Book Review: Desert Phoenix
A Life in Words
The Story of Thomas Riddell
Thomas Riddell has always been passionate about writing and storytelling.
He wrote his first story as a school project in the first grade, which was titled: The First Boy On The Moon.
He describes himself as an author who loves exploring and developing interesting characters for his stories. As part of the writing process, he loves immersing himself in research and in the fine-tuning of the stories he feels are the most worthy of telling.
Since 2009, he has authored a memoir, PIECES OF MY PATH, two hometown history books, NEDROW, NEW YORK- THE PEOPLE AND HISTORY, and an historical fiction novel which involves the story of his grandfather, POPPY'S
He has recently rebooted the popular The Writers Lounge- Showcasing New Authors on Facebook and it is now a podcast which can be found on this site. Thomas has also resumed reviewing books and posting about his writing life which can also be found here on his blog.
He currently lives in Liverpool, N.Y. and is working on his next novel, THE MARS CONNECTION- A SOUL'S JOURNEY which is tentatively scheduled for release in in the Spring or Summer of 2022.
It’s been a long time coming, but the wait is finally over. Poppy’s Prison, the latest title from Thomas Riddell is something of a departure from his previous work.
The Bootlegger Murder Mystery involves the grandfather/adopted father of the author. Below is an interview excerpt taken from the newspapers, just days after Russell Brice began serving more than twenty years in Sing Sing Prison. "Brice is a cheerful chap, with smiling gray eyes and blonde hair. He is twenty-six years old and is not a bit ashamed of the many crimes of which he has been accused or of the time he has spent in prison.“Behind the downfall of every man there is a woman,” he remarks with the wisdom of the ages. “A woman has placed me where I am. It was her talk which gave me the reputation of being ‘a second Hamby’”. Gordon Hamby was a notorious bank robber and killer who was executed in Sing Sing Prison's electric chair in January of 1920.
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