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Three Paperclips and a Grey Scarf

An Evan Davis Tale, Book 1
Narrated by: William P. Ryan
Series: Evan Davis Tales, Book 1
Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
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A struggling writer. A team of U.S. soldiers. A fight for their lives. A battle for his soul.

Writer Evan Davis desperately needs to find his muse to finish his book. As the impossible deadline approaches with a virtually nonexistent wordcount, his agent presents him with a unique reprieve: Gain a delay by becoming a press embed with U.S. troops going to Central Asia.

Davis sees it as an unlikely place to rediscover his muse but lacks any alternative.

After being presented with an odd luck talisman of three paperclips by a friend, he travels with his assigned unit to Afghanistan.

There he is out of his comfort zone and pushed into a world where friendships are vital, and lives are on the line. His problems pale in comparison to what these brave men must face daily.

As Davis begins to write about their daily hardships, he rediscovers his love of the written word.

He also finds a use for each of his talismans, as they save his life and those of the men he comes to regard as his team; soldiers who promised each other they would all make it home in one piece.

Follow Evan’s journey as he finds his muse in the most unlikely place under the most extraordinary circumstances.

©2012 Valkyrie Spirit Publishing (P)2019 Valkyrie Spirit Publishing

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Good book not for everyone.

A fantastic follow up ! Lots of detailed information about weapons systems and their applications, great if you like that stuff not so much if you are more interested in the story only, love the mix personally but fully understand why it may not appeal to everyone.

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One of the most exciting and authentic thrillers

This is another outstanding book by Sheldon Charles . It has technology, weaponry, politics , sinister characters and an interesting view of the spy world and of survival.
Well worth a listen!

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Great author.

I learned of this author from Sheldon Charles, and I am not disappointed. A lot of action and believable plot. I liked this book even more than other book. Give it a try - you will not be disappointed.

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Too Authentic?

True Believer feels much more genuine and thoughtful without neglecting the intense action we expect in a thriller.

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Phenomenal book!

The best is yet to be as long as humans strive to make this a better world in which we live in. A clever and masterful historical fiction steeped in real time language we can all understand and reflect on.

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AWESOME STORY

I like the convenience of having my books available digitally. Instant access. Great Book! This is an excellent book!

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Very listenable book.

Solid story writing, very good character development. This book gives a deep look. Very thorough and comprehensive. It makes you feel like you're there. Great insights into what is going on with the characters internally.

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Unbelievable and proud.

It was a pleasure listening this book. I'll admit that I was a little confused during the first chapter or two but I'm so glad that I kept listening.

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Great book

Worth the listen. It is a book that the subjects themselves would never explained but needs to be told. I can only hope that the “American” traitor in this book does not see a day of freedom

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True Heroes!

Well-explained fascinating accounting of the little-known achievements and sacrifices of a few of our military while on horseback in Afghanistan fighting the Taliban. Couldnt put this book down. What heroes they were!!!

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  • Norma Miles
  • 10-25-19

Big bad bomb went boom.

Who could resist such an alluring title: Three Paperclips and a Grey Scarf? Not this reader, certainly. And, true to it's promise, it was a pleasure to hear as a small group of soldiers came to life in this short tale of an author finding again his ability to write during a six month stint in Afghanistan. It was touching, exciting and pleasantly positive as well as being simply but well written. It had a feeling of truthfulness.

The narration, unfortunately, could have been better - from a technical not reader perspective. William P.Ryan has a fine, solid voice, pleasant on the ear and with a good throw away delivery, perfect for the character of Evan Davis, the main character of the story. His reading is a tad slow, speeding playback to 1.25 enhances the delivery, and his story telling skill is excellent. However, the poor recording quality gives an echo like quality to the sound as well as highlighting any breath intakes or turning of pages. Such a pity as it does become a distraction to what would otherwise be a good performance.

Three Paperclips and a Grey Scarf is a good, short book for anyone who enjoys war stories with a feel of reality, and tales of simple bravery and fate. I very much enjoyed it.

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  • Kelly Gooch
  • 10-23-19

Tactical response required listening.

Action packed, vivid story telling that makes for an impossible to put down, clear your schedule type day of listening

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  • Iona Bailey
  • 10-23-19

Great book and great contest

Great storytelling from a man who has walked the walk. One of the best books I've ever listen great author a true warrior god bless, thank you for your service.

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  • Monica Peterson
  • 10-18-19

Definitely listen Sheldon Charles's books

Everything about this story arc is fantastic, and I would highly recommend it to everybody who can listen. Few authors / teams put in as much work as he / they do to produce this level of quality - and it shows.

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  • Grace Chambers
  • 10-16-19

Yet another 5 star.

Incredible story telling and made it almost impossible to put down. Congratulations on another excellent release Sheldon Charles.

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  • Rebecca Rodriguez
  • 10-08-19

Great stuff.

Sometimes being a little late to the game is a good thing. I got to listen both books back to back. And all I can say is well Damn.. Worth every penny and every second .

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  • Alejandro Velasquez
  • 10-05-19

Caught my attention, and kept it

Just finished this second book by author. Was pulled into story from the start. He keeps his main character true to form.

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  • Archie Porter
  • 10-03-19

You will not be disappointed!

The first book got me hooked and this one kept me hooked. Sincere help having the potential to turn to harm is mind blowing. Makes you think from a different perspective. Thank you for your service!

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  • Jane Webb
  • 10-01-19

What a cracking listen

Gripping story that was hard to put down for very long. The character development of the two leads was really fantastic.

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  • Margaret Kelly
  • 09-30-19

Extremely well explained.

Extremely well explained! I couldn’t put the book down, so good! I learned so much about the special forces and days in Afghanistan.