A good writer and editor friend, Ann Tatlock, recently emailed me about a book she’d been editing. Because she’s familiar with my quirky novels, she thought an endorsement from me would be beneficial to the author. Would I mind…?
If Ann thought it was good, I expected it to be very good. So I gladly asked her to send me a copy. With the assurance the endorsement won’t actually be needed for a while, she also warned me that this version would still have mistakes and to please ignore them. Since it’s hard for writers to read for pleasure without noting mistakes, I really appreciated Ann’s warning.
No wonder she thought I might want to endorse this book! I thought I wrote quirky novels, but if Truck Stop Jesus is typical of Buck Storm’s writing, he wins my vote for Quirk King. I was far too compelled to keep reading to be distracted by mistakes.
What an amazing cast of quirky characters. The female lead, Paradise, was named after a town her father, whom she barely knew, had grown up in. Paradise is an actress with an excellent chance of being selected to play Scarlett in a major motion picture remake of Gone with the Wind. She believes stardom will give her everything she wants in life. Especially love.
Not quirky? Okay, did I leave out the part about her loving everything from a long past era and dressing daily exactly the way one of a variety of actresses dressed in various old movies? Or the fact that she pushed her evil stepfather’s $100,000 Porsche over a cliff after escaping from his attempt at raping her?
Although they are not the primary villains in this tale, Crystal and Hollister, two of the meanest husband and wife teams I’ve ever read about, are also two of the quirkiest characters I’ve ever run into in fiction. As bounty hunters, they know their stuff. As caring human beings, they lack a lot. Especially Crystal, who refers to her husband as Moron and uses her smelly body-building to the extreme in making herself a most unappealing female. I can’t imagine any reader who would ever describe her as a lady.
Some amazing changes take place in Hollister and Crystal, however. And in the most unlikely of ways. I won’t spoil your future enjoyment of Truck Stop Jesus by saying more than that.
The quirkiest character, although only in one sense, is a plastic dashboard Jesus, complete with bobbling head. Paradise bought it at a truck stop. Hence the book title. Paradise, who is a non-Christian, holds numerous conversations with the plastic Jesus. Actually, the truck stop Jesus holds numerous conversations with Paradise. But we know that a plastic figure can’t really talk, don’t we?
There’s so much more I could say about Truck Stop Jesus, but that should give you a pretty fair idea why it appeals to me. I might add that the whole story revolves around Paradise’s running from the law and searching for treasure. Not to mention finding herself and falling in love with Doc.
I didn’t mention Doc earlier because he’s far less quirky than the characters I introduced you to. But he’s a good guy and a well-defined character. Very likeable. Very heroic. Very human.
What do you think? Does this sound like a book you would enjoy reading? How about leaving a comment.
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