The Pendulum’s Path: Reviews2018-10-24T22:43:32+00:00

“[From] the first line, I was hooked. Everything went uphill from there …filled with fire and intensity.”
– Writer’s Digest Book Awards


“The Pendulum’s Path is a gripping, engaging story, very well written by a very talented writer. It will remain in my collection as an example of literate alternative Mormon fiction.”
The Association for Mormon Letters


“[G]rabs the reader by the throat and dares one to stop before the final resolution. Dave Shields has written an emotionally rich book that proves coming- of-age is not an adolescent phenomenon, and does it with charm and optimism that is often lacking in a time when cynicism too often prevails.”
Blue Iris Journal


“A captivating tale of a domineering Mormon father who ultimately does not practice what he preaches. The last several chapters, built around a rock climbing adventure, will have you on the edge of your Barcalounger.”
– Park City Magazine


“…a carefully crafted tale that slams the reader from one side of the plot to another…a brilliantly executed accomplishment.”
The Utah Runner


“I could not put it down.”
– Michael Kayser, author of Shadow Hand Blues


“Really complex… revealing how things interwove… Everything worked toward the analogy so well, and I didn’t even see it coming.”
Keith Pyatt, author of Above Haldis Notch


“As a Utah transplant this story explained so much to me about the local culture, all while relating an incredible story. The characters I met in The Pendulum’s Path will be with me forever.”
– Margot Shott, Book Lover


“LaVar Crump is well-meaning, but his idea of saintliness wounds his family. Long after his death, his wife, children, and grandson must still deal with the pain of his legacy. Who can survive it? I enjoyed reading The Pendulum’s Path because of the main characters. They stick in my mind.”
– Gloria Piper, author of Train to Nowhere


“…an exciting story in the tradition of Pat Conroy.”
Sola, Internationally known artist


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