Award-winning island author Bob Adamov has released Memory Layne, which follows his two area-based novels – Chincoteague Calm and Assateague Dark.
“Memory Layne is the result of a challenge I gave myself to write a tragic but humorous family drama story. I’ve had several relatives and friends in the different stages of Alzheimer’s disease, and have been amazed at their cognitive thinking at times and comical quips when I didn’t expect them. My observations were incorporated in Zeke Layne, a character whom I am sure you will enjoy,” Adamov commented.
His string of island bestsellers in the popular Emerson Moore series includes Rainbow’s End, Pierce the Veil, When Rainbows Walk, Promised Land, The Other Side of Hell, Tan Lines, Sandustee, Zenobia, Missing, Golden Torpedo, Chincoteague Calm, Flight and Assateague Dark. His writing style has been compared to bestselling authors Clive Cussler and Tom Clancy.
His books are available at Sundial Books, The Refuge Inn, Chincoteague Pony Centre, Duc-Man Decoys, The Museum of Chincoteague Island, Captain Bob’s Marina and NJS Creations as well as www.BobAdamov.com.
The Story in Brief – Memory Layne
Beginning on the Miller Ferry’s Catawba Island dock on Lake Erie, Memory Layne is the story of Zeke Layne, a retired ferry captain with a mischievous bent. He resides in a trailer on stilts over the rocks on Lake Erie’s picturesque shore. His caring daughter and teenage granddaughter help him battle his advancing Alzheimer’s and heart condition until one day a tragic event changes his life.
This warm and entertaining story is filled with a rambunctious group of characters including two evil, money-grabbing stepdaughters and two over-the-top bikers. It’s a heart-touching story of Layne’s love for his Golden Lab and granddaughter – and an adventurous road trip with their Chincoteague pony.
Memory Layne Reviews
Memory Layne reminds me of Nicholas Sparks’ The Notebook! – Charles Meier, Key West author and star of the Science Channel’s The Curse of The Bermuda Triangle
With his white beard and red suspenders, his salty good humor, harmonica, and bucket of tall tales, Zeke Layne is one of those memorable characters you can still occasionally find – whether it be a Chincoteague Island waterman or retired Cape Cod fisherman or charter boat skipper in the Florida Keys, or in the case of Memory Layne, Bob Adamov’s poignant word portrait, a former Miller ferry boat captain on Lake Erie.
Zeke lives with his daughter, teenage granddaughter and golden lab in an old mobile home, built on steel pilings at the Miller Ferry Catawba dock, with a view from his deck of South Bass Island. Alzheimer’s and a worrisome heart condition haven’t stopped him from his daily routine of entertaining passengers waiting at the Catawba dock to board the ferry or caring for his Chincoteague pony. It’s not a bad life, even having to deal with two rapacious stepdaughters and their biker pals.
But when the unthinkable happens, Zeke must summon all his fading resources in a madcap dash to a safe haven. Adamov populates his story with a cast of unforgettable characters who teach us about the power of love, and prove, as Hemingway once said, that man can be destroyed, but not defeated. Memory Layne is a thoroughly enjoyable read! – Paul Kemprecos, New York Times best-selling author
Adamov was the featured author at the 2006 Ernest Hemingway Literary Festival in Key West and named as one of Publish Ohio’s favorite authors in 2020. He was named Writer of the Year (2010) in regional competition sponsored by the University of Akron’s Wayne College. Adamov’s first novel – Rainbow’s End – was a 2003 runner-up as the top fiction novel in the Great Lakes (won by Pulitzer Prize winner – Middlesex.) His novels were rated 5 Stars by the Midwest Book Review and several were named as top novels in northeast Ohio by the Akron Beacon Journal. Adamov’s novels additionally have won awards at the Hollywood Book Festival, London Book Festival, New York Book Festival, the Indie Awards, Great Midwest Book Festival and Florida Book Festival.
“Bob Adamov is a superb craftsman of hanging-on-the-edge-of-your-seat mystery adventures…” – Midwest Book Review
“… Adamov’s natural flair for originality and a narrative storytelling style that is laced with unexpected plot twists and turns that will keep and hold the reader’s fully entertained and rapt attention from cover to cover!” – Midwest Book Review
A Kent State University graduate, Adamov resides in Wooster, Ohio. He often can be seen in Put-in-Bay, Key West, Chincoteague Island and the Cayman Islands with his scuba diving, boating and treasure hunting friends. He had worked for an Arlington, Virginia-based defense contractor in the intelligence sector.
Novel in the Works
Adamov is drafting his next novel in the Emerson Moore series, titled Sunset Blues.
For more information or to have Adamov speak at your event, visit: www.BobAdamov.com or call: 330-289-7616. Follow Adamov on Facebook.