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    A swift, intriguing and compelling story that take

    Whatever flaws we might identify or frustrations we might feel are trivial in comparison to a reader's pure joy in losing himself/herself in a narrative. When all the elements come together: an intriguing plot, thoughtful, profound themes, complex, troubling, characters, and language that will unsettle for its clarity, directness and confidence; we gratefully set all analysis aside and give ourselves up to the sheer magic of a great book. And for me, Three Paperclips & a Grey Scarf, is such a book. War is hell, for sure, but war can make for irrefutably brilliant book writing and movie-making. If you’re a fan of action, adventure, war stories, mystery, thriller and suspense…this one has it all! Author Sheldon Charles weaves a significant tale of mystery and suspense, with intriguing twists and turns that will easily captivate the reader's attention from the beginning. The author paints a war story intertwined with ‘three paperclips and a grey Scarf’ in a very vivid and convincing way. The characters are drawn with great credibility and compassion. Although a work of fiction, this story had an intellectual conviction that stayed with me for days are reading it. Maybe I shouldn’t have been too surprised as the author himself is a decorated Air Force veteran. The book description gives a sneak preview; ‘Evan Davis is a writer, or at least he would be if he could finish his first book. Because the book has languished unfinished, Davis finds himself presented with an ultimatum by his agent: Take a three-month assignment as a press embed in Afghanistan or risk losing his book contract. Since the job does have a salary attached he takes it, but before departing, a friend hands Davis a hastily gathered good luck charm: three paperclips. Over the months in country, he gets to know the men of a small team of US soldiers that he is deployed with and rediscovers his muse writing about their experiences in Southwest Asia for a truth hungry American public. Davis also finds a use for each of his talismans, as they save his life and those of the men he comes to regard as his team; the soldiers who promised each other that they would all make it home in one piece...' Now, if that’s not enough to stimulate your curiosity juices, I don’t know what will. But if you want to find out what transpires you’ll just have to turn the pages for yourself to find out! However, I will say that this was well worth the read. It's my second time reading this author and I must say I was very impressed yet again. I recently finished his latest novel, From Within the Firebird's Nest, and would highly recommend this read also. This commendable work had me captivated from the opening page. The story flowed from scene to scene with ease, and the author shows remarkable skill when it comes to storytelling. There’s an ample supply of attention-grabbing moments in this page turner that will take the reader on a compelling and gripping journey. It’s one of those books that comes along occasionally that makes you want to read it non-stop until you get to the end. This is a relatively short read, so there’s no excuses for not picking this one up! I’m giving nothing further away here. And this, I hope, will only add to the mystery and enjoyment for the reader. I will say, however, that fans of the mystery, thriller and suspense genre will love having a nibble on this one! I’ll certainly be looking forward to reading more from Sheldon Charles in the future. I would recommend this book and I would even go so far as to say that this story would benefit from a sympathetic Hollywood treatment. I would put it on the same par as ‘The Hurt Locker’. A well-deserved five stars from me.

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