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Following the death of their mother, sixteen year old Sam Haygood and his eight year old sister, P.J., now orphans, are ultimately thrown into an enigmatic family system where they simultaneously experience the cold apathy of their grandfather, Homer Pettigrew, and the loving warmth of their step-grandmother, Mavis. But while Sam continues to harbor resentment toward Homer, the man who years ago turned his own daughter out because she fell in with a local boy he detested, Sam unexpectedly comes face-to-face with an enlightening secret about his father long held by his mother that changes everything. As he begins a summer job for Victor Dorsey, a man he later discovers is actually a dangerous syndicate kingpin, Sam unwittingly enters a world of danger that threatens the safety of the entire family. Experiencing a myriad of unimaginable, even bizarre experiences in only a few short weeks, Sam finds himself suddenly thrust into a world of chaos. However, it is the love he shares with his new girlfriend, Mary Grace Johnson that keeps Sam focused on maintaining not only a sense of balance in his life, but perhaps even his sanity as well. Panther's Breath. A heart-warming story that contains all of the ingredients readers love to experience...compelling characters, spirited dialogue, sweet romance, edge-of-your-seat suspense, and yes, even murder.
|Publisher:||Outskirts Press, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.11(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite Panther’s Breath: A Novel by Lee Martin is a blend of coming-of-age, mystery and murder, and romance, a tale with well-developed characters and themes. After the death of their mother, Sam Haygood and his sister, P.J., find themselves growing up in a world they never envisaged, and while their grandfather, Homer, is cold and unfriendly, their step-mom, Mavis, is warm and tender. Sam is sixteen while his sister is just eight years old. During the summer, Sam gets a job working for Victor Dorsey and soon discovers that his boss is actually a mobster. He is pulled into a dangerous world of crime that will threaten his entire family. But can the love of a woman help him find himself and meaning where there is chaos and pain? The reader is introduced to the protagonist right off the bat, a kid losing his mother at fourteen, and moves on swiftly to provide background information on the mother, a woman who was always “tired and wasted” and sickly after the birth of P.J. It is interesting that Sam started work at a very tender age, an element of the narrative that will have great implications in both the story and character development. Readers get insights into the family dynamics of the protagonist and the fact that he was born into a difficult home. The setting is beautiful and the author captures elements of places and the weather, like the Tennessee winter which took its toll on the mother. I like the way the author writes about the themes of family and love and growing up. The humor enriches the narrative and readers will enjoy seeing the world from the perspective of the young protagonist. Here is an example of a humorous conversation between Sam and his sister. One feels the naivety and, while chuckling at the innocence of the younger sister’s statement, one notices the irony: “Bertie then said I was your half-sister. I got mad at her and pushed her down. I’m not a half person, Sammy; I’m a whole human being.” The writing is gorgeous and filled with interesting dialogues. Panther’s Breath: A Novel is a well-crafted, somewhat gritty, humorous tale that entertains. Lee Martin creates characters that remain with readers.