Jack J. Prather is a multiple award-winning journalist, freelance fiction and non-fiction writer and poet, and the author of six diverse books.
Investigative Reporter is a new mystery thriller novel that takes readers on an epic journey.
Jack previously authored the epic novel (copies available again from futurenowpublishing.com) titled The Day of the Knights, and a book of fifty pieces about important social, religious and political issues titled Speaking Up in Poetry & Prose available from the author or publisher: www.publishamerica.com. That book and Jack's Sandburg Homage are featured at the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site in Flat Rock, N.C.
The public relations strategist and crisis manager also produced two strategic guidebooks, All PR is Local (2004 Amazon-Booksurge) and The PR Bluebook (1981/1986 SW Press), and The Power of PR video (1991 WSUS-TV).
Jack has also written numerous freelance articles, opinion pieces and poetry for magazines, journals and newspapers.
During thirteen years as a crime and court reporter, sports editor and editorial columnist, Jack earned seven New Jersey Press Association awards, including Best Column/All Divisions, and later won magazine honors for fiction, non-fiction and poetry. He also received The Award of Distinction from The National Communicators.
Jack takes pride in having been the PR consultant for the 1993 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Small-Business winner honored by President Clinton in Washington D.C., and founding the Playboy Resort Foundation in NJ, where he was PR Director and consultant on the state casino gaming initiative. initiative. He also was political adviser to two U.S. Congressmen and two state legislators, and was crisis manager for several troubled clients.
New York natives Jack and wife Pam moved to the western North Carolina mountains from their longtime New Jersey residence via Virginia in December of 2005.
Posted Amazon.com Reviews:
E. M. Rickerson, Author The Five-Minute Linguist - A well-researched, fast-paced thriller that's hard to put down. Besides the plot, which has interesting twists, relationships among the characters are well drawn. Some excellent dialog, especially debates on social and theological issues. Remind at times of Day of the Jackal or The DaVinci Code. A good read!Joseph Rem, Esq. (Hackensack, NJ) - In his latest novel, Jack Prather really hit his stride. He creates characters that jump off the page. It's in the mind of the serial killer that we live, seeing the world through his eyes, and more importantly, his mind. If you enjoy matching wits with the pursuer, and the anxiety of knowing the next innocent you encounter in the book may be living his final moments then this book is for you. 'Page turner' does not begin to describe the suspense. The shame is the book had to end, and the reader has to exit this sweetly earnest, violent yet romantic world.
Ronald E. Meyer (Dayton, Ohio) – Through the years, through two families, through two continents seemingly disconnected comes a story with an historical perspective and psychological insight. The serial killer, bred in an Italian family, arrives in New York when the 9/11 disaster changed many lives. This is an intriguing, fast paced narrative. It twists and turns and keeps the reader engaged right to the end. Prather's research makes it very believable. Douglas Laird (Celebration , FL) - WOW!! - This is fast paced, almost non-stop connected action and plot lines about the lives of two converging, very disparate brother personalities. Very detail oriented and factually correct and pertinent - I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Joslyn Bleick, Mountain Lore Books -Do you like a great novel with plot twists and turns? Do you like a well-written, intellectual epic? Then this novel is a must read. Although largely plot-driven, this book also depicts deep characterizations. You will miss the characters when you finish.
Charleen Bertolini (Hendersonville, NC) -Superb book that grabs your attention and interest from the start. Extremely well researched and written. Ties human relationships, religion and current events together as the stories interweave. Written as fiction but you wonder, is this real?