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Author Del Staecker on the Rolly James Show!

This is perhaps the best interview Del’s had discussing his wonderful new book, “Tard.” For those of you who know Del’s past work, you already know what a wonderfully creative award-winning author he is. For those of you who haven’t been introduced to his extraordinary talent, you’ll be touched in ways that make you think about the complexities of life in new and different ways. I’ve long been a fan of Del and his diverse and intriguing work. If this would be your first read of his books, I know it won‘t be your last.


You will also enjoy Del’s interview with Rollye James. The number and nature of the call ins from folks with vision issues asking for an audiobook option was especially moving. Given the expense to do audiobooks, it may take us awhile but we do hope we can get it out one of these days


Amazon Reviewers’ comments about: Tard:

Reviewed in the United States on January 24, 2022


“Del Staecker's TARD is a wonderful story of how a person can overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles to fully realize his/her life's potential. Set in Lancaster County, PA, the story is steeped in Amish and Mennonite traditions as well as the "mean streets" of Lancaster city itself.”


Reviewed in the United States on January 25, 2023


“Del Staecker's book Tard is brilliantly written and highly original. Hooked in instantly, I enjoyed the entire arc of the story, from start to finish and was sad to run out of book at the end, though thoroughly satisfied with the conclusion. The beautiful, complex architecture of the plot was unlike anything I've read before - a most refreshing and intellectually stimulating ride as a spectator given a bird's eye view through an unconventional main character. The characters, their inner thoughts, their struggles, and their interactions come from a writer who clearly has great depth of understanding of human nature, empathy and metamorphic navigation of various academic disciplines. When the author riffed deep with the poetry of description and analogy, there was nothing superfluous or distracting - only heartfelt and right-on good. I reread a number of passages just to savor them before moving on. It is a "movie-able" masterpiece well worth your time....this is art.”


Reviewed in the United States on February 14, 2022


“A unique crime novel with many nuances. Unique in the way it was told, by a "retarded" boy, Richard, in a coma, as a result of an attack on him and 3 other "challenged" individuals. One of them is Matt, a genius with Down's Syndrome. The story is about Matt, who continuously talks and reads to Richard, and who plots revenge. Unique in that Richard lives in a world of his own mind as he learns from Matt, and tells us a story. Unique in the way the author brings in issues involving philosophy, religion, corruption, stupid things governments do, and most importantly love.”

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