A man with a troubled past who has found his way,' Damon Lee Petrie enjoys the art of storytelling, reading, and the pursuit of a healthy lifestyle that includes weightlifting, running, yoga, and meditation. His interests include Ancient History, Comparative Religions, and Philosophy.
With an unshakable belief in right and wrong, a Higher Universal Power, and that our actions have consequences, Damon is grateful for family, friends, and a society that largely accepts the tenets of forgiveness and second chances.
In addition to authoring fast paced and thought provoking action adventures in the tradition of Indiana Jones and The Davinci Code, Damon is dedicated to penning emotion stirring dramas that both entertain and educate readers to the stumbling blocks and pitfalls that too often snare our nations youth. His authority for narrating these latter types of stories with such genuine and moving authenticity comes from his own experiences and observations within runaway youth communities, the unhallowed halls of reform school, and beyond.
Initially drafted in the longhand, Damon's current offerings include the action adventure, Water and Blood, as well as the stirring dramas, In the Course of a Summer and Demons Within. He is also author of the suitable for all ages short, A Childhood Lost.
Damon is currently working on additional titles, including Wishers Island, a story that, despite its Disneyesque fantasy underpinnings, is about the serious reality of Childhood Leukemia which kills more children between the age of one and fifteen than any other disease.
In the spirit of giving back and making amends a percentage of the revenues from the novels In the Course of a Summer and Demons Within will be gifted to a community organization that mentors at risk youth in an effort to halt the too steady flow to the prison gate.
A pleasant story for all ages as a boy Barton recalls his childhood beginning at the age of 5, meeting a tree that goes by the name Zunarius and how he came to build his dream tree house. We come to learn that Zunarius communicates with Barton. We watch Barton grow, year after year, his first kiss, his first love. At the end you realize that he is actually telling his story to his grandchildren the tree fighting a war for his world. Nymphs, Trollsand other creatures.
The conversations had are amazing as you read the words you feel as if you can actually hear them speaking. You laugh, gasp and cry. Who would have thought that a simple story could make you feel these emotions and more. When time comes to let go as Barton has grown to adulthood and it’s time for Zunarius to leave as another child needs him. One chapter closes and another opens.
This story is timeless, a great read for a young child as well as for an adult. You could even read it as a bedtime story to your children or your grandchildren. You’ll fall in love with Barton,Zunarius and Ashley, Barton’s first love whom he ends up spending the rest of his life with.
Fall in love with A Childhood Lost and become a child again.
Book Rating: 4 stars
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