Tuesday, December 11, 2012




5.0 out of 5 stars Book Review
May 11, 2013


Lorrie Mazza

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This review is from: Going Down Maine (Paperback)

Good "Coming of Age" story. Love that part of the world....Maine and MA. Well written for a first time novel.

4.0 out of 5 stars --- A boyhood blossoms into a young man,

April 30, 2013



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This review is from: GOING DOWN MAINE (Kindle Edition)

I enjoyed this story of a young man plunged into manhood. Facing the bad choices of his past and the realization of his best friend's shortcomings and that he had matured and grown and that the friend most likely never would. It does contain bad language, but nothing boys of that age are not prone to use, especially in the company of their peers. Also, I felt the language helped to set the stage for the carelessness and recklessness of the characters. A good read.


Great Coming-of-Age Story 
March 27, 2013

By Diane Delsono

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Going Down Maine is a very good read that is hard to put down! It is a coming-of-age story that contains drama, intrigue and angst, and I found it difficult to put down. Mark Slade is certainly multi-talented. His artwork is impressive and I am enjoying his acting (once again) as Billy Blue Cannon in The High Chaparral on INSP TV... As Going Down Maine is Mark Slade's debut novel... I would definitely recommend it. The emotionally riveting story is well worth reading!

5.0 out of 5 stars Going down Maine, August 11, 2012
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This review is from: GOING DOWN MAINE (Kindle Edition)

Funny, sad and moving. I loved this book
Mark Slade’s writing is beautiful, descriptive and engrossing with great sensitivity to his characters.
Billy an David are very believable and the choices they made, whether right or wrong, as they grew up during simpler times, were true to their personalities. This is a story that many can identify with as did I. A wonderful debut novel, it would make a good thought provoking movie! I look forward to more by Mark Slade.

5.0 out of 5 stars Story for a Movie 

January 11, 2013
By S Darnell
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I started reading "Going Down Maine" and became so engrossed in the story that I was halfway through the book before I could put it down. I started back reading it in less than 24 hours and have just finished it.
This is a really good read though at times I wanted to put the book down and not read any farther but, then I just HAD to know what was going to happen next.
This thriller would make such a good movie and Mark Slade should be the director to make sure the meaning of the relationship between David and Billy is fully understood.
What a talented man Mr. Slade is. I loved him when he starred on "High Chaparral", his art is amazing and now he is proving to be an excellent author.
I would recommend "Going Down Maine" to anyone who likes a thriller and can appriciate how fast something can impact a person's whole life and future.


5.0 out of 5 stars Pains of youth 

20 Aug 2012
By Chris Foz
Format:Kindle Edition – Amazon UK

An excellent coming of age novel with much insight and charm. Not my usual material – Marilyn French addict – but enjoyed the references to Old English Americans and the conflicting character of the hillbilly type. The expanse of America proving the stark difference between USA and rather boring Britain.

5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant read  
24 Jan 2013

Format:Paperback - Amazon UK

loved this book, very descriptive and detailed, the relationship between billy and david came to a shocking and unexpected conclusion. love mark slade as an actor and artist now as an author,


Karen Alloway -- August 10 at 1:46pm 

I loved the book. I could not put it down. I would like to know, when you write do you see the people you are writing about? I always wanted to write a story but ever could figure out how to start one. Thanks Karen

Elaine Franson -- March 17, 2013

I just recieved my copy of Going Down Maine friday afternoon, started the read saturday afternoon and got up at 4 am this morning to finish the book. A truly great read that is so well written by the very talented Mark Slade. I was moved to laughter and curiosity at the start of the narrative and quickly drawn into the events that were leading up to the achingly bittersweet ending of the novel. The author was very adept at weaving issues of morality, choices and consequences in the lives of these two boyhood friends that would chart the course of their adult lives. I really loved this story!!!

Susan Sowersby – January 10, 2013
Well, I finished the book today and I have so many thoughts going through my head. Being female, I was fascinated by the insight into boys and their friendships as they grow. I understand Billy, but David made me very wary. My favorite part of the book was the epilogue: answering questions, but still leaving some mystery. Consequences in life are rarely thought about until they hit you in the face.

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