Friday, July 29, 2011

Daily Kindle Bargain - The Second Fly Caster by Randy Kadish

The Second Fly Caster by Randy Kadish is available on Kindle for just 99 cents.


Erik, a young boy, is proud that his father, the winner of several state championships, is probably the greatest long distance fly caster on earth. But then a threatening prelude and an unexpected outcome of a casting tournament leave Erik reeling with unanswered questions about what once seemed to be only a sport.

These questions linger and then, years later, deepen when Erik’s idealistic plans and actions are crushed when he experiences combat in the Vietnam War. He struggles, unsuccessfully, with his demons, until a seemingly accidental discovery lead him back to the ways and new meanings of fly casting. Through their prism Erik learns to see himself and the world in a forgiving light.

From the Reviewers:

"Erik, a young boy is very proud of his father, a tournament fly caster champion. Various events lead young Erik to question many things he holds dear in his life. A stranger shows up at a fishing tournament and things are not as they seem, an older Erik is called to the Vietnam war and demons start to plague him, he is called home from the army because of his dying father, then more then demons haunt him when he begins drinking just like his father.

"This is not my typical read; but a good story none the less. The fly fishing part holds no interest to me. Number 1, I hate fishing and number 2, I don't understand the terminology. You don't need to know anything about fishing, however to enjoy the story. There are lessons to be learned and forgiveness that needs given. Erik has to learn that life is not always as it appears  and that even adults have to believe in themselves and forgive themselves for what they are not. This is a wonderful story of a boy and his dad and that boy loving his father and letting go of things that one cannot control. This is a quick read and is easily read in one sitting. I highly recommend it."
--Eva's Sanctuary

"This is a very interesting short story about a young man coming to terms with his reality.  As a child, we all believe our parents are perfect, but as time goes on, we begin to realize that they too have their faults.  This is a nice, short, coming of age story in which the main character takes longer than puberty to come to terms with his father’s flaws and then, overcoming those of his own.  The imagery in this short story is, again, breathtaking, just like that of Kadish’s novelette, The Bad, The Good and Two Fly Fishing Women.  Whether you are a fly-fisher or not, this is a wonderful short story with great themes for all ages."
--Books: The Cheapest Vacation You Can Buy

About the Author:

I'm a native New Yorker. After a good deal of disappointment, I gave up writing. Then my mother passed away, and I found that fishing helped ease my grief. Almost accidently, I wrote and sold a fishing article. Afterwards, my articles and memoirs appeared in many publications, including The Flyfisher, Flyfishing & Tying Journal and Yale Anglers' Journal.

To me, much of my writing is about coming to terms with loss, and with a world I can't always understand. In a sense, my writing is autobiographical, as it reflects my own gratifying, but at times, difficult journey of emotional and spiritual recovery.

On the long road of my journey, I slowly learned that, even when I don't have answers, I must strive to find forgiveness and self-worth and to connect to the good and the beautiful in the world.

(This is how I define spirituality.)

I therefore love books where the main characters struggle against inner and outer conflicts and then try to do good.

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