Odie Dodie, The Life and Crimes of a Travelin' Preacher Man
by Lad Moore
Category: Fiction / Crime
0 pages; ISBN: 1904224369
Rating: 9/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Anne K. Edwards
There is a flavor to these stories that reminds the reader of life in a bygone era even though they are modern tales. The travelin tent shows of revivalists and con artists going from town to town, both spreading gospel, but the latter taking more than he gave from the town are as opposite as good and evil and yet alike in their approach to earning a living on the road. Odie is kin to the philosopher who said, "A sucker is born every minute." Like the hawkers of today, he used sex to sell his wares and keep the 'suckers' from focusing too closely on what he preached. In the same towns one would find brothers Java Ray and Tim, and wonder if they ever crossed paths with Odie Dodie. It appears that Java Ray learned and lived by Odie's philosophy. Leo Tommit, craftsman printer, might have been one of those who listened to Odie preach at some point in his life. His bosses and employers handed out the same line as Odie used, only they didn't take his money, they were after more. Too late he learned the cost. These characters and many others will conduct you through a series of adventures, some comic, some tragic, as you travel the road of life with them. The common thread of choices made by boys about to be come men and the men they became serves to connect this series of short stories about the results of those choices. Set mostly in the southern United States, these stories reflect life in a rather harsh light where one will see the poverty of the soul as well as that of life, yet find enjoyment in the reading. If one reads between the lines, one will see other victims, unnamed, but very noticeable as they pass by. I highly recommend this book as an interesting and pleasant read. Be on the lookout for other tales by this very imaginative author.