Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Release of Fire Angels by Joseph Richardson

Fire Angels, A Florida novel by Titusville resident Joseph “Joe” Richardson has been published and made available effective June 12th, 2009.

The novel follows the lives of David and Sara Cooper and their son, Noble, from 1915—1925, years made difficult by financial hardship, separation during World War I, and tragedy brought on by the influenza epidemic of 1918.

The Coopers live on a subsistence farm outside the small town of Walako, Florida, where David works at a seed and feed store owned by German immigrant Wilhelm Strow. Tension rises against Strow when the United States declares war on Germany in 1917. Hardware store owner Sid Guthrie has developed power in the town by intimidation and violence. He is suspected of lying about his military service and his involvement in several local crimes including two murders.

Young Noble Cooper, a savant, and his black playmate and mentor, “Little Jack” Harris, are instrumental in solving the murder of the local sheriff and the lynching of “Little Jack’s” father.

The author is a native Floridian born and raised on a small Central Florida farm outside a town quite similar to the fictional town of Walako in Fire Angels. A veteran of the Korean War, Richardson retired from NASA, Kennedy Space Center after more than thirty-five years federal service. He resides in Titusville with his wife of fifty-four years, Joan, and their five “rescued” pets. They have two grown sons.

Richardson has had a number of articles published and has received awards in eight short story contests. Fire Angels is his first novel. He graduated from St. Petersburg High School and The University of Alabama.

Fire Angels is available at Amazon.com (search for: Fire Angels, Richardson) and at Createspace.com3378621. The 387-page book is priced at $15.95 plus shipping.

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