Review of ‘Deep Water’ by Ronald Paxton *****

Review of ‘Deep Water’ by Ronald Paxton

Deep Water

Retired from the Army after a twenty-year career, having inherited a house and a large tract of land by a lake, Salem Matthews had everything to make his life complete, except he was all alone. To help overcome troubling nightmares, his doctor told him he needed to get a girlfriend, but there weren’t that many eligible women in Shenandoah County and the prospect of actually talking to one made his mouth go dry. He couldn’t believe his luck when Krista Karson expressed interest in him. Others also expressed interest, or more exactly, his property, and they wouldn’t take no for an answer. With the help of a Special Forces buddy, Matthews sought to sort things out.

Deep Water is a delightful step into a bachelor’s life, allowing the reader to picture himself in a similar situation, relishing how various setbacks resolve themselves. Although the book revolves around a typical scenario where bad guys wish to procure something they want regardless of cost or impact on lives, and Matthews must extricate himself and Karson from the predicament, Ronald Paxton handles the topic with skill, managing to retain the reader’s interest. I would have enjoyed more emotional interaction between Matthews and Karson, but that did not diminish my appreciation of what Ronald Paxton provided. I look forward to sampling some of his other novels.

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About the Author:

Ronald Paxton was born in Richmond, Virginia and currently resides in Newport News, Virginia with his wife of over 40 years. He sold his first short story in 2008 and has since published more stories. His work has received ‘Pushcart Prize’ and ‘Best of the Net’ nominations. The author’s debut novel Winter Songs was published in 2012 by World Castle Publishing, and his second novel, Deep Water, was released in December 2013. Haven is the sequel to Winter Songs. Soul Man was published in 2015 by Moonshine Cove Publishing.


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