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BLUE HOLE (Ozark Mountains Stories Book 1) by [Love, Rolland]
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AMAZON KINDLE — Featured Author Review — Rolland Love “Love’s writing transfigures his Ozark Mountains stories into a series of fantastic tales Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer could have only dreamed of.”

Blue Hole and other books I have written have over 1,000 five star reviews. The novel is based on a real life story.

Blue Hole starts with brother Dub being born dead. He was saved because Doc Barnes, a country doctor rolled him in the snow.

✔︎ In the sequel River's Edge, I aged brother Dub (12) and brother Tommy (15) by 50 years and made them Grandfathers who take their Grandsons to the Blue Hole where a murder occurred the last time they were there in 1949. They become a family of cold case detectives. It's not easy to solve a (50) year old murder but they are up for the task.

Blue Hole and River's Edge are novels enjoyed by young and old.

The name Blue Hole comes from the sky blue color of a deep pool of water where a spring runs into the Jacks Fork River from the mouth of a cave. A place in a remote section of the Ozark Mountains where my Grandfather found a body floating in a swimming hole. Jacks Fork was named by Life Magazine as one of the most scenic float and fishing streams in the world. Hundreds of reviewers point out when reading Blue Hole the characters are so well done could see them clearly in their mind's eye.


“Rolland, our daughter borrowed her nephew's copy of the Blue Hole last week. She said she read it in one setting, because she could not put it down. She said, "Mom, it is so scary. At first I thought this is just too scary for kids to be reading. Then I thought no, it's exactly what kid’s love. That scary, makes the hair on your arms stand on end kind of scared. And I saw those boys in the book, Tommy and Dub setting by the fire at night talking. It was so real. I felt I was there.
"Didn't I tell you, it's a great book? Must be, since even our daughter agrees with me. Keep writing great stories." Priscilla Main, author.

“Mark Twain would have loved this excellent adventure of two brothers. Doc has disappeared and it’s up to Tommy (15) and Dub (12) to go to the Blue Hole and see if they can find him. This is a story about growing up. About facing your fears and standing up to them and about doing the right thing even when everything inside you wants to turn and run. This story has everything. The dreaded Conner brothers, Buzzard Thompson, ghost, snakes, cave, bats and dead bodies everywhere. I thoroughly enjoyed every page of this masterfully constructed story.” Jonathan David Masters, Freelance Reviewer

"Rolland Love writers in the Mark Twain vein. Excellent storyteller who does not rely on graphic language or sex to cover up a weak story line. Blue Hole is a fast-paced page-flipper of a read.” Molly Martin, Scribes World

"To understand Overland Park writer Rolland Love, think Mark Twain." Nick Kowalczyk, The Kansas City Star.

“Glad to hear River's Edge a sequel is in the works. I read Blue Hole to my boys this summer on a gravel bar on Current River, really spooked them for a while! This is a Great book.” Jim McCarty, Editor - Rural Missouri Magazine

✔︎ "SCARY STORIES help children face fear and master it, by portraying the elements of conflict in clear, good-versus-evil terms with good triumphant in the end. This appeals to the strong moral sense of children. Parents are sometimes concerned that violence or gore in scary stories will be bad for children. This is not so; they provide hope through happy endings, and offer the child both positive and negative examples of behavior. With their imaginary violence, scary stories teach moral principles, good social behavior, courage, heroism, and hope."

Blue Hole ends well with young love. River's Edge brings closure.

The series has (3) Novels, (40) Short Stories, (1) Fishing Stories AUDIO

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3716 KB
  • Print Length: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Rolland Love & Associates - (Jan. 15 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003VD22H2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #883,405 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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There was nothing to grab you and interest you into wanting to read this story. It was slow and very drab. Quit and moved on.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a0306a8) out of 5 stars Very Good! Sept. 7 2012
By Teresa Wilcox - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I'm not a reviewer. I review very few books, but I had to say something about this one. There are a few little rough patches with grammer that I think are more typos than mistakes, but otherwise this is a GREAT book. The characters are so well done I could see them clearly in my mind's eye while I was reading. The book definatly left me wanting more. And I loved this enough to write this on the old keyboard kindle. Click.Click.Click. Now that's love!
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a0306fc) out of 5 stars Five Star Read Dec 5 2012
By James B. Mclaughlin - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Blue Hole is a mystery/suspense novel about two boys and their terrifying camping trip in the Ozark Mountains. It is a book that will appeal to young adults as well as teachers, parents and grandparents. I felt the magnetism in every page of Love's story and found myself yearning for the peace and simplicity of an Ozark fishing hole. I've read other reviews of Love's work. Some liken his style to that of Mark Twain. It's easy to see why with his descriptive settings and memorable characters. Blue Hole kept me captivated from beginning to end. It was refreshing to read a work of fiction that was fun, fast-paced and wholesome.

James McLaughlin, Author
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a030b34) out of 5 stars Great storytelling March 11 2006
By Dave Hargis - Published on
Format: Paperback
Rolland Love's tale will appeal to young and old readers alike. The setting is perfect for a mystery story and may seem unreal to some but believe me, it really exists. I have spent much time along the clear rivers, high bluffs and ancient paths that lead to hidden caves in the Ozarks. 'The Blue Hole' brings this area to life as we follow the adventures of two brothers who find danger lurking along the river bank.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a030ef4) out of 5 stars AuthorZone.Com Book Review Sept. 2 2003
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Format: Paperback
Strange happenings are taking place in the Ozarks. Doc Barnes and his hound Lucky are missing, The Conner Brothers are strange beyond belief and frightening as heck to kids in the area, and Buzzard Thompson has sure enough killed his whole family with a shotgun. Fifteen year old Tommy Benson is determined to face down his fears ...... by going camping with younger brother Dub down at Blue Hole. Blue Hole is where Tommy got bitten last year, 1949, by two cottonmouths when he and Pa and Uncle Ira were camping there. Dub is a real pain in the neck of a 12 year old brother. Tommy and Dub run into the Conner Brothers, manage to locate both Buzzard and Doc Barnes and find Lucky tied to belt of the drowned body of the corpse stuck down in Blue Hole before their frightening campout comes to an end.
Think Mark Twain and a whole lot of Southern humor a la Lewis Grizzard and you have The Blue Hole. Rolland Love has really captured the flavor of 'two not quite adult' brothers out for a campout and the scare of their lives. Reminds me of my own two kids at this age. The Blue Hole is a fast paced, page flipper of a read. Writer Love captures the interest of the reader right from the start, and while this book is listed as Young Adult, it is a 'not to be missed' by those who savored and continue to savor every moment with Tom and Huck and Grizzard's Catfish!
Writer Love fills his pages with engaging characters, absorbing situations and enough mystery and inexplicable to keep the reader engaged. Tommy's worry about finding family friend Doc Barnes is touching. Dub's stumble foot behavior is something every parent who has housed a twelve year old knows and loves. Writer Love has really captured the essence of both striplings as he weaves his tale of two youngsters who know they must rely upon themselves when they are confronted with fearful situations and frightening people. The boys' behavior, reactions and ultimate decisions are so very typical of kids this age.
Excellent Read! Happy to recommend
Reviewed by: molly martin
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a030fd8) out of 5 stars Really good story Jan. 24 2013
By Love to Read - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I found Blue Hole by Rolland Love to be fairly well written, although I did find a few places where a word was missing here and there. One thing I did not like was the lack of contractions. Lines came out sounding stilted. The author should also note that the right side of the pages are all cut off just a bit, not enough to make it impossible to read, but still annoying.
Blue Hole is the story of two boys that start out on a camping trip in order to locate the country doctor they admire and respect. It takes them into realms of terror most 12 and 15 year old boys never encounter.
Towards the end, there are a few places leaving you thinking several days had passed only to find out that a number of things that should have taken days had indeed happened one evening after sunset. This was the main part of the book that left me unsatisfied.
All in all---great job.