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Velvet Sky [Paperback]

Rusty Van Reeves
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This novel is a coming of age story that follows a boy and a girl as they struggle to find their way emotionally and physically in a small southern town in the middle 1970s.

About the Author

Born April 14, 1960, in a small southern town in (Newton) Mississippi, Rusty Van Reeves was the first child of Charles and Sandra. Rusty excelled in music (piano, trumpet, French Horn) and sports (football, baseball, basketball, track, tennis, swimming) before a tragic High School football accident in 1975 left him paralyzed from the neck down (C4 Quad) at the age of 15.

A former Eagle Scout and gifted athlete he was forced to look inward for any creative talent that might make his future bearable. He attended Mississippi State University in 1978 and began writing aggressively as a way to pass the time and cope with his newfound physical limitations.

VELVET SKY is his first novel and depicts life in a small southern town as seen through the eyes of a true observer. His words are those of a genuine poet as he paints truly memorable characters that live with the reader long after the final page is turned.

In 1996, at the age of 36, Rusty started a small software company called Preservation Software. The company develops and markets reference CD-ROMs.

The author currently resides in the small town of Madison, MS (with Tim, his younger brother and only sibling). Rusty recently completed a second novel (COVENANT) which has not yet been published. VELVET SKY is a novel about hope, perseverance and love. It highlights the constant struggle of good and evil in all of us.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Work of fine art Dec 9 2003
By A Customer
I finished Velvet Sky and it was absolutely brilliant, a work of fine art. I finished it, closed the book and just cried. I was so moved and I was so glad I read it... You did a wonderful job.. keep up the good work... thanks Connie (Newton, MS)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Flashback, then move forward! Aug. 8 2003
By A Customer
The time, place and characters, even references to music, in the novel took me back to younger days, and while my own trials and tribulations of that time were not those of these characters, the struggles bear similarities. The book reveals how different facets of love touch the characters--family love, friendship love, sexual love, puppy love, sadistic love, romantic love, obsessive love, idealistic love--and how their lives are affected. It was as if i could have been a part of the story without actually being a character mentioned in the book, because these were people i knew or could have known, and the pacing of the book kept my interest to find out what would happen next in each storyline. Mainly, however, it reminded me that somewhere back in 1978, there remains a kiss on my lips and a sweet slow dance for the boy next door. Thanks for the memories, Mr. Reeves! Looking forward to more...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Modern Southern Masterpiece June 24 2003
By A Customer
Rusty Van Reeves is 10 days younger than I am. He describes the childhood and coming of age of young people in a small Mississippi town in the early 1970's. This town could be anywhere in the south, the children anyone of a group of forty-something people. I felt so many of his descriptions in my heart, and deep in my memories. He could have been describing any number of days and summer nights from my growing up.
The main characters are all very different, yet linked in many ways. Patrick is a young man who is being pushed by his father to become a prize athlete. Chase has been his best friend since grade school and is struggling with a secret he feels he must keep or risk losing everything he holds precious; Chelsea has a secret of her own that is so horrible it could slowly destroy her. Kelley is a beautiful, yet kindhearted girl who cares deeply about everyone.
These characters are slowly drawn together when Chelsea's secret comes to light when a horrible murder is discovered. The characters in this book are very believable. The reader grows to understand and care about each and every one.
The book progresses from the early ages of 9 or 10 until the characters are graduating high school. The mystery of the two young people's secrets and the growing love between the other two keep the book interesting and rapidly moving forward. All in all, Velvet Sky is a wonderful read and I would gladly recommend it. ~Susan Johnson /reviewer
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great summer read! June 13 2003
By A Customer
During the summer I like reading books that remind me of my childhood and growing up in the south. VELVET SKY is the perfect book to transport you back in time (1960's/1970's) to that magical era. The novel shows you the frustrations of first love and does a wonderful bit of storytelling that keeps you flipping the pages. I loved it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Must Read - Trip Back in Time to the 70s! Nov. 12 2002
By A Customer
This novel, VELVET SKY by Rusty Van Reeves, is a multi-story effort. This guy knows how to cook on all cylinders. Once this book sets up the main characters it thrusts them into the fire and you find yourself (the reader) being pulled in from every direction.
The book has a few minor grammar errors and a typo here and there but it takes NOTHING away from this multi-harmony storyline! Four stars outta five! _Bengi
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5.0 out of 5 stars Storyteller with a true gift! Nov. 7 2002
By A Customer
Rusty Van Reeves is a storyteller with a true gift for sustaining suspense. His novel "Velvet Sky" benefits from this skill plus
a reliable sense of pacing. The story builds almost perfectly, balancing a leisurely beginning with well-paced final chapters;
the outcome is always in doubt as the story races toward its conclusion. "Velvet Sky," in fact, reads so much like a movie
scenario that it's easy to imagine it adapted to the screen.
The book centers on the story of four young people growing up in rural Mississippi in the 1970s. Strong family bonds are
counterpoised to the brutal schemes of dangerous and malevolent human predators with the potential to bring ruin to all
the young folk's dreams.
The main narrative tells the story of a young woman named Chelsea, her eventual escape from an abusive father, and her
struggle to build a normal life. She's an engaging character that the reader can't help rooting for. Some of the other characters
are equally well-drawn.
While it teeters on the edge of sentimentality, "Velvet Sky" avoids crossing the boundary. In any event the novel is redeemed
by the author's careful plotting and deft use of suspense. "Velvet Sky" is a book that is well worth reading.

Review of Velvet Sky / Reviewed for Gotta Write Network (GWN)
Reviewed September 2002 by,
--Bill Stephens, Online Reviewer / Canada
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT READ!!! Velvet Sky Oct. 18 2002
By A Customer
I found this book (VELVET SKY by Rusty Van Reeves) by accident while searching Amazon and I'm glad I stumbled upon it. This novel is all about secrets, love, and suspense. The story centers around four young kids growing up in a little Mississippi town in the 60s and 70s. It is FULL of surprises and I love the way the writer (Reeves) flips from one character to the next building suspense.
There will be one out of the four characters you will be able to relate to. I'm not sure if that was calculated or just luck but it widens the appeal and the audience. As I said, the style is unique and the way Mr. Reeves describes the places and sets up the story is so real. I loved it, from start to finish! Very nice read indeed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars You'll read it in one sitting!
This novel is a fantastic cross between J.D.Salinger's "Catcher in the Rye" and John Grisham's "The Client" and it'll keep you wondering about the multi-story... Read more
Published on Oct. 7 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Read!!! A Fantastic Ride!!!
VELVET SKY is a fast, deeply felt emotional ride set in central Mississippi in the 60s. The writer pulls you in from the first page and carries you on a journey that you won't soon... Read more
Published on Sept. 5 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Use of Language.....
"Velvet Sky" by Rusty Van Reeves is a powerful and complex book that leads from one emotional crisis to another. Read more
Published on Aug. 19 2002 by Caroline P. Hampton
5.0 out of 5 stars A novel with a soul!
Rusty Van Reeves recounts the interconnected stories of four youths as they come of age during the 1970s in a tiny Mississippi town, their lives shadowed by incest, discrimination,... Read more
Published on Aug. 5 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! Easy read and very fast paced.
I liked this novel a lot. The way the writer switches between scenes and keeps you wanting to know more. The people seem so real and 3D. Read more
Published on July 24 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars A stunning portrait! Packed with suspense and action!
Within the boundaries of a small Mississippi town, four young children come of age during the late 1960's and 1970's in this intriguing novel of love, murder and vengeance. Read more
Published on July 24 2002 by R. Reeves
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