A future cult masterpiece . . . Cavella’s ear for Southern speech and laconic style, along with a sharp-but-dark sense of humor, combine to make this little mystery-suspense entertaining from start to finish. — ReadersFavorite.com
A wildly successful salesman who sells a product that none of his clients actually wants is going to do everything he can–like adopting a destitute child and buying tons of John Cena t-shirts–to earn the biggest commission of his career.
Tabernacle follows Edward Jones as he treks across the American Southwest in an effort to close his latest sale. Along the way, he ponders the nature of fatherhood, community, and man’s impact on the world around him.
A graceful blend of dark comedy, mystery, suspense, and neo-Western noir, Tabernacle is sure to be one of the funniest novels you’ll read all year.
A first-class neo-Western noir with perfect pacing.
Tabernacle by Marc Cavella is a wonderfully written and richly descriptive novel with brilliantly drawn characters and settings. The author weaves a well-crafted suspenseful mystery with a generous sprinkling of dark humor. The story had every element a good story should have. A solid plot, attention to detail, but best of all fleshed out, well-written and well-rounded character development. There’s an abundance of well-illustrated scenes that make you feel you are right there in the story, and that’s something I look for in a good book.
I enjoyed the story, character development, and dialogue. There were plenty of plot twists that I didn’t see coming and that added to the book’s mystique. When I stopped reading to work, I found myself wondering what happened in the book, and replaying parts of the novel in my head to see if I could figure more out. It has been a while since I enjoyed a book this much. It’s a first-class Neo-Western style novel with perfect pacing.
The contrast between tone and content is a characteristic talent of only a few authors. Cavella pays as much attention to his sentences as he does to his plots, shifting or merging meaning with the use of a single word. His writing is impeccably honed, full of juxtapositions and qualifications that help to create a humorous atmosphere that will leave you laughing out loud.
Highly recommended and a well-deserved five stars from me.
Marc Cavella has been a professional writer for nearly twenty years.
Growing up, Marc read pretty much anything he could get his hands on. He really enjoyed books about history, biographies of famous Americans (especially baseball players from the 1940s, like Ted Williams and Jackie Robinson), and the “Garfield” comics. Growing up near the ocean, he was also interested in books about maritime history; one of his favorite books as a child–aside from “Corduroy” by Don Freeman–was a collection of paintings of famous naval battles, which he still occasionally searches for at his local library.
Eventually Marc found writers like Fitzgerald, Hemingway, and Faulkner. These authors and many others inspired him to begin writing his own material, most of which focused on ordinary people’s struggles to answer questions that are both modern and timeless. Marc explores an aspect of those struggles in Tabernacle, his first novel. He has plans for two additional sequels (tentatively titled “T2: Judgment Day” and “T3: Salvation”, respectively) and a number of other books.
In his spare time, Marc enjoys relaxing with his family and their pets; reading about history, politics, and the history and politics of professional wrestling (a subject he analyzes further in The Ballad of Ricky Risotto, his first novella); and attending concerts. He also enjoys planning for the day when he opens his own bed & breakfast, which will serve locally sourced meals and snacks. (And by “locally sourced”, he means “purchased from the local supermarket”.)