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Book By Author:  R. L. Herron

 1499279450 9781499279450
 Self-published using CreateSpace

His debut novel, REICHOLD STREET, was selected as a 2012 Readers Favorite Gold Medal Winner that Kirkus Reviews called "Skillfully written and emotionally charged." 

His short story collection, ZEBULON, was a 2013 Readers Favorite Silver Medal Winner in the Young Adult Fantasy genre..."a highly imaginative author with wit, style...and the ability to weave a story together with a bit of havoc and heart." 

Ron has also written a well-received general-fiction short story collection, TINKER, that Readers Favorite called "Beautifully written..." 

In 2014 he published ONE WAY STREET, the sequel to his first novel, which debuted to a Readers Favorite 5-Star Review that called it "...a mesmerizing thriller."

Herron has just published STREET LIGHT, the final book in his "Reichold Street" trilogy (June 2015). In this suspenseful thriller (reviews pending)some of the original characters discover not all evil is found in war. Some walks on the streets of home.

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Prepare to read this thriller from start to finish without putting it down!


The sequel to Reichold Street, that was a 2012 Readers Favorite Gold Medal Winner, One Way Street lives up to this author’s talent.  In One Way Street, Ronald Herron continues the journey of Paul Barrett and the friends that grew up with him.  We first met Paul on Reichold Street in 1962 and now we continue to experience him growing up and missing the old neighbourhood less and less. It starts fading into a memory until old friends draw him back.  The impact his visits bring to his future decisions is heartbreaking in ways that you wouldn’t imagine.

Paul moves away and then wins a full scholarship to a State College and, while there, the fear of conscription during the Vietnam War is very real.  Paul ends up being drawn into the war.  Herron’s historical research and realistic descriptions of being a soldier in that war are compelling.  It changes everyone who was involved in it, including everyone at home.  Paul returns home and learns how to deal with life after living through his experiences.  He finally finds intense love and joy that is short lived.  After that he descends into madness.  He searches for answers in the past and, while doing so, finds out that someone is hunting him.  Everything starts to come full circle and the consequences of the past keep you on the edge of your seat.
There is a common thread that people identify with when hearing or reading about someone who grew up in the same neighbourhood and the stories about the kids that came and went.  It is the same with war.  Some desire to have that experience and so want to read about it and others have been the one involved on the front lines.  Part of Herron’s charm as an author is that he writes a story that many relate to.  The way that Herron flips back and forth in time and from character to character is a gift.  There are few writers who are able to pull that off, keep you engaged in the story and then give you the sense of complete enjoyment of having read “a good book.” 

The first book was memorable and the second is equally gripping.  I sat down to read this novel and literally could not put it down.  I read it from start to finish in one sitting which is the same thing that happened with the first book.  The smooth rhythm and flow made this an easy book to read and enjoy.  This author has proven his accomplishment with more than two great stories.  He is here to stay and has become a favourite of mine.  


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R. Herron Author:  R. L. Herron


He writes as R.L., but he's known to his friends as Ron. He once worked for some of the world's largest advertising agencies and enjoyed a public relations & marketing career with a major Fortune 10 company.

A prolific writer, he is a member of The National Writers Association, The Association of Independent Authors, Michigan Writers, Detroit Working Writers and The Academy of American Poets. His fiction has won numerous awards, including Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals from Readers' Favorite. He is an author whose books Kirkus Reviews called "Skillfully written and emotionally charged." 

~ Shelf Unbound selected his novel STREET LIGHT as one of the "100 Notable Books for 2015." 

~ His novel BLOOD LAKE was a Foreword Indie Book-of-the-Year Finalist in 2016.

All of Ron's books are available on Amazon and online at Barnes & Noble.

An avid reader, he admits to an eclectic taste that leans toward fantasy, sci-fi, historical fiction and suspense thrillers. His taste in music favors classic, bluesy-rock. He lives and writes in Michigan with his lovely wife, a finally-paid mortgage and one very large cat.