The Great Big War

The Great Big War

by Bob Nick Shields


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The war happened, but only Bobby Booclear remembers it.

It lasted less than a day but, in less than six hours, an eleven-year-old boy became a war criminal. In Westchester County, New York.

It's that kind of story. And Bobby is, finally, telling his version of what happened on that day, in 1954.

In a rousing tale filled with cap guns, spin-the-bottle, flavored ice cubes, water bombs, fireworks and more hammy death scenes than your parents would ever let you watch, when you were little, first-time author Bob Nick Shields re-creates a long-ago summer and the thrill of innocence in a funny and touching fictional account of what it was like to be a kid before every family had a television.

Advance praise for The Great Big War:

"...I will not use the word Salingeresque, which all writing teachers employ any time they read something original about youth and don't know how to categorize it. No, this is Shieldsesque, and no higher compliment can be offered..."

- Stefan Kanfer, Best-selling author of Tough Without A Gun - The Life and Extraordinary Afterlife Of Humphrey Bogart

"It's jazz. Bob Nick Shields writes jazz."

- Jill Robinson, Best-selling author of Perdido and Bed/Time/Story

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781500710446
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/12/2014
Pages: 88
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.18(d)

About the Author

Bob Nick Shields once worked in a room, proofreading the New York City phone book.
And lived to tell the tale. He was a rock critic, reviewing, virtually, every rock and roll act of the late 60s at the Fillmore East. He was, also, a copy boy at Time Magazine and a music monitor for ASCAP, identifying music played on the radio so that songwriters received their royalties.

He was a Founding Member of New York's Circle Repertory Company and, in 1976, made his Big-Screen debut as Senator Palantine's aide in the classic American film, Taxi Driver. In 1977, he moved from New York to Hollywood where he got work as a taxi driver. The single line given to him by writer, Phil Alden Robinson, in the Steve Martin/Lily Tomlin comedy has been used whenever Mr. Martin's comic genius is honored.

Mr. Shields hopes that line, "Everybody's gonna be real disappoint-ed," will be used as his epitaph, rather than in a review of his writing.

The Great Big War is his first work of fiction. He is, currently, writing another tale featuring the kids of Fenimore Cooper Acres.

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