Better Late Than Ever Paperback – 10 Jan 2013
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About the Author
A tinkerer, traveler, dog lover, and author of several novels, D.R.(Donn) Shoultz, hails from a small town in central Illinois, but he and his wife Claudia have called North Carolina home 20+ years. Donn writes at their mountain home off the Blue Ridge Parkway where Claudia shares her editorial experience in shaping his novels. Focusing on action/adventure, Donn strives to appeal to a broad range of readers. His books include (in order of publication): Corrupt Connection Better Late Than Ever Melting Sand-A Miles Stevens Novel #1 It Goes On-A Short Story Collection #1 Cyber One-A Miles Stevens Novel #2 A portion of the profits from Donn's Amazon book sales go to support North Carolina animal shelters. You can learn more about Donn and his novels at http://DRShoultz.blogspot.com
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Phil has just moved in and settling well, within a few days sleeping with his sultry next door neighbour and choosing a customised golf cart (Mercedes of course) so he can play respectable rounds of golf with his new retiree buddies. So far, so idyllic. But gradually he begins to realise that there are dirty doings underfoot, and that the superficial image of sun, sex and the over sixties is not all it's cracked up to be.
The writing is good and the premise convincing. Set in the near future, the paradise described sounds totally plausible and, arguably more crucially, fascinating. There is corporate intrigue, some slight shoe-horning in of politics and some genuinely amusing characters. I enjoyed it and I'm not in the same age bracket as the people in this book, though I did find the endless golf slightly distracting and the sex self-conscious. I'm guessing Schoultz doesn't feel totally comfortable writing intimate scenes, although there were quite a few of them. They were well done though, and not at all icky in that "thinking about your grandparents doing it" kind of way.
So what plays out is a hybrid of Cocoon mixed with Stepford Wives. There's a villain to boo and hiss at, and the surprising death of a main character. It is a very enjoyable time passer. A book to read on the beach, preferably Florida/
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"Better Late than Ever" is filled with humor and romance, and the mystery behind how the Clubhouse members seem to be getting younger will leave the reader wondering whether something like this might really be going on in our country's retirement communities. There is a wonderful array of characters that contribute to the books overall readability, and the book has been edited and is well-written.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I plowed through most of it while sitting in my hammock on a Saturday afternoon. The author has done a great job in creating a sort of movie in my mind. I could visualize the characters and what they were doing, and that is how I know I've found a talented storyteller.
To navigate his way around his choice of ten golf courses, three of them championship courses, Sam Owen's Custom Carts offered a $15,000.00 golf cart that exactly matched Phil's E-350 Mercedes. And he started making friends with his fellow residents: Exotic next door neighbor Miranda Mendoza was very rich, very sexy, and very available. Recently-widowed Sue Jacobs, a friend he'd not seen for some 15 years, was still the alluring strawberry blonde he remembered. As his golf game slowly improved, Phil managed to fall in with the right crowd; he was even offered exclusive membership into The Club.
The Daily View, a newspaper published solely for the residents of The Glades, was all the news most residents needed. But Phil Greenfield wasn't that myopic; he checked out The Daytona Beach News, the nearest major newspaper, to see what was happening in the world around him. To his surprise, he found that one of The Club's female members had recently died of a sudden 'unspecified' illness. It was time to make his first Club-member appointment with Dr. Prosser, the physician they called Dr. Time.
D. R. Shoultz writes a provocative, entertaining story. I recommend this book.