Boy in the Blue Hammock
vThe morning after the attack, Tao wakes to disaster. Both his body and the house are broken. His mangled rear leg doesn’t stop him from seeking his family. Upstairs he finds Man, Woman, and Girl all motionless. The only life comes from the blue hammock in Boy’s room. Tao knows something is different about the Boy Kasper, but he is family. Tao trained to be a service dog but couldn’t complete the program. Still, Tao knows his responsibility. He must protect Kasper. He needs to lead Boy to safety.
Boy in the Blue Hammock is the latest speculative fiction piece by Darren Groth. This brilliant work is both heart-wrenchingly tragic and heartwarming. Growth’s unlikely duo set out on a perilous journey, but this is no Disney adventure story. Groth sets his tale during violent political unrest. He masterfully describes the chaos without being overly graphic. Most of the novel is through Tao’s perspective. Giving us the dog’s eye view of the world and a sense of his pain and duty. Readers looking for a quick-paced, uplifting, tear-jerker look no further than Boy in the Blue Hammock.
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