Fiction: Panic in Langley Bottom
by Richard Mason
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Southern Historical fiction set in 1945 during the Second World War. Previous novels of this series have been favorably compared to Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.
The 13 book series has garnered numerous five star Amazon reviews. The series is a nostalgic look at a time when families huddled by the radio, with young boys listening to The Lone Ranger and The Green Hornet.
Later the adults would tune in famous newscaster Walter Winchell; "Good evening Mr. and Mrs. North and South America and all the ships at sea....this just in...General Patton's army continues to march across Germany..." The numerous Amazon Five Star Reviews have all been from adults, but the readers of these books have ranged from teens to senior adults. The series is truly a book for all ages. Several reviewers have called Richard Mason "Americas' New Mark Twain."
Author--Richard Mason has always managed to incorporate writing into his accomplished life, whether writing professional reports as a geologist, books in the Sahara Desert, or columns about environmental issues. But it wasn't until six years ago that he started writing seriously when he heard Studs Turkle remark that more writers should 'write about life.' Mason took this comment to heart and began writing remembrances from his childhood in the 1940's and 50's.
As a young boy Mason lived on a small farm in southern Arkansas. He is able to vividly capture an era of American history, before air-conditioning, television and modern technology. His writings reflect a time of brown sunburned feet, shirtless summers and very special country Christmases.
Mason earned both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in geology from the University of Arkansas. He worked for the King Ranch in South Texas, followed by an overseas assignment on well-sites deep in the Libyan Sahara Desert. Thirty years ago Mason started his own company, Gibraltar Energy in El Dorado, Ark. of which he is currently CEO and President.
In the early 1990's he was the president of the Arkansas Wildlife Federation and wrote a monthly column covering state environmental issues. Mason also wrote an environmental column which ran in newspapers around the state and hosted an environmental radio show, both called Natural Solutions.
Additionally, he and his wife, Vertis, enjoy restoring historic buildings and have restored 17 buildings where they reside in El Dorado, Arkansas. As a result, the National Main Street organization named it one of the top 15 Main Street communities in the country.
Mason's love of writing has become one of the most fulfilling things he has ever done. He reflects on his start many years ago, 'As I think back to the time, when I sat in a hot trailer in the Libyan Desert writing my first novel, I can truly say my interest in writing, which expressed itself under such meager circumstances, continues today.'