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Sands of Time (Sam Shepard Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Bruce A. Sarte
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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In one tragic moment, Sam Shepard's family was gone. His wife and children taken from him in a tragic accident following a bitter
argument. Sam is left alone struggling with a mountain of guilt and a chasm of grief that can only be filled with alcohol. When a young, attractive woman comes to stay at his inn, Sam thinks his luck might be changing. She brings him comfort and a kindred spirit suffering through her own loss. Is she the answer to everything he has been wrestling with for all this time? Soon after, Sam begins to have dreams about his dead wife and have hallucinations of her speaking tomhim. Has the alcohol finally gotten the best of him?

With the help of his manager Natalie, his best friend Curtis and his
Pastor; can Sam follow the clues that will save his future -- or will he just become another victim of The Caealitus?

** This special, enhanced edition of Sands of Time includes a special sneak peak at Bruce's second novel, Towering Pines Volume One: Room 509! **

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 419 KB
  • Print Length: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Bucks County Publishing; 2 edition (15 Oct 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0047GMHHM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #693,244 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Little Disappointed 11 Mar 2012
By Wendy
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The story started off well, and I was enjoying the read. However, what I didn't realise was that the story turned into a religous plot. The further into the story I went, the more and more it was becoming a "God" theme.

Unfortunately, this to me is a big turn off, not believing in God at all, so in the end I stopped reading as I was fed up with the "God is with you" and the praying.

Shame, really, it was going nicely until religion crept in.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sands of Time 9 July 2011
By BigAl
Format:Kindle Edition
Three acts are typical of a play, and many novels can be broken down into a three act structure. Evaluated this way, "Sands of Time" is three acts, each a different genre.

The first act, which sets up the remainder, is contemporary fiction. While there are hints of several directions in which the story could go, this first part is mostly getting to know Sam Shepard. We learn Shepard is a successful business owner haunted by the death of his wife and children, struggling with alcohol and faith; not just religious, but also faith in himself.

Act two reads like a mystery with a hint of romance as Shepard finds clues indicating not all is as it seemed. Act three introduces a mostly unexpected paranormal element and could be classified as a paranormal thriller.

I've read books like this before and they'll often feel like they take a change of direction that makes no sense. As a reader, I'll feel like the author is cheating by setting up expectations in my mind and then not meeting them. I didn't feel this way with "Sands of Time." In principle, I like the idea of genre mixing, but it can be hard to pull off. Satre manages this feat by giving hints in prior sections of what is coming. He also smoothly segues from one section to the other. Both of these make what could have seemed like sudden changes feel like a logical story flow. Last, Satre pulls the threads together from all three parts, accomplishing a surprise ending that is satisfying in all respects.

**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Spiritually confusing read 11 Mar 2012
By Break of Day - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I started out enjoying this book; it held my attention completely and is quite well-written. However, I was disturbed by the extremely graphic sex scene right in the middle of it; it was incongruent with the seemingly Christian theme running throughout. I really was taken aback and believe the whole book would have been much more enjoyable without that scene.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! 31 Aug 2009
By K.Wee - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Great book, I enjoyed it! Kept my interest all the way through. The main character, Sam, a B&B owner, loses his family in a tragic accident, and finds clues which guided him to the truth.

I couldn't put the book down; well done!
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging 25 Nov 2010
By James V. Arcoleo - Published on Amazon.com
great read! It's really something special to be able to get a glimpse into someone's life the way we did while reading about Sam S. Even though it's fiction, somehow I was able to identify with the characters that the author created. The twists and turns were totally random and unexpected at times, but tied up nicely ... 5 stars, you will definitely enjoy and recommend to your reading club. James Vincent
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Reprieve from the Typical Vampire Story 8 Nov 2013
By Jeffrey Beesler - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I remember when I first got this book that there was something regarding vampires in it. Some time passed before I actually sat down to read this story. When I did read, I kept thinking to myself, wasn't there supposed to be vampires in this tale? I read the first 60% of this book without finding a trace of any vampires, although Author Bruce Sarte may have cleverly hidden them from me to where I should have noticed them, but didn't.

If there is any excuse at all as to why I missed those clues, it is because Sands of Time doesn't start out like a lot of the vampire stories I've come across as of late. In fact, the fact that roughly the first half of the book didn't seem to have anything paranormal about it came across as a wonderful reprieve for me. Here I found myself immersed in what felt like a mystery story, right up to that 61% mark. I enjoyed reading about the main character, Sam Shepard. At times, Sam seemed like one of the most human characters I've followed through any story. He isn't ashamed of his flaws, but he has definite redemption value here. And the author has certainly put a unique spin on the vampire trope.

If you're looking for a vampire read that instantly brings the bloodsuckers to the forefront of the story, you may find yourself wanting in the first half of this book. Author Sarte builds the story and mystery in layers, taking the time to make this reader care about the protagonist. And I do. I hope there are more Sam Shepard stories out there, because I feel there is so much story to be told here.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sands of Time 9 July 2011
By BigAl - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Three acts are typical of a play, and many novels can be broken down into a three act structure. Evaluated this way, "Sands of Time" is three acts, each a different genre.

The first act, which sets up the remainder, is contemporary fiction. While there are hints of several directions in which the story could go, this first part is mostly getting to know Sam Shepard. We learn Shepard is a successful business owner haunted by the death of his wife and children, struggling with alcohol and faith; not just religious, but also faith in himself.

Act two reads like a mystery with a hint of romance as Shepard finds clues indicating not all is as it seemed. Act three introduces a mostly unexpected paranormal element and could be classified as a paranormal thriller.

I've read books like this before and they'll often feel like they take a change of direction that makes no sense. As a reader, I'll feel like the author is cheating by setting up expectations in my mind and then not meeting them. I didn't feel this way with "Sands of Time." In principle, I like the idea of genre mixing, but it can be hard to pull off. Satre manages this feat by giving hints in prior sections of what is coming. He also smoothly segues from one section to the other. Both of these make what could have seemed like sudden changes feel like a logical story flow. Last, Satre pulls the threads together from all three parts, accomplishing a surprise ending that is satisfying in all respects.

**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **
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