Bullet statements from various testimonials

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                             FOR FURTHER INFORMATION             
                                                                                contact Gerald Inmon
                                                                                    ph= (662) 816-4180
                                                                           e mail= gpinmon@olemiss.edu 
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BULLET STATEMENTS FROM VARIOUS REVIEWERS:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                        

Writer thrust into category of such authors as Faulkner and Welty--

Debut of important new voice in American Literature--

Truly another powerful writer and amazing storyteller--

Gerald Inmon teases readers with "a new Faulkner tale"--

Reviewers invoked Huckleberry Finn while making comparisons--

Reveals MS history & culture through great story & great characters--

Uses fictional format to address issues of racism, war & environment--

Characters are heroes, worth my time, becoming men I want to meet-

A true must read.  It's a man's book and it's a woman's book--

Intrigues you. Wonderful revelations about the south & its people--

The most moving experience & entertainment I've had from a novel--

Entertaining, original, articulate & rich with folksy anecdote--

Inmon wrote about that which he was familiar and did it well--

Thoroughly enjoyable.  Left the feeling I walked right along with them-

Found myself laughing one moment and moved to tears a few pages later--

Most chapters are good, but there are those that climb to brilliance--

Good old-fashioned story telling in era of trick novels--

Nature writing lyrical and apt.  One of the best reads I've ever had--

Hit every emotion.  Liked the flow and enjoyed author's ingenuity--

A truly gifted writer.  I want to read Yocona Puff Adder all over again-

As the characters' lives take root and grow, the results lead to some wonderful revelations about the south and the lives of its people--

Blends interesting characters and brisk dialogue with an intriguing premise--

Imaginative and complex storyline, jam-packed with anecdotes that thoroughly entertain readers--

Twainesque storyteller whose natural sounding dialogue leaps off the page--

Remarkale book that spoke to me in so many ways and in a unique writing style--

 

                                        Summary of Yocona Puff Adder

This is STORY TIME FOR GROWNUPS...age-appropriate for only 15 years old & up. 

Gerald's debut novel, Yocona Puff Adder is a coming-and-going-of-age story that's like three books rolled into one.  Starting out like Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn, as the boys grow a little older it gets more like Forrest Gump.  Then, as they get a lot older it becomes more like Tuesdays with Morrie.

In the unique genre of historical faction, this coming-of-age story and more-than-memoir type novel bridges the era of the early 1950's through today ... sharing little known facts and demonstrating that life is more interesting than plain fiction.

With one boy white and the other black in segregated Mississippi, backwoods and riverbottom adventures are too exciting to allow these motherless seven-year olds to consider the normal bigotry of the times. Childhood is grounded in mischief around Oxford's Bailey Woods and in the rural community of Taylor. The Yocona and Little Tallahatchie Rivers help shape youth and the teen years find Scott and C.B. interacting with Weekend Warriors and the Klan. Summer jobs and outdoor experiences roughhew the boys into men. Adult complications in Sin City Memphis precede diverging paths with college forestry vs. the logging woods, grad school vs. a tour in Vietnam, and professional vs. technical careers in the workplace ... all where challenges and opportunities are stretched from commonplace to the controversial. Volunteerism during retirement continues uniquely within the conservation community as senile citizenship and its heart-warming semi-acceptance at Golden Olden slip up on the two protagonists ... with a twist the reader doesn't expect.

Portrayals of secondary characters with only a tad more than their names camouflaged are powerfully close to veritable. Examples include world-renowned author, William Faulkner and under-appreciated Black pioneer of Civil Rights, James Meredith ... both with whom this author had personal experiences. 

The two seven-year olds in Oxford, Mississippi, grow up under the tutelage of a world famous author called Mr. Jefferson. In 1962,when Mr. Faulkn...Mr. Jefferson that is...dies off, they are teen-agers by then and he has already planted the seed in them for his influence.  Because one of the boys' grandfather owns property adjacent to the famous writer, they are forever encountering him as he teaches them things little boys need to learn about... everything from puberty to mankind and humanity.

Although this starts out before racial integration and one of the boys is black and the other white, they remain best friends right through those struggles.  They grow through working in the logging woods, Vietnam, college, and careers with the natural resources, where they both work for the Forest Service but see things from different perspectives during the environmental movement of the 70s-90s.

As they grow old and retire, they remain the best of friends, but then have to deal with each other in old age and dementia...in an old folks' home.

Written in the unique genre of "faction", this is twisted truths, embellished events and purified people...mostly true and only tweaked a little to be more humorous, more horrible, more dramatic, more entertaining, more interesting, and more sexy, etc.. 

Almost as much a nature book as the human nature book Yocona Puff Adder is, it reveals not only the truth about Agent Orange but proof of it from an actual experiment on one of your National Forests.

The author gives the guarantee that if you don't love this book, he will eat it. 


Camp Re-Form is a character driven book about seven fifteen-year old boys you'll learn to love as they struggle with everything from their efforts at honor and duty to mere survival, while they are sentenced to a judge-ordered Boy Scout camp in lieu of reform school. 

Taking dialect to a whole new level, the patrol called Sarge's Snappers draws from seven different cultural backgrounds and the generational differences between them and their Scout Master. Not since the prankish mischief-makers of M.A.S.H. has there been such a corps of individualized psychologies.

The impassioned young protagonist is an unlikely delinquent named Jed, who is reluctant to take over as patrol leader...and croons for Goose's girlfriend.

Goose, being the Yankee atheist who has just lost last year's patrol leadership, now wants to kick everybody's butt but Fanny Pearl's, whose he claims he'll soon soil instead.

Stuttering his way from ob..ob..obstacles to stepping stones, Junebug, also called Junie, is slightly slow enough to single-handedly try out the retardation center's first effort at mainstreaming.

Coonie, articulately in the finest of Cajun dialect, doesn't miss an opportunity to impose his wrapped perspective on anyone who tries not to listen.

Overdrive, a slightly crippled genius who grew up in an auto shop, proves his worth with traits like the ability to hot-wire the camp jeep for the Snappers' sex-education favors from Stretch, power forward from the Dixie Carrot tops.

Chick, these cohorts' American Indian contingent, hardly talks, but has his own way to campaign for an Eagle project concerning his heritage along the Natchez Trace...despite the National Park Service bureaucracy.

A falsely accused but quickly convicted youngster nick-named Moses is secretively dying of leukemia...but more worried about spreading and shedding some spiritual sunlight to the others than any problems he may face by trying to Christianize the remnant of the not-so-righteous.

Under suspicion for liking little boys a little too much, Sarge seems to the Snappers to be about the last adult influence these sorta-scouts think they need as a role model...but they learn as much in spite of him as they do because of him.

Cookie, camp cook, is the token adult female legally present and representing the fairer sex. She does have a teen-aged daughter named Fanny Pearl, who is fodder for a most compelling near-love story and feud.

Acronymed BAD, Braxton Allen Dillion is the more-than-shady antagonist attempting to be-devil the patrol and sabotage their efforts to go straight..er.

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For autographed hardcovers of both books, order now at the special price for $40.00 and the author will pay shipping, handling and tax.

Or order either book individually for $25.00 and again the author will pay shipping, handling and tax.

 Yocona Puff Adder    ISBN-13:978-0-9774864-3-4

 Camp Re-Form           ISBN-13:978-0-9774864-7-2

Both books are also available electronically at the Kindle Store for $9.99 each.


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Taylor House Publishing   141 CR 369    Oxford, MS 38655

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   Thank you very much,    Gerald