Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Book Review

A Delirious Summer by Ray Blackston (Revell 2004) is so well written—the metaphors outstanding and the characters colorful and spicy.  The audiobook (Oasis Audio 2004) is also excellently narrated by Andrew Peterson, who voices both the male and female characters marvelously.

I knew nothing about this book going into it—I was only looking for a summer audiobook to listen to.  I was pleasantly surprised to find the book opens in Quito, Ecuador, a place I have visited on a short term mission trip.  The main character, Neil, is a language teacher there for missionaries needing to learn Spanish.  Neil is a single man who then takes his 8-week furlough in Greenville, South Carolina, hoping to find nice Christian women to date.  He gets more than he bargained for and ends up leading a short term mission team (made up of a hodgepodge of characters), to the jungles of Ecuador. The story gives you plenty of laughs along with things you may take away and ponder.

By the end of the book, I wanted more.  After a little research, I found that this is book #2 of a trilogy, but not one that absolutely needs to be read in order.  The first book in the series is Flabbergasted 2003 , and the third book is “Lost in Rooville” 2005.  These are also read by Andrew Peterson for the audio versions.

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