Wednesday, July 11, 2018

TLC Book Tours Book Review: What Blooms From Dust

About What Blooms from Dust

Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (June 26, 2018)
Just as Jeremiah Goodbye is set to meet his fate in the electric chair, a tornado tears down the prison walls, and he is given a second chance at life. With the flip of a coin, he decides to return to his home town of Nowhere, Oklahoma, to settle the score with his twin brother Josiah. But upon his escape, he enters a world he doesn’t recognize—one that has been overtaken by the Dust Bowl. And the gift he once relied on to guide him is as unrecognizable as the path back to Nowhere.
After one jolt in Old Sparky, Jeremiah sees things more clearly and begins to question the mysterious circumstances surrounding the murders he was accused of. On his journey home, he accidentally rescues a young boy who follows him the rest of the way, and the pair arrive at their destination where they are greeted by fearful townspeople. When the Black Sunday storm hits the very next day, the residents of Nowhere finally begin to let the past few years of hardship bury them under the weight of all that dust.
Unlikely heroes, Jeremiah and his new companion, Peter Cotton, try to protect the townspeople from themselves, but Jeremiah must face his nightmares and free himself from the guilt of flipping the coin on those men who died.
Filled with mystery and magic, What Blooms from Dust is the story of finding hope in the midst of darkness and discovering the beauty of unexpected kindness.

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Review: There are some books out there that leave me going hmmmm. This book was definitely one of them. I wasn't really familiar with the Dust Bowl era, not to mention that I've not been into Wild West fiction, but the premise of the story a convict escaping death thanks to a tornado. That's definitely the stuff of fiction. The rest of the story part sci fi and part spiritual which is an unusual combination.

This was a hard book for me to get into, yet I can't say I didn't enjoy it. I'm just not used to the genre, which is a little out of my comfort zone.

Jeremiah is a gritty character his nickname is "The Coin Flip Killer" and well that about explains how he ended up on death row.

Its Peter that makes the story for me and probably kept me reading, when I wasn't sure I wanted to go on.

In the end, I did enjoy the story, but like books like Gaiman's American Gods, it was hard going for me.

Rating: 3 flowers 

About James Markert

James Markert lives with his wife and two children in Louisville, Kentucky. He has a history degree from the University of Louisville and won an IPPY Award for The Requiem Rose, which was later published as A White Wind Blew, a story of redemption in a 1929 tuberculosis sanatorium, where a faith-tested doctor uses music therapy to heal the patients. The Angels’ Share is his second novel, and he is currently working on his next historical, All Things Bright and Strange. James is also a USPTA tennis pro, and has coached dozens of kids who’ve gone on to play college tennis in top conferences like the BIG 10, the Big East, and the ACC.

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