by Louis J. Ambrosio

GENRE:  Coming of age

Michael's story continues from "A Reservoir Man" (2022) where we find him teaching at a university ready to retire. He unexpectedly meets a young man named Ron who becomes his protégé and journeys with him in a haphazard adventure throughout America and Europe. In Michael's final journey in life, each twist and turn of the road brings unexpected adventures. The journey taken is one of joy, friendship, and discovery.


They continued and arrived in Flagstaff, late at night. The motel looked just like the Bates Motel. Michael hurriedly got Ron into the room, which faced the Grand Canyon. Michael had reservations so they were able to get into the room quickly. Michael went outside, standing on the porch, feeling a significant pressure on his chest. 

“The air is not meshing well with the smoke in my lungs,” Michael said to himself. When he got back to the room, Ron was already sleeping with Rhonda on his leg. 

The next morning, Michael got up early and woke Ron telling him to wash his face. He then took Ron to the door of their room, opened it, and walked outside. Ron just gaped at the sight of the Grand Canyon. The colors and the sun bouncing off these jagged cliffs looked like cut out mountains from a magazine. 

He turned to Michael, he said, “It looks like a painted drop! Not real. How was this created? What  

events led to this? I understand all the bullshit you learn in Earth Science, but this is so much more.” 

Michael noticed a little tear in Ron’s eye, shed for the beauty, for the nature that Michael had always talked to him about. 

“Those guys in New England, those Transcendentalists, they knew the answer, this is God. This is it! I know we will leave but I will never forget this, and the emotions it moves in me.” 

“Alright I have a surprise. We are off to the North Rim of the Canyon. We are taking an entire day tour of the North Rim on the Katibah trail, exploring the inner canyons. We will travel on mules.” 

About the Author:

Louis J. Ambrosio ran one of the most nurturing bi-coastal talent agencies in Los Angeles and New York. He started his career as a theatrical producer, running two major regional theaters for eight seasons. Ambrosio taught at seven universities. Ambrosio also distinguished himself as an award-winning film producer and novelist over the course of his impressive career.

Q&A With the Author

What did you enjoy most about writing this book? 

I enjoyed the solitude writing gives me and the ability to reflect on my characters in the novel and situations. It is also like a cleansing of my being. I love to take a moment in my life unrelated to the story and make it into a chapter in the book.

Do you have any other books you are working on that you can tell us about?   

Reflections on the Boulevard is the second book in a trilogy. I began writing the third, Exile, on July 8.  The first novel is Reservoir Man. These three books represent the spiritual growth of three gentlemen.

Can you tell us about what you have planned for the future?

I will be taking the trail I wrote about in Reflections on a month's journey, taking a break and then leaving for Europe for I'm not sure how long…eternity.

How long have you been writing? 

I've been writing novels only a year. I've written papers, grant proposals, and some poetry for much longer. I was a sloppy writer and hated to recheck my writing.  I have an incredible command of syntax in speaking, but never used it in writing. I am reformed now with my two great novels.

Anything more you would like to say to your readers and fans?

If you are going to write, be great. Don’t write sex only novels with half nude men on the jackets.  That is not literature; that Is very soft porn. Write about your experiences, your life then take that and teach me---let me sit on a bench with you telling me your story.  It is like the Bible –those dudes were wild about Harry.  That is passion. Find it - I am sure you will. Read my books. I think they have great insight into life or at least the questions about the human condition.

Thank you for listening. I would love to continue talking in the comment box.

Louis J Ambrosio







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  1. This looks like a book I will thoroughly enjoy!

    1. Thank you the book is lots of fun

    2. It isa lot of fun-bings back the buddy story of mid 20th century film---it is also very real honest and hopeful

  2. I rather like the idea of a ' haphazard adventure'.

    1. It is not Abott and Costello maybe a little like artin and Lewis but hope and Crosby is on he money they are allI haphazard that makes these guys work so well----go haphazard

    2. thank you for inviting me to your blog which is wonderful---

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    1. thank you the novel is as good if not better--hope you get a chance to read it best LJ Ambrosio

  4. Sounds like an interesting read.

  5. Sounds like a good coming of age story and I enjoyed the excerpt. Quite an impressive resume for this author.

  6. I hope your book does well. I proudly support up and coming authors. If there is anything I can do to help, please let me know.

  7. The cover art is amazing! I love the colors.

  8. This sounds like an interesting read.


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