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The Rendering

Author:                       Leann Marshall
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                 306 pages
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Synopsis:
In The Rendering, Mike Lot is released from 29 years in prison
for the murder of the one he "loved more than anything." He'd
never talked of her to anyone the whole time there and he'd
done well to keep his thoughts of her sequestered in a place he
called the Dream Safe. But he feels her around him; it's almost
as if she were not dead, and when the prison gates close behind
him, the one thing he wants to do most is to see her again and
help her. But first, he must find her lost spirit.

While he makes that journey, the reader's attention turns to an
art studio in which something speaks in first person of
becoming, of being created, of seeking to see and understand
itself. It discovers its power to not only think and to feel
emotions of love, loneliness, fear and desire, but its power to
move things, to break things, to transfer its self into people and
stuffed animals. It observes and comes to question and then
conclude which is greater in this "round world"--good or evil,
love or anger. . .
Best Of Fall 2009
A great story well told:
Move over Southern writers, there's someone new
among you, and she's good-really good.

I'm not sure Leann Marshall wants to be called a Southern
writer, but her first book, The Starfish People and now her
second, The Rendering, both take place there and she l
eads
readers into the heads and hearts of her Southern characters.

Don't think for an instant though that you'll feel stifled by or
anchored to a specific region. She has supplied both books with
big wings that transport the reader from the flars (flowers)
down home to lofty and deep-reaching themes.
*****__Barbara Sharp Milbourn


In The Rendering, Mike Lot is released from 29 years in prison
for the murder of the one he "loved more than anything." He'd
never talked of her to anyone the whole time there and he'd
done well to keep his thoughts of her sequestered in a place he
called the Dream Safe. But he feels her around him; it's almost
as if she were not dead, and when the prison gates close behind
him, the one thing he wants to do is to see her again.

While he makes that journey, the reader's attention turns to an
art studio in which something speaks in first person of
becoming, of being created, of seeking to see and understand
itself. It discovers its power to not only think and to feel
emotions of love, loneliness, fear and desire, but its power to
move things, to break things, to transfer its self into people and
stuffed animals. It observes and comes to question and then
conclude which is greater in this "round world"--good or evil,
love or anger.

Mike returns to the time and place he first met his love and
there encounters and old dowser woman who dowses for more
than water. She knows things and wishes to teach him so he
can find his love again, save her, and send her home. There's a
spirit tree, an artist, a terrific storm, a lightning strike, and
events that change things forever.

There is a private eye that sets Mike upon a road and a towns
person from Ash Creek who discovers a secret. There is
opposition in many forms and another surprise near the end
that makes the book even greater than the sum of so many
already wonderful parts.*****__Barbara Milbourn
NEW REVIEWS:
While waiting for my car to be inspected, I
decided to finish the final chapters of this
great piece of imagination. My decision was
a good one because my focus was to stay to
see how this writer could pull a love story all
together . . . not on my impending negative
inspection report. Of course, I was
somewhat distracted, a bit, by an exotic,
absorbed young woman in the waiting area
who had activated an impressive laptop.
Toyota the comparison because I saw a
connection between one person, alive,
solving a business solution, and another
woman, a writer with the ability to grant life
to major characters - empowering them to
alter events that can and should be altered.
Today's technology will do that with the
right hookups with the right person at the
right time. Oh, by the way, our Toyota
passed with flying colors, as did The
Rendering!
*****__ John Casey

Leann Marshall's "The Rendering" is first
and a fine and accomplished writer. When
she told me it was available at Amazon, I
asked for a copy wherein I encountered
these great passages about the "aura
phenomenon," which I accept as those
"electrical pulses" emanating from all of us
that most people believe to be our "souls." I
am not as familiar with the definition of the
many colors, but I am very aware of the
influence of auras. If you are a believer, you
are going to love this book.

Jam-packed with strong characters and an
even stronger core philosophy praising life
and the power of love, Ms. Marshall knows
how to spin a tale of suspense and non-stop
action. A huge step forward as a complete
author and a welcome read. Enjoy!***** __
John E. Cashwell