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Tex Harris has just turned 70 and been put out to pasture by his employer. The curtain seems to be falling on his life. Before the obese soprano can vocalize the final notes, Tex discovers there is more to living than a career. After rescuing a damsel in distress on the freeway, he decides the role of hero fits him as well as the white Stetson he always wears. He organizes a group of senior citizens to patrol the highway to help those in need. His quest brings him into contact with Lizzy, an attractive widow who ...
Tex Harris has just turned 70 and been put out to pasture by his employer. The curtain seems to be falling on his life. Before the obese soprano can vocalize the final notes, Tex discovers there is more to living than a career. After rescuing a damsel in distress on the freeway, he decides the role of hero fits him as well as the white Stetson he always wears. He organizes a group of senior citizens to patrol the highway to help those in need. His quest brings him into contact with Lizzy, an attractive widow who captures his heart. Unfortunately, she also wins the affection of Tex 's best friend and his newly acquainted nemesis. The three compete for Lizzy's affections as they all experience new things together. Tex learns that a hero sometimes make dangerous enemies. More importantly he discovers that forgiveness is the most wonderful gift of all.
Posted February 15, 2009
The first few pages of "Angels" certainly had me intrigued. The hero is seventy. The love interest must be something similar. And the humor is wild and crazy, like watching prime-time TV. Donald James Parker has created some very believable characters, and I immediately wanted to know them better.<BR/><BR/>Parker¿s realistic dialog captivated me wonderfully. I¿ve read how writers should avoid ¿he said, she said.¿ But "Angels of Interstate 29" might be a classic example of how to keep the voices separate without ascribing words to speakers. Eventually the conversations did begin to drag, but with perfect timing, that was when Parker began to ramp up the relationships.<BR/><BR/>Tex and Parnelli are long-time friends¿-Tex perhaps the wiser of the two. And Alistair is the smooth-talking newcomer who seems set to win Lizzy¿s hand. I29 is the freeway where Tex plans that the old folk might angelically rescue the stranded. But the first person rescued is Tex when he puts his back out, and Lizzy is the rescuer. The reader begins to hope for more out of their relationships, but first there are problems: Tex¿s secret sorrow, a fishing trip with attendant worms and rocking boats, eating well and exercise, and church.<BR/><BR/>Parker introduces God, and Tex¿s aversion to God, in a very natural way. And just as the relationship issues are beginning to wear thin, faith and forgiveness rush into the fray. The last quarter of the book races past in a blur¿threats and fear, excitement, healing and hope. The impossible turns out to be more than possible, and faith and love win through.<BR/><BR/>This was a surprising book. I guess I didn¿t know what I was getting into, but I was more than glad to be carried along, and the ending left me smiling with tears in my eyes. A thoroughly enjoyable read¿-just don¿t expect the heroes to be perfect angels; they are the "Angels of Interstate 29" and you take them as you find them.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 20, 2008
(Official Apex Reviews Rating: 4.5 Stars)<BR/><BR/>Seventy year-old Tex Harris has just been ¿put out to pasture¿; due to mandatory retirement laws, his longtime employer has officially relieved him of his duties, and he finds himself wondering just what he¿ll be doing with the rest of his life¿fortuitously, he doesn¿t have to wait too long when an unexpected event quickly changes his life forever.<BR/><BR/>When he notices a young woman stranded on the side of the road, Tex ¿ the Southern Gentleman that he is ¿ pulls over to offer his assistance. Two young men are already on the scene, but something about them strikes Tex the wrong way, and his intuition is proven right when the situation quickly devolves into a tense standoff. Thankfully, the woman and her baby escape unharmed, but her would-be assailants manage to elude law enforcement and make a hasty getaway. Nonetheless, as a result of the breathtaking encounter, Tex is infused with a new reason for living: assisting those in need when no one else is around to do so.<BR/><BR/>So, he launches The Angels Of Interstate29, a vigilant group of civic-minded seniors, who, like Tex, are retired but yet unwilling to pass quietly into the twilight of their lives. Joined by his best friend, Parnelli, and the lovely Lizzy, a widow he meets during his initial recruitment stop, Tex and crew embark on their collective quest to save innocent lives. As times goes on, though, the natural complexities of humanity inevitably emerge, and, at the same time that Tex competes with Parnelli for Lizzy¿s attention and affections, he soon finds himself contending once again with unresolved dangers from the not-too-distant past...<BR/><BR/>Angels Of Interstate 29 is quite the enjoyable read. Donald James Parker is a veritable master at crafting unique, original characters whose lives and leanings lend the story an impressive authenticity. Moreover, the wit and candor of his narrative style give it a distinctive edge that moves the story along at a compelling pace.<BR/><BR/>Last but not least, Parker¿s ability to bring equal parts intrigue, mystery, and suspense together into a convincingly coalesced whole treats the reader to a well-balanced, carefully-crafted tale hard to put down. A sure treat for fans of a good old fashioned, well-told story.<BR/><BR/><BR/>Latonya Franklin<BR/>Apex ReviewsWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.