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Uncertain Paradise: 1974: With Darkness Comes Despair [Paperback]

John W. Cassell
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Book Description

9 Sep 2011
READERS REJOICE! John W. Cassell is back with his latest class act. In this book - as in all his books - he proves himself to be a grand-master of American Literature. His hand is sure from page to page. Read this book and get ready for one heck of a ride. Read ALL his books and you'll find the gold standard of true writing. -Jack Engelhard JACK ENGELHARD is the internationally acclaimed author of the best seller Indecent Proposal which was translated into 22 languages and became a box office smash hit movie by Paramount Pictures. "My Father Joe", included in his award-winning book Escape From Mount Moriah, was brought to the screen by Canadian filmmaker Nikila Cole and featured at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.

Product details

  • Paperback: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Inkwater Press (9 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592996566
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592996568
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.6 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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JOHN W. CASSELL entered the adult working world in 1964 when, at age 16, he became a disc-jockey at an Atlantic City, New Jersey radio station. That summer he was a floor correspondent at the Democrat National Convention, writing his own news stories. He worked in radio until leaving for New Mexico the following year to attend University.

He wrote his first feature length novel in 1976, the year he was discharged from the United States Air Force. "The book was much too controversial to be published at the time," he recalls, "as it graphically portrayed drug use, drug dealing and other unsavory activity I encountered in my years on the road 1969-1971."

The book, SOLDIER OF AQUARIUS, thus remained "in the desk drawer" for thirty years. It's first half, detailing Cassell's travels in Europe and North Africa in 1969, was finally published in 2003. With the characters involved reaching retirement age or dead, the controversial second half was published under the title AN AQUARIAN TRAGEDY a couple years later using a nom d' plume and disguised identities.

It was while living and working on a remote tropical island at the turn of the century that Cassell was really bitten by the writing bug. During his ten years "in the jungle", he wrote ODYSSEY: 1970, HELL'S QUEST: 1971, DEVILLIERS COUNTY BLUES: 1972 and the two part politico-military novel UNCERTAIN PARADISE: 1973. It was also during this time that the two halves of SOLDIER OF AQUARIUS 1969-1970 were published, with the original full length novel following in 2007.

Cassell retired from a career in law enforcement and criminal prosecution due to total disability in 2006. Several of his books contain courtroom drama and police stories from his law enforcement years. Yet his first love and the primary focus of his books has remained life on the road in the Late Sixties-Early Seventies.

"There never was a time quite like it," Cassell recalls. "There never was a time when young people had more opportunity to explore their world... to really see what life was all about."

Cassell's books focus on his adventures and the adventures of others he met on the Road. It was with DeVilliers and Uncertain Paradise that he abandoned his largely autobiographical memoir/adventure genre in favor of novels....the former being of the police procedural genre, the latter politico-military.

"It is a privilege being a part of the Amazon family of authors," Cassell notes. "Thanks in large part to this forward-looking company, the reading public has been liberated from the commercial maneuvers of the big publishing houses. Never before have the public enjoyed so many options in reading... never before have so many talented writers had the opportunity to display their works to potential readers."

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars such a shame 10 Feb 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I read the first two books in this trilogy and found them to be excellent. This one however seems to concentrate mainly on a political court case with the action taking a back seat. The author obviously has strong views on the case in question but has piggy-backed them on to the end of an otherwise excellent story about the birth and struggles of a new nation.

I have to say I found the description of the case extremely tedious and skipped an awful lot of that part of the book. The mission that the protagonist undertakes is very weak compared to the plot of the previous books.

I really enjoyed the first two installments of this story and was looking forward to this one. I was disappointed. I hate it when that happens.
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5.0 out of 5 stars G. Daniel Cole ~ Autobiographist 22 Nov 2011
By Daniel Cole - Published on Amazon.com
My review of Uncertain Paradise 1974 has been a long time in coming because I couldn't resist starting over by rereading the Original Uncertain Paradise. Being the Nit Picker on literary works that I am, I also had to read Part two again. I'm really happy that I took the time to read this Trilogy by Cassell. Each Novel is an intense story by itself. As a Trilogy it is not only three separate stories but, A Huge Adventure in mystery, Love, Humor,tragedy, along with a behind the scenes look at politics. Practiced on a small island they are as underhanded, mysterious and backstabbing as they are in any Major World Power. Cassell has a way of taking us there that most authors can only pray to acquire. The reader is able to picture the face and mannerisms of each and every character, the carnage and horror of unacknowledged war & political deniability, VIA Cassell's unique talent of transporting the reader into the story and entrapping them there until the last word.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Landmark Literary Work... Island-mark Adventure steaming in process... 25 May 2011
By Linda G. Shelnutt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
My review below is taken from a post in a community discussion here on Amazon:

Customer Discussions > Amazon Shorts forum
Toasting John Cassell's novel, "HELL'S QUEST: 1971": An ongoing commentary."

Here's a hyperlink to that Discussion:

(...) :

My post on May 25, 2011; 10:47 am PDT:

I'm going to begin collecting a few excerpts here of my reviews and commentaries on John's latest book, to have them in one place for my working with/from them, and for others interested in commentary on John's in progress novel. The hyperlinks will go to the Amazon pages with additional information and reviews posted, all of which is well worth checking out:


Review title:
Poverty lived richly on an island in time
by Linda Shelnutt

Review post date:
September 14, 2010

Testing my KINDLE to write a review of landmark literature in which the reader walks through the pages, wiggling toes in the sand with the characters... learning what it is to live on an island sans fake frills...

If a series setting and plot have ever mirrored reality through a fictional world, this one does.

You won't read pages, you'll be in them.

Pick up your Kindle and dive in. The Caribbean waits.

I read these 5 chapters in manuscript form. Instead of writing more here, I'm aiming again for turquoise waves... I'll leave my Kindle ashore on read-to-me mode. Join me in the sea; a righteous struggle there will be. You will survive to solve a mystery and get retribution for actions seared against friends.


Review title:
Ocean Swim Refresh... or Inhale the Grease and Push the Tides
by Linda Shelnutt

Review post date:
September 23, 2010

In this chapter the unusual, refreshing relationship between the two main characters steps out in midstream, capturing the reader with sympathy for both sides... while subtly opening a landmark look at the contrasts between two cultures few writers have the experience to dramatize as this author does. You'll get a true island experience beyond the popular havens. See the life there through a realist who can fall in love with the reality without losing the dreams. Maybe not all dreams have to be lived but to live in the mind... or in a good chapter. A complex, engrossing story here.

This is a first phase of hoping to collect my comments on John's work in progress. Hoping to be able to soon compile some of my posts on previous pages in this forum, on UP: 74.

John has a tremendous group of awesome friends. Their presence on these Amazon pages of his novel in progress would be heart warming.

If you watch his video review of his latest Kindle offering compiling this work, you'll see that he could use a presence of kinship which he has earned so many times over. Might this location in the physical universe we share be one appropriate place for this type of showing? Maybe comments posted under his video...

1974: UNCERTAIN PARADISE [which is featured on this Amazon page]

With respect for those literary soldiers who live, walk, fight, and dream with words,
Linda Shelnutt
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unreadable 28 April 2013
By Sara Scott - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I tired to read this, but the writing was all messed up...maybe poorly formatted? I gave up after a few pages--too much work to try to make sense of it.
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