Charles Martin Books In Order

Publication Order of Awakening Books

The Dead Don't Dance (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Maggie (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Wrapped in Rain (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
When Crickets Cry (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Chasing Fireflies (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Where the River Ends (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Saving Annie (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mountain Between Us (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Thunder and Rain (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Unwritten (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Life Intercepted (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Water from My Heart (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Long Way Gone (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

He married his wife Christy in 1993, with whom he has three sons with; the family of five live in Jacksonville, Florida together. Charles has known and loved Christy for over half of his life. Hobbies of Martin’s include, working out (this includes different things such as Fight Fit- which is a kind of martial art, and a mix of different old school type stuff), bow hunting, and Tae Kwon Do. Martin also likes to fish with his sons, works in his yard with his wife, coach T-ball, and prays with his sons at their beds before they go to sleep. In 2012, he earned his black belt despite not being very flexible, and his sons are all better at it. Martin believes however, that he enjoys it much more than they do.

He earned a B.A. in English from Flordia State University, and also has an M.A. in Journalism, and a Ph.d. in Communications that he received from Regent Universtity. For one year, he was an adjunct professor at Hampton University in the English Department, and was a doctoral fellow at Regent.

At the turn of the century, he left his career in business to become a novelist. He has written nine novels, and has written his autobiography that is a self-published ebook called “River Road”. He has also written a non-fiction story about Bill Frist, who is a senate majority leader and heart transplant surgeon. The work on the story helped give him research on a novel that he was writing at the time called, “When Crickets Cry”, something that he does not think is a coincidence. Martin’s work has been mentioned by fellow writers Robert Whitlow and Frank Peretti for being inspirational. Martin’s work has been compared to William Faulkner, Leif Eiger, as well as Nicholas Sparks. He is considered faith based fiction. He feels the same way about his novels that he does about his sons. He does not have a favorite of either. Like C.S. Lewis, Martin sees pictures of something flash before his eyes, and sort of backs into his stories. For one novel, he was daydreaming one day and saw a little girl in a yellow dress, and saw some of what he would later write about in the novel.

“The Dead Don’t Dance” was released in 2004 and is Charles Martin’s first novel. Taking place in a sleepy rural town in South Carolina, there is a baby about to born at the end of summer. Dylan Styles, a college English teacher, experiences a tragedy that he did not expect to, at a time when he was supposed to be celebrating and must face all that he has lost. He also has friends around him that help him through his problems.

Some readers were impressed by this book, feeling that the characters and the writing were both very realistic.Fans of the book found it to be very lifelike, the characters to be vivid and developed very well. The novel features characters that have a broad spectrum of emotion. Readers of the book have found it to be an experience rather than a story. Martin makes the readers feel like they are there in South Carolina. Fans of the novel liked that the writer’s main message for the book was to keep on going even though you have been struck with tragedy. They even liked the way that this novel is not like most faith based novels, but has real people that have flaws too.

Some of the readers of this book did not like it. They found the characters to be variations of the prostitute who has a heart of gold stereotype. They found the way the narrator talks about who the characters are as a inability on the author’s part to characterize. Some found the writing to be terrible, no organization, no continuity, and is simplistic. Some similes were found to be forced. Some even found the book to be boring and unfinishable.

“Wrapped in Rain” was released in 2005 is Martin’s second novel. Tucker deals in tragedy and pain. He is a photographer, who is internationally famous; has been around the world and seen it all. In his pictures, he captures things that other people do not see. He was raised in a large estate in the South with his brother Mutt, by their housekeeper Miss Ella Rain. She loved the pair of motherless kids like they were her own. The only good thing that their father ever did was hire her to take care of the boys and the estate. When his brother escapes from the mental hospital and one of his old girlfriends (named Katie) comes to him with a black eye and her son (Jase), Tucker must go back home and face his past. She has grown up and is now married to an abusive husband. Even though she has been gone for many years, he still remembers the lessons she taught him all those years ago. Through her, he realizes that he can either continue to hate his father for all that he did to them, or turn to the harder path of forgiveness and love.

Fans of the book liked the way it was written; saying that it was written beautifully. They also liked the way it shows how humans can be good and evil. The way Martin uses the Southern backdrop has a cinematic quality to it, and features strong and real characters. Some fans like the way the author was able to integrate into the novel faith themes into the novel; as well as a moving plot that gives the reader a powerful story that stays with them well after the end of the novel.

Some of the readers did not like this book and could not get into it. They could not connect with any one except the nanny character; they did not care what happened to any one of the characters in the book. Some felt that the story takes too long getting going, and some people just couldn’t stand the wait. To the point that they actually skipped whole chapters worth of the book. Readers also felt that as the book went on, the book started to get more and more preachy and religious.

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