Wow. A great start to this novel. I have never heard of Mark Spragg, and was surprised to hear that this was already in the works to go to the big screen. I read widely, and always am pleased to come across new authors (new to me, that is). I really enjoyed this first section of the novel. I loved the feel from the old man, great description; I empathize with him and his getting old, although I have a ways to go. It is one of my greatest fears, to see my kids die before me. I don't know if it would make me stronger, like it seems to do with some of the people I read about or know of. Is the main character here strong? I think of my late grandfather, of how strong he was. He had seen some tragedy in his life. But what was he like on the inside? What was her really feeling? I can't wait to hear back from you, and for tomorrow's addition! This is a wonderful forum - also my first time writing in!