Book Of The Day – Shared Emptiness

by Greg on July 14, 2011

Here is today’s Book Of The Day and, as usual, it’s a great one! Shared Emptiness by John Brinling has an impressive 4.1 star rating and costs $2.99.

“Shared Emptiness,” by John Brinling shook my heart and my guts. I’ve never read a book quite like this and it is not one I’ll ever forget. – OCG – Amazon Reviewer

John has just released his latest book Free To Die: A Short Story, which has a 5.0 star rating and costs only $1.49. You probably know John from the many free Kindle books that he has given away recently including, Coffin Humor and A Memorable Weekend. All of his books have very high ratings of at least 4.0 stars at Amazon.

Shared Emptiness
by John Brinling
Rating: 4.1 Stars
Category: Drama
Price: $2.99


A look into the harrowing despair of a middle-class family tormented beyond endurance by a mindless act of violence, and how they bravely tried to cope with the loss of everything that mattered to them.

Chris Carter, at 24, a medical student, had it all. Good looks, intelligence, a winning personality, a loving family. His girlfriend, Louise, was his dream girl, and he had everything ahead of him, everything to live for….

Until he was mugged after walking Louise home after his sister’s birthday party—and his world and the world of all those who knew him was changed forever.

For Chris’ family and friends, the unthinkable then became the only option, and the question became who, not what or how?

Here’s what the reviewers have to say:

“Shared Emptiness,” by John Brinling shook my heart and my guts. I’ve never read a book quite like this and it is not one I’ll ever forget. From the beginning I found myself passionately engaged in the Carter family – Vince, Frannie, Jeannie and Chris. These were people I could have easily known. They seem familiar and I immediately felt comfortable with all of them. They could be my neighbors or acquaintances but one thing is for sure, they were easy to connect to because Brinling gives the reader some of their most intimate and private thoughts. He’s gifted at this. I love how the author puts me in close contact with each character’s darkest thoughts, worries, concerns and fears.


This story will stay with you long after you have read the last page, and it may make you look at things a little differently than you did prior to reading it.


A great read, a fantastic twist of an ending, one that no one would expect, but when that makes you feel good when you are done. I put my kindle down on my lap after reading the last page, put my hand on it and said, “Now that was a great story”. and I meant it.

Get Shared Emptiness here: Shared Emptiness

About The Author

I have been writing all of my life. I wrote my first novel when I was sixteen. “Black Dawn.” It dealt with segregation and the KKK. Whatever happened to it I don’t know.

Since then, earning a living has preempted long periods of my life when I wrote very little. My wife and I are both in data processing (IT nowadays) and we usually work long hours when we are on a contract, which meant I spent little time writing fiction when gainfully employed. The birth of my daughter offered me another excuse for not writing, but that’s what it was: an excuse. Writing is hard. But it’s in my DNA and I keep returning to it, despite some part of me that prefers the lazy life. However, not writing is unthinkable, and I am constantly exploring ideas even when I’m not committing them to paper.

I lived and worked in Europe for seven years. I met my wife In Italy where we both worked for the same company, and were married in 1975. The contract we were working on ended that year and we took two years off to live in England, in a 300 year old farmhouse in Wiltshire. It was in that farmhouse that I wrote “The Ghost Of A Flea,” as well as another book titled “Quarantine,” which is a science fiction thriller.
“The Ghost” has a strong autobiographical component. I was a programmer/analyst. The office ambience in the novel is similar to life in my New York office, although the intrigues were of an entirely different nature. I had a good friend who lived in Sparta. I lived for a time near the George Washington Bridge. The building manager was an Irishman, who became a good friend, and an integral character in the book.
“Quarantine” is set in East Africa, where my wife and I vacationed, and I drew liberally on what we read, saw, and experienced.

I had an agent back then who marketed both books, and came very close to selling them to both Doubleday and St. Martins. Unfortunately he died before completing the sale and I put the books on a shelf and forgot about them for 35 years. Only this year did I resurrect them and publish them on Amazon’s Kindle and Smashwords.

In 1977, my wife and I returned to the states and founded our IT consulting firm, Brinling Associates. For the next fifteen years we worked hard building our business. I wrote one novel during that time, a book titled “Alone,” which dealt with a man in an irreversible coma who is aware of what is happening around him, but is unable to communicate with the real world. Unfortunately, most of that book is lost.

In 1990, during a down period in our business activities, I wrote several other novels which I am attempting to bring out of retirement. These novels were also put on the shelf when circumstances re-ignited our business opportunities. One book – “The Watcher,” a horror thriller – is already self-published. The other is a much larger work, a rural mystery series, that I’m still working on.

As you can see, writing books is one thing, marketing quite another. I am perhaps the world’s worst marketer, which helps explain why my writings have spent most of their lives on a shelf in my home in Vermont staring out at me asking “Why?”

For the past few years I have been writing screenplays, which are more bite-sized writing efforts. I have done fairly well in some contests, but am still waiting to be discovered. The small royalty check I earned from Amazon this quarter is the only money I’ve ever earned from my fiction writing.

My writing is pure escapism. When I sit down to write, I embark on an adventure. I let things happen and I let the characters be who they are. Since I strongly avoid outlines, I am as surprised by events as I hope the reader is. Pulling together loose ends is a subject for revision, which I do endlessly. This undoubtedly makes for more work and takes me longer to “finish” something, but it seems to be the best, the only, way for me. It is the candy bar just out of reach that keeps me at the keyboard.

My background illustrates my chaotic approach to life. I have been at different stages a pharmacist, a pharmacologist, a tech writer, a programmer/analyst, a business consultant, a business owner, a teacher, a novelist and a screenwriter. At one time I thought it perfectly acceptable, if not desirable, to change jobs/professions every year or so. I didn’t worry about the future, assuming I would always find a way to muddle through.

I’m still muddling through.

Thank you for considering today’s Book Of The Day – John Brinling and ENT appreciate it.

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1 Debbie Griffith July 14, 2011 at 11:33 am

I loved this book! It is the first book of Mr. Brinling’s that I read, I have since read most of his other books but “Shared Emptiness” is still one of my favorites. I consider it a 5 star book! It’s a terrific book. All of us have drama in our family and if you’ve ever wondered what drama takes place in other families, here’s your chance to get a first hand glimpse of all the drama and challenges that take place in the Carter family.

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