|About the Book|
Oil-rich, traditional West Texas just got a whole lot zanier in WH Buzzard’s action-packed satire,There is a Generation.In 1950s Midland, Texas, best friends Tim and Hect are enjoying the high life. Coddled in the type of lifestyle that allows themMoreOil-rich, traditional West Texas just got a whole lot zanier in WH Buzzard’s action-packed satire,There is a Generation.In 1950s Midland, Texas, best friends Tim and Hect are enjoying the high life. Coddled in the type of lifestyle that allows them to play “war” with .22 semiautomatic rifles, they suddenly find their world turned upside down when their game turns into a deadly calamity.Hect has the idea to set fire to an old shack in an abandoned junkyard for a final thrill after a day of mischief. Tim readily agrees, though he thinks his friends target is a wasp nest in a mesquite bush, not the shack. They fill a beer bottle with fuel from a wrecked truck and hurl a Molotov cocktail at the shack, which soon erupts into a fireball. Stunned that his friend chose to set fire to the shack, instead of the wasp nest, Tim is further horrified at the sight of a figure who appears in the shacks window. The human torch and Tim gaze at each other a brief instant that seems to last forever. Interrupted by the sound of sirens coming from town, and believing their prank has turned into a hideous murder, Tim and Hect think their one choice lies in being fugitives from the law.Armed only with dogged determination and a forehead-slapping sense of naivety, the two boys flee out into the harsh Texas desert. Because of the soft, pampered lifestyles theyve lived so far, the two couldnt have been less prepared to face hunger, thirst, life on the road, homelessness and a hidden world of poverty and slums, plus the mean streets of a third world country.In their travels through wilderness and city ghettos, Tim and Hect fall into adventures and troubles beyond their wildest imagination. Added to that, they must avoid dangers such as being chased by a ferocious 125 pound dog named Mauler. Half-chow, half-Irish Setter and the spitting image of a lion, the dog pursues the two through open desert with the intent of ripping them to sheds. From scam artists and wisecracking motel owners to escaped convicts and frenzied mercenaries, the friends stumble from West Texas to New Mexico to Old Mexico in a tongue-in-cheek romp that will take readers through ranges of emotion from teary-eyed to laughter. Along the way, they meet such one-of-a-kind characters as Fast-One, a slum lord, work-cafe owner who ought to be put in jail for the cruel practical jokes she pulls on her downtrodden customers- to a cowboy, Eli, and Snowball, his wife, who run a diner and allow Tim as dishwasher to eat all the scraps he wants for a salary- to a trucker named T.J. and his beautiful-but-heartless daughter, Becca, who run a scam called the Poison Log Routine. And many more oddball-but-lovable characters whove never been seen in fiction before.A biting satire on societal excess and privilege that makes fun of the 1950s and the kids of The Greatest Generation, the action/adventure novel, There is a Generation expertly reflects the wildness of boyhood, the idiocy of entitlement, and the fleeting nature of childhood in a way that will entice audiences of all ages.Some comments from editors who helped polish and arrange the young adult adventure book into its present professional form are, Its laugh-out-loud funny and yet another, Youre a master storyteller.From beginning to end, the fiction novel is a fun read with lots of adventure, knee-slappingly comedic situations and a surprise ending that will cause astonished readers one final howl of enjoyment.