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New MindStir Media Novel Attracts Positive Reviews

MindStir Media author H. Edward Schmidt has written and released his second novel, The Rift, to critical acclaim.


Portsmouth, NH -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/02/2014 -- The Rift by H. Edward Schmidt, recently released by MindStir Media, is already receiving praise from readers. One reader hailed the book, saying, “I'm always thrilled to find promising new authors, and H. Edward Schmidt fits the bill nicely … his writing is well-crafted and free of errors. There's a "smooth/flowing" quality I look for in literature and this has it. I really felt for the Von Mecklenburg family throughout this ordeal and appreciated the realistic writing the author employs.”

Another reviewer focused on the author’s ability to create believable characters. “Strong three-dimensional characters and tight writing make this novel one that I would recommend,” said the reviewer.

From the back cover: Created by the clashing of tectonic plates millions of years ago, the East African Great Rift Valley runs south from the Horn of Africa to Tanzania forming a depression filled with great lakes and walled by forbidding escarpments. It is to the east of the Rift that little Willie Von Mecklenburg is torn from his family by a vengeful Somali ivory poacher causing an emotional rift in the Von Mecklenburg family as it searches in vain for their lost son. Thus begins the fateful journey of two brothers, one in America, the other in Prussia.

The Rift is available online at, Barnes & Noble and other fine retailers in the USA and worldwide. Wholesale distribution is also available through Ingram.

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About H. Edward Schmidt
H. Edward Schmidt spent most of his working life with the Federal Government, serving in the army in Europe the Peace Corps in Washington and Africa, and with the Congressional Research Service. He now lives in Maryland with his wife Patricia. They have seven children and twenty grandchildren.

About MindStir Media
MindStir Media, a leader in self publishing services, helps authors publish books via various self publishing packages that include book cover design, illustration, printing, distribution and marketing.

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