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The most unique sci-fi novel I’ve read in years.

What happens when the world gets too optimized? Joel E. Lorentzen, the author, answers that question in his unique, inventive and thought-provoking novel, Proles - a novel about 2084. In the not too distant future, the gap between the have’s and the have nots is as wide as it has ever been, but not for the reason you may think. Money is not the cause in the future, optimization more 

Book By Author:  R. L. Herron

 Young Adult
 1475106238 9781475106237
 Self-published using CreateSpace
The Award-Winning Young Adult Novel Everyone's Talking About! A Readers Favorite Gold Medal Winner!
Imagine J.D. Salinger (Catcher in the Rye), William Golding (Lord of the Flies) and Stephen King (The Body) sitting down to write a fast-paced coming-of-age tale set in a working-class American neighborhood in the turbulent 1960's. 
A new kid arrives in the neighborhood, carrying the emotional scars of early parental loss, and all the aggressive attitude an alcoholic, schizophrenic stepfather can create. This is a powerful story that deals with the tough issues of bullying, family dysfunction, alcoholism, madness and war in the horrific Vietnam era.
Kirkus Reviews said "...the characters are bold, the plot twists surprising, and the point - that we never fully know a person or his or her story - heartbreakingly clear...Skillfully written and emotionally charged."
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Looking for something different? A unique read for all ages and perfect for any book club.


This is one of those books that makes you laugh, cry, reminisce, want to run into the novel to try and save the day and much more.  Reichold Street, by Ronald L. Herron is a must read for people of all ages.  The storyline is set in 1962 and written about a family who moved to Reichold Street, told from a number of character perspectives.  The author pointed out in the Prologue that the concept started out as short stories and morphed into a novel.  Herron created a smooth flow from story to story and, while doing so, created an intense depth of emotion that connected all of the characters.  The main characters, Albert and Paul are the focal point.  The stories revolve around the new family on the block and what transpired during the time that they lived there and the impact that time period had on the characters’ lives. The unique perspectives of the characters showed that we can all see the same thing and tell a completely different story. 

Reichold Street is an indie novel that you want everyone to hear about.  This book was read from start to finish, without putting it down.  My continued reflections about the stories, for days after, was what made the novel truly amazing.  It evoked conversation in everyone around with the question of, “Have you read this book?”  If they hadn’t, then a quick description and the comment “You have to read this!”  Book clubs need to pick this one up and continue the dialogue and discussion.  Don’t let this one slip under the radar!



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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.