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March 5, 2016


The Puzzle Box Chronicles
Book One
Shawn P. McCarthy

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Book one of the sprawling Puzzle Box Chronicles. Victor Marius, an inspired scientist and budding entrepreneur, is lost in a shipwreck off the coast of Cape Cod in the summer of 1891. But before he disappears beneath the waves he manages to release a strange box that he hopes will protect his legacy. Amanda Malcom, a young woman enduring a troubled marriage, is about to make a discovery that will lead her on a dangerous odyssey – one that takes her across the country, and into the heart of a rapidly changing America. Along the way, she meets Plains Indians, ex-slaves, riverboat charlatans, and secretive workers who champion the U.S. labor movement. At a time when electric lighting is spreading across the country like a wave, she also meets inspired engineers and Montana miners who dig deep to feed the country's insatiable demand for copper. Amanda has survived many things in her short life, but it’s not clear if she will be able to survive the first year of the last decade of the 19th century.
  • Series: The Puzzle Box Chronicles
  • Paperback: 202 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Spark Press; 1 edition (January 7, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0996896708
  • ISBN-13: 978-0996896702
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Shawn P. McCarthyAUTHOR
Shawn P. McCarthy is the author of two nonfiction business books and hundreds of market research papers and technical articles. His first book, part of a five-book historic fiction series, will be released on February 12, 2016.

The book is titled The Wreck of the Gossamer: The Puzzle Box Chronicles Book 1 is now available for pre-order on Amazon.

He currently is research director for IDC Government Insights where he manages a series of research programs and data gathering operations with a focus on how the government buys from and works with the U.S. information technology market. Mr. McCarthy determines IT investment priorities for the multiple levels of government and identifies and forecasts emerging technologies and opportunities for both government offices and technology vendors who work with the government.

Prior to joining IDC Mr. McCarthy served as a group product manager for four years at Lycos, the Internet search engine. In the early 1990s he was senior editor at Government Computer News was a 20-year writer of the Internaut column at Government Computer News magazine.

He has a Masters degree from The George Washington University, a Bachelors degree from St. Bonaventure University and a certificate in project management for IT programs. He occasionally teaches graduate-level project management classes.

Mr. McCarthy is frequently quoted by trade publications, and has been quoted in government IT articles in major Newspapers, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post and Politico.

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This book is Book One of The Puzzle Box Chronicles, WRECK OF THE GOSSAMER by Shawn P. McCarthy.
The modern era as we know it began around the last decade of the 19th century.
Many things were becoming available such as electricity, telephone service and the growth of the auto industry. Now more people, not just wealthy, but everyday people could experience these wonderful things of the modern era. Technology was budding and growing at leaps and bounds. Victor Marius finds this is just what he needs and wants.
He is then lost on the coast of Cape Cod.  The ship he was on wrecked in 1891.
Then we have Amanda Malcom, a woman with a marriage going wrong.  She discovers something that takes her on a journey cross country, smack dab in the middle of the modern era of America.. Amanda meets many different kinds of people, ex-slave, Indians, charlatans, laborers, engineers and Montana miners.  The miners were trying to keep up with the demand for copper.
Will Amanda survive this new changing world.?  She's been through a lot, can she survive more?

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author, Shawn P.McCarthy in exchange for my unbiased review.   No other compensation took place.

I would give this book 4  STARS.
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