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Gene Alston, author of Those Whom the Gods Love is coming to Barnhills on 2/26!

Local author E.B. Alston (Gene) is coming to Barnhills on Saturday, Feb. 26th and will be reading from several of his books, one of which is described below.

Those Whom the Gods Love.   Two brutal racial murders in Jacksonville, NC in 1961. A reluctant Vietnam veteran recruited to go undercover to bring the murderer to justice with the help of a beautiful partner named Bess. It culminates in a thrilling chase through Jacksonville with a climactic ending in Holly Ridge where the star is a 1957 Plymouth Belvedere. Alston weaves a fast moving story of romance, wit, humor, intrigue, violence and thrills.

Praise for Those Whom the Gods Love.

“I enjoyed the endearing and not so endearing characters as they lived their unusual and exciting lives. There was lots of natural sounding dialog that moved the plot along. The plot was intricate with many twists and turns—and some surprises. The workings of how telephone poles are installed added an extra dimension to the novel as did the military scenes. Those Whom the Gods Love had plenty of romantic interludes, surprises and excitement. The author is certainly a student of human nature. His insight into how and why people act as they do was accurately displayed in his novel. I thought the cover was extremely eye-catching and should make readers want to see what is inside.” Writer’s Digest, March 2006

“The hero is first met through a superbly written series of conversations between a young lady and a housekeeper.  Through these conversations (which take place over two and one half years) one man’s life in the war is chronicled.  These same conversations keep us abreast of life on the home front and a girl’s growing love.

After the war, Bill Davis, who we already know is quick, incisive, a firearms expert, and a man of his word, is requested to go undercover to try and solve two racial murders.  His accomplice is a beautiful lady, also on her first undercover assignment.  Together they deal with a self centered, mean, explosive man of no moral values who is employed as the head of a telephone construction crew.  Dealing with the various members of his crew and their assorted personalities is every bit as challenging as trying to trip up the suspected murderer.

The action takes place in a variety of locations.  The author’s descriptive powers are such that one can really sense the seedy-ness of the rooming house and feel the rising tension in a bar room where the same song has been played over and over all night.

This account is set in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s.  Big fast cars and America’s love of them were a hallmark of that era.  The author capitalizes on this and describes several different automobiles and artfully works them into the plot.  Observing the elaborate means and ways that people devised to deliver messages covertly before text messaging, e-mail, and cell phones came along was also a delight.  Clandestine meetings kept the story moving along at a rapid pace.

This book is full of well developed characters.  There are several side lines that give the reader a good feel of what life was like in the early sixties.  The basic plot is solid, the pace is brisk, and there are unexpected twists in the action that keeps the reader guessing through the last page.”

Judy Jacobs: September 19, 2005


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This week at Barnhills – We will be VERY busy!!!!!

Last week was fabulous.  On Friday night, the band, Shadowfax Sound, was here &  they were awesome as usual (they will be back in March and April if you missed them).  Rich Krawiec and friends were reading from their book, The Sound of Poets Cooking (which btw is now available at Barnhills).

This week is going to be unbelievably busy also.  On Wednesday, national best selling author and NPR personality, Lisa Napoli will be here reading from, discussing and autographing copies of her book, Radio Shangri-La

Also on Wednesday, Stony Knoll Vineyards will be offering FREE tastings of their fabulous wines. 

On Friday, local poet, Richard Picciuto will be here reading from and autographing his books, Riches and Moonlit Weeds.


Also on Friday, Misty Creek Vineyard will be offering FREE tastings of their awesome wines.

On Saturday, local author, E.B. (Gene) Alston will be reading from and signing copies of his many books, including the popular Hammer Spade detective series.  Currently there are 8 books in this series with another due out any day.

On Sunday, local author, Heather St.Aubin-Stout will be here reading from her inspirational book, Not My Mother’s Journey about her battle with breast cancer.

As you can we see, we will be VERY BUSY this week, so you need to come check us out!  Don’t forget that we have FREE wine tastings daily (even if no vineyard is here)!!!

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Have you read The Kingdom of America by E.B.Alston?

Imagine a time in the future when the United States is sundered.  The breakaway country is called America and it is ruled by a King!   This book is the story of a young woman who meets the king and falls in love and then becomes the Queen.  This book is about their love and her rise to greatness.  An awesome book, loved the plot and numerous memorable characters!

E.B. Alston is a prolific writer with many published books, including the Hammer Spade detective series.  He will be at Barnhills on Feb 26th signing copies of his books.

This book and most of E.B.Alston’s other books are available at Barnhills now.

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