How many of those taking time to read this review remember the movie, The Goonies? I hope many have as it was a great film, dare I type a classic, from the 1980’s. It told the story of a group of kids who chased a pirate map to find jewels that would hopefully safe their homes.
The book, The Dreamcatcher Adventures: Greedy Jack Wallace, took me back to that movie. There isn’t a group of children involved but it does tell the story of one young man who is trying to save his home.
The book starts with an introduction to the main character, one Blake Monroe. Blake is spending his last day of school on a class field trip to a ghost town. A trip that many students do not appear to be thrilled about being on, but it’s a good way to finish out another school year. Their teacher finally sets the class free to investigate the town after it is obvious no one is paying attention to their guide.
It is during this break that Blake gets up his courage and is finally going to ask a young girl out. He realizes it’s a long shot but after some talking with his friends he tries talking to the girl. His heart is broken when she states she’d love to go to a movie, but not with him. Things get worse when her “boyfriend” comes over and things get physical. It is during this little altercation that things look to get ugly for our Hero. You see even the teacher, Miss Kenyon, cannot stop the fight after trying to separate the boys. This is when a strange man in a Stetson cowboy hat intervenes and stops the bully, George Buck, from doing any further damage.
The thing is, Blake doesn’t know this man, but it is the second time that day the stranger has been involved with him. Earlier he had asked Blake if he had a message for him, but Blake had no idea what he was talking about. The one thing for sure out of this, Miss Kenyon took a liking to the rugged looking man and inquired about him as they left. The problem, no one knew who he was and in fact the only worker was the guide.
Sadly, Blake’s day does not get any better as he gets home and he can sense something is wrong. He finds his mother cheating on her diet in the kitchen and it’s after someone comes to the house he puts it together. The visitor is a friend of his mothers who works at the local bank and when she shows up all professional he gets nervous. It’s only when he hears that his parents are about to lose their house that Blake is forced to act. He realizes he does not want to be homeless, and does not want to live in a box.
So, what does a child do at that age when his world goes upside down? Well if you are Blake you go out, get on your horse and go for a ride to relax. It’s only after his horse refuses to take a jump, followed by an ugly dismount that he finds that stranger again. The stranger, well his name is Gray Monroe, and is Blake’s Great Grandfather who he later finds out died in 1890.
Did you just get a chill down your back as you saw that, he dies in the 1800’s. You must imagine how Blake felt and to make things worse, the young man is going to help Gray in his quest. The hope being whatever Gray is after will lead Blake to something valuable that will safe his parent’s house.
It’s at this point where the adventure begins and we find out even more about Gray Monroe and his back ground. You will discover that Gray was a bounty hunter who caught a band of thieves that you should remember from earlier in the book.
The Dreamcatcher Adventures Greedy Jack Wallace is written by Adam C. Veile and the cover art was done by Sean Long and Ashley Delgado. The book has some great illustrations within the pages that were also done by Sean Long that help give life to the book and some of the characters.
This is not the only thing that gives life to the book as the story is well written and something that I found putting down to be difficult.
The story is intriguing along with the characters. There are things within the pages that many readers will like. There is even a mention of King Midas within these story. It’s another example of a children’s book that has been written not just for a child but for those who still hold onto their child like imagination.