A Tempest Soul

Young Adult - Coming of Age
367 Pages
Reviewed on 05/30/2017
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Author Biography

Oliver served as a Paratrooper in the United States Army and studied at MSC. In the late 1980s through mid 90s Oliver perused his love of music. He enjoyed traveling, playing percussion and writing lyrics for popular bands. During this time Oliver also began writing short stories and articles.

After playing for thousands in the fall and winter of 1996 Oliver’s band abruptly disbanded. Oliver along with a good friend, that was a guitarist got together to form a new band in early spring of 1997. However rather than form a new band the two put together an expedition plan to travel to Northern Canada and Alaska to prospect for gold.

Leaving in April of 1997 Oliver and company traveled up the historic AL-CAN highway. After exploring the Yukon and Northwest territories of Canada as well as the Arctic Circle the team traveled over the Top of the World highway to Alaska.

1999-2000 Oliver traveled through Asia, visiting Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia and other countries.

In 2004 Oliver published his first book and continues writing articles and stories under various pseudonyms. Currently Oliver and family reside happily in the U.S.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite

A Tempest Soul by Oliver Phipps is a coming-of-age story that explores Gina Falcone’s growth curve, the challenges she has to face, and the vicissitudes of her life. But it is mostly the story of her crucible of pain and how she allows it to shape her destiny, an inspiring and entertaining story. Gina lost her father when she was a small girl and now her mother abandons Gina to herself when she has just turned thirteen, after securing her a job to wash dishes. Through hardship, Gina weaves herself a path through life, creating success for herself, but for how long can she keep it? Watch as she discovers the most wonderful lessons of life and as she grows to create her destiny; watch as she learns the dread truth that life could be held together by a very fragile thread in spite of our successes, and that we could lose everything with the snap of a finger.

This is an incredible story of a woman who faces life with courage and who decides to change her stars, a story that is filled with many lessons. I had a lot to enjoy in this story. First, the characters feel real and they are well developed, with their backgrounds well explored. I enjoyed the fact that the author uses lively and entertaining dialogues to give readers the backstory. The prose is enticing, composed of beautiful sentences that are not convoluted at any moment. It reads very fluidly and clearly. The narrative voice is hypnotic and it offers readers powerful images to accompany the story. A Tempest Soul is a story that will entertain and instruct readers, and empower them to face life with some nerve. Oliver Phipps’ writing really captured my heart.


Fantastic story by one of my favorite authors. Five stars, easy.