Brothers Tommy and Dub set off on a camping trip — that’s what they tell their parents. Supposedly Tommy, the older brother, has to face his fears at a camp after being bitten by a snake the season before. Tommy’s life has been on a buzz since the dramatic Christmas birth of his brother Dwayne (Dub), when Tommy was about 3 yrs old — the events of a night time home birth were scary for a toddler.
Actually, the brothers have a mystery to solve and their experiences through the story are right up there with True Grit. They venture into brushy woods with treacherous paths, steep drop-offs, wild water, stinky caves and the Blue Hole looking for answers. They face off ‘sorta’ bad guys and escape real bad guys while losing tools and equipment that they will want and need.
As each scene closes and another tight spot pinches on them, you won’t be able to put the book down! Rolland Love writes believably of the Ozarks — I live in the Ozarks and recognized names of creeks and places. That only scared me more! He skillfully takes these two boys through a maze of scary events that sometimes makes you laugh or cry and sometimes almost makes you wet your pants!
Just because I can tell you that they make it out of the woods in one piece, don’t think that you’ve learned all about the puzzle in this review! The end was a surprise, but a nice, positive surprise.
Reserve a place on the edge of your seat and hang on for a backwoods adventure! The action is fast and furious, crammed into a couple humid, spidery, snake infested and murderous days in the Ozarks.