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“UNTHINKABLE CONSEQUENCES” STILL GOING STRONG

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Happy to see that my book Unthinkable Consequences is still getting enthusiastic response. Here’s Grady Miller’s recently posted 5-star review:

“This book was recommended to me a while ago. Now that I finally opened it up I was neck-deep in a lusty, hard-boiled, hard-driving read that took me back to the scene of a movie that absolutely scared the bejeesus out of me as a kid, John Huston’s ‘Key Largo.’ I didn’t want to put it down though I blushed at the more heated scenes. Rector’s deft drama and subtle understanding of the contrasting and contradictory forces at work in people distinguish “Unthinkable Consequences” from run-of-the-mill kill and double-cross noir. His Paula, a 1950s housewife caught between passion and duty, is a vivid, breathing creation. Five stars for achieving a thriller that entertains while conveying human beings with all their thorns and roses. I’m looking forward to more from Rector…”

There is more. I’ve just completed a new novel that is now undergoing final editing and proofing and will be announced soon. This book is quite different from Unthinkable Consequences. It is a comedy satire in a contemporary Caribbean setting and pokes fun at just about everybody and everything in a world where nothing succeeds like excess. More details to come.

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Meanwhile the script for my play Letters From The Front is also available. It’s a WWII story that takes place during the final days of the war in Europe. Interwoven into the storyline are a number of actual war letters written from the battle front and home front during every major conflict as far back as the Revolutionary War.

The good news is that the play is being revived and is scheduled to open Nov. 4, 2015 at Bob Harter’s Theater In The Square in Marietta, GA just above Atlanta. The play will run there through Christmas. The engagement will serve as the launch pad for a military base tour the following spring. Letters From The Front toured the world for 15 years and is known as “the world’s most decorated play.” Find out more about it at: http://wp.me/P4KXVf-4S.

On July 1st Bob Harter (2nd from left) received the keys to Marietta GA's Theatre On The Square from owner Philip Goldstein (far right). On either side of Harter is Bob Rector (playwright/director) and Marsha Roberts (Producer) of LETTERS FROM THE FRONT. Harter originally starred in the play from 1992 thru 1996. He has since starred in movies and TV shows and founded Atlanta's premiere acting school with partner Della Cole (who also starred in the show for many years). Harter plans to bring a wide variety of entertainment to the venue including plays, music and comedy shows.

On July 1st Bob Harter (2nd from left) received the keys to Marietta GA’s Theatre On The Square from owner Philip Goldstein (far right). On either side of Harter is Bob Rector (playwright/director) and Marsha Roberts (Producer) of LETTERS FROM THE FRONT. Harter originally starred in the play from 1992 thru 1996. He has since starred in movies and TV shows and founded Atlanta’s premiere acting school with partner Della Cole (who also starred in the show for many years). Harter plans to bring a wide variety of entertainment to the venue including plays, music and comedy shows.

I hope you can see from these three works that I am not a writer who is locked into a specific genre. This is probably the result of many years of making films and videos on a wide variety of subjects. I found almost all of them interesting whether it was a documentary about the first time man and bird flew together or a feature film about the struggles of one man to preserve the great outdoors. It all boils down to good guys and bad guys, romance and heartbreak, suspense, humor, everyday life suddenly put into a tailspin, and above all the hopes and dreams of everyday people.

Or dogs. That’s my next book. I think. Still mulling it over in my mind. In the meantime if you haven’t yet read Unthinkable Consequences, please give it a try. Here’s what some other’s who’ve read it said:

“The plot is well-structured, a thriller full of fast-paced action, with unexpected twists and turns. The dialogue is lively, you can literally see the scenes unfold before your eyes. Paula is beautiful and combative” – Claude Forthomme

“A very touching portrayal of two people not just enjoying each other physically, but enjoying true love for the first time in their lives, a love where acceptance, protectiveness, in-sync bantering, and joy was very well portrayed.” – S. R. Mallery

Another version of the Unthinkable Consequences cover. Which do you like best?

Another version of the Unthinkable Consequences cover. Which do you like best?

“Bob Rector demonstrates profound knowledge of the human psyche, instincts and desires, interweaving some original insights into the life of the main characters, i.e. Paula and Kurt; thus rendering this written work a best-selling page-turner.” – Boyko Ovcharov

“Unthinkable Consequences provided me with everything I love about reading: a fast-paced plot with thrills, main characters seriously flawed, yet with hope for redemption, and a landscape lush with sandy beaches, laughing dolphins, and mangrove-lined streams leading to a mysterious and sensuous home.” – Patti Ann

“Mr. Rector has written an absolute masterpiece. I couldn’t stop reading once i got started. The characters had so much depth. The flow of the book is flawless and never gets bogged down. Don’t miss this true treasure.” – Amazon Customer

“Bob Rector’s writing style sated all my senses. I became intimately engaged with the characters, intoxicated with the author’s descriptive imagery, and found myself reading late into the night. He has a writing style I can only describe as signature Bob Rector.” – AquaJock

Image from the back cover of Unthinkable Consequences.

Image from the back cover of Unthinkable Consequences.

“The way the suspense is built is truly unique. Astonishing how accurate the writer describes a woman’s feeling…” – Amazon Customer

““Unthinkable Consequences” by Robert Rector takes place in 1959 Southern Florida where Rector’s creative storytelling talent takes us on a roller coaster ride of genres from erotic to hard-hitting action. Rector’s vivid writing forces you to turn the pages to the very end.” – Norman K. Clark

“A well-crafted, rapid-fire thriller about lust and betrayal amidst the mangroves, with intense, conflicted characters who are up to their tank tops in unthinkable circumstances. Well-written Largo heat.” – Dan

“I am wiping the sweat from my brow as I finish this spectacular book. What more can you need. Delicious lovers, wild sex, fab jewels, thrilling adventure, islands in the sun, good guys, bad guys and crazy action. What a brilliant concept as the unloved wife leaps into this wild affair and even wilder adventure. Very atmospheric descriptions that left me feeling as though Florida in the late fifties was certainly the place where all the action happens.” – 1D82 Many

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READ, WHITE & BLEW ME AWAY

Here in the good ol’ US of A this is the day we celebrate or at least acknowledge our feelings of patriotism. There will be parades and fireworks and cookouts just as John Adams predicted. This is the day American men prove they can cook as long as it’s over an open fire and there’s meat involved. This a day for pool parties and baseball games and family reunions and baking on the beach (look out for those sharks).

An over-the-top patriotic moment from my play Letters From The Front done to Stars & Stripes Forever. It gets ne of the biggest laughs in the show, especially from military audiences.

An over-the-top patriotic moment from my play Letters From The Front done to Stars & Stripes Forever. It gets one of the biggest laughs in the show, especially from military audiences.

Unfortunately there is one activity seldom associated with our Independence Day: reading; reading about how it all came about and the continuing struggle to maintain our independence during the past 239 years. That’s too bad because there have been some excellent books written on the subject.

AprilMorningCoverThe one that hit me like a sledgehammer when I was fourteen and my eyes had acquired the ability to see beyond the end of my nose was Howard Fast’s April Morning. Maybe it was because I strongly identified with the protagonist who was about my age and like me was struggling to put childhood behind and grasp what was expected of me as a man. Could I, would I measure up? My father and uncles who had fought in WWII were like monuments to me, strong, principled, unwavering in their concepts of right and wrong (with my dad it was either/or, no inbetween). Could I ever be like them? If I was confronted with the option of having to stand and fight for what I believed in at the risk of my life, would I?

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Adam Cooper, the young protagonist of April Morning, faces these same questions. It’s April 19, 1775 in Lexington, MA and the redcoats are marching down a country lane ready to atack, their drums and boots heard long before they can be seen. The men of Lexington — farmers, shop owners, clergymen — gather in the village green, muskets in hand and wait, ready to stand their ground against the most powerful Army on the face of the earth.

So vividly did Fast describe this that when I read it I could see it, feel it, and my scalp tingled. The birds chirping in the trees as if it was just another day, the clatter of horses’ hooves, the grind of canon wheels on the dirt road, the rattle of sabers and bayonets, the pounding of Adam’s heart as he stood beside his father and wondered if his life was about to end. Thanks to Fast’s skillful writing I felt like I was there too, standing right beside Adam, struggling to catch my breath just as he was.

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This was the book that did it for me, the one that made me want to be a storyteller. I wanted someday to be able to make readers (or viewers, since most of my work was for the screen) feel the way Howard Fast made me feel that hot summer day in south Georgia laying on the chenille bedspread of my grandmother’s bed, so absorbed in the book that Grandma actually had to call me to supper — and that had never happened before.

April Morning blew me away. A book is made up of white pages of course. So for me it was read, white and blew me away. Great patriotic experience.

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I also highly recommend two books by master storyteller David McCullough: John Adams and 1776. Like April Morning these books are not just American history tomes, they sweep you up into the everyday sweat, blood and tears as a ragtag group of daring men and women stand against the ruthless tyranny of Great Britain. You see it, you feel it, you live it.

Last but certainly not least read His Excellency: George Washington by Joseph J. Ellis. Ellis shares Fast’s and McCullough’s ability to weave a spellbinding story filled with flesh-and-blood characters — not easy to do with a monument like our Founding Father. Ellis manages to make Washington human without ever knocking him off his well-deserved pedestal.

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So after you’re stuffed with barbecue and you’ve put Noxzema on your sunburn and you’re ready for some quiet time, break open one of the above books and find out why we do this every 4th of July, what it really means. I promise you’ll be glad you did.

So what are your favorite patriotic reads? Doesn’t have to be about the Revolution, any period in American history where acts of patriotism were involved. A lot of that going on right this minute. I’d love to hear your thoughts.