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Monday, October 16, 2006

A DOG CALLED LEKA by Willard Manus

Viveca Smith Publishing
3001 S. Hardin Blvd, McKinney TX
Genre: Fiction
Rating: Very Good
ISBN: 9780974055138, $5.99, 122 pp.

I often quote from the back cover as it tell so succinctly the essence of the story, and that is true here too.

"A Dog Called Leka tells the story of Ben Edgeworth, an eighteen-year old American boy, and his remarkable dog Leka, as they sail among the Greek isles in a catamaran built by Ben himself. Leka came to Ben as a hungry stray, searching the shipyard for scraps of food. He quickly proves himself to be a faithful companion in an extraordinary journey that will stay with the reader long after the last page is turned. Join the two adventurers on their journey, as they face unexpected dangers, using their wits and skill to survive."

Ben had lost both his parents to a freak storm while they were en route to Bermuda. He decided to follow their dream and, with the help of Lukas, built his own sailing boat which he sailed among the Greek isles, later to consider sailing across the Atlantic and into the Caribbean. There are many problems which both Ben and Leka must overcome.

Willard Manus writes in a straightforward, honest manner and the story flows smoothly. Besides being a well-written fictional novel, the story contains considerable information about the Greek Islands, their history and the people. Considering the price of this book, it’s well worth taking a chance on this writer. You’ll learn something new while you enjoy the adventure.

Reviewed by Kaye Trout - October 16, 2006


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