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Power Trip: A Wandering Koala Tale Paperback – August 24, 2011
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Jeff Thomason is the creator of the Cully Koala(TM) comic strip and the Wandering Koala(TM) tales. He has published two novels, illustrated two children’s books, provided covers for over a dozen titles, and written and drawn numerous comic books. Jeff's dream has always been to be a rock star. Unfortunately, he can't sing, he can't dance, and he doesn't look good in tight leather pants. So he decided to pursue his second dream and become a writer and artist. When he isn’t working on his own creations, he also provides graphic design and web development for companies all over the country including Community Care; Southwest Specialty Foods, Inc.; World Prayer Room; Le Ritz Hotel & Suites; Big H Products, Inc; Galaxy Southwest; Mega Corporation; Members' Auto Center; The Arizona Group; Jefferson School District 251; Double Your Decompression; the American Back Pain Association; the American Academy of Pediatrics; Playground Hound, LLC; the Idaho Perinatal Project; Arizona Pain & Wellness Centers; and many others. You can see more of his work at www.SkyFitsJeff.com.
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This story starts with one of the clearest explanations of a market monopoly that I have ever seen. After this academic beginning, we meet Rene-a recently graduated new employee of The Power Company. He is willing to do anything to keep his marketing job. Most of the characters and constructs in this story seem to be philosophical in nature. There is the big evil monopoly, grasping politicians, callous company CEOs and clueless, petty middle managers. It sounds pretty much like any larger business today. The central theme is not good versus evil, but individualism and creativity versus Corporatism gone wild.
Do the good guys win? Sort of. Do the bad guys pay for their crimes? Not really. Similar to reality, there are wins and losses on both sides and the Wandering Koala goes off in search of his next adventure.
This is an enjoyable read for those looking for something that is multilayered. Many of the situations will sound familiar to anyone that has worked in a large business. On the surface, it is a very simple story, but it will make you think.
However, while this novel has a very interesting concept, and the synopsis makes it sounds like a real life drama, it actually lends itself to fantasy in that a mysterious superhero is in the mix. In retrospect, the title portion of the novel, A Wandering Koala Tale, might give readers a heads up that this story isn't exactly a real life drama, but I was surprised nonetheless and a bit confused by the sudden appearance of a superhero. The Wandering Koala did show up in the very beginning of the story, creating a background for his character, but once the main story took over, I forgot all about the fantastical superhero and became completely focused on the main story at hand. While I did like the mute Wandering Koala with ninja assassin like skills, and he did add some spice to the story, I wasn't expecting the novel to take on a fantasy-like feel. It's a good read regardless, and Thomason is a great writer, but just be forewarned, there is a superhero within the pages.
(Please note: The star rating system I use on that of Goodreads, which is different from Amazon. My overall rating is that I like it.)