T-Minus 2: Comebacks and Controversy




Everybody loves an improbable comeback, a victory snatched from the jaws of defeat.  Unless you’ve been living in an alternate universe,  you know that the New England Patriots just won their fifth world championship. And they did it by engineering the biggest comeback in the history of the Superbowl, recovering from what nearly everyone assumed was an insurmountable  25-point deficit. One for the ages, whether or not you like the team.

This Thursday, February 9, will mark the official soft launch of my debut novel. I can’t help but see some similarities with the big game.  True, Eddie (our protagonist)  has little in common with Tom Brady — he’s not a millionaire, a celebrity, strikingly handsome, or married to a supermodel. But he is facing long odds and determined opponents. One antagonist wants to humble him and humiliate him. Still others have a much harsher outcome in mind; they want him dead.  And like the quarterback, Eddie finds himself in a very deep hole that is at least partly of his own making. Failure is not an option. Yes, he’ll make a valiant effort. But will it be enough?

For those of you have already made plans to buy the book, thank you. Here is the link to use on Thursday: http://amzn.to/2k6GVf4  For people still on the fence, I have been providing a list of random reasons to check it out. Past reasons included the fact that it’s not too sweet; it’s apolitical; and the fight scenes are real. Here are today’s reasons why I think you’ll find it an interesting read.

Location, location, location. In a way, this story happens all over the place. Eddie travels a lot, and you’ll see locations from Beaver County PA to Boca Raton, FL, and many places in between. But the opening chapters and the final climax happen in the town of Framingham , MA, a place where I lived for several years.Framingham is an interesting place for several reasons.

It dates back to before the American Revolution. It is the largest town in the state — everyplace with more population is a city, not a town. It is the largest muncipality in America with the direct democracy of a town meeting form of government. Its population is culturally diverse, much like the cast of characters in Fighting Back. But none of these things are the reasons the setting matters to the book.  That’s about an unusual bit of history I dug up while doing my research.

There is a surprising real-life connection between Framingham and two more famous Colonial Era towns. What our protagonist knows of this helps drive his decision making. Once I found out about this history, I couldn’t imagine the story being set anywhere else. if you like settings that are as alive as the characters in the story, I bet you’ll like Fighting Back.

It’s Controversial:  Yoko Ono said,”Controversy is part of the nature of art and creativity.”  I don’t know whether she was right about that.  I know I didn’t set out to court controversy in writing this book. But I seem to have done so anyway. One author, who is also a pastor, called Fighting Back “the most controversial Christian Fiction I have ever read.”  And he liked it. This Thursday, I invite you to find out why.

About JHarrison

I've been a musician, a business owner, a minister, and an author. I'm still heavily involved in three of those four pursuits, and miss my music a lot. My books are about the trials and tribulations of deeply flawed people, becasue I know no other kind.
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