Title: Walking with Ducks
Author: Martin A. Nalitz, Jr.
Publisher: Book Locker
Publish Date: October 2011
Who is the Author?
Martin graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in English Writing. While attending the University, he wrote a satire column as well as he was a contributing editor for the University’s literary magazine, Backspace. Martin just started writing novels over the past few years, and he already has three published novels in his Jack Reno Series.
What is his book about?
As the first book in his series, main character Jack Reno is a guy who has pretty much had everything handed to him in his life, but at the same time has also managed to mess up every single relationship and opportunity that has ever come his way. That is, until he landed himself in prison for Securities Fraud. What’s ironic is that the same attorney who prosecuted him manages to get him out after seven years to help build her new firm. In other words, he is an ambulance chaser. As time goes on, although he knows that he needs to change, he finds out that not everyone really wants him to. The bad part is, now he keeps on running into people who want him to use the same exact skills that led him to prison in the first place, only now to make money for them and to take advantage of Jack.
Why read his book?
As it is written in first person, Jack is continually being faced with life lessons that he learned from his Uncle Bob, who was well known as a legendary car salesman. Throughout the novel, Jack has some very intense moments. Although out of prison, Jack tends to still run around with people who knew him in prison, which is not exactly a good thing.
Some of the reviews made about Walking with Ducks
“A friend recently suggested this book as a fun read... and I totally agree.
This is a first in series of novels about Jack Reno. Usually first novels in a series have a hard time grabbing my attention. They are so full of setting the scene and explaining who the characters are that I never quite feel that a story gets told.
But this novel really grabs you and doesn't want to let go. The author, Marty Nalitz, really paid attention to telling the story while [still] managing to give his characters enough depth that you feel as if you know them as friends. And like any friend, when they start telling you a good story you simply want to keep going to find out what happened to them. And this is a great story. It's all about financial cons, personal growth, and overcoming those bad decisions we all keep saying we are not going to make again... and do.
I fully recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good story, great characters, and anticipation of future books to come... in fact, I will be tracking this author to get his next book the minute its available.
Hurry up, Marty... I can't wait to see what trouble Jack gets into next.”
-RG on amazon.com
“From start to finish, I completely enjoyed this novel. Mr. Nalitz has a wonderful writing style, keeps you engaged and keeps you guessing! My only question is when do I get the next one!
Highly recommend this author.”
-pcammelot on amazon.com
“I totally enjoyed Walking with Ducks-A Jack Reno Novel! I don't normally read this type of book, but Amazon lets you read the first few chapters and I got hooked. I don't know many women who read mystery/thrillers, but I loved it. I really liked all the characters and I think Jack Reno is just cool! I also liked that I could have let my 13 year old daughter read it-nothing offensive in the language or the romancing. This book is a real easy read and I recommend it to anybody.
I can't wait for the next one this spring. [I am] really looking forward to it.”
-fcg on amazon.com
“I didn't know what to expect with this book. Martin Nalitz is a first-time author and it's the first book in a series, so I was leery but I liked the little teaser I read. I'm pleased to say I had nothing to worry about. The characters were very engaging, some were funny, some had an edge. Jack Reno is a superb character/hero. A main character with flaws! What a concept. He's not perfect, but you want to know what he does next. The story flows great, reads very easily, and I kept going back to it after I put it down. I love a story where I didn't see the ending coming. It's a personal opinion, but I also liked that there were scenes that were romantic rather than raunchy. Outstanding, can't wait for the next Jack Reno book to come out.”
-TB on amazon.com
On facing obstacles while writing this book
“The characters for the series have come to me very easily. It’s been pretty enjoyable. There is never enough time, but I think that’s true for everybody that writes.”
What made Martin Want to Become a Writer?
“I was always writing stories, even as a kid in school. I guess it’s easy for me to make things up. Not sure if that’s an asset or liability.”
Who is Martin’s favorite author?
“Probably a tie between Donald Westlake and Dan Jenkins.”
You may have seen Martin’s writing before
Stay tuned for his upcoming book
“I have had a very exciting opportunity fall into my lap. The true story of a man whose 4-year old daughter was kidnapped by her estranged mother, and led the FBI on an almost year-long hunt. Most don’t realize that when the FBI is searching for somebody, they will [only] do it for a year. If they don’t find them, the case stays open but they won’t devote anymore resources to it, so the clock is very intense.
They found her in Costa Rica on day 360 which presented a whole other series of problems. Due to their laws, it is virtually impossible to get a child out of that situation.
With the help of US Consulate to Costa Rica, he ended up kidnapping his daughter and bringing her back, leading to some changes in US passport laws.
I haven’t done it justice here, but it is a great story.”
Martin’s advice for writers wanting to turn authors out there
“Be persistent and keep your vision. Listen to all the advice you can get very critically, but keep your vision. It’s all a writer has to offer.”
Where to find Martin
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