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5.0 out of 5 stars
by Ron and Rin
A wonderful warm fuzzy book of memories. A great read for the children and reading to your children. And, of course, just for yourself.
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Women, you will love this book too!
'Snakes, Spiders & Palmetto Bugs'
by Rodney DiGruttolo
is a delightful read. Digruttolo adeptly takes us back to the 1950s, when times were hard, but family, friends & neighbours strived to form a close-knit community. I promise, that you will soon be laughing along with Skeets & his friends at the fun & scrapes they get themselves into.
Don't be fooled by the cover, or the title, 'Snakes, Spiders & Palmetto Bugs' as Digruttolo's story will appeal to all genders seeking historical fiction or light-hearted stories.
4.0 out of 5 stars
by Russ Heitz
Few Snakes, Few Spiders, But Lots of Golden Memories
The last day of school was yesterday. Summer now stretches endlessly before you. There's no doubt in your mind that it will be a summer filled with adventures, mysteries, exciting journeys and, most of all, freedom. You remember the feeling well, just as you remember the sweet scent of fresh-cut grass and the sound and feel of the push mower as it turned dew-wet blades into showers of green confetti.
You remember the smooth feel and the deliciously pungent smell of a new baseball glove that was aching to snatch countless fly balls out of a turquoise sky. You remember Old Man Tucker down the street, mean and grouchy as ever. No doubt his dusty cantankerous ghost is still glaring through that screen door, just WAITING for someone to whack a home run right through his living room window.
You might even remember Sergeant Preston and his faithful lead dog Yukon King on the radio, Buck Rogers and his Space Cadets in Saturday matinees, and Straight Arrow's "Injun-nuity" cards in the Shredded Wheat box.
If you remember any of these golden memories you will love Rod DiGruttolo's little gem, SNAKES, SPIDERS AND PALMETTO BUGS. And it doesn't much matter if your childhood was spent in the north, south, east or west. The same things seem to happen to 12 year-old kids growing up everywhere, at least in the United States, as least back in the 40s, 50, maybe even the 60s.
DiGruttolo's writing is brisk but gentle; the images are solid and sharply drawn but colored with warmth and sensitivity. The pace is leisurely most of the time but also realistically hectic when it needs to be. DiGruttolo's book also contains a welcome addition that is seldom found in other 'remembrance' books that are set during later time periods. That welcome addition is responsibility. When Skeets and his buddies break a window, or make a mistake in judgment, they own up to it. They accept the blame, and then they also accept their punishment without whining or complaining; without trying to push the blame on someone else.
Skeets and his buddies also learn how to strive for a worthwhile goal, no matter how difficult it is. They learn how good it feels to help someone who needs help. They learn how to respect their own parents as well as the parents of their friends. They learn how to be courteous. They learn how to be good neighbors. They learn how to be brave and adventuresome. But they also learn that good judgment is always better than foolhardiness.
In other words, Skeets and his young friends learn how to become caring and responsible adults. And that's a lesson we all have to learn--and relearn--every day of our lives.
SNAKES, SPIDERS AND PALMETTO BUGS
is an enjoyable and truth-filled little book that deserves to be on everyone's must-read list.
From the author of
SNAKES, SPIDERS AND PALMETTO BUGS
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Charlie enlists an old friend, Master Gunnery Sergeant Ron Clark, to help build a team capable of handling the task. The group includes Charlie’s brother, Hooker, and Clark’s brother, Larry, with special skills needed to wreak havoc on a drug ring in Florida’s lake region with ties to the cartel.
The cartel unleashes their deadliest weapons on the team. Specialists trained by our nation’s mortal enemies, these men kill without hesitation or regret.
The second in the
Charlie Bascomb Series
by Rodney Digruttolo
Charlie Bascomb and his team are back. Charlie and Sarah witness the kidnap of a young girl, the daughter of a prominent lobbyist. Along with Detective Nick Glablonski, Charlie, and his old Gunny, Ron Clark, track down the kidnappers only to uncover a plot to kill the United States president and Congress. Can they stop a plot by terrorists aided by the criminal element in our nation's Capitol?
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Follow the case as Pete and his partner Clay Taylor build a case against a professional killer and those who hired him.
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I'm not a certified editor. I sometimes help my friends and associates as a
A Story Doctor helps with the flow of the story. It does include some basic editing. After all, you don't want misspelled words and poor punctuation messing up a perfectly brilliant story, do you.
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