The Plentiful Harvestby John A. Torres
Jack Hopkins is enjoying life with his neighborhood buddies in the Bronx until his counselor at the unemployment office threatens to cut off his benefits, his landlord gives him an eviction notice, and his girlfriend delivers an ultimatum to find a job and lose fifty pounds. To prove he is seriously looking for work, he answers an ad in The Economist for an airport… See more details below
Jack Hopkins is enjoying life with his neighborhood buddies in the Bronx until his counselor at the unemployment office threatens to cut off his benefits, his landlord gives him an eviction notice, and his girlfriend delivers an ultimatum to find a job and lose fifty pounds. To prove he is seriously looking for work, he answers an ad in The Economist for an airport manager in Africa, though his only relevant experience has been in fueling planes at LaGuardia. By a freak accident he gets the job, and he travels to Jabra in southern Sudan where the airport is located. With his generous, outgoing personality he makes friends and motivates the workers at the airport. Then he meets Jenelle, a dedicated teacher at the Catholic elementary school, and he falls in love with her. Their happy time together is cut short when an army from the north invades the area, ruthlessly killing men, women, and children, and Jack is thrust into the role of saving what remains of the world that Jenelle revealed to him.
- Nepperhan Press
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- Product dimensions:
- 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.53(d)
- Age Range:
- 18 Years
Meet the Author
John A. Torres is a journalist and author of more than fifty books, including his recently published memoir On Higher Ground. Now a reporter for FLORIDA TODAY newspaper in Melbourne, he has covered major disaster areas as well as social justice issues. In his spare time Torres likes to fish, read, swim, and spend time with his wife and five children.
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Terrific read. I felt like I was on a very fast-paced emotional roller-coaster. I so loved and related with the main character Jack Hopkins and -- much like the Red Badge of Courage -- often wonder how I would fare in the face of war, evil, hatred. Loved it.
Mr. Torres' first novel is a compelling, heart wrenching, often tear-jerking adventure that culminates in a larger than life climax, complete with larger than life, vivid, and most importantly, memorable characters. Jack Hopkins is the ideal slacker; preferring to spend his days sleeping and shooting hoops with the local neighborhood kids, but when his good fortune runs out he's thrust into the opportunity of a lifetime, and the life he never imagined. Along the way he meets memorable characters, runs into hilarious shenanigans, and discovers the true meaning of life. This is a definite must read. I look forward to Mr. Torres' writing career with great interest.