Tale of the Taconic Mountains

Tale of the Taconic Mountains

by Mike Romeling

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ISBN-13: 9781456609436
Publisher: eBookIt.com
Publication date: 08/24/2012
Pages: 398
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.89(d)

About the Author

Mike Romeling is a free-lance writer and also a singer-songwriter and recording artist from New York State. He has published short fiction and non-fiction pieces in various publications.

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Tale of the Taconic Mountains 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
AngRI More than 1 year ago
Rich Characters and settingMy Review: This wasn't quite what I was expecting, I found it very difficult to get into the story. The characters were vivid and the setting was very vivid. However, the story seemed to amble a lot, there were times the author got off on a tangent and it started to read like a tourist brochure for the area. Not that I am against it, I actually enjoyed the history and little inside stories of the area, but in this case it really took away from the story and made it difficult for me to continue to read. At times all the background information on even the most minor of characters or the mountains themselves didn't seem to add to the story. For me if there was a little editing and shortening of the story it would have been much better, but would just fit my reading style, for others this may be a perfect fit. My Rating: As I said I had a difficult time with this book, I just couldn't get into it and found I had to make myself to finish reading it before starting anything new. That said the characters were very well developed and Romeling did make me want to visit the area and find out how much of the history in the story was true. I give it a rating of Two Paws.
gaele More than 1 year ago
AudioBook Review:  Stars:  Overall:  4  Narration: 4   Story:  4  This is out of my comfort zone genre wise, being far more menacing and dark than titles I normally review. It started out without great menace, with the darker tones coming as experiences with the occult began to occur. That being said, I was captivated with the story: could visualize the environment and the flora and fauna, and found myself immersed in the mountains that are so beautiful and can be so menacing.  At times feeling like a story around the fire, then switching to show the author’s knowledge of how things work and his characters, each moment was a new revelation.   Each character is defined and developed in pieces, both wholly complete and incomplete leaving their faults, foibles and agendas to be doled out in tiny pieces as the tension builds.  Sadly, with so many characters and so many personal stories that intersect, parallel and diverge, it was often hard to both keep track of each and find them leaving a lasting memory or fully drawn impression.  Ideally half of the characters would have been eliminated in this story, and perhaps a second story to bring in their views on the overall.   Rammeling narrated the audiobook himself, his familiarity with the text and his hints that foreshadowed the ‘spooky moments with a soft tonal difference in his voice.  He has a particular timbre to his voice, with a reverberation and tone that is rich and full of bass.  There was, however, hollowness in the recording, much as if the recording was done in a shower room or there was no soundproofing in the recording studio.  While notable, it was not dramatically distracting and was an interesting accompaniment to the story.   I couldn’t stop thinking about what next in this story, and found myself taking extra ‘listening time’ when I should have been working on other things.  This is the perfect accompanying listen for a long car trip, preferably heading out to camp in the mountains of New England.  I received an AudioBook copy from the author for purpose of honest review for the Heard Word.  I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. 
DJ_Kile More than 1 year ago
    Tale of the Taconic Mountains Author: Mike Romeling Book Length: 398 Pages Cover: I love this cover it is a piece of graphic design art. the cool colors pop the owl that majestically is framing the title and the two women watching, which I guess are the Boudine Sisters are gazing from atop the mountains. The only thing I would have done differently is changing the font of the authors name so it pops more. Summary: Everyone had an agenda and it just seemed like coincidence-and of little consequence-that they happened to end up in the small town of Cedar Falls nestled at the base of Bakers Mountain, deep in the ancient Taconic Mountain range. Completely involved, even obsessed, with their own pursuits, it was hardly surprising the visitors would be unaware of older agendas both within the dying town and up in the forests and ridges of the mountain looming above. There was the discontented novelist fleeing his job and his family, hoping to regain his mojo with a young girlfriend and a new book; a mother in search of her long-estranged daughter, but finding first an unlikely romance with the proprietor who loved his failing bowling establishment like a child-at least when he wasn't making plans to burn it down for the insurance; a soap opera queen who thought she was stopping by for a simple PR gig for the PETA folks when the town was plagued by thousands of bats in search of a new home. Instead found herself revisiting Gretchen Foley, the frightened disturbed child she had been before emerging as the famous Amber Steele. There were the two Native American friends who came to climb the mountain in search of the fabled quartz Spirit Stones of their Mohican ancestors, the young man who wanted to retrace the steps of his grandfather who once lived along the river that flowed through town. But instead he would come to grief and need to be carried down the mountain by the mysterious and seemingly ageless Boudine sisters who had led secluded lives high on the mountain as long as anyone could remember. Few knew where these strange women had their cabin, but the dying Randle Marsh did, and it was said that he visited the sisters often; was he trying to live on endlessly as dark rumors suggested the sisters did? The rustic Wayne Funt knew where they lived too, but he would leave them strictly alone until he and his dog Duke played a major role in the mayhem that broke out during the raging Christmas snowstorm that buried the town and the mountain. This collision of clashing agendas was presided over by a sheriff who did the best he could to navigate a safe landing for as many as he could who shared the wild ride on this memorable, often frightening year. And if the result could often be laced with humor and absurdity, it was always tempered-sometimes tragically-with what has always been true: sometimes, deep in the heart of the New England mountains, there are things going on, things both lighter than air and darker than starless night. My Thoughts: First off I received this book shortly ago and expected a bit longer, at least a week to read through it but nope three days and done. I simply couldn't put it down. I admit it is a bit hard to follow sometimes because of all the interwoven characters, there truly are alot of them but what interested me the most was the authors word choices and descriptions. Mike Romeling could very well be a philosopher in my book. The paranormal side of this gripping tale was very pleasing to me because that is one of my favorite genre's but unbeknownst to me the entire story captivated me just as much. A great read overall. My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Matt_76 More than 1 year ago
Excellently written and a great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's much too infrequently that a novel set in the Northeast crosses my desk. Especially when that novel's setting is the very mountains my entire family learned to camp and ski and hike in! So armed with more than 40 years of experience in the exact locations Mike Romeling has chosen to portray in his engaging novel, I jumped right in. It wasn't disappointing in any way, and as a male reader, I found it particularly satisfying. Not just because it contains what I believe is the definitive stripper memory sequence in American Letters, but because the tale satisfied everything I look for in fiction. Foremost, it has the characters. He fleshes out well drawn, real folks we all have known, in affectionately rendered daily lives. They range, from a bowling alley owner sharing in the hard times facing most small upstate towns without gambling, to a college English professor dealing with the results of bad case of writers block and all the confidence crushing effects of being passed over for a sabbatical, to a mysterious pair of sister wood crafters, eking out a subsistence level life in a remote cabin, a local sheriff with a genuine love of his town, and a parish priest who after many years, still longs for the singular, miraculous spiritual renewal. They all have important parts to play as a spirited young photographer drifts into the community in the process of escaping her unfulfilled life. It also has the story. A quietly suspenseful tale of an enduring local mystery exposeded unexpectedly by a young traveler with an assumed name; a priest, an outdoorsman from an old local family, a failed novelist/professor, a former socialite and a local businessman with serious financial issues. Oh, did I mention the presence of a towering mountain that has good reason to hide it's ancient secrets? Well paced, but not over-stressed. I found little reason to skim ahead. One thing particularly attractive, I believe to male readers, is the enjoyment of understanding how things work. Author Romeling doesn't disappoint here either, with carefully researched non-fiction, educational elements sprinkled throughout the story in exactly the right places to sustain my interest. My only question has to do with his summation of coyote lifeways. Having lived in New Mexico for some time, I'm pretty familiar with "God's Dog" as the Navajo call him, and the behavior in the book seems out of the range of typical coyote behavior. However, in the driving, horrendous scene which culminates the book's core plot, I'm more than willing to suspend my disbelief, as coyotes are nothing if not adaptable to strange circumstances, as the writer conveys. Throughout, I found plenty of local references to flora, fauna, Native tradition, hunting, fishing and, of course, faithful dogs, which made this read complete. Romeling's prose transported me back to familiar and also to mysterious places in the Taconics and Berkshires which, despite having been the habitation of man for thousands of years and the playground of city folks since the 1920s, still harbor their share of dark mystery and surprise. While the pages flew past, they whetted my appetite for our next trek!
GeekyGirlReviews More than 1 year ago
I read this yesterday and I very much enjoyed it. It is a little different than what I am used to reading but sometimes I like getting out of my comfort zone. Anyways I thought it was well written and I could very well imagine the characters in my mind.