Sunday, June 15, 2014

On the Pineapple Express by H.L. Wegley
(Harbourlight Books 2013)

H. L. Wegley has written an interesting novel using the social issue theme of human trafficking, especially the sex trafficking trade. Without delving deep into the depraved minds of those criminals, Wegley has highlighted the dangers of this horrendous crime and how it has reared its ugly head in today's times.

Although simplistic in style, the action and characters will grab at all ages of readers.

I did find this book to be geared towards the Young Adult (New Adult) crowd. I would have preferred to see a little more action, a little more grittiness (without compromising Christian morals, of course), and a little less kissing.

For any reader On the Pineapple Express not only brings to light what "Pineapple Express" means (a little new knowledge for me) but also the reality of the trafficking.

I would encourage this book to be read by all teenagers. Let them understand the dangers of the real world and "over-sharing" themselves on social media. They can become prime targets and there may not be a "Jennifer" or "Lee" to rescue them.

At the end of the book a great message is sent informing about these dangers and there is a list of how the reader can help and/or become involved in defeating this horror.

Good book, good read, and a most definite for teenagers and young adults. I look forward to reading Hide and Seek, which is book 1, and book 3: Moon Over Ma'alaea Bay.

Way to go, H.L. Wegley!
Dynamo by Eleanor Gustafson
(Whitaker House 2014)

God takes the bad and makes it good. God equips the called. Sentences to sum up the novel, Dynamo.

Powerful, gripping, and gritty...these are only a few words to try to describe the wonderful story brought to life by Eleanor Gustafson.

Jeth Cavanaugh may be raw and rough, but he knows horses. One decision to travel down a road led him on a journey for which he wasn't prepared.

Little by little Jeth come to know Jesus and His sacrifice for us all. Little by little his soul is revealed, mirrored by the beautiful stallion, Dynamo.

The dialogue in Dynamo is real and at times gritty (never overstepping the boundary of Christian morality). The emotions are straightforward and yet complex.

The characters' involvement with each other contributes to their growth.

Indeed, Jeth is being "set up for something", but that something is great.

I cried when a beloved character died. I cheered when a character was saved. I moaned when trouble came.

All in all, Dynamo is a great Christian literary fiction. The growth and journey of the character made a strong impact upon this reader. It stayed with me long after I turned that last page and closed the book.

I encourage all readers of general and literary fiction to immerse themselves in this story and take the ride of their lives.

Superb, Eleanor Gustafson, superb!