Category Archives: Book Reviews

These posts are my “reviews” and thoughts on books.

Frantic, by Mike Dellosso

Mike Dellosso has written a winner. His talents as a writer (this is his fifth book) and as a professor are showcased very well in this book.

The story is one of mystery, thrills and faith all rolled into one. The “hero” of the tale, Marny Toogood, has a history of an unhappy childhood, as do the sister and brother he ends up helping: Esther and William Rose.

Along the way to helping them, there are chases through the deep Maine woods, tunnels, car chases, murders (current and past), and a mysterious cult-like group.

The writing style and story had me sitting on the edge of my seat, not wanting to put the book down until I had it finished.

The Christian message in the books is well done, and does not beat you over the head with the message. And since the writing is so well done, it helps to get that message across with grace and subtlety.

The best, most quotable line:

“Science can’t prove faith. The two operate in entirely different realms. Natural and spiritual.”

 

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Duma Key, by Stephen King

Stephen King has been one of my favorite authors since I read The Stand, which I consider to be one of my all time favorite books.

Duma Key, one of his more recent books, is of similar high quality in my view.

You can get a synopsis of the story almost anywhere, but for a quick look, here is mine, without giving too much detail:

The “hero” of the tale, Edgar Freemantle, lives in Minnesota and suffers an accident which crushes his pickup, and injures him. His millions do not keep him from having troubles, among which are his wife asking for a divorce. Edgar goes through the divorce and moves to Florida, taking up residence on Duma Key. While there, he discovers new artistic talents that have power in them, transferred to his pictures themselves. He learns of friendship and family.

The characters are well-developed, much as in The Stand: the reader comes to care about them, what is happening to them. The touch of horror in the story is one that is “real”, in that it feels like something that could actually be happening in the world of the reader, not just in the world created by King.

Among the many quotable passages/lines are the following:

“If I keep saying it, if I keep reaching out. My accident really taught me just one thing: the only way to go on is to go on. To say ‘I can do this’ even when you know you can’t.”

“Friendships founded on laughter are always fortuitous.”

“Start with what you know, then re-invent it. Art is magic, no argument there, but all art, no matter how strange, starts in the humble everyday. Just don’t be surprised when weird flowers sprout from common soil.”

“A life without books is a thirsty life, and one without poetry is….like a life without pictures.”

All in all, 5 starts for Stephen King and Duma Key.

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