Stan Leidel has vanished from Beatty…again...leaving his two sons, Tim and Mark, to once again fend for themselves. But this time, there just has to be a good ending to the story!
That Hoosiers Cap...a short story of 11000 words.
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To Cap Things Off
Emotional & Thought Provoking
When the father leaves his sons it creates the necessary inner and outer conflict in the story. From that point forward, everything else that follows is directly related to that pivotal moment. Will the boys overcome their abandonment, their sense of loss, shame and being alone without a father? Who will they turn to? Would the father get a second chance to redeem himself, or was everything lost when he left his sons, unable to tell them the truth about why he was leaving? The book held my attention and engaged me throughout, from beginning to end due to the tension and uncertainty the writer created here.
Ashton does a fantastic job on an extremely wide number of voices. He did not confine himself to a few voices, he did them all! His performance made the book literally come alive in my mind, as I could visualise what was taking place due to his energy and enthusiasm to give each character a separate and distinct voice. Again, his performance was outstanding, and I would definitely recommend him to anyone. Ashton is a dedicated professional.
For me, the protagonist that I found most engaging was the father. This plot is literally a rebirth, or a quest. The father must find himself, or the boys are doomed. He is on a journey to discover himself, the quest must include a return. If he has gained new insights about himself, good things will happen. Will he have an epiphany? If given an opportunity to be good again, will he be able to make use of the chance?
This is an excellent book. I would recommend that you get a copy of this book to read as well as listen along with the narrator. The recording is definitely stand alone, superbly done, high quality work. Congratulations to both Ashton and Dave on a very successful collaboration! Well done!
- Thomas Baker