Memory Layne: Catawba Island to Chincoteague Island by Bob Adamov

About the Book

Set on the Miller Ferry’s Catawba Island dock on Lake Erie, Memory Layne is the story of Zeke Layne, a retired ferry captain with a mischievous bent. He resides in a trailer on stilts over the rocks on Lake Erie’s picturesque shore. His caring daughter and teenage granddaughter help him battle his advancing Alzheimer’s and heart condition until one day a tragic event changes his life.

This warm and entertaining story is filled with a rambunctious group of characters including two evil, money-grabbing stepdaughters and two over-the-top bikers. It’s a heart-touching story of Layne’s love for his Golden Lab and granddaughter – and an adventurous road trip with their Chincoteague pony.

About the Author

Adamov was the featured author at the 2006 Ernest Hemingway Literary Festival in Key West and named as one of Publish Ohio’s favorite authors in 2020. He was named Writer of the Year (2010) in regional competition sponsored by the University of Akron’s Wayne College. Bob Adamov has written 13 other award-winning, mystery adventure novels in his Emerson Moore series. Adamov’s first novel – Rainbow’s End – was a 2003 runner-up as the top fiction novel in the Great Lakes (won by Pulitzer Prize winner – Middlesex.) His novels were rated 5 Stars by the Midwest Book Review and several were named as top novels in northeast Ohio by the Akron Beacon Journal. Adamov’s novels additionally have won awards at the Hollywood Book Festival, London Book Festival, New York Book Festival, the Indie Awards, Great Midwest Book Festival and Florida Book Festival.

Qn 1: Can you tell us more about your book What is it about?

With his white beard and red suspenders, his salty good humor, harmonica, and bucket of tall tales, Zeke Layne is one of those memorable characters you can still occasionally find – whether it be a Chincoteague Island waterman or retired Cape Cod fisherman or charter boat skipper in the Florida Keys, or in the case of Memory Layne, Bob Adamov’s poignant word portrait, a former Miller ferry boat captain on Lake Erie.

Zeke lives with his daughter, teenage granddaughter and golden lab in an old mobile home, built on steel pilings at the Miller Ferry Catawba dock, with a view from his deck of South Bass Island. Alzheimer’s and a worrisome heart condition haven’t stopped him from his daily routine of entertaining passengers waiting at the Catawba dock to board the ferry or caring for his Chincoteague pony. It’s not a bad life, even having to deal with two rapacious stepdaughters and their biker pals.

But when the unthinkable happens, Zeke must summon all his fading resources in a madcap dash to a safe haven. Adamov populates his story with a cast of unforgettable characters who teach us about the power of love, and prove, as Hemingway once said, that man can be destroyed, but not defeated. Memory Layne is a thoroughly enjoyable read! – Paul Kemprecos, New York Times best-selling author

Qn 2: Who do you think would be interested in this book, is it directed at any particular market?

It’s a family-life drama. Readers have compared it to Nicholas Sparks’ The Notebook.

Qn 3: Out of all the books in the world, and all the authors, which are your favourite and why?

Clive Cussler for his action/adventure writing style and Nicholas Sparks who can make readers laugh and cry their way through his books.

Qn 4: What guidance would you offer to someone new, or trying to enhance their writing?

Having a team of good editors will help improve an author’s writing.

Qn 5: Where can our readers find out more about you, do you have a website, or a way to be contacted?

Learn more at or on my Facebook page.

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