Mary Crane and a Pompey Hollow Book Club Seance with Sherlock!
Jerome Mark Antil (Author)
Little York Books
April 09, 2015
6.1 X 9.1 X 1.0 inches | 0.02 pounds
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About the Author
Jerome Mark Antil is the seventh child of a seventh son-of a seventh son. Born at sunrise it's been told by Mary Holman Antil and Michael C. Antil Sr., that he was the first of eight siblings to stay awake all day and sleep through the night from the moment he was born."I remember the Pearl Harbor attack announced on our Zenith radio before I could walk. I heard Edward R. Murrow reporting the War from London... and the scratchy battle-weary ship-to-shore Morse code messages on radio while my diaper was being changed".Heartfelt fare of family and friendship-light-hearted nostalgia from the 1940s and 1950s are his favorite subjects. He revels at capturing in good detail what it was like being a kid living in a world at War and its long shadows.When the War ended, he grew up in Delphi Falls, which provided the setting for The Pompey Hollow Book Club and The Book of Charlie."My dad was a baker from the 1929 Great Depression through the post-War 1950s. As a young boy, I'd ride with him all throughout central and northern New York visiting grocers and U.S. Army bases; baseball parks and bread lines as he sold his bread, hot dog buns, pies and cakes. My Dad was 'Big Mike' and I loved listening to his timeless stories and tall tales-stopping at fishing holes along the way. All day rides with Big Mike-his Buick my Steamboat-his grand stories and an entire world at War my Mississippi."As an adult Jerry worked as a proof reader and printer's liaison, he later wrote and produced industrial sales and training films. An accomplished writer for public relations and advertising agencies, he would become ChiefMarketing Officer for several prominent U.S. companies.Jerry's favorite authors are: (John Steinbeck) "Steinbeck could peer through a peephole of a person's soul." (Ernest Hemingway) "Grandpa Hemingway could establish character in a single sentence." (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)"His Sherlock would keep me as eager for the next clue and accompanying anecdote as for the crime's solution." (Mark Twain) "Samuel Langhorne Clements was an irreverent observer of human foibles. His stand up was thought provoking, deceptively caustic-he was the Howard Stern of the 19th century."
FOREWORD REVIEWS- 5 STARS This wholesomely earnest novel is peppered with a dash of old-school mischief and fun. Jerome Mark Antil's Mary Crane and a Pompey Hollow Book Club Séance with Sherlock, the latest installment in the adventures of the Pompey Hollow kids, continues the group's spirited adventures. The club members-all boys except for the steadying influence of President Mary Crane-make their early-teen way through 1950s upstate New York with the help of guardian angel and former neighbor Charlie Pitts, best known as \"Ole Charlie.\" The tone of the novel is wholesomely earnest, peppered with a dash of old-school mischief and fun. Antil's love for his subject matter and familiarity with the postwar backdrop of this specific region give Pompey Hollow a color and warmth that only true nostalgia can provide. Surely these were simpler times than our own, though not necessarily better or easier. The shadow of the Great Depression lingered, with not-so-distant memories of-as one character notes-having to live on very little and somehow manage to make a chocolate layer cake \"with everything but chocolate.\" And while the United States had recently triumphed in World War II, no great victory is ever won without casualties or sacrifice. In the autumn of 1953, the Book Club and friends find themselves caught up in a caper involving a former war pilot and a crafty British pickpocket, while Ole Charlie meets fellow angel and revered author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. There are barn chores and barn dances, the state fair, a traveling theater group, and a grade school teacher with some pretty impressive skills as a con artist. To add to the narrative, Antil includes historical photos along with \"Paracoustics\" sound effects. These sound snippets in the form of QR codes allow smartphone users to scan and hear relevant moments of action. Despite the nod to modern technology, Mary Crane and a Pompey Hollow Book Club Séance with Sherlock will likely appeal to those who actually lived the times, or to young adults with a fascination for days gone by. A lack of cynicism and openness to the concept that teens were perhaps more mature yet less sophisticated sixty years ago might also help their twenty-first-century counterparts truly appreciate the story. In certain aspects, the novel seems reminiscent of author Elizabeth Enright's Melendy Family series of the 1940s, offering a similar sense of camaraderie and fairly innocent adventure. Antil's shifting perspective may sometimes become a bit confusing, but the general effect is a story with heart and plenty of good old-fashioned imagination.FOUR STARS-4.0 out of 5 starsAn Imaginative StoryBy Laura Seeber on July 6, 2015Format: PaperbackHonestly, this was my favorite book in this series by far. Mr. Antil does a great job of weaving together a type of realistic nostalgia for the time period, and the almost universal experiences of the teens of the Pompey Hollow Book Club. From discovering a nude calendar to running a dairy farm, there are countless examples of where them members of the Pompey Hollow Book Club rise to the occasion.One of the aspects I really enjoyed about this story was how some of the minor characters were put in the spotlight, to give the reader a more realistic impression of their capabilities. One example of this is when Marty-a member of the club realizes that the groups intricate plan to catch a thief red handed won't work the way they expect-not without a serious amount of cash-namely seven hundred dollars. The older, more veteran members didn't even consider that detail, and it fell down to Marty, a young man with an analytical mind to finding the courage to point out the potential problem.Mr. Antil also included a number of QR codes in various places in the book-which I found out later were linked to various sound effects, as well as some detailed historical pictures. While I did not listen to the sound effects, I imagine that they could easily enhance the already imaginative story.I will admit that there were portions of the book that seemed to run a little slower at times, and I felt that Mr. Antil told parts of the story that could have easily been shown, but overall it was a good read. If you're looking for a pretty nice weekend read, this is a great choice.Five STARS-5.0 out of 5 starsThe Pompey Hollow Book Club does it again!!By Bob Penoyer on March 31, 2015Format: Paperback Verified PurchaseIn Mary Crane, the 3rd. book of the Pompey Hollow Book Club, Antil continues to capture the true feelings of a, close-knit, group of "post-War" friends.This time, as they are growing older, the take advantage of cars, horses,& even a Bi-Plane, to capture a pick-pocket&thief.Of course, it has a happy ending, as the Bi-Plane takes off, into the clear blue shies, waving goodbye!This books sure touches your heart.