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The Front Porch Prophet is an incredible blend of humor, insightfulness, sadness, and discourse on the human condition.  It's creative and clever beyond comment.  I laughed out loud, chuckled, grinned, felt sad, found hope, and burst into tears.  Terre Gorham, Memphis Downtowner Magazine

Mr. Atkins moves seamlessly between the past and present, and his gift for description helps build a sense of place and atmosphere. The dialogue is strong and realistic, giving voice to the people and reinforcing their character.  Once I was drawn in, I had trouble putting The Front Porch Prophet down. I loved the characters; I loved the town. The ending was satisfying, but I was sad that it was over. If you enjoy quirky characters and plots driven by those characters, you’ll definitely enjoy The Front Porch Prophet by Raymond L. Atkins.
Cam Robbins, Novelspot

The Front Porch Prophet is an intriguing and clever tale, highly recommended for community library fiction collections. Midwest Book Review

Atkins is the new Twain. Ken Anderson, Someone Bought the House on the IslandSea Change

I quite enjoyed reading it. It has been awhile since I've read a book that so fully captured my attention that I wasn't able to put it down until the end. Rebecca Adler, The Inside Cover

The Front Porch Prophet, by Raymond L. Atkins, combines a zany bunch of characters in unforgettable predicaments set in small town Sequoyah, Georgia. Mr. Atkins has written a heartwarming, witty, Southern tale with likeable characters, that will stay with the reader long after turning the last page of this wonderful debut novel.  Portland Book Review

There is much to enjoy in this wonderful book, and the use of language that is so precise and so evocative is just one aspect. The characters are fascinating, quirky, and they come in and out of the story with ease. The dialogue is some of the best ever written. It is natural, true to each character, and so funny in places readers will be hard pressed to stifle their laughter when finishing the book at work because they couldn’t bear to leave the story at home. Maryann Miller, Blogger News

Amidst humorous dialogue and unusual townsfolk, Atkins weaves a tale that will have the reader hard-pressed to set the book down. The Front Porch Prophet is a touching and clever novel that looks at life, death, and friendship with a warm Southern slant.  If you like John Nichols (The Milagro Beanfield War), you’re gonna love Raymond L. Atkin’s new novel.  This book does all the things a good novel should do:  It inspires, brings on the tears, makes you laugh out loud. Diane Kidman, Carp(e) Libris

The Front Porch Prophet is an incredible novel. This is an engaging and powerful read that has been made more tangible by the addition of everyday events and humour. I cannot recommend The Front Porch Prophet highly enough and I look forward to many, more novels from this talented author.  
Joanne Mosher, Book Zombie

This is an absolutely wonderful novel. Period. It is so wildly humorous, so unrealistic and so down-to-earth at the same time, so gosh darn in-your-face enjoyable, I am afraid that the next few books I read are destined to pale in comparison. Brad Canfield, B and B ELibris

Atkins writes with a sly wink as he brings us into the novel; what could be a series of yarns or tales of “the fish that got away” are pulled together in a wonderful story of friendship, personal growth, sacrifice and love.  The Front Porch Prophet was a very satisfying read, which truly made me both laugh and cry; it would make a nice addition to any bookcase, especially for those with a love of regional humor.  
Dawn Rennert, Reviewer

Unique characters, Southern charm, and a gripping story make this book an excellent read. The Front Porch Prophet will make you laugh and will make you cry. Raymond Atkins is an extremely talented author. The writing style is pleasant, fast-paced, and rewarding. I suspect this book will be a best seller.  
Debra Gaynor, Reviewer

When you pick up a good novel written about the south by a Southern author, you can tell.   It took a Southerner to shed light on the Southern life in such an honest, warm and loving way.  Atkins does just that in his debut novel. Jennifer Conner, Literate Housewife Reviews

The joy of this book comes from the variety of characters and their tangled relationships. It’s really a fun read.  If The Front Porch Prophet were an article of clothing it would definitely be a soft, worn, slightly dirty brown leather jacket that’s been heated in the sun so that it’s snug and warm and has that perfect old-leathery smell to it.  Suzi Hough, Reviewer

The Front Porch Prophet is, like Eudora Welty's Losing Battles, a book of tall tales about the members of a small community. Most of the stories are hilarious, making this the funniest book centering on the inevitable death of one of the central characters you will read in a long time. Yes, it's a book about death, but it's also about life. Michael Scott McCain,

The novel is reminiscent of the longtime favorites coming from such Georgia penners as Erskine Caldwell and Flannery O’Connor but with Atkins’ unique voice leading the way into and through the tradition of quirky characters doing quirky things in quirky ways. Kenneth Robbins, The City of Churches

I really enjoyed this book, and I hated to reach the last page.  I look forward to visiting wherever Mr. Atkins next decides to take us.  Ferris Yawn, Reviewer

THE FRONT PORCH PROPHET is a fine piece of southern fiction—by turns poignant and hilarious. Atkins knows his front porches; the rustics who inhabit his novel are real people who walk right off the page, but he's also had some book the rich, lucid prose, one finds moments of breathtaking elegance.  With a knack for storytelling, a sly sense of humor, and a Faulkneresque sensibility, Ray Atkins enters the literary scene with aplomb, and he plans to stay.  Melanie Sumner, The Ghost of Milagro Creek, The School of Beauty and CharmPolite Society

A really interesting, intriguing book. Atkins plays with humour, wit and mortality within each chapter and introduces the quirkiness of the characters superbly.  This is ultimately a deep, emotional novel that questions friendship and life itself.  I loved the book.  Jessica Roberts,

As southern as a slice of peach pie and nearly as sweet, this amusing yet piquant tale set in Sequoyah, Georgia revolves around the lifelong friendship of Eugene Purdue and Arthur John Longstreet.  These and a host of other entertaining characters provide a warm view into the mind of a man trying to make sense of an unfair world.  Sandy Amazeen, Monsters and

Raymond Atkins tells a story at once comic and deeply tender, a story of friendship, love, unexpected brotherhood, and redemption.  I don't have to be a prophet to predict you'll adore this book. 
Man Martin, Paradise Dogs

Atkins' writing is impeccable and he is clearly in his element with this wonderful piece of Southern fiction. Shana Schmadeke,

The story is rich and lively.  A fantastic read. T.C. Robson, Bookshelf Reviews 
What do a trigger-happy bootlegger with pancreatic cancer, an alcoholic helicopter pilot who is afraid to fly, and a dead guy with his feet in a camp stove have in common?

What are the similarities between a fire department that cannot put out fires, a policeman who has a historic cabin fall on him from out of the sky, and an entire family dedicated to a variety of deceased authors?

Where can you find a war hero named Termite with a long knife stuck in his liver, a cook named Hoghead who makes the world’s worst coffee, and a supervisor named Pillsbury who nearly gets hung by his employees?

Sequoyah, Georgia is the answer to all three questions. They arise from the relationship between A. J. Longstreet and his best friend since childhood, Eugene Purdue. After a parting of ways due to Eugene’s inability to accept the constraints of adulthood, he reenters A.J.’s life with terminal cancer and the dilemma of executing a mercy killing when the time arrives.

Take this gripping journey to Sequoyah, Georgia and witness A.J.’s battle with mortality, euthanasia, and his adventure back to the past and people who made him what he is—and helps him make the decision that will alter his life forever.

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