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About the Author
In 2000, his mentor, John Collins, owner of Weird Review Magazine, felt that Troy had much more potential than he realized, assisted him in getting back to school, where he obtained his High School degree six months later. Throughout 2001-2003 Troy attended Grand Rapids Community College majoring in English & Criminology studies. Later in 2004, he transferred to Davenport University studying in the area of Law, making the Dean's List in both summer and winter semesters for 2004, 2005, and 2006. Troy also received several competitive scholarship awards from various foundations, twice obtaining an award from the Grand Rapids Foundation.
In late 2004, he became a member of the Kent County CASA program (Court Appointed Special Advocate for Abused and Neglected Children) and served as a child advocate until health issues prevented him from doing so in late 2008.
Currently Troy has six novels accredited to his name as well as over 150 other titles in two pen names, ranging in genres such as True Crime, Legal Reference, Drama, Historical Fiction, Legal Fiction, Christian Fiction, satire, comedy, Children Fiction and women's romance/lit.
Troy has won 2nd place in the 2013 Best Author Award from Fiction4all.com
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Titanic: Echo of a Dying Confession is an great retelling of history through the lens of good versus evil. It's also a story that speaks to the soul. Readers should catch a glimpse of the things which motivate them during their lifetime such as the way they view other people. Written as a journal, this novel shows the motivations for the actions of the man who, in the alternative to history, caused the sinking of the Titanic. Although the man's name is never mentioned, the character development is such that there are times you hate the man and other times you feel sorry for him despite what he's done. The wording reminds me of the writing of Edgar Allen Poe, while the story itself is similar to Paradise Lost / Paradise Regained. As an author, I was slightly distracted by the misuse of some words and formatting breaks, but over-all these do not take away from the telling of the story. As I got toward the end of the book, I thought about the way the book is written and came to the conclusion that the mistakes actually add something to the book. Written as one man's confession written in a journal, the mistakes hint at an old man who is on the verge of death and writing quickly to get his thoughts on paper before death.
Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers' Favorite The incredible steamship named Titanic sank on her maiden voyage across the Atlantic on April 15, 1912, and books have been written and movies produced about this tragic steamship disaster. Troy Veenstra has written "Titanic: Echo of the Dying Confession" which covers the Titanic's demise but with a different slant. In journal format, the narrator of this chilling version tells of how he sought revenge for his father's tragic loss of his ownership of the famed White Star Lines when the White Star board sells the shipping line to American millionaire J.P. Morgan. The narrator is angered, incensed that his father, whom he worshiped, is treated badly by business associates and the building of the super steamships, the Olympic, the Titanic, and the Gigantic are to be built. The rest is well-known history. "Titanic: Echo of the Dying Confession" is a unique work of fiction about the Titanic. Using italics to convey conversation, the author has the narrator transcribing his thoughts as he is dying. Once young, the narrator is now an old and grieving man as he sits on his ocean-side estate and gazes upon the Atlantic Ocean which he refers to as a "massive rolling grave site". He thinks of the revenge he sought and the pain it caused those who perished. This journal is long, descriptive and very Victorian, as befits the memories of a gentleman born in 1856. On page 199, the narrator says that his memoirs as contained in this story are "the longest confession of one man's transgressions ever written upon paper. But the writing is just how a man of those times would express himself, and the characters of both fictional and real people of the Titanic are true to the times and to history. Titanic fans and most of the others will love reading "Titanic: Echo of the Dying Confession."