Author; John Britt
Cover Design by; Jan Porter
10 Star Rating!
John Britt’s novel; ‘Bob's Ichthyosaur’, is currently holding the top spot of my personal favourites. I simply could not put it down. It moves and flows gracefully. It balances humour with real life adversities and introduces the reader to (unknown) sub cultures. A wonderful adventure story, kind of like ‘Grumpy Old Men’ meets ‘Moby Dick’.
The un-sung hero, ‘Old Bob’, is a retired can’t win for losing farmer who lives in a small rural town. One night, Old Bob sees a live Ichthyosaur out in the bay and decides to catch it. The story evolves around “Old Bob’ and the local “Old Boys” clique; Old Bill, Old Dunc and Old Nester, who become involved in Bob’s mission. The story is told by Old Bill and is often humourous as it inadvertently explores life in a rural community and what it means to be old. The story is deeply moving as Bob ultimately transcends a number of adversities, including his own mortality, to become a local legend in his own right.
In this first novel, John has demonstrated the ancient art of storytelling! The caliber of a novel and its potential to become a classic is measured by its ability to creep into one’s psyche and soul, long after it’s been read. Bob’s Ichthyosaur is one such novel. When I drive on the rural back roads, I see the old farm where Bill resides. At my local bay, I swear I’ve caught the odd glimpse of Itchy out in the water. When I drive in my own small rural town, we too, have a bank bench where the old boys gather. I often see old boys driving slow, in Lincolns & Town Cars. I am certain that this novel is a classic!
Bob’s Ichthyosaur is truly refreshing, a real treasure! I can’t wait to see ‘the movie version. I want the DVD for my personal collection. I look forward to reading John’s next novel.
Review by; Jan Porter
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