by Duke Ryan
Category: Fiction / General
145 pages; ISBN: 1-4137-3470-7
Rating: 7/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Shirley A. Roe
AUTHOR: DUKE RYAN
A collection of four novellas, Impure Thoughts is the perfect take- along book- only 145 pages, literally short and sweet.
The four novellas connect through the two main characters in all four stories, Larry and his brother, Weller. Readers will be entertained by the intense interaction of these two protagonists with the other all too familiar characters in the novellas.
The first novella, “The Arsonist” introduces Weller, who befriends a young teen Tommy, but his friend is bullied and intimidated by a bigger boy and eventually cajoled into committing arson.
In “The Stunt” Weller, ex-Navy pilot turned volunteer policeman mentors an impulsive, immature young man who loves to fly. Unfortunately young Roy’s impulsiveness overcomes his good sense resulting in a tragic accident.
Brother Larry, a country journalist wannabe, begrudgingly spends his time commuting to the nearby city. In “God’s Phone Booth,” we learn that his adolescent years were filled with conflict between his ingrained religious beliefs and his raging hormones. Unrequited love or should we say “lust” leads to a broken heart in “The Last of the Visigoths.”
The author touches on real life situations and places his characters in some precarious circumstances. With stories that most of us can relate to and characters that all of us have met sometime in our life; nostalgia and vulnerability loom large in this collection making it a crowd-pleasing narrative.
Author, Duke Ryan writes commentaries for National Public Radio stations. Impure Thoughts is the first work of fiction of this playwright, historian and former diplomat. Shirley Roe, Allbooks Reviews.
Title: Impure Thoughts
Author: Duke Ryan
Publisher: Publish America