Thursday, January 23, 2014

Book Review: THE FUGITIVE GRANDMA by Dmitri Ragano

#Dysfunctional, #Justice, #Robin-Hood

Author: Dmitri Ragano
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Genre: Mainstream-Mystery
Page Length: 386

About The Book:
"Dmitri Ragano is a creative, unconventional author who knows how to tell a story that other people aren't telling. Prepare to be intrigued and entertained." -- Seth Harwood, author of Young Junius. 
At once a crime thriller, black comedy and family drama wrapped into one poignant and satirical novel. 
Deep in the heart of California’s dysfunctional, strip-mall suburbs, the city of Santa Ramona, California is besieged by a pair of unlikely bandits. 

Johnny Valentine is a lonely boy who dreams of becoming a hero, just like the masked avengers from the pages of his comic books. 

His feisty grandmother Stella is a retired supermarket clerk and cancer survivor with a fierce sense of justice. Running out of time, money and options, the old lady is driven by the need to make one last great contribution. Together the boy and his grandma devise a Robin-Hood style scheme to rob a ruthless retail conglomerate, stealing cash and medicine for the sick and needy.

As their crime spree continues, the citizens of Santa Ramona wonder how to judge the crazy young boy and his fugitive grandma.
Are Johnny and Stella Valentine a menace to society? Or are they the only ones trying to save it?

Lynda's Review:
~"What are we going to do, Grandma? You want to report it?"

"Ah, forget about it, Johnny. Who are we going to tell? Everyone already thinks that I am paranoid. Nobody's going to believe anything I say anymore. They'll just try to make me take more pills."~ Page 148

I'm going to leave judgement on the moral issue raised in this book to its readers. As for the premise, it's plausible in our society. The story craft is excellent. I will never forget the characters since the author took great pains to make them real in every way. The emotional connection is almost instant because the conflict, both within and without, is something we've all experienced in one form or other. 

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