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21st Century Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Carson Cunningham

21st Century Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Reviewed by Teri Davis

How would someone who lived almost two centuries ago react to waking up today in America? What if that someone was the legendary Huckleberry Finn? Huck had difficulty with the societal rules of his own time period so how is he going to handle the technology and transportation of the 21st-century?

At the conclusion of Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn the readers find Huckleberry choosing between living his life and following the rules established by his Aunt Sally or to run away to Apache territory.

Naturally Huck chooses the easiest one and explores America’s southwestern region. He quickly discovers that he does not enjoy hot climates.

Seizing an unusual opportunity, Huck invests his money and himself into an expedition to the Arctic.

During this time, there were not successful Arctic explorations. The expedition has their ship wrecked and the survivors set up their camp on a glacier. Exploring the area, the last thing Huck remembers is falling through the ice.

Huck awakens about 170-years later on a table connected to various tubes and wires. A scientific team has successfully thawed and completely revived this teenage-age boy. While the medical staff dreams of how this remarkable feat will change their lives, Huck dreams of his freedom and is feeling confined and imprisoned.

However what the scientists don’t realize is the natural capabilities of Huckleberry Finn. Huck has never handled rules and regulations in his own time. Now a medical team will likely want to continue to study him.

While moving Huck by train, he manages to escape. Life has given him a second chance and he plans to take it.

How does someone from 170-years in the past hide? If anyone can succeed at this task, it would be Huckleberry Finn.

Huck quickly discovers that the world has changed during his deep freeze. Accustomed to being extremely self-sufficient, survival is not difficult for Huck since he knows how to camp, fish, hunt and to live in the wild. How will he stay hidden? How will he fit in?

One of the first lessons for Huck to learn is the people in the twenty-first century wear shoes when in public.

Huck observes three boys playing “rounders” which is similar to the game of softball. Once Huck asks to join the game, he quickly learns that life in the twenty-first century is quite different from daily life in the nineteenth-century.

Huck knows that the medical team will be searching for him. This causes him to adjust to this century so that he doesn’t seem different. Also, he now calls himself Mark Finn.

Dealing with cell phones, high-definition flat screens, automobiles, and life for teen-aged boys in today’s world is a complete shock to Huckleberry. For the never flustered Huckleberry Finn of the 19th-century this is a challenge that he completely understands.

Will he be recaptured and for the rest of his life be studied as a medical experiment? How will he get along with today’s teens?

21st Century Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a wonderful adventure in friendship.

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Dead Men’s Harvest by Matt Hilton

Dead Men's Harvest

Reviewed by Allen Hott

Rough and tumble full-action adventure story written by an Englishman about tough guys in a battle “royale” that carries them across the U.S. and even into England. Joe Hunter, the hero, is retired English army who now resides in the states and is in constant pursuit of bad guys. He doesn’t have any known means of employment but he does work with the various agencies of U.S. intelligence in pursuit of various known criminals.

The main man that appears to be the major conspirator throughout this and several other books by Hilton is a man known as the Harvestman. Martin Maxwell, his real name, not only kills those he pursues but he always takes pieces of their bodies. Normally bones, such as fingers, toes, and such but he has been known to take other pieces of the body, usually before actually killing the victim.

Travels with a Road Dog: Hitchhiking Along the Roads of the Americas
by R.K.

Travels with a Road Dog: Hitchhiking Along the Roads of the Americas Reviewed by Teri Davis

“…I had decided my own future.”

What do you do after you flunk out of college? Some people get a job, some join the military, some move back home to continue to live as children, and then there are the few who are daring enough to take to the road. For a young woman, the idea of hitchhiking can be threatening, but with a little luck and learning who to trust, what a thrilling way to find out about themselves and to learn some life lessons while becoming what is known to hitchhikers as a “road dog”.

R.K. decided that she wanted to see the country. With few financial resources, she departed from her mother’s home for a life of possibilities, deciding to hitchhike along the way.

One of her first rides was with an old man who was drinking. After being rescued by the police, she made the decision early on to never ride again with someone who was drinking.

She quickly discovered the world of the Rainbow Gatherings around the country. Either walking, riding with acquaintances, or hitchhiking she found a way of life that perfectly matched her current ideals. This communal gathering excited her with the gypsy lifestyle at first, taught her much, and allowed her to discover certain qualities in herself and others. Along the way she met many generous people and managed to travel with two extraordinary dogs for companionship and protection.

Cross Country by James Patterson (Review #2)

crossReviewed by Cy Hilterman

An Alex Cross book unlike any others before. The international interest in this story should make Cross Country a terrific read for the entire globe. The story starts out with some horrific killings during break-ins in Washington, DC. The method of getting into the house, talking to the inhabitants, and the methods the victims were tortured and killed is almost beyond human description. When it turns out that the family involved in this killing is one that Alex Cross personally knows, he is upset beyond words and actions.

The “Tiger” was a big strong young man who had complete control over the youth that he enlisted in his gang of relentless killers. He issued the orders and they listened or they would not live to receive the next order from Tiger. The family killings continued with Tiger using some words that you might construe as Islamic or African roots. The CIA got interested but shared little information that the DC police could use.

Detective Brianna Stone was a DC cop that worked with Alex but their relationship went much farther than working. They both knew the love was there between them and they did all they could to keep their work outside their relationship. But when Alex heard of a connection between the Tiger and Africa, he decided he had to go to Africa to try to catch and stop the Tiger from his brutal senseless killings. Despite pleas from Bree and his coworkers he did go, not knowing what he was going to find.

Passeggiata: Strolling Through Italy by G.G. Husak

Reviewed by Carmelita Peters

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While reading the fourth book in a Brit mystery series, and eagerly anticipating the fifth, I received Passeggiata in the mail. It had been sent by the author with a pleasing note. I finished the fourth Harvey mystery, postponed the fifth, and began reading.

I was not disappointed. The book is a travel piece about Italy. The author, G. Husak, and her husband, make yearly trips to Italy. They began this custom in the mid-nineties and show no signs of stopping it. Why Italy? Why so often? Because they love it and because they find more to see and appreciate each year. This couple is not acquisitive. They enjoy “just being” more than buying. How refreshing. It is clear that they keep to a budget (whether that is necessary or not is unclear but not essential to the story). Their descriptions of accommodations, piazzas, every-day life, and cathedrals are personal and not “travel-logish.”

I particularly enjoyed the chapters on food and traveling light, although there was not an uninteresting chapter in the entire book.

Did it make me want to go to Italy? Not really. I would like to go to England for the fourth time….and the fifth, etc. But it did echo my feelings about travel in a place you love, and want to revisit endlessly.