“The Cry of the Cuckoos” is the story of a son separated from his biological
mother for over sixty years. They were reunited for the first time after
she becomes a suspect in the murder of his father. Donald Drummond,
the main character, is a retired news reporter. Award-winning writer John
Wayne Cargile incorporates similarities from his own life in this novel of
romance, murder, and intrigue.
Cargile’s character development reflects his understanding of flawed
personalities. His narrative provides a related analysis of their symptoms,
motivations, and resulting actions. The strength of character of the genuine
religious or spiritual person is contrasted with the lip service and lifestyle of
deception in those motivated by selfishness and greed. These characters become
colorful composites, expressions of idealism, reality, and deception.
I was quickly drawn into the story of “The Cry of the Cuckoos” and the
theme of deceit and forgiveness.
Cargile’s writing style is crisp, direct, and engaging. While I found this
directness appealing, it may be seen as too simplistic for others. Transitions
of locale or time-frame and the pacing of conflict and resolution
confronted by the protagonists were well-paced, maintaining the suspense
element of the story.
I felt the story ended quite quickly, somewhat abruptly; however, an
“afterward” wrapped up all the loose ends and gave closure to unanswered
questions. The final chapters create the possibility of a sequel.
“The Cry of the Cuckoos” by John Wayne Cargile will appeal to readers
who enjoy mystery, intrigue, and romance. Cargile’s writing is thoroughly
entertaining and highly informative.
Reviewed by Richard Blake for Reader Views (11/08)
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Posted on August 9, 2009 at 6:50am
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Posted on July 30, 2009 at 12:49pm
Posted on June 9, 2009 at 6:58am
A splendid combination of what most readers, like myself, desire in a good novel--mystery, mayhem, madness, and one of the most dysfunctional families you've ever seen. It would provide a team of therapists with full time work.
Though the last third ambles along almost to the point of losing a reader, the characters are so real and the story so well told it keeps your curiosity churning and the pages turning to see what happens to the Drummond Family all the way from Tuscaloosa,… Continue
Posted on May 18, 2009 at 4:49am
Jill D. Hannah said: May 17th, 2009 7:05 pm
I finished the book yesterday and would love to get some extra background. How much of the book and the societies are real. Obviously the places are and the more famous personalities. Your characters were very believeable and the plot was riviting. There were alot of twists and turns that kept the reader guessing all the way throught. Great first novel, I'll be interested in reading more of your work.
Posted on May 16, 2009 at 6:51am
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