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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (17 Aug 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 149283100X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492831006
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,949,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Who am I?

I grew up in suburban Detroit and has since lived in several different states. From Maine to California to Texas to Florida to Tennessee, I've been blessed with the opportunity to experience a wide spectrum of American life. I have worked as many different careers as he has places he's lived. I've been an employee, business owner, award winning salesman in two fields, a Politian and now an author. For a short time, I had the privilege to serve as the Township Supervisor/Safety Director in my adopted hometown in Michigan, where I had a successful career running a local refuse company and was elected to the post in the early nineteen nineties.
I'm married to a sweetheart, Donna and between us we have two daughters and six grandchildren. When I'm not writing, I'm busy exploring the mountains or painting one of a kind artwork or taking spectacular landscape photos which I've been known to sell along with other artwork at local flea markets and fairs.
With my foray into being a published author, I'm once again opening a new chapter in my life. I've reinvented himself several times as life has presented new challenges and writing is the latest and the greatest reinvention yet. I likes quotes and a couple of my favorites are;

"The most successful people in life are those who are good at plan B or in my case plan C, D, E, F, or G." and

"Success is the river of life. Perseverance is the boat you sail upon it."
Of course I wrote them both.

I'm a former business owner, award winning salesman, reformed politician and now an author!

Write what you know, write it with passion and set the world on fire with your dreams!

My entire life I've had to continually reinvent myself time and again. With each new challenge, I've had to discover a new strength within myself to help me move on with life despite the circumstances that I've faced. It wasn't always easy, but then, if success was easy everybody would be successful.

I will not tell you I am another Hemmingway but I can say I am an original. I won't be telling you how my writing is superior to anyone's only that my stories will be the best story I can tell.
I try very hard to make each of my stories entertaining above all else.
The quote below sums up me and my writing style, quite well.

The most important part of any book isn't the cover, or the writer's style, or the grammar or punctuation. It's the story! If the story doesn't knock the socks off the readers, it doesn't matter where the comas go! -Author Cliff Roberts

I also write poetry-though at the moment not as much as I write stories.
I've included a couple for your review.

Edit Lament
By CLIFF ROBERTS

I have no job
I have no life
I live for my book
I may lose my wife
I stay up all night thinking words
I struggle all day
Sleeping with crowing birds
I write and rewrite
Each time
I'm filled with delight
Each time
I'm filled with dread
I'm beginning to believe
I'll finish a day after, I'm dead.
_____________________________________________

OPPORTUNITY'S KNOCKING
By Cliff Roberts 2012

Opportunity's knocking, pounding at the door
And I sit hiding behind the sofa on the floor
I peeked at the barer of the good tidings you see
and he's wearing workman's clothes and that's not me.

He's covered in dirt from his head to his toes
His brow is furled and there's dirt even on his nose
There's sweat dripping down from his curly locks
It's been almost an hour and yet, still he knocks

The lad is persistent, a good trait I must say
But I wish he'd give up and just go away.
I'm waiting for the brass ring all shinny and such
For it will impart to me, the Midas touch.

Who wants to struggle and sweat by their brow
I want to be a man of leisure not the plow
And yet he's still knocking, knocking quite loud
What makes him so stalwart; makes him so proud.

To have sent him here surely fate must jest
Does he not know, I'm waiting for only the best
Perhaps, I should answer, just tell him to go
For whatever he's selling the answer is "no!"

I have my standards from which I'll not break
I cannot afford to act foolish or to make a mistake
Too much of life rides upon this to go with the likes of him
When the opportunity is right, he'll come knocking again

So I sit on the floor hiding you see
For I must keep a distance between work and me
Whatever he's selling the answer is "no!"
With him I simply cannot go!

His hands they are dirty, his clothes they are too
He's so bogged down working, he hasn't got a clue
I am promised the brass ring, all polish and shine
I must be patient for fate to drop a life in this hand of mine

Opportunity's knocking
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"You may think you're writing about a murder or a robbery or some God awful dragon, but in reality you're writing about the people who inhabit your story. What they think and what they dream of, of who they hate and who they love and underneath it all, you're writing about yourself." -Author Cliff Roberts

Thanks for stopping by, pick a book, I know you'll enjoy the story!
Author Cliff Roberts



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By james on 21 Aug 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I liked this book very much; it had a touch of sarcasm and humor, which to me makes pleasant reading.
The star of this mystery-come-thriller is Nate Nevwas, an old, handicapped, struggling writer, who constantly finds himself in the thick of it. He and his pal Mason, and ex-american football player turned cop, make a good team as they sort out the troubles they keep stumbling upon!
This was an enjoyable read with likeable characters. Recommended.
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By james on 21 Aug 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I liked this book very much; it had a touch of sarcasm and humor, which to me makes pleasant reading.
The star of this mystery-come-thriller is Nate Nevwas, an old, handicapped, struggling writer, who constantly finds himself in the thick of it. He and his pal Mason, and ex-american football player turned cop, make a good team as they sort out the troubles they keep stumbling upon!
This was an enjoyable read with likeable characters. Recommended.
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This book was numerous, highly unlikely storyline, rather in the James Bond combined with a touch of Agatha Raison. It would make a good TV series.
A light hearted book about mobster life in Florida definitely a read whilst on the beach.
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Amazon.com: 47 reviews
25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Who Knew Mystery Could be Such Fun? 12 Aug 2013
By Chloe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I was hesitant to review a book in this genre, Mystery/thriller. I'm more of a romance girl. But I'd promised to do the review so I waded in.

WOW! Was I surprised!

I was stunned by the fact that I was hooked from the very beginning. I had trouble setting it down. I found myself daydreaming about where the story would go next while I was at work. Cliff Roberts writes smart, funny, witty banter so life like you'd swear he listened in when you and your friend got together. His characters have real depth. Talking about characters. His leading man is old, handicapped, a struggling writer who just can't keep his nose out of other people's business. His nosiness leads him into one predicament after another, as Roberts twists the story into a huge knot before magically snapping it into line for a surprise ending.

Everyone needs to read, Nevwas's Gold. If I knew mystery/thrillers could be this much fun, I'd read one before now. Now, I'm going to read everything, Roberts writes. I give this book, Five stars.
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Page Turner! 15 Aug 2013
By JulieBrown - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Cliff Roberts is an excellent author who creates very realistic characters, who are easy to envision and connect with. He is exceptionally great at creating very vivid, excitable and suspenseful action scenes and I found my heart beating fast in several scenes. This is a great book and I hope that the author writes more books with Nate as the lead character. I absolutely love Nate, a good hearted guy that finds trouble wherever he goes, no matter what he does! And I tell you, he doesn't start it, but he is great at finishing it! And I love the fact that he has a great friend in Mason, an ex-pro footballer turned cop with a great personality that is compatible to Nate's. These two are strong characters that you can easily accept as real people and I love when I find myself thinking of the book after I've finished it. I started this book last night to get a glance and before I knew it, I was engrossed in page 253.I didn't stop reading until my eyes started to cross. Kudos, Cliff! Five Stars all the way!

I received this book as a gift in exchange for an honest review.
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Old, Fat, Brave and disabled. 8 Aug 2013
By Anthony Chiappa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I loved the idea of a not so perfect man being a crime fighter! In Cliff Roberts book The crime fighter happens to be a old , fat guy with a disability! This was a brilliant book with an original story line that I loved. It will blow you away. Unexpected things happen to this very unlikely hero that will make you laugh, cry and cheer for the underdog. The perfect summer read!
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Great story 7 Aug 2013
By mike walsh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Cliff Roberts has done it. He followed up his first success with another great story. Definitely a must read for all. Another five star review for everyone to consider.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Great story 31 Aug 2013
By Tony Pitasi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Great story, great plot, believeable characters, great storyline. Cliff Roberts has made a great "detective" out of a middle-aged, disabled man. Five stars, easily!
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