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Power Trip: A Wandering Koala Tale Paperback – August 24, 2011
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About the Author
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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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.)