Christopher Chagnon

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From Kayte Fisher:

I just got your book yesterday, and I can't put it down! Enjoying reading paragraphs to Jules in a dramatic voice, and watching her eyes get big "HE WROTE A BOOK?" -she says, "Yeah, I KNOW him!! I've seen him like every year for my whole life!". "WOW! He signed your book!?! That is SO COOL." She says, "I can't wait to read that book after you do!" Lol

Diane Grainger ordered your book from amazon and received it. i got it for my 9 yr old grandson. he REALLY wants to meet you and have you sign his book. he doesnt believe you live here. call me if you get a chance. . thanks

From Michael Fitzpatrick:
just finished reading Christopher Chagnon book "THe Dregs of Presque Isle. Excellet!! Well written Chris. Love the parts in which I could relate to. Arrived on june 19th and I finished it by 7:30 p.m. june 20th. Couldnot set it down. Thanks Christopher.

From Brenna Boyer:
Just finished reading the Dregs of Presque Isle by Christopher Chagnon. I had the pleasure of attending his book signing! It's an excellent read, it evokes an era of a time gone by. My grandma and I both enjoyed it!! Look for it on Amazon!!! Excellent summer read especially for boys!!!

Mary Pasella Christopher ChagnonThank you for the signed book. Barb gave it to me Fri. Finished reading it yesterday. Found it to be easy reading, interesting and humorous.Had a hard time putting it down especially since I knew so many of the characters, your mom dad Verdie Denis and you.Congradtulations wishing you much success. Also thank you for the complement, it is much appreciated. Awesome reading, Love, Mary Pasella

This review is from: The Dregs of Presque Isle (Paperback)
I come from a family of girls and have been blessed with daughters so I didn't believe that I would enjoy this story. However, the flowing prose and warm writing style of Mr. Chagnon captured my attention from the very beginning. I felt as if I was sitting down with the author and was listening to him recount his most memorable summer. As I was reading I was reminded of two movies that focus on a particular time in a young boy's life, the afore mentioned movie "Stand By Me" and the story of Ralphie from the movie "A Christmas Story". This first time author has captured the exact same charm and significance of those other coming of age stories which has a timeless appeal for all of us. I would recommend this book to anyone who has an appreciation for a simpler time and for everyone who has experienced a memorable time of their own.

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I bought this book with apprehension, as I have always enjoyed reading nonfiction a lot more than fiction. Wow, was I in for a surprise! Such a great spellbinding book. Mr. Chagnon takes you along on a 1963 summer's journey in northern Michigan. This book has suspense, laughter, death, intrigue, and so much more. I highly recommend this novel to one and all!

From Marcel:
Guys, want to read something that will have you hugging on ur old man over this Father's Day weekend? TRUST ME... Do yourself a favor and read this Novel "The Dregs of Presque Isle"!!! If you ever wonder what your dad did as a kid, this story, IM SURE, has a tale or two HE may have done under the sun when he was a young fellar living on hope of what dirt road, back field or rainy river, the next sun rise would bring in the new summer day. Promise it's not a bias pitch for my father's first novel he's ever penned. Give yourself a break and grab this book on amazon. Thanks, guys!!!

5.0 out of 5 starsA super good read

ByJane Hickson October 11, 2015

Format: Paperback

A super good read! It kept me turning pages to see what happened next. Mr. Chagnons series of books, in his Chandlerville Chronicles, has me anxiously waiting for his third in the series to come out! A wonderful trip down memory lane, set in the 1950s, brought the charm of northern small towns and the suspenseful, and humorous exploits of teenage brothers and friends close to home of anyone who ever grew up. :-) The fact that the boy's father owns the local funeral home only made it more interesting. Add in a ghost trying to tell them something and you have a fun and fanciful story that's hard to resist.

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5.0 out of 5 starsFive Stars

ByDona M Criston September 29, 2015

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Enjoyed and great reading

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5.0 out of 5 starsHE DID IT AGAIN!

ByKindle Customeron September 28, 2015

Format: Paperback

It just keeps getting better. Usually the next in a series isn't quite as good, but this one was even better. The author has a way to capture your heart and interest with the good, bad and ghostly all in one book. I can't wait for the next one. Thank you Chris for writing.

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5.0 out of 5 starsA Small Town Thriller

ByBob Doniaon September 21, 2015

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“Tom Sawyer” meets “Nightmare on Elm Street” in this suspenseful coming-of-age tale set in a small Northern Michigan town. If the genre is commonplace, Christopher Chagnon’s rendering is not. His characters spring to life on every page to confront the challenges, disappointments, and crises of adolescence. In the end, they are forced to confront a mysterious force that threatens to destroy their community. Their tribulations become all the more poignant as it dawns on the reader that these kids are thinly-veiled real people living in the thinly-veiled burg of Chandlerville.

The “Tom Sawyer” in this page-turner is Chris Cosette, a restless teenager who builds forts in the woods and runs the rapids of swift-flowing rivers in disregard of the obvious risks. Raised in a family of raucous but close-knit brothers, Chris knew a great deal about death before he knew much about life. While working in his father’s mortuary business, he retrieved corpses, embalmed bodies, and oversaw their burial. As a result, he came to view death with cavalier, irreverent detachment, and individual deaths became random events devoid of divine or human significance. With a penchant for defying authority and testing his elders’ patience, he became the town’s wild child, detested and feared by almost every deer-hunting, trout-fishing inhabitant (which is to say all inhabitants) of Chandlerville.

The “Nightmare” of this tale is a murder – nothing less would enthrall the scion of a mortuary family. The murder in question took place awhile ago -- in the 1870s. The killing survived in the twentieth century only in furtive shards of memory, since the real if implausible story was repressed by the self-protecting city fathers whose ancestry traced back to those years. But one day, Chris breaks through the mists of history and learns of the murder quite by accident. Soon thereafter he discovers that mysterious remnants of the deed still linger among the community’s dark secrets.

How does the youth of this isolated community cope with the plethora of portents unleashed by evil deeds of long ago? The answer is known to every third-grader who has written a book report: If you want to know more, you have to read it yourself. But when you do, be prepared for a riveting, rollicking tale with twists and turns that resemble Chris’s own biography. And save yourself from nightmares by staying awake until you’ve turned the last page.

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5.0 out of 5 starsBook Review for “Ghosts of Presque Isle” by Chris Chagnon

ByChuck Boergeron August 13, 2015

Format: Paperback

As a boy who grew up in Onaway (Chandlerville) I loved Chris’ first book, “The Dregs of Presque Isle” because it reminded me of the carefree life of growing up in a small town and the absolute freedom we had as young boys. As a friend and classmate of Chris’ older brother, Verdi, I can attest to most of the shenanigans that the heroes of this series were involved in because I was often right there with them. So I looked forward to reading Chris’ second effort, “The Ghosts of Presque Isle” and he absolutely didn’t disappoint in this thrilling historical fiction novel.
I could certainly identify most of the characters as the story unfolded. His realistic descriptions of the physical and personality makeup of the main characters were very believable because, once again, I knew many of the actual people he was describing. Each of his characters was unique and interesting, flaws and all. The evil characters were truly evil in this classic tale of a fight between good and evil. The characters even used the distinctive dialog that was very common in that small, backward Northern Michigan town. I found myself easily transformed back 50 years ago as I read.
Because I lived in Onaway (Chandlerville) from 1950 to 1965 I had no trouble following the action around the area: the factory ruins, the grove, the weeds, main street, Edna’s store, the old high school, the Tanks, etc. are all real places of the 50s and 60s era. The author’s great use of descriptive features put me right there in the scene of action. But, I believe someone who has never been in that Northern Michigan County could also draw a visible picture of the place because of Mr. Chagnon’s clear, descriptive detail.
“Ghosts” starts out with the author developing background for his tale. However, the pace and complexity of the plot quickly grabs the readers’ attention. Mr. Chagnon takes real events and spins his fictional story around factual accounts. The reader is transformed into “Chris”, the main character, as he deals with the tragedies that surround him. By the time the author gets to the sinking of the Carl Bradley (Karl Bremen) very early in the book, I’m hooked. I remember crying at our dinner table on that 1958 November evening when my dad told our family of the sinking. Citizens of Onaway all knew men who worked on the Great Lakes ore carriers. My dad (a Lutheran Pastor) officiated at a few of the funerals and it was a sad time for the whole County. From that point on the main character’s visions foretell of more tragic events that are realized. “Ghosts” is a real page turner – I had my nose into it whenever I had a minute to read – and found it difficult to put it down. I even had dreams about it at night.
The thrilling conclusion will surprise most of the readers and the author even surprises us with a little twist at the end of the book that entices me to want to read the third book of his trilogy. This novel is a must read for any avid historical fiction readers who want to get an accurate picture of what it was like growing up in a small Northern Michigan town.

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5.0 out of 5 starsChildhood fears

ByBruce Don July 16, 2015

Format: Paperback

Reading a Christopher Chagnon book is like re-living your childhood over again. He takes you back to your schooldays and you start to remember all the secret crushes you had and little petty arguments with your best friend. Then there is the dark dark secrets of the family that no one knows about and you don't dare tell for fear of the "Bundschuh" but that's a tale for another time. Throw in a dead body or two, a couple of evil men, and a ghost from the past and you have the ingredients of a damn fine mystery that keeps you on your toes and afraid to turn out the light at night. This is an exciting read and I'm looking forward to the tale continuing in the third book "Soldiers of Presque Isle."