• Amy Shannon

Blog Tour: David Rheem Jarrett & "The URSUS PERSPECTIVE"

About the author:

David Rheem Jarrett was born and raised in Berkeley, California. He attended Berkeley High School, graduating in 1959. He attended several different colleges and universities, ultimately graduating from the University of California San Francisco School of Dentistry with a D.D.S. degree.

Jarrett was first encouraged to write by his senior-class high school English teacher, and later by family and friends. He writes for himself, as he enjoys creating and telling a good story, and he knows a brain that is kept active through writing will continue to function well into one’s later years. He is not too proud, however, to accept money from book sales should readers enjoy his writing and purchase his books. Neither is he shy about interjecting moral, social and political issues into his novels, as he believes readers can learn and think about these issues just as easily and probably more enjoyably through reading a well-researched work of fiction as they can by reading the news articles of today.

He feels that many of today’s novels, including those by many well-known novelists, are not only unrealistic, but are so plot-driven that they ignore the inner thoughts and feelings of the characters in them. This is why he writes believable plots, and why his novels are written in third person omniscient – in order to allow the reader to “get inside” the heads of the characters and experience the range of emotions there. This is also why his average novel takes two or three years to complete!

Jarrett spends as much time outdoors as he can, on the golf course or in the woods. He worked at many different jobs during the ascent of the academic ladder, most of them physically challenging, unskilled labor, and this work and the people he met doing it have proven invaluable to his life and in his writing, as has the interaction he had with his patients during the thirty-five years he practiced dentistry. Now retired from private practice, he volunteers as a part-time dentist in a faith-based free clinic in Sparks, Nevada.

He met his wife, Kathie, after coming off the fire line while fighting a forest fire in Northern California in 1959. They have enjoyed fifty-four years of marriage, and their union has resulted in three grown children and seven grandchildren. They make their home in Reno, Nevada, along with one very spoiled feral cat that “adopted” them over twenty years ago!

Jarrett is an unapologetic aficionado of fast cars, golf, fly-fishing, and firearms, and the wide-open spaces of Northern Nevada provide him with a perfect place to indulge himself in these pursuits.

About the Book:


Available on Amazon.com and Smashwords


Mike and Jennifer Logan know the wild, beautiful, but unforgiving Pit River country in northeastern California. They have been camping here for years, backpacking and fishing, and have now purchased land to call their own. Ben Jackson, native American Vietnam veteran, knows it too -- living off the land like his ancestors while seeking his roots, often crossing paths with a great bear that roams the forest, hunting the trapper who tried to kill it.

When a savage crime rocks a nearby ranching town, Mike, Jennifer, and Ben become enmeshed in a story of love and hate, guilt and redemption, greed, murder and retribution, set against the backdrop of a pristine wilderness that some treasure and others covet and wish to exploit. Blood will stain the ground until nature sends a storm to wash it clean…


“5 Stars- Magnificent read

Several stories and lives intertwined over a series of year, bring the reader in from the beginning. This reader would ask "what's this about?" or "what's next?" or even "how does this relate to the story?" and each time my questions were answered. It's unpredictable and filled of twists, as such a well written story should be. I've read work from this author before, and enjoyed it. I think this book was long overdue, and I'm so glad that I was honored with reading it. The author's words flowed at a perfect pace for the story, and were perfectly placed for each plot line and back story. Highly remarkable story and very enjoyable. Would definitely recommend this read.” – Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews

Author’s Final thoughts:

Write a good story, but keep things real. Thank you, Amy, for hosting this blog tour – I appreciate it very much. – DRJ