I Am Diving

I Am Diving

by Joseph Valentinetti

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BN ID: 2940011421204
Publisher: Joseph Valentinetti
Publication date: 07/12/2011
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 262 KB

About the Author

The Type Of People I Write About There are many reasons a person will pick up a book. They’re looking for something, it could be anything. So let me give some idea of what you’ll find when you open a book of mine. But first let me tell you what you won’t find. None of my characters are innocent. They are not finding love for the first time. They are not stunning symbols of ideal beauty or intelligence. They may be jaded or naïve but they are not brand new. None of my characters are capable of turning into bats, wolves or anything requiring a special uniform, especially a cape. They can’t leap over tall things, least of all buildings. They don’t wear masks or have faithful Indian companions. They don’t dress like they’re in Sherwood Forest and they don’t have a shapely fairy with dragon-fly wings who can sprinkle them with pixy dust and make their dreams come true. No ruby slippers, no magic Lamps. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with characters like that or people who write about them, it just that I don’t. What you will find are people, ordinary average people who find themselves in extra-ordinary circumstances. People who have gotten themselves into a position that’s completely new to them and they have to figure out how to get out of it. If they don’t find a way the consequences will be severe and most likely fatal. There’s a spiritual song called The Lonesome Valley. It says, 'Nobody can go there for you’. While that’s true, there are many people willing to help them find the path to it, if they’re not careful. My characters can’t buy their way out, they can’t wish their way out. They can’t hope for the best, they can’t pretend it isn’t happening. They can’t say it’s all someone else’s fault. It’s their time in life to face the facts. E.M. Forster said the only way to end a work of fiction in a satisfying way is with death or marriage. Both satisfactorily signal the end of the adventure. My writing never ends with all the questions neatly answered. Some of the conclusion is left to the reader to ponder. Some readers think this isn’t the way books should be but some books are, mine for example. About Me Whenever I’m faced with the prompt to say something about myself I’m stumped. Maybe it’s because when I read how other people have responded to that, with dates of birth, schools attended, jobs held, marriages tried, children raised, accomplishments they’re proud of, I’m a little to a lot bored by it. Resumes and vita sheets-I don’t know. I always thought the only difference between a resume and a prison record was who’s doing the writing, who’s the record keeper. I was born in New York City. From a national perspective it’s a world class place, full of everything anyone could ever want. From someone who grew up there it was the biggest small town in the world. Most New Yorkers live in enclaves of a few thousand people and spend most of their lives in a limited geographical area. My years there were spent in Washington Heights-some trips downtown, once to Jersey, to a camp, sponsored by the church for poor kids, but mostly within the confines of a square mile or two. I failed to graduate from George Washington High School because I failed to attend most of the time. By the authority vested in the City of New York I was transferred from GWHS P.S. 192 to P.S. 614. The 600 schools were special. To put it simply, you went on Monday and came home in June. I’d probably still be there but, about this time, the transit authority built the second level of the George Washington Bridge through my bedroom, forcing us to relocate, relieving the city of its responsibility toward my education. One night, some friends and me were sitting around bored, playing cards, in a furnished room, on 48th and Palisades, over the 300 Club, in Union City New Jersey. We were mostly jobless, older teenagers. I don’t remember how the subject came up but we were talking about military service. Henry said he liked the Air Force, they had cool raincoats. I said the Army was three years and that was better than the four years the air Force demanded so it was the better deal. We cut the cards for it. I drew a queen. We enlisted the next day, on the buddy plan, Henry and me. He got pneumonia the first week of basic training and that was the last I saw of him. Through no fault of my own I served in the peace time army. I got my GED in the service. I earned the GI bill for my time. All in all I got the better of the deal. It paid all the way through to a master’s degree in education. My undergraduate advisor told me I was the brightest undergraduate he’d ever met. My son’s mother said I was the dumbest bastard she’d ever met. A hand full of one, a handful of the other. Neither held the ring of truth or the aroma, for that matter, I wanted from either relationship. I was probably somewhere in the middle. I was a counselor/instructor at the University of Minnesota. I worked with federal grants to help underprivileged students access higher education. I did that until the university and federal government decided educating the underprivileged was no longer something worth doing. During this same period I worked in public relations photography for the music industry, photographing their artists when they came to town for concerts. I also did studio photography as well as teach photography for Metropolitan State University. I taught training classes for state employees in utilizing media to improve agency communication. I had five one-man shows of my Photographs at the universities and private galleries. I have since worked as a Public Guardian and a private detective. There is a block of time in this later period that I refer to as The Lost Years. You’ll have to wait to hear about that. Some days I am happy and some days I am sad, some days I feel good and some days I don’t. I dropped out of high school because I didn’t see the connection between tin exports from Bolivia, solving for X and teachers who didn’t seem to understand the limits of their responsibilities, but, more likely it was because I didn’t understand the limitlessness of my own. So. Now I’ve said something about myself.

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I AM DIVING 2.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Sturgeon on LibraryThing 7 months ago
When I first saw this novel come up on the Member¿s Giveaway, being a military historian focused mainly on submarine warfare, I so hoped that I would be selected to receive a copy. The concept seemed like it would make a great story.Well, remember that old saying; be careful what you wish for? I received the book around 4:00pm and because of the huge font size and massive spacing in the text, had made it through the 163 pages by midnight. I¿ll just quote what my dad used to tell me. 'If you don¿t have anything good to say about something, don¿t say anything', so I won't say anything.Well, I do have to say one thing - the text on the authors website is great - what happened to the book?
lg4154 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I won this copy thru Library Thing. I found it to be rather interesting, fact based on fiction and thought that the premise was kind of different. The main character, Jack York suffers from an affliction called Fugue, which is a dissociative disorder characterized by geographical displacement and amnesia for the episodes. He tries to work thru this and coming to grips being dishonorably discharged from the Navy. I do like his wife¿s character, Teri and the way she tries to help Jack with his disorder; at times almost frightened of him. I think Men would be more interested in this story than women, but nonetheless it is still a pretty good read. I also like the fact that the author included a wristband with the book.
kristincedar on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Such a shame that historical facts can be misused in such a way to further bad writing. Not a terrible story, you really end up feeling bad for the wife in the book, but aside from the poor grammer and mispellings, the plot never developed, except for the two major events surrounding the characters; the sinking and the shooting of JFK. My advice to the author: reread and rewrite.
qstewart on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I found this to be an interesting read. The main character, Jack, is struggling with his past in the Navy and goes into a fugue state and disappears and his wife is left to run the bar that they own. He returns with no apparent memory of where he has been or what he was doing. The stage is set for some interesting twists.The submarine Thresher is lost and former sailor is trying to figure out why it happened. A bar patron plants the idea that the problem with the Thresher can be traced back to the person who was the Secretary of the Navy at the time the authorization came through to build the Thresher. So as Jack enters another fugue state he blames this Secretary of the Navy for the loss of life that occurred when the Thresher disappeared. He goes to Dallas to kill that ex-Secretary of Navy, but another assassin pulls his trigger first and in Jack's mind the wrong man was assassinated.It is an interesting book. The author leaves it up to the reader to tie a lot of the events and characters together but I enjoy that type of story.
mldavis2 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
This is an interesting short novel based on two historical events - the loss of the submarine Thresher, and the assassination of President Kennedy. Author Valentinetti's protagonist suffers from a form of PTSD and fights his own demons as a former Navy seaman. The book is well written and retains the reader's interest. It's limited scope explains the length and several questions are left unanswered as food for thought.This novelette was received in eBook format in exchange for an honest review.
ironside26 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I received this copy from Library Thing. I found the plot quite original and interesting. While reading it, I found myself picturing it being made into a movie. The font size was large which made for easy reading. However.... There were several spelling and punctuation errors, not a big deal. I found much of the dialog choppy, forced, and unnatural, although with a little work, those scences could work. For example, when Teri and Jack almost bumped into each other and kept going back and forth. I would have liked to learn more about what Jack did while he was "away." Or a little more OMG when they learn of the young sailor's death. I felt like this could be an excellent book with a little more work, a little polish. All and all, I did enjoy the book.
kimba88 More than 1 year ago
I Am Diving is a fictional novelette surrounding two historical events. Those events occurred in 1963 and were the loss of the submarine Thresher, and the assassination of President Kennedy. Valentinetti weaves these two events into his story suggesting that the first event caused the other. Protagonist Jack York suffers from an affliction called Fugue, which is a rare psychiatric disorder characterized by amnesia. The state is usually short-lived (ranging from hours to days), but can last months or longer. Dissociative fugue usually involves unplanned travel or wandering, and is sometimes accompanied by the establishment of a new identity. Jack has been dishonorable discharged from the navy and his wife Teri tries to be supportive. Jack and his wife own a bar called the Crossroads. On the eve of the sinking of the Thresher, a patron shows them letters written warning Navy and government officials that the Thresher has been built with faulty specifications. The patron is distraught because no one listen to him. The sinking of the Thresher is a catalyst for Jack’s illness and he goes to Dallas with a gun. The premise of I Am Diving is very good and I was intrigued by the concept. The story sometimes felt choppy and the author left me as the reader to fill in a lot of the story. I liked the characters, but would have liked more detail. Although some clues were given, I would have liked to have read about Jack’s episodes. Where did he go, and what triggered the attacks? Some of the dialogue felt forced and I think it could have benefited from an editor. I would like to see this made in to a full length novel with more of the detailed fleshed out. Overall this was a unique and interesting read. Fans of conspiracy theories and historical fiction would enjoy this short novelette. I want to thank the author for sending this ARC in exchange for my unbiased review.