a story. This one will be on my shelf,so to speak, for a long time because I'm sure I'll be reading it again. It's wild, funny, deadly serious. It's so many things rolled into one. I cannot recommend it enough.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Blackwater is just a plain ole get down, nitty gritty Southern adventure with a serious wallop in the end. I love these characters. They really speak to me. This book is about life, fun, hero-worship, and tragedy. You may not agree with some of Cotton's quirks, but you will be totally absorbed in these characters. Prepare to be sucked in and live an adventure that will stay with you for a long time to come.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this book,and I did not want the story to end!! The author brings the reader into the story, with wonderful detail and lets you get to know the characters. The added humor of a young boy's thoughts is joyously funny and well written. This is a 'must' read book that should be on everyone's to do list!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Powerful. That's the only word I can use to describe this book. C. D. Blizzard knows these characters inside and out and portrays them so well that I felt like I was right there on the scene with them. The airboat ride is a real scream, and if you don't cringe when Cotton..... Well, I better not give it away. That would take all the fun out of it. I highly recommend this book, but, be warned, it does have some very serious scenes in it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is what literature is all about. I was so drawn into the characters that I was there, a part of the story. This story moved me on every level, and the characters are so well developed that they live and breathe. This author definitely has my attention.