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Something About Me and My Book:
"Twelve Notables in Western North Carolina," Jack's new book of mini-biographies (400-pages/134-photos) of a dozen accomplished residents of this vital region, was published in May, 2012. Visit to view the cover and snapshots with quotes from the Notables. Testimonials from Katie Couric, Doc Watson, former Gov. Jim Hunt, Secretary-of-State Elaine Marshal, biographer Bruce Chadwick and others highlight the 12 subjects and the author. e-Mail or for more info.

Jack also founded the Young Writers Scholarship at Warren Wilson College, noted for its MFA and undergratuate writing programs-a link is on the FNP website.

My 2011 "Investigative Reporter" that features 2-thrillers-in-1-novel launched a series featuring Thomas ‘Tank’ Tooley, disabled NYC cop and volunteer firefighting hero of 9/ll now a freelance reporter for The Crime Journal.

In 'Tracking The Star Killer', Tank narrates his hunt for the taunting and elusive murderer of Hollywood starlets before they can burst into stardom. The intrepid reporter is aided by his colorful and dynamic team of beautiful Rachel ‘Rache’ Brinks, electronics genius Chan ‘Gizmo’ Lee, muscleman transporter Rod ‘Belch’ Belcher, and albino master-of-disguise Luke ‘Lucky’ Chance, guided by the expertise of veteran LAPD Homicide Detective Damian Cannon and alluring Danish criminal profiler Adela ‘Del’ Iversen. The mind-bending climax unfolds during a raging midnight thunderstorm on an Oceanside pier, where the identity of The Star Killer is finally revealed.

In 'Tracking The Avenger: Back to the Beginning', Tank’s childhood in The Bronx and career as a member of ‘New York’s finest’ are explored in depth. The narrative then examines the roots of Italian savant Domenico Patriani, who poisons abusive father Goro then kills gays in Turin and Rome for an entity only he sees through The Shroud of Turin eyes: Godsatan! Despite evolving into ‘The Avenger’, Domenico manages to become an ordained deacon for hated priest brother Marcello at Christ Church in Manhattan. The mind-numbing final confrontation occurs on 9/11in church, simultaneous to the terrorist attacks on the nearby World Trade Center.

Advance reviews: “The well-written Tank Tooley series will resonate with thriller readers,” E. M. Rickerson, co-author of The Five-Minute Linguist; “Prather managed to make the two stories both thrilling and cerebral, an intriguing combination,” advance reviewer Charles Rogers; and, “Future Now Publishing is proud to break ground with this dynamic double-book,” Editor Pamela Ludlam. She adds, “This exciting new novel is offered at the introductory price of $9.95, abd $5 for the e-book.”

Investigative Reporter is available on and bookstores by request. Signed copies are available by sending request to the author via

Writing awards include Best Column in All Divisions from the New Jersey Press Association, honors for magazine fiction and poetry, and The Award of Distinction from The National Communicators.

Investigative Reporter Details:
Manuscript/Treatment Registered with WGA-East 2011.
From: via Amazon’s CreateSpace.
Series launch featuring Thomas ‘Tank’ Tooley.
.pdf of text/cover and author bio/photo available.
6x9” b-&-w trade paperback/ 241 pages/106,000 words.
$9.95 at or bookstores: ISBN 978146090 4657
$5 e-book at ISBN 978-1-61397-222-1

NOTE: As a 30-year public relations strategist, my clients included Playboy Clubs Inc., two Congressmen, two state legislators, diverse businesses and organizations, AND the 1993 winner of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award firm honored by President Clinton in Washington D.C. < > My two guidebooks are "All PR is Local" published in 2002 and acquired by Amazon in 2004 (ISBN 0972084703) and The PR Bluebook (SW Press 1986). I'd be glad to chat about my lifetime of writing experiences in the world of PR

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Jack J. Prather to Host Two Book Events

Jack will host two book events in May with three author-exemplars from his 'Twelve Notables in Western North Carolina (400-pages/134-photos) that was nominated for the NC Literary & Historical Association 2012 Ragan Old North State Award for Non-Fiction:

Saturday, May 4th 2 p.m. at the Lifelong Learning Center in the Reuter Center at UNC-Asheville with children's author Dr. Olson Huff, historical novelist Joe Epley, and Appalachian music historian Doug Orr;

Saturday, May…


Posted on March 4, 2013 at 4:30pm

Reviews of 'Twelve Notables in Western North Carolina'

Two recent reviews:

North Carolina Genealogical Society JOURNAL

Volume 39, Number 1. February 2013.

By Pamela S. Pearson

Twelve Notables in Western North Carolina. By Jack J. Prather. 2012.

7x10”. 400…


Posted on March 4, 2013 at 11:41am

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