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Number of Pages: 256
Publication Date: 2007
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5 1/2 (inches)|
Series: David Connors
One such stranger is the sweet but feisty Maggie, who gets swept up in the mystery as the miraculous carpetbag leads them both on an imaginative journey, challenging David?s heart as it illuminates their steps.
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Davids life has just about tumbled over the edge. His wife talks about divorce, and hes let down his children too many times to count. With all this building up inside him, as well as a growing contempt for God, he considers taking one final walk off a skyscraper. But fate intervenes. David finds an old carpet bag, one filled with secrets. Inside are perfect gifts for the strangers he will encounter. With bag in hand, this reluctant protagonist is launched on an unstoppable trek, one that is far more than physical.
Lockes novel begins with this intriguing premise. The carpet bag guides readers through the plot as the mystery slowly unravels. It is fast paced and unpredictable. If the reader is hooked, he or she will gladly be reeled in throughout the entire novel. However, the originality does not extend to the characters. David is yet another struggling man facing a crumbling marriage. His traveling partner, Maggie, is also the unlucky-in-love type. At times these two are entertaining, but they simply dont contrast each other well enough to make a good pair.
For a first novel, Lockes writing is surprisingly smooth. Transitions are clean and the details provide substance without invoking boredom. The words are action oriented with the occasional pause for reflection. The plot unfolds gradually throughout and comes to a satisfactory ending, although the author seems to follow tangents at times. The only major issue is clarity. Locke sometimes races ahead or jumps to a new location while the confused reader tries to keep up.
All in all, The Reluctant Journey of David Connors is a unique novel. It provides the reader with an interesting story with a solid sense of mystery. It explores such spiritual truths as God's omnipotence, man's need for a power beyond his own limited abilities, and the reality that God often chooses to answer prayers through the actions of people coming to the assistance of others. The characters probably wont resonate with many hearts, but they are interesting enough to propel the story. Overall, readers looking for a creative, plot driven story may want to give this one a chance. -- Andrew Culbertson, Christian Book Previews.com
thewaveMontreal, QuebecAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Engaging tale.February 23, 2012thewaveMontreal, QuebecAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Engaging and quickly paced story. Well written with lots of twists and turns. Could not have guessed where the story was going. The Reader's Guide gives one the option of going deeper than just a captivating story. Looking forward to reading more by Don Locke.
MindyAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Fun ReadNovember 11, 2011MindyAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Not sure why I decided to purchase this book, but I am so glad I did. It is very captivating from the first page to the last. I would definitely purchase another book written by Don Locke.
nora4 Stars Out Of 5June 12, 2008noraAfter David found a carpetbag while out on the ledge, mysterious things started to happen. He suspected that the carpetbag was providing gifts people really needed. David decides to test this theory on Maggie, a relative stranger. Maggie and David get caught up in a series of unimaginable events and unforseeable journey. He expects Rod Serling to jump out any minute to tell him he has just entered the 5th dimension of his imagination called the "Twilight Zone". David knew that he and Maggie were definitely in a new dimension of life, one that had them questioning their sight, sound and their mind. Maggie turns to David and says "You better start believing in something pretty quick here - your running out of options." That's so true. Think, think, think...he didn't want to think! But, Maggie kept telling him he had to decide so that they could go back to life as normal. Only one problem...David wasn't sure normal existed anymore. This is one gripping story. I just loved it. I was swept up in this great adventure and at the same time it made me think about the deeper meaning of life. It's definitely something both Maggie and David needed to find for themselves; it will make the reader think about their own life too. The author Don Locke is a freelance writer and illustrator by trade. I could see him taking his time setting the scene up for the reader . This story starts in a similar way the Twilight Zone shows were set up. Just when you are hooked into the story and you think you know where it's going, it stops and you enter the 'weird zone', as David calls it. The author is a master at doing this. There are many thrills and unexpected events along the way. I was amazed that this was Don Locke's first book. I'm extremely excited to see what he writes next, and you will too, after reading this unique, surprising adventure story. Nora St.Laurentwww.psalm516.blogspot.com