Cropsy by David Lee Veroux

Cropsy by David Lee Veroux



During Billy Powell’s summer camp experiences he discovers a world of unimagined adventures, friendships, romance, and a horrifying secret. In this dual novel, as a past war between campers and a poor farmer escalates to tragic proportions, Billy battles his own demons in the form of raging hormones, cruel peers and counselors, and a terrifying camp legend that alters the course of his life.

About the author

Before converting to fiction, David spent more than a decade churning out mind-numbing research reports to the Wall Street crowd. His first novel, “Cropsy” continues to receive stellar reviews and requests for more. A resident of central Virginia, DLV is currently working on several manuscripts and a screenplay.
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By S. Moore on July 8, 2014

Format: Kindle Edition

I’m not a big reviewer, but this book is worth it. It’s rare to find any book, much less a self-published book, with the depth, originality, and good writing that this book offers.

For those of you concerned with the editing in self-published books, I can assure you that I found only a few very minor mistakes that did not detract from my enjoyment at all. My biggest criticism is the cover- it does not do the quality of the story or the writing justice.

This is a beautifully told story that takes place mostly in a boy’s summer camp in the Catoctin mountains of Maryland. It blends the fascinating history of the camp and the surrounding area with the coming of age of the main character, William. William is a well-crafted character, which I find more and more rare in literature these days. He has depth. He’s a good person with flaws. This sounds like a simple thing, but it’s apparently a very difficult combination to write, since so many characters I read lately seem to be parodies of either vice or virtue- or worse, of dramatic, self-obsessed, ineffectual moping.

The way the story winds through the past and into William’s life, to the core of who he is and what he will become, is subtle and elegant. There are certainly moments of supernatural horror in the book- but they aren’t the heart of the story. These moments carry the mystery through the decades until William can catch up with it, but all along the way it’s the people who are worth loving, worth laughing at, worth despising, and worth admiring. David Lee Veroux is a genuine talent and I look forward to reading more from him.

By Annaka on August 21, 2014

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I rarely will write a review, but this was damn good. I truly enjoyed every moment. Although a bit fantastical, I was enthralled by the back and forth of two eras in the camp history. It was really good and the characters were interesting and believeable.

By Sandra Diane Harding on July 17, 2014

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I really liked the writing in this book. It was almost like you were there in Aerie Boys Camp. The history of the camp is very well presented.
I think it qualifies as a “coming of age” book. The horror part comes in third place. I agree that the character of Alison,
Billy’s love interest, is not a very appealing character, and does not have the same down home personality as Billy. They are kind
of mismatched. All the other characters are well developed and rich in description.
If the ending of the book is what I interpreted, It is horrifying! Overall, a very good book.

By Kim Cintron on December 6, 2014

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It’s rare that I will take the time to write a review after reading a book. I’ve done it maybe a handful of times, and it’s only been for books that truly moved me. I ordered this e-book free through and was really only expecting a scary retelling of the legend of Cropsy, and also expecting loads of grammar mistakes, as is often found in free ebooks. I was pleasantly mistaken. This story is rich, beautiful, poignant, thoughtful, exciting, frightening, and probably 10 other positive adjectives. I simply loved the background being set in the decade I did my growing up, the 1980’s. Then it switches back to the beginnings of the campground and the history it shared with the Crosby’s…the unfortunate backhill neighbors that were guilty of nothing but minding their own business, yet happened to live on land that the greedy owners of the campground coveted and ultimately killed for. It was mesmerizing and I’m keeping it on my e-reader so I can revisit it again in the future.

By SignoftheTimes on May 29, 2015

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Loved this book! I loved the writing, the story, the way it was told.

This story is told in 2 alternate timelines. The first takes place in the mid-1930’s when a retreat for rich boys is built by a man who wanted other boys to keep his son, Ethan, company. He buys up lots of land in the Catoctin area of Maryland from the existing farmers for this. Except there is one holdout, the Crosby family. This sparks a rage in Ethan, who tries to get the family to leave the land in a series of escalating attacks despite warnings that the family may be more than what they seem. In one extreme act, Ethan’s actions give rise to consequences that echo thoughout the years of Camp Aerie.

This leads us to the other story taking place in the 1980’s and it’s main character, Billy Powell. You will follow Billy to when he first attends camp and through several years after, and will witness not only camp life through his eyes, but several incidences which baffle the campers and some call the Cropsy curse.

That’s all I am going to say about it because I don’t really want to give too much away. This book reminded me so much of the movie Stand By Me and the book, Boy’s Life. The way the author vividly wrote about camp life just came alive for me. Some reviewers thought the book was too long, but I wasn’t bored for one minute. The alternating timelines (it alternated in chapters) wasn’t confusing in the least and I actually liked that it was set up that way. The two stories do end up coming together to a satisfying end.

Anyway, I am going to quit writing before I sound like I am babbling. I’m not very good at this, but I wanted to give kudos to this author. He should keep writing.

Highly recommended!




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