+Blog Book Tour+ The Professor by Robert Bailey

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The Professor by Robert Bailey Blog Tour via JKS Communications

Published By:  Exhibit A Books, 28 January 2014

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Available Formats: Trade Paperback & E-Book Page Count: 416

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I was selected to be a stop on “The Professor” Virtual Book Tour, hosted by JKS Communications Literary Publicity Firm, which I received a complimentary copy of the book direct from JKS Communications in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive compensation for my opinions or thoughts shared herein.

Intrigued to Read:

As I revealed in my response to Mr. Bailey’s interview question about reading John Grisham novels, I elected to read his at a very young age (fourteen!) as I was shifting out of young adult titles and into the world of adult fiction. Grisham set the stage for me as far as legal dramas and legal thrillers are concerned. I attempted to read others within the same boundaries of the field but always felt as though I was falling a bit short of what I enjoyed in his books. I read everything that was published by the mid-90s, and prior to his writings shifting away from legal stories, I ventured off into new directions myself. Aside from the writers I had mentioned, I had a keen interest in Shakespeare, British Literature (especially the 19th Century), Science Fiction, and Fantasy. When I first read the description for The Professor I felt it might finally be possible to segue back into the genre of legal dramas in book form! For years, I have carried my love and appreciation of the genre in the world of classic motion pictures and tv serials!

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Author Biography:

Robert BaileyFrom the time he could walk, Robert Bailey has loved stories, especially those about the legendary coach Paul “Bear” Bryant and his beloved Crimson Tide football team at the University of Alabama.

Bailey was born in Huntsville, Ala., in 1973. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Davidson College in North Carolina and graduated from the University of Alabama School of Law in Tuscaloosa, Ala., in 1999. In law school, Bailey was honored with the Award for Outstanding Achievement at the American Judicature Society Interscholastic Trial Competition. He made Law Review and was a member of the Bench and Bar Legal Honor Society. Somehow, between studying and preparing for the bar exam, Bailey managed to watch every home football game.

For the past 14 years, Bailey has practiced law as a civil defense trial attorney in Huntsville at the law firm of Lanier Ford Shaver & Payne. In addition to representing health care providers and nursing homes in medical liability cases, he defends trucking companies, insurance carriers, insureds and businesses in injury-related lawsuits.

Bailey is admitted to practice before the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. District Court – Northern and Middle Districts of Alabama and Western District of Tennessee – and in all Alabama state courts.

He is a member of several professional associations including the International Association of Defense Counsel, Defense Research Institute, Alabama Defense Lawyers’ Association, Huntsville-Madison County Bar Association and the Alabama Bar Association.

Bailey’s first novel, “The Professor,” will be published Jan. 28, 2014 by Exhibit A Books.

Bailey is married with three children. When he’s not writing or practicing law, he’s playing golf, coaching his sons’ little league baseball teams and, of course, cheering on the Crimson Tide.

Synopsis of the Story:

“In trials, like sports, sometimes winning means everything…”

Thomas Jackson McMurtrie is a living legend scorned. Forty years ago, he gave up a promising career as a trial lawyer to become a law professor at the University of Alabama at the request of his mentor, Alabama football Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant. Now Tom is forced into retirement, betrayed by both a powerful colleague and his own failing health.

Meanwhile the young family of one of his oldest friends is killed in a tragic road collision. Believing his career is over, Tom refers the case to a brilliant, yet beleaguered, former student, who begins to uncover the truth behind the tragedy, buried in a tangled web of arson, bribery and greed.

But as the eve of trial approaches, the young attorney’s case begins to unravel. In over his head and at the end of his rope, he realizes there’s only one man who can help…

“The Professor” is the first in a series of tense legal thrillers featuring the enthralling and brilliant legal team of McMurtrie and Drake, combining the thrills and authenticity of a John Grisham novel for the audience that flocked to “Friday Night Lights.”

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My Review of The Professor: (minor spoilers)

The Professor by Robert BaileyI picked up The Professor in the hopes of finding a new voice in legal drama which would give me what I was seeking in a genre I have all but abandoned in literary circles for those of television teleplays. Sinking into the first chapters of the story I was less convinced of my choice than I was when I originally broached the idea to read the book for the tour.

The opening of The Professor illuminates the darker core of humanity, but going to the root of the chase for the golden egg in the transport industry. In this particular story, the all too familiar records of drivers are presented at being against federal regulations, but this is only a telling back-story of the corruption of the company in which the drivers are employed. I was a bit aghast at how the author chose to present the opening sequences, as the writing was brash, distinctively vulgar, and brimming with corrosive short passages and easy sentence structures. If I were hoping for a hearty opening chapter filled with a choking honesty of the fatality accident which sits as an apex into the story, I was grossly mistaken.

By the time Chapter Eight rolled around to introduce ‘the Professor’, I was nearly considering if I could go much further into the dark underside of the story. I realise I’ve read Grisham’s full library of legal dramas save three, but I never remember in all those readings where the story was told through choppy narrative and brutally blunt descriptions. Although, all things being equal time and memory can change as we move forward in life.

The hard truth is that I couldn’t draw empathy for any of the characters as they were presented save the dying family in the car in front of the petrol station. In their short and ever so brief appearance in the story, they felt more real to me than anything that happened past their tragic exit. If I had to swallow through one more corrosively laced line of thought murmurations and dark alley gusto I think I would have lost the will to pick up another legal drama! I unfortunately didn’t finish this story because in all honestly, I couldn’t begin it with the proper footing it requires. My mind leapt in and out of the sequences due to the overwhelming cliche inclusions of drama. As much as the redundancy of vulgarity. Once every blue moon, yes, I can accept that. Every single time a person opens their mouth or attempts to ruminate their thoughts? I think naught!

I felt letdown overall, as after having read Bailey’s answers to my Interview, I went in thinking that the story which would be presented would be one I could wrap my head around and enjoy. Clearly, not every book’s description foretells what is writ on the inside.

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The first half of this showcase is:

my author interview with Robert Bailey!

“The Professor” Virtual Book Tour Road Map

  1. 12 January: Q&A Feature @ The Page Turners Book Club
  2. 22 January: Interview @ Ominimystery News
  3. 24 January: Guest Post @ Dear Teen Me
  4. 26 January: Guest Post @ Bibliophilia, Please
  5. 27 January: Interview @ Infinite House of Books
  6. 29 January: Review @ Crystal’s Book Reviews
  7. 30 January: Interview @ Literary Lunes Publications
  8. 31 January: Guest Post & Review @ Jersey Girl Book Reviews
  9. 1 February: Author Interview & Review @ Jorie Loves A Story
  10. Review @ Now is Gone
  11. Review @ My Bookshelf
  12. 15 February: “Read On” Live Web Chat Show at Crossroad Reviews

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This blog tour is courtesy of:

JKS Communications Literary Publicity Firm

Be sure to scope out my Bookish Upcoming Events to mark your calendars!!

{SOURCES:  Robert Bailey photograph & biography, Book Synopsis, Cover Art and the logo badge for JKS Communications were all provided by JKS Communications: A Literary Publicity Firm and used with permission. Author Interview badge provided by Parajunkee to give book bloggers definition on their blogs. Post dividers by Fun Stuff for Your Blog via Pure Imagination.}

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I am self-educated through local libraries and alternative education opportunities. I am a writer by trade and I cured a ten-year writer’s block by the discovery of Nanowrimo in November 2008. The event changed my life by re-establishing my muse and solidifying my path. Five years later whilst exploring the bookish blogosphere I decided to become a book blogger. I am a champion of wordsmiths who evoke a visceral experience in narrative. I write comprehensive book showcases electing to get into the heart of my reading observations. I dance through genres seeking literary enlightenment and enchantment. Starting in Autumn 2013 I became a blog book tour hostess featuring books and authors. I joined The Classics Club in January 2014 to seek out appreciators of the timeless works of literature whose breadth of scope and voice resonate with us all.

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Posted Saturday, 1 February, 2014 by jorielov in 20th Century, Blog Tour Host, Debut Novel, Fly in the Ointment, JKS Communications: Literary Publicity Firm, Legal Drama, Legal Thriller, Modern Day, Vulgarity in Literature

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