- File Size: 1108 KB
- Print Length: 52 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: August 24, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00N12RNFE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,865,103 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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At the heart of the story is Ebe Brown, whose burning desire to achieve self-respect—something he had lost long ago for committing an unforgivable mistake—is beset not only by extraordinary challenges, but also by even the most mundane truths. For instance, the town where he lives, Crossings, set in a fantasy world called Andor, seems devoted to resisting change. But everything that the locals of Crossings value is thrown in disarray when a group of dog farmers set up their business, sowing disquiet with their disruptive way of life and business, not to mention their dogs. Even at the get-go, Ebe suspects Rabler, the dog farmers’ main trainer, is hiding something sinister—especially when questionable events begin happening around town. Worse, despite growing evidence that the dog farmers are up to something bad, the local enforcers could not or would not touch them—for some reason, they’d rather turn a blind eye than heed the complaints of the townsfolk.
It is in this scenario that someone like Ebe—elderly, unassuming, and not the type you’d think to rise to the occasion—actually rises to the occasion. But when his initially feeble attempt—by asking the help of the herb woman Nance—ends up really badly for Nance (despite her powers), Ebe finds himself compelled to throw all that he has on the line just to right this incredible wrong. And there, let me suffice it to say, is the rub: how and why Ebe does what he does in the story, with the help of the town’s array of characters, will drop your jaws.
Delicately crafted and written by an author who certainly has an uncanny knack for prosody and verisimilitude, ‘Crossings’ is an entertaining read . if you’re looking forward to a weekend curled up in a corner reading a good book, choose this one. Highly recommended!
M. K. Theodoratus prefers the short novella format to the long full novel, but she has more skill to wrap as much sustained energy in her brief stories as many other authors reach for in the longer books. Distillation is probably the best descriptor. For example, in a brief opening paragraph she can give us a solid picture of character and place: `Ebe Brown grew up thinking his home a paradise on earth. But that was before the king built the great freeway some hundred miles to the south of Crossings, a small town tucked into the Sierra foothills and forgotten after the Gold Rush of the last century. Ebe had loved his hometown's isolation and slow, flowing days.' Into this peaceful setting come outsiders when the new freeway is completed, `cretins had destroyed his former neighbor's cattle pastures to raise vicious guard dogs for city slickers.' When Ebe's dog Dipper goes missing, he approaches the dog raisers only to discover that somehow they have gained control of the local authorities. `The `dog-farmers', as the old time locals called them, had destroyed the soothing atmosphere of living in the quiet foothills along the edge of the commune of the magic-working hill folk called Dissenters after they had refused to use hydraulic mining on their land during the Gold Rush.' Ebe admires his friends the Dissenters: `Getting old's a bummer. Wish I were one of those Dissenters, hiding behind their magic and living like a young buck forever until they collapse.' Ebe reaches out to the old leader of the magic working hill folk for help. Nance, a tough as nails, healer/magic worker herb woman, is determined to set things right again, one way or another. Under threats even Nance can't control, she is killed and Ebe blames himself for her death and for not putting an end to the dog farmers.
Filled with homespun dialogue and tense moments of facing the unknown, M.K. Theodoratus' novella never ceases to both entertain and draw us in on a tale that appreciated the old art form of storytelling. Grady Harp, December 14
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