Crystal Ships

Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
374 Pages
Reviewed on 02/02/2014
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Author Biography

Richard Sharp writes literary/historical fiction of ordinary Americans in 19th and near-contemporary 20th century settings. He confesses to being a member of the "Silent Generation" (b. circa 1926-1945), a major subject of his near-contemporary novels, The "Duke Don't Dance" (Kirkus Best of 2012 Indie Books List,Independent Publisher [IPPY] 2013 Gold Medal, Best Adult Fiction Ebook) and his latest, "Crystal Ships" (released 22 Nov. 2013). Born in the early 1940s into a farming family who had migrated to rural Colorado from Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl, he traveled east as a young adult to receive degrees from Harvard and Princeton Universities. His writing is enriched from career experiences across America and in some four dozen countries, spanning the Vietnam War era, the subject of Crystal Ships, through the present.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite

Crystal Ships by Richard Sharp is a new GREAT in the way of the epic American novel. Reading mainly as historical fiction with layers of drama, critique, and a general human focus, this book is deeply emotional while maintaining a kind of grace and fluidity that is rare. There was so much going on in this book that I could barely keep track of all the action. What a wild ride! There was so much depth, so many characters, and just a general sense of packing so much information into a little over 350 pages that I was amazed. I felt like I learned something just from the sheer amount of information that Sharp managed to include.

Richard Sharp paints a wonderfully detailed picture with his writing style. Full of a bittersweet combination of idealism and a cultured cynicism, this book is one that will be enjoyable for everyone, from the literary critic to the casual Sunday reader. The character development was what really got me, because with about seven main characters, it's hard to make them all realistic and not cutouts. Sharp did a wonderful job crafting individual personalities and really great dialogue! At times, keeping track of the several friends throughout time and space was a bit difficult, but the writing was excellent so I never felt like I was pushing myself to read and understand. Crystal Ships is one of those books that stays with you and keeps you thinking about it long after you've turned the last page.