Book Reviews

M. Semonin, Retired English Teacher

“Carpe Viam, A Time to Live” is an uniquely organized novel.  It is  about the formation of a new industrial enterprise, but more importantly portrays a man’s growth from an immature but intelligent young man to one who found his values in his family and God.  The interweaving of the aluminum business with Jim Hastings’ personal life keeps the story alive.  From a woman’s perspective the romantic part of the story is enticing, but not out of context.  As a team effort the production of electrical energy from geothermal steam is imaginative and interesting.  Mike’s word pictures made it seem as though I were there and not just reading.

Do yourself a favor.  Buy Michael Keyser’s “Carpe Viam.”

Rich in dialogue at each occurrence, Michael makes you a part of the conversation.  His pen becomes a paint brush—not on every page nor in every chapter—but often enough to allow you to visualize the scene as if you were there.  An excellent read.

John Madigan

Tales of the Circle P came to life right from the start. The characters are well developed and seem so familiar. Having been born and raised in west I have visited most of the locations spoke of in the book which opened a fountain of memories of days gone by. It took me back to the days of branding cattle on my Uncle Joe’s ranch in Utah and working on my grandfather’s Arizona farm. I found Tales of the Circle P helped me focus on the more important things in life and to appreciate the little joys we often fail to relish. It is a wonderful, wholesome novel I’m excited to share with my family! -Brenton

Akron Beacon Journal, Lifestyle Section:

‘Tales of the Circle P’ The back-cover description of Michael J. Keyser’s Tales of the Circle P describes the ”almost ideal way of life” he has created for his characters. This is an accurate representation; there is little conflict or dramatic tension in the story of Mike Lambert and Mary O’Donnell, a devoted and enterprising young couple who marry and build a ranch into a major corporation, picking up sidelines like a newspaper and a chain of convenience stores. The characters are genuinely likable, and Keyser has a fine hand at dialogue and description, particularly of the Wyoming, Utah and other Western landscapes. Despite the meticulous detail in much of the narrative, some parts are glossed over: Mike and Mary’s children are invisible until just before they reach their teens, and then they become important to the story line. Two characters deal with substance abuse, and one’s struggle is resolved in two pages and never spoken of again. For those who like their fiction free of violence and suspense, the Circle P is a place to visit. Tales of the Circle P (304 pages, softcover) costs $16.95 from Keyser, a health-care consultant, is a former Hudson park commissioner. He lives in Norton.

Review of “It Must Be Perfect” — SF Farrell:

This is Michael J. Keyser’s first book — a novella with a great plot in the still-a-little-wild West. What does a rancher do who finds blueprints to a bank? Where opportunity is granted, does he take advantage? And if he succeeds, what should he do with the money? The book is an enjoyable, quick read. Though suspenseful and sometimes humorous, It Must Be Perfect also raises moral questions. I am looking forward to reading his other book, Tales of the Circle P.

Review of “Tales of the Circle P” — Marie Semonin:

This novel has the distinction of attracting both male and female readers. The two main characters, Michael Lambert and Mary O’Donnell, journey through their lives from young love to seeing their children graduate from college. Along this journey a business empire is established; a political campaign is waged; business acquaintances become family; and community plus church commitment are priority one. The novel about family cohesion and gentle, fun sex is more than a riveting read. The way the characters are depicted is so credible that I became one of with them. At the ending I felt so sad that there wasn’t more.