by Robb Grindstaff (Author), Jessica West (Editor)
Publisher : Evolved Publishing
·Paperback : 234 pages
·ISBN-10 : 1622532813
·ISBN-13 : 978-1622532810
·Reviewed by: Michelle Caffrey
Review: A study of unintended consequences – Five Stars
This irreverent, clever, and uniquely crafted novel examines the life of protagonist Slade Bennington before and after a traumatic accident that catapults him to fame and fortune. Written as a series of interviews, Slade and other quirky characters close to him respond to the interviewer’s questions with often conflicting perspectives. A modest man, Slade seeks only to understand the second chance he’s given after a miraculous recovery and writes a book to share his rebirth’s lessons. Millions grab hold of his story and make it their own, sometimes with disastrous results.
Is Slade a true guru with the answer to the meaning of life, or is he a Svengali deviously manipulating gullible wealthy people? The author wisely leaves it to the reader to resolve the answer for themself. This masterful novel explores religious views, our media culture, and a man’s attempt to do good in the world that results in unintended consequences. It is well worth a second or even third peruse. I look forward to reading other books by Robb Grindstaff.
Reviewer Michelle Caffrey’s travel memoir, Just Imagine: A New Life on an Old Boat details cruising the waterways of France aboard her 1906 Dutch barge. She is the author of Bring Jade Home: The True story of a Dog Lost in Yellowstone. Her award-winning picture book Jade-Lost in Yellowstone was published in 2020. She is working on a novel set in Wisconsin’s Dairyland, where she and her husband Paul now reside.
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