This is one of the most interesting mystery/supernatural novels I have ever read. It is set in a world in which the revolutionary war was lost by the colonists. The world is full of different factions each governed by their own rules (Most of them are pseudo theocracies which is pretty cool because you don’t see those much in novels these days). Our protagonist, Longman Jones, has the ability to see visions about murders and sees how they really go down (This is really useful because he is a lawyer). C.E. White paints a vivid picture with excellent descriptions and an enticing plot. I definitely recommend it!!!
The Trial of Summary James
(Longman Jones (Restive Souls) Book 1)
A Novella For Fans of Alternative History and Crime Novels
Longman Jones has seen several visions of murders. The problem is that those convicted of the murders are never the killers Longman sees. When Summary James is tried and convicted for a murder he didn’t commit, Longman is determined to rescue him from the nation’s only prison.
The Trial of Summary James is a novella set within an alternative history involving a North America where the United States was never born, because the colonists lost the Revolutionary War, the British freed the slaves, and a massive migration from Africa and the Caribbean empowered Black and Native Americans to help build a nation called the Carolina Union in their image.
It is a very different world from ours that Longman Jones and his love interest, an empath named Sonata Holmes, discover one another. Their world may allow them to avoid the prejudices they’d face in ours, but they still must confront an evil which has found its way into the very structures of society that were designed to protect them. As the two face up to their enemy, they quickly realize that solving the crime is the easy part. The real challenge is confronting dark forces that seem to have no end in sight.
This 99 cent novella is a teaser for a longer upcoming novel called Restive Souls, still in development.
About the Author
C.E. White is a retired software engineer with several web development books to his credit, and is now a full-time writer. Keep your eye on these pages for more info coming soon.
You can contact him by sending him a message at restive.souls at gmail.com
Before retiring from the software biz, writing as Chuck White, he had several web development books and articles to his credit, including:
Author Developing Killer Web Apps with Dreamweaver MX and C#, Sybex/Wiley Books, Inc.
Co-Author HTML, XHTML, and CSS Bible, Wiley Books, Inc.
Author Mastering XSLT, Sybex Books, Inc.
Lead Author Mastering XML, Premium Edition , Sybex/Wiley Books, Inc.
Co-author Mastering XML 1st edition, Sybex Books, Inc.
Compilation Editor XML Complete, Sybex Books, Inc.
Author Internet Explorer 5 Developer’s Guide, IDG Books Worldwide
Contributing Writer Web Techniques magazine.
Contributing Writer Communication World magazine.
Contributing Writer for IBM Developer Works Web Site
His first exposure to web technologies was as an art director in the advertising business creating some HTML markup for an under-staffed Monster.com in the mid-1990s. He spent 8 years as a software engineer at eBay and PayPal and an additional 5 years for various other companies. He is currently living in Atlanta, Georgia.