Sunday, February 2, 2014

The Hero of Blind Pig Island by Jimmy Olsen

Have you ever visited an island community?  People are different on an island.  They're more laid back, don't rush things and enjoy taking your tourist dollars.  For the most part, though, they'd prefer you didn't live there.  These are insulated communities.

Mr. Olsen sent me a copy of his book to read for review (thank you).  You can find a copy on Amazon now.

I've visited the San Juan Islands, the Hawaiian Islands, and the Bahamas.  Given the descriptions of the land and people in the Caribbean, I'd say the Bahamas has a similar flavor.  I have to admit island life appeals to me but it'd be hard to get all the books I read there.  And the internet might be a bit iffie.  However, being secluded and quiet offers some charm to me.

These stores are almost vignettes of island life.  He lived in the Caribbean and it shows in his stories.  The stories ares short, focus on a person or two, and tell of people, events, and changes in island life.

The story that touched me most is titled:  "Denise".  A young woman wants to learn to scuba dive.  This one is set in Lake Superior and it's a cold and nasty day.  She almost gives up, but she soldiers on.  She also finds that she loves scuba diving.  She begins working it part-time, then finds a full-time position where she'll be on a boat at sea.  She's thrilled. I was pleased to see someone following her dreams and being happy with her life choices.

Here's an opportunity to sit in your arm chair and visit the Caribbean.  Each tale is different, so you have lots of "flavors" to taste as you read this book.  Grab a cup of coffee or tea and travel...

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