by Ronald Herron


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In his debut novel, REICHOLD STREET, author R.L. Herron created a powerful coming-of-age story dealing with the tough societal issues of bullying, family dysfunction, alcoholism, suicide, madness and war that was endorsed by Compulsion Reads, Top Book Reviewers and became a 2012 Readers Favorite Gold Medal Winner.

In this new novel, ONE WAY STREET, he has created a powerful sequel that reprises several key "Reichold Street" characters in a tense, gritty historically accurate thriller - set during, and immediately after, the turbulent 1960s Vietnam era - that follows some of the same characters again through war, despondency, love and a murderous stalker.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538068625
Publisher: Barnes & Noble Press
Publication date: 05/02/2014
Series: Reichold Street Trilogy , #2
Pages: 298
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

Ron Herron is a member of the the National Writers Association, Michigan Writers, the Association of Independent Authors (US), the Alliance of Independent Authors (UK) and the American Academy of Poets. The father of three grown sons, he lives and writes in Michigan with his lovely wife, an ugly mortgage and one extremely large cat.

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One Way Street 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
BLMacLearn More than 1 year ago
It's magical when an author can visually transport you back in time so that you can be a part of the story. This is what Ron L. Herron has been able to do with his Reichold Street trilogy. His first book introduced us to the inhabitants of Reichold Street, letting us gain insight into their personal lives. In One Way Street, Herron focuses more on Paul and expertly weaves a path through the complexities of the Vietnam War and its aftermath. Just when you think you are comfortable in the story, he cautiously slips in a warning sign of potential danger ahead. I was thoroughly immersed in the story and the ending twist didn't disappoint. Ron Herron is a true storyteller and I eagerly await the last segment of his trilogy.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Faridah Nassozi for Readers' Favorite After praying for years that he doesn't get drafted to the military, Paul finally finished college and he knew the inevitable would now happen. Instead of waiting around to be drafted, he opted to voluntarily enlist; after all, he felt like he owed it to his old friend Albert who was killed in Vietnam. After three months of intensive training, he was sent off to Vietnam where he took part in a very grisly covert mission which succeeded, but not before claiming several lives on both sides and taking part of Paul's soul with it. Paul finally got to go back home as a civilian, but the atrocities that he had witnessed in Vietnam went back with him. Paul came back, a broken man, to a community that did not understand and he had no one to talk to. Finally he started rebuilding his life, fulfilling dreams he did not even know he had, falling in love and surviving tragic losses.  One Way Street by Ronald L. Herron is an emotional story that details years of a young man's struggle to find his place in a messed-up world. From the very beginning of the book, I could clearly sense Paul's pain as he narrated his story: from his life with Albert, his family shifting, him going to college, Albert's death, going away to Vietnam and then back, and trying to make a connection with his past life. The minute-by-minute account of Paul's life gives you a clear view into his burdened soul as he tried to give meaning to his life. The pain he went through in the process is so heartbreaking and his triumphs are simply stirring.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite One Way Street by R. L. Herron is about the lives of people living in Reichold Street, a typical residential neighborhood in the city of Brickdale. Paul grows up in this street and he shares fond and not so fond memories of the other boys he grew up with. When his family moves out, Paul realizes that one of the reasons why Reichold Street is different from his new neighborhood is because Albert lives there. Coming from a dysfunctional family, Albert is a troubled young man who is the neighborhood thug. As a newcomer, he beats Puz, who used to be the unbeatable neighborhood toughie. The story continues in the Vietnam War when countless young Americans are sent to the horrors of a protracted war. When Albert dies in the war, Paul finds himself volunteering and, luckily, he survives the war. But will he survive civilian life back home in the US? One Way Street is the second book written by R. L. Herron whose first novel, Reichold Street, is a 2012 Readers Favorite Gold Medal winner, endorsed by Compulsion Reads. In the first few pages, the author delights his readers with the narration of youthful indiscretions that remind us of our own childhood memories. The narrative is told in the first person perspective and this gives the feeling of intimacy between the storyteller and the reader. As Paul, the narrator continues and there is also a growing maturity in his voice. So we follow him as he finishes school, goes to the Vietnam War, settles down as an up and coming author, and the day he suffers the greatest loss in his life. Through all this, he returns intermittently to Reichold Street, seemingly to keep in touch with a childhood memory that haunts him throughout his life. With his life in danger, he will discover a painful truth that will change his life forever. This is a mesmerizing thriller that can haunt you long after you put the book down.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite One Way Street is a historical literary fiction novel written by R.L. Herron. It continues the saga of Herron's previous book, Reichold Street. Paul and his family have moved several hours away from Reichold Street, but he is still very much connected to the place and the friends he grew up with. Paul and his friends are all concerned about the Vietnam War and the upcoming draft. His number virtually guarantees him being selected, which acts as a strong incentive for Paul to work hard in college to maintain the grade average necessary to keep his scholarship. Once he's graduated, however, Paul decides to end his suspenseful wait for greetings from the government. He enlists, believing in the recruitment officer's sketchy promise that, by doing so, he'll have a choice of assignments, but Paul still ends up in Vietnam. While One Way Street continues R.L. Herron's coming of age story, Reichold Street, I found it to be an engrossing and complete stand-alone novel. Herron introduces Paul's old friends gradually and makes the transition from the first book into the second smooth and easy. I was blown away by the section of the book relating to Paul's service in Vietnam. I've read many historical and fictional war accounts, and Herron's coverage of Vietnam in One Way Street ranks up there with some of the best war-related literature that I've read. Herron's characters, both in war and peace, are finely drawn, and his writing style is accomplished and flowing. One Way Street is a memorable book, filled with characters you begin to feel you've known forever, who share growing up in turbulent times and who, I suspect, will stay vibrant in most readers' minds for some time after they finish the last page.
TopBookReviewers More than 1 year ago
"The sequel to Reichold Street, that was a 2012 Readers Favorite Gold Medal Winner, One Way Street lives up to this author’s talent. In One Way Street, Ronald Herron continues the journey of Paul Barrett and the friends that grew up with him. We first met Paul on Reichold Street in 1962 and now we continue to experience him growing up and missing the old neighbourhood less and less. It starts fading into a memory until old friends draw him back. The impact his visits bring to his future decisions is heartbreaking in ways that you wouldn’t imagine. Paul moves away and then wins a full scholarship to a State College and, while there, the fear of conscription during the Vietnam War is very real. Paul ends up being drawn into the war. Herron’s historical research and realistic descriptions of being a soldier in that war are compelling. It changes everyone who was involved in it, including everyone at home. Paul returns home and learns how to deal with life after living through his experiences. He finally finds intense love and joy that is short lived. After that he descends into madness. He searches for answers in the past and, while doing so, finds out that someone is hunting him. Everything starts to come full circle and the consequences of the past keep you on the edge of your seat. There is a common thread that people identify with when hearing or reading about someone who grew up in the same neighbourhood and the stories about the kids that came and went. It is the same with war. Some desire to have that experience and so want to read about it and others have been the one involved on the front lines. Part of Herron’s charm as an author is that he writes a story that many relate to. The way that Herron flips back and forth in time and from character to character is a gift. There are few writers who are able to pull that off, keep you engaged in the story and then give you the sense of complete enjoyment of having read “a good book.” The first book was memorable and the second is equally gripping. I sat down to read this novel and literally could not put it down. I read it from start to finish in one sitting which is the same thing that happened with the first book. The smooth rhythm and flow made this an easy book to read and enjoy. This author has proven his accomplishment with more than two great stories. He is here to stay and has become a favourite of mine." TBR-TopBookReviewers