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Sunday, July 31, 2005

The God Particle by Richard Cox

I went to a book signing this weekend. Richard Cox was signing copies of his new book The God Particle.

We managed to show up just as the signing was underway and was able to hang out and talk to Richard for a few minutes before his line started forming. I actually met him before the signing; we are both members of OSFW and attend monthly meetings. Not only is he a talented writer, he is a really great guy with whom to talk.

Now, we couldn’t very well make a trip to Barnes & Noble without perusing the shelves. As we drooled looked over the many books we still need to add to our library, I saw an extremely attractive woman walk passed us. It was none other than our very own
Chera Kimiko. She is an anchor for our local Fox affiliate. Her good looks and quick wit have made her quite the local celebrity.

We finish our shopping and give a final farewell to Richard on our way out the door. As we are walking to the car, I read, For Chera. Hmmm, I think and move on to the acknowledgements. There it is in black and white; Chera Kimiko, whom I met while scratching out the first draft, and whose influence can be found throughout this book.

Wait, let me get this straight…he is a talented writer with a great personality and dashing good looks, he has just had his second book released, he actually has a line at his book signing, and he is friends with the hottest anchor person to ever grace our airwaves? It’s official…I am now forced to hate you Richard Cox. Just kidding, I threw that in there in case you ran across this review (yes, I actually plan to talk about your book here). 

The book is great. It is fast paced and flows smoothly. I couldn’t put the damned thing down. I bought it yesterday afternoon and I was finished with it by late this morning. It has several different stories lines that dance and flirt across the page waiting for the moment that they will all intersect. It is a story filled with intrigue, betrayal, seemingly supernatural powers, aspects of science versus religion, physics, love and sex…lots of sex. Fear not, the sex scenes are tastefully done and quite pertinent to the story (as hard as that is to believe, as most sex scenes seem somehow gratuitous).

Take an American businessman (Steve Keeley), put him in Zurich and have him tossed from a third story building. For most people this would be the end of a bad day, but for Steve it is the beginning of an adventure. I have unofficially dubbed him Hal, but you will have to read the book to find out why.

Kelly Smith is Anchor for a local ABC affiliate (yes, I am fairly sure that he drew heavily from Chera for this character). She has a chance encounter with Mike McNair, a brilliant physicist and an unlikely romance threatens to blossom.

Mike McNair is “The Man” at a $12 billion facility that housed a super collider. You will never guess what he is searching for…oh, I guess you did, it is the God Particle. Some would say he is too young to lead this project, but…yeah, he has his hands full.

How do they all come together? Well, you are just going to have to read the book. I highly recommend it.


At 11:42 AM, Blogger Leslie said...

Not really my kind of reading. However, speaking of books, any word on your release-date yet? I'm very excited for you! Don't keep me in suspense.

At 1:40 PM, Blogger James Goodman said...

It is still looking like mid September, but I will keep you posted.

At 5:22 PM, Blogger Breazy said...

Sounds like a great book and I will have to get it. I am always up for new reading material.

At 5:28 PM, Blogger James Goodman said...

I know I enjoyed it...I think you will too. :)

At 4:19 AM, Blogger Jenn said...

Sound like it might be something I'd enjoy. I think.

He is good looking too.

At 5:13 AM, Blogger James Goodman said...

Which always helps a writing career. :)

At 11:30 AM, Blogger Patry Francis said...

Sounds like a great night--and an interesting book.

And yes, good looks definitely helps any kind of career, but at least we writers can hide behind our computers and make our characters as beautiful as we wish them to be.

At 11:38 AM, Blogger James Goodman said...

Lol! That is what draws me to my writing so much, not having to show my ugly mug off. If I were better looking, I would try another way to express myself. :)

At 12:54 PM, Blogger Leslie said...

Oh, pa-leeeeeeaze! Your mug is not ugly. To be perfectly honest, you're no Calvin Klein underpants model or anything, but you're definitely NOT ugly! You managed to get the beautiful Mrs. Goody to marry you right? I know she has great taste. So that in itself should tell you that your mug is not ugly.

But you're right about one thing: Writing is a good way to have a career/be famous without having to be so much in the public eye. A few book-signings and interviews are nothing to the camera hell, say, Brad Pitt, has to go through. And the worst part is, I don't really thing he's all that good-looking, especially with the new bleached 'do' and when he had that slut Angelina on his arm. (My apologies if you like her.)

At 1:10 PM, Blogger James Goodman said...

Lol. Thanks.

At 3:14 PM, Blogger James Goodman said...

Oh, and Patry...I have seen your picture, you definately don't need to hide behind a computer. :)

At 6:07 PM, Blogger JohnH985 said...

Sounds like a book I would like. I'm going to have to look for it. Have you read the new books by Charlie Huston? They're mysteries, I can't recall the titles right off my head, but I've head they are really good. They're also on my list of books to read. Right now I'm reading 1776 by David McCollugh. Very good.

At 6:15 PM, Blogger James Goodman said...

I haven't read any Charlie Huston yet. I will have to look for one on my next trip to the bookstore.

There is a link to The God Particle on amazon up in the review if you would like to check it out online. Other than that it should be in the major book stores.

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