The Strong, Silent Type

The Strong, Silent Type

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In The Perfect Blend, Robinson captured contemporary life and love with insight and heart. Now he's back-and at his best-in a novel of achieving dreams against all odds as a down-and-out former NFL star and a speech therapist and single mother discover the hard bargain between healing and forgiving and the unexpected joys that come from taking risks.

Author Biography: C. Kelly Robinson lives with his wife, who is also a writer.

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ISBN-13: 9781419388644
Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date: 07/18/2006
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

C. Kelly Robinson lives with his wife, who is also a writer.

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Strong, Silent Type 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
JazzyPen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Simply stated, The Strong, Silent Type by C. Kelly Robinson is one of the best books this reviewer has read so far in 2005. Although he has four novels under his publishing belt, Robinson¿s name is not as widely known as say, Eric Jerome Dickey or E. Lynn Harris. However, if Robinson keeps writing compelling tales like this, he will no longer be a silent bestseller, but a prominent and popular author. While Dickey is the king of drama and Harris brings the DL heat like no other, Robinson ranks supreme in storytelling. He goes back to the basics of a well-written story and combines flawed characters and an engaging plot, with a few twists to boot. More than anything, readers will appreciate the unique and refreshing storyline.The main character, Deacon Davis, is an ex-professional football star who works as an executive director of the American Dream Party, a political organization started by his late father. But when Deacon stutters horribly during an important nationally televised interview, he is forced to resign. Frustrated that his tongue had failed him and cost him his job, he¿s determined to do something about his stuttering and get back to fulfilling the duty of continuing his father¿s work. He seeks professional help at the Speech Recovery Clinic, where he meets Maria Oliver, an attractive speech therapist. Before either of them knows it, they are breaking the clinic¿s fraternizing rule and if anyone finds out, she too, will be out of a job. Adding to her stress is another dilemma. While battling with drugs in the past, she gave her baby to her brother, Thomas and his wife to raise as their own. Now, when Maria is clean and sober with a successful career, she can¿t deny the maternal feelings she has. She wants her son back. Despite Thomas¿s litigation threats, she wants her son to know the truth, that she is his mother, not his aunt. Maria¿s not the only person wanting truth revealed. Deacon¿s brother, Miles plans to write a tell-all book, detailing his theory that his father¿s mysterious death was not an accident, but an assassination. However, there are a few holes in Miles¿ theory, and Deacon knows the one person who can confirm or shatter Miles¿ suspicions.The Strong, Silent Type is a great read. C. Kelly Robinson has a masterful way with descriptions that truly bring characters to life. The scenes are vivid and the dialogue, authentic. Robinson should not only be commended for penning an intriguing tale, but he should be applauded for enlightening a few readers, like this reviewer, about the impact stuttering has on people who have the communication disorder. If you¿re looking for a book that has it all¿romance, suspense, drama and excellent writing¿pick up The Strong Silent Type. You won¿t be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was okay. I've read better. I liked the characters. It started out steamy then went blah in middle but picked up near the end.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Not quite thirty, Deacon Davis failed in his attempt to leave behind his glory days as a Pittsburgh Steeler star defensive back to direct the American Dream Party when he stuttered on Fox TV News. His beloved cousin tells him that ¿George Bush sounds more articulate¿. Feeling depressed for his recent string of failures including a divorce that culminated with the on air fiasco, Deacon still has one obsession that keeps him fired up. He wants to foster the civil rights legacy of his renowned late father who died in a mysterious DC hotel fire.--- He knows he must work on his stuttering problem when he has difficulty speaking at a school meeting involving his high school aged son Dejuan who is in trouble for dissing females. Deacon meets speech therapist Maria Oliver at the adult Speech Recovery Clinic. As she helps him with his impediment, an attraction explodes into a one night stand that breaks ethical rules. Yet both want more, but will either risk the chance of rejection.--- THE STRONG SILENT TYPE is a terrific contemporary tale that grips readers with its deep cast especially the title character who struggles to enhance his father¿s legacy, but feels somewhat helpless of achieving this objective due to his stuttering. Deacon is a fabulous protagonist whose woes to include falling in love make for a fine novel; Maria is his ideal counterpart with her own baggage especially her need to tell her biological son, raised in love by a married family member and his wife, who she is. The lead couple¿s relationship is THE PERFECT BLEND for fans who appreciate a poignant insightful modern day character study.--- Harriet Klausner