- Paperback: 366 pages
- Publisher: Dream Write Publishing Ltd.; 2 edition (Nov. 19 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1927510961
- ISBN-13: 978-1927510964
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.1 x 21.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 544 g
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,712,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Beyond the Precipice Paperback – Nov 19 2016
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About the Author
About the Author - Eva Blaskovic does not like cold weather but has a fascination with it. The gas station scene in chapter 23 is real. Most Canadian children are warned not to touch metal playground structures in the winter with their tongues, but in Alberta, one cannot touch metal with bare hands at extremely low temperatures. Similarly, one must cover the top of the zipper on one’s jacket, or it can stick to the chin. Eva likes to test herself with physical feats during weather extremes, such as jogging at -30°C or +35°C in Alberta or spending time outdoors in Ontario’s 50°C humidex. As a teenager, she waded through hip-deep snow in the woods in Ontario to acquire “experience” to help her write her books. As a bonus, she nearly froze her legs up to the hips. To this day, she reads books about adventures in Canada’s North, from the historical quest for the Northwest Passage to realistic fiction about survival in the cold. As a teacher, she has studied Brian’s Winter (Gary Paulsen) and Far North (Will Hobbs) with her students. Another favourite book is With Scott to the Pole (retold by Howard Marshall), Captain Scott’s trek in the quest for the South Pole. Eva has a passion for music and numerous musical genres, has played eight instruments, and spent many years immersed in Taekwondo and Karate. As a youth in Ontario, she was an avid canoeist. Eva was born in Prague, Czech Republic, grew up in Ontario, Canada, and moved to Alberta in 1988, where she raised four children. Currently, Eva teaches at the Centre for Literacy, a specialized clinic in Edmonton, Alberta. She has regularly written and taught over 30 individualized lesson plans per week for students from grade one through university. Her multi-faceted background in the sciences and the arts allows her to teach both the math and language programs. She also mentors young authors. Eva is a multi-genre author of short and long fiction. She also writes articles about writing, travel, parenting, and education. In 2014, she received the Seal of Excellence for the Top 100 Certified Writers at Angie’s Diary Online Magazine (Netherlands). Website: www.evablaskovic.com Blog: www.evablaskovic.com/blog/
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With its locality of Edmonton, Alberta the reader has a sense of place and life in this city.
I thoroughly recommend this book.
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Bret struggles with self-doubt and guilt brought on by the loss of his father and charges made against him by his uncle and brother.
Bret works part-time at a biomedical lab on campus and soon learns that his boss, an acclaimed surgeon, is also Nicole's father. Before long Bret and Nicole develop a strong attraction for one another and this is encouraged by the family. Not only that, but Bret is encouraged to discover outlets for his latent talent and it becomes clear where his true destiny lies.
The story is superbly written in often lyrical, musical phrases. The suspense kept me on the edge of my seat. I can't understate Bret's struggles. Fortunately, he is surrounded by people who believe in him and help lift him up when he's down.
I encourage you to read, Beyond the Precipice. You'll be glad you did!
Beyond The Precipice
Throughout, the reader is given little clues as to what his secret may be until eventually all is revealed, both to his friends and to the reader - but we are only about two thirds of the way through the book! In the aftermath of the revelation, a second phase of the story starts to build as we learn that there are more secrets in Bret's troubled past which only come to light towards the end of the book, and ultimately determine his future direction in life.
This is a unusual and intriguing story. It's a slow burner, but the atmospheric writing and superb rendition of the characters kept me hooked all the way through.
One tiny niggle was that there are many little reference tags in the text referring the reader to footnotes at the end of each chapter explaining things such as how many pints in a litre, how to convert temperature from Celsius to Fahrenheit etc. Maybe it's just me, but I found these distracting and unnecessary. Still, if that's all I can find to complain about, it's a damned good book!