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Dash in the blue Pacific

by Cole Alpaugh

  Print book : Fiction

Novels at Night Book Club Review   (2015-04-21)


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by SCLP_vangard

Feedback from our Novels at Night book club, Saturday 4/18/15 .

Dash in the Blue Pacific .

The novel opens aboard a boat crewed by Australian bad guys hunting young island girls in the remote South Pacific. One of our members mentioned the recurring theme found in this brief section title: "In the Beginning."

Religions are a very strong part of this novel, although neither the main character, Dash, nor the author take a stance on the legitimacy of any. It is a true good v evil story, both hilarious at times, and terribly melancholy at others. The hero, in fact, is in the form of a lantern-fish headed giant of a man, who has a soft spot for stray dogs and those in peril. God Willy is a brilliant fabrication by Alpaugh, a character both sympathetic, down-trodden, and only "real" when properly believed in.

Dash, Willy, and a young island girl form an alliance to fend off the slave traders introduced in the beginning. Men who've been raiding islands specifically for ten year old girls. In the backdrop is another evil entity in the Volcano God.

The story is simple enough, but the layers are very deep. We had numerous areas of initial disagreement, which is a huge benefit to having lively meetings. This book is best suited for a college to middle-age group, although we had enthusiastic thumbs up from our senior member. The setting and scenery provides an enjoyable escape. There is wonderful humor and edgy sexual situations that are quite unusual, though not too-much. Leave it to say that Dash has problems that are at the core of the story.

Highly recommend!




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