Two Ends of the Circle Meet

Two Ends of the Circle Meet

Retired Miller Townson yearns to live a quiet life reading good books, studying unarmed combat, and continuing ancestor research. When the wife of his deceased best friend, comes to Atlanta, Miller asks his favorite financial advisor, Janelle Martens, to figure out why Alice Scott has no money. The widow is a wreck who attempts to seduce both Miller and Gerald Martens. Gerald’s only programmer, Weird Warren, wants to go home and visit his mother and Wilma who was really “hot” when he was in high school, but he is a terrible driver and no one is available to drive him home.  Miller and Janelle share lunch, confessions, and much more.  Yorby warns Miller about Travis when Travis comes to Atlanta and tries to seduce Miller’s wife, Elizabeth. The blue owl then dives headfirst into an azalea bush beside the front porch. The men address their issues beside Travis’s Ferrari. Travis’s Cherokee daughter and Miller also end up fighting on top of the same azalea bush.  Elizabeth invites Maria to dinner.

The Martens’ family comes down from St. Louis and has barbecue at the Townsons as the remnants of a hurricane sweep by overhead. Elizabeth finds herself in the middle of a Martens’ sandwich.

Gerald is shaken by a note Miller finds in his ancestor letters. Miller is stunned by a reference to a musket notch in another letter. What are the connections?

Alex Diebold, an accountant and former champion wrestler, is upset that Miller has been made the executor of the Scott estate and has a murderous need to settle that issue with Miller.

TWO ENDS ties together all of the threads developed in the first three books. Well, almost all of the threads. There are still a couple loose ends in case I decide to write Book V.

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Over the years, I have amalgamated images from a wide variety of sources, but always wanted to give credit to the person who fired my imagination. For II, Aim At the Heart, I used images from flickr.com after obtaining permission from the photographers and giving them a copy of the book. In III, Going Home For the First Time, I got permission from a professional photographer in Macon, Walter Elliott, to use his photo of  the Hay House and Bob Harwell’s permission to use an image of the Templeton Reid $5 gold coin he sold.

In IV, Two Ends, I used the other side of the Bob Harwell Templeton Reid coin (with his permission, of course). The other images on the cover did not require obtaining anyone else’s permission. The beautiful home on the cover, (Hexagon Hall in Miller Townson’s Chronicles) was alternatively built by my great grandfather and painted by Wilbur Kurtz in 1931. Since the water color has been in the family since that time (it is currently hanging on my living room wall), I felt free to put it on my cover.

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The dog is a member of the Turman family.  Our Border Collie is almost 10 years old; I run him every day so he is spoiled rotten (or at least hasn’t dug up most of our back yard).  Wanted to name him Vercinjeterix for a Gallic chieftain Caesar conquered (Jet for short). Wife said let’s name him Buster. Son promised to take care of the dog and wanted to name him Ziggy.  That resolve lasted a few hours until the puppy peed in his room, then he turned the dog over to me.  However, Ziggy stuck.

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Read an excerpt from Two Ends of the Circle Meet

PROLOGUE

            Miller Townson was lying on his back, pinned to the ground. A stone underneath him was digging painfully into his old war wound. The man sitting on his chest threw a flurry of punches at Miller’s face. He blocked them and tried unsuccessfully to bridge his back and twist so that he could roll the other man over. Suddenly, his opponent lowered his head next to Miller, put one forearm across Miller’s throat and his other arm under Miller’s head. He locked his arms into place by reaching with the hand behind Miller for his bicep on the arm across Miller’s throat and began to squeeze.

            Unable to breathe and beginning to panic, Miller gave up and tapped his Brazilian jujitsu teacher on the side of a leg. Jeff immediately released the pressure on Miller’s throat and rolled off his student. “You can’t let an assailant control your neck; it’s the equivalent of a king in chess. If someone gets his arms around your neck, he can kill you.”

            After slowly sitting up, Miller commented hoarsely, “Yeah, I see that.”

Jeff was also teaching Miller Muai Thai boxing and Miller had landed a solid kick against Jeff’s thigh just before they switched to jujitsu. Although Jeff was normally easy-going, he had just made it clear who would win if the two of them got into a serious fight. “Do you have time to come over for a drink?” Miller asked.

            “Sure, as long as you don’t give me cheap vodka and orange juice.”

            “Elizabeth always keeps a bottle of good Scotch in the liquor cabinet. Would that be okay?”

            “Or a glass of wine. Your wife has good taste in wines; ask her to join us. Meet you there.”

                As Miller limped over the hill in Blackburn Park toward his car, rubbing his throat with one hand and his left buttock with the other hand, he thought, I’m getting pretty good at unarmed combat, but am I good enough to take Travis Swenson if I need to when he comes to visit?

        

Read reviews on Two Ends of the Circle Meet

The review below was written by my friend, Ron Fontenot, but he would not have given me a review if he had not liked the novel.  Ron has read all four of the books in the series. I was an only child and when my father retired to Coral Gables, Florida, my parents had stretched their budget to buy a house in a really good school district. My parents couldn’t afford to pay me an allowance to I worked at a tennis park to make a little spare cash.  Yeah, good for me, BUT Ron grew up as one of 12 children to a share cropper in Louisiana.  His first language was Cajun French and he spent many a day picking cotton as a boy. Now Ron is one of Atlanta’s 100 Black Men (look up that organization in Google). I really wanted a review from Ron because he is African-American and Two Ends of the Circle Meet pivots around a relationship between a white and an African-American family. There is still a lot of circumspect head butting on this issue here in Atlanta . . . and, of course, throughout the rest of America. Anyway, here is what Ron wrote:

“Dr. Turman leaves the reader with a deep appreciation that Two Ends of the Circle Meet reflects detailed diligence conducted on the events and characters that drive his story.  To then present a vivid depiction  of U.S. military conflicts and the intertwined roles of two families during and subsequent to the events in an engaging, entertaining and inspirational style establishes Dr. Turman as a rare and gifted writer.”

It’s nice when your mother, father, sister, brother, good friend, husband, or wife says, “Wow, this novel is really good. ”  But then, what else can they say?  I’ve been obsessed for years about getting opinions of my novels from strangers.  Such as the one below.

I sent my first novel for a critique to a close friend and tennis partner in St. Louis, Andy G.  He said he didn’t have time (and if truth be told, the interest in reading the novel).  His secretary, Brenda S.White, said she would read Around and she has been enjoying my novels  ever since.  We have never met or even talked on the phone.  You can trust her review below.

   ” The fourth and final novel of this series was great!  It wrapped up several story lines presented in the first three books, but left you wanting to know more about Miller Townson’s family.  I think this series essentially targets male readers, but I enjoyed it for the well-portrayed, strong women, surprising plot lines, genealogy, and history aspects of the book.  I really enjoyed the way Miller and Gerald’s families interacted and learned to care for each other just like family.  The author made you feel how people in the various time frames, Georgia Gold Rush, Civil War era, Vietnam, Cold War, and the present reacted to the major events in their lives. 
    Once again, Dr John Turman has  created a page turner that doesn’t let go until the last page and then you are itching to read anything else that is out there by the same author.
    I have enjoyed the books and cherished each and every one of them.   I hope this talented writer will continue or start a new series with more on Miller’s interesting ancestors.”

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