Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Hero of Blind Pig Island & Other Island Stories Book Review

I have a book to share with you that is a collection of short stories that are mysteries & love stories about island life and what all goes on there called The Hero of Blind Pig Island written by Jimmy Olsen.
This collection of island stories carries the reader from daring adventures beneath the Caribbean Sea to tense conflict on a deserted island near the Canadian border. Love stories and private eyes, a boy living on a lonely salt cay and a girl's dream of freedom at sea, hurricanes and heroes -- all told with humor ad the insight that comes from firsthand experience.
My Thoughts:

There is a little bit of everything in this book that will delight you and the best part is the stories are short and to the point. No long drawn out drama or trying to keep up with who is who and who did what! It's the ultimate book for those who like their stories to be precise and to the point.

One in particular I liked was named Sea Salt. It was about a grandmother who wanted the island to have a big hotel and her grandson and the Old Man did not. They loved working for the salt that they got and sold.

One day while taking the Old Man his lunch the boy Medo, saw a boat coming in the water. Something was not right and he saw a blonde head sticking out of the boat and knew it was a woman but he also knew at the speed and direction the boat was going that it would crash into the reefs and kill her. He tried to yell at her to stop but she never heard him and yes, the boat ended up on the reef!

He ran for the Old Man, Simon and together they went to investigate. They found her and it was not good. Later, all they could do was dream and talk about the woman and what she was doing. Some thought it was suicide and some thought it was murder. It was an American woman and her husband was rich and wanted to get rid of her. In truth, they really did not know what happened, but as the way of island life, they went about their business and told stories.

What I thought was strange about the story was that there wasn't any real resolution. It is up to the reader to decide for themselves what they think happened. I know we all have imaginations and we think of all kinds of scenarios, but do we really know?

That, is a good question! What do you think? With no back story, no proof, you are left to ponder what happened, just like in real life, sometimes the real answer is never revealed.

Happy Reading!
About the Author:
Jimmy Olsen didn't start writing fiction until he was well past 40. In the tradition of American writers like Jack London and Louis L'Amour, Olsen spent much of his life seeking adventure. He began scuba diving in 1961 at age 13 and continues today. A machine-gunner in Vietnam, after two tours he settled down awhile, married, started a family and graduated college with a BS in English. Still at college, he published his first national story in a diving magazine.
A year later he moved his family to Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic where he taught at a private American school and started the Republic's first professional diving school, Scuba Dominican, C por A. Hearing rumors of shipwrecks and gold, Olsen and a small group of adventurers discovered the site of the French Man-O-War Imperial and several other vessels.
After five years in the Caribbean, Olsen completed his MA at the University of Alabama and returned to writing, taking a job with a daily newspaper in Athens, Alabama for a year before becoming an editor back home in Minnesota. This lasted four years before the thirst for adventure overtook him again and he was back in the diving business, traveling to dive destinations from the Caribbean to the South Pacific. The snorkeling scene in Thing In Ditches comes directly from the author's own rich experiences. Jimmy Olsen has written two additional novels, Scuba, due to be released next year and YR-71, a Vietnam seafaring adventure set near Da Nang. In addition, he's completed 20 short stories, some set in his native Minnesota and others from around the globe.
Several of these have recently been sold and will soon be in print. Olsen continues to travel extensively, returning to the Dominican Republic to dive his old haunts only hours before Hurricane Georges. Equally at home at the keyboard of a computer or his ancient Royal, Olsen spends his writing days in a north woods setting without even the basic comforts such as running water or electricity and at his modern office in the city.
He has three children, now grown, and lives with his wife in Minnesota.

Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.