The Ferret by Tom Minder – Book Review

The Ferret by Tom Minder – Book Review

The Ferret by Tom Minder

The Ferret

Author – Tom Minder
Publisher – Black Rose Writing
Pages – 153
Released – 1st April 2021
ISBN-13 – 978-1684336593
Format – ebook, paperback
Rating – 4 Stars
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As an LDS elder, Louie Kimble, is assigned as construction foreman in Testimony Acres, a high-end real estate development, fifty miles north of Las Vegas. He discovers it’s a money laundering scheme put together by his religious superiors. Confronted by the FBI, he agrees to provide evidence and testify in exchange for his freedom.

After surgery to fix an unfortunate resemblance to a domesticated animal, he is given a new name and history and relocated to South Jersey. He rebuilds his life, with a girlfriend, a great job, and season tickets to the local pro football team.

Then one bright Saturday morning, there is a knock on his front door. His visitor will bring back his past, and change his life forever.

Review by Clive

Firstly I thank Tom Minder and his publishers for letting me have an advance copy of this book which will be available to purchase from 01 April 2021.

There is a suggestion that you should never shop when you are hungry because you are likely to purchase more junk food. That message also applies to reading this book as it is full of scenes where large amounts of tasty but naughty food are consumed. Be warned, it will lead you to the fridge or to your nearest takeaway.

The Ferret is a relatively light weight but lively story about a young man from Utah who tries to rebuild his life after being involved in a corrupt business scheme. I found it entertaining in a straightforward way, with a few laughs thrown in. I imagine that Tom Minder is aiming at the teenage or young adult male market where a modest 153 pages might encourage those who do not want a long read.

I found the text simple to read and the narrative was easy to follow with a few little twists to keep the reader interested. Louie is believable as are most of the support characters. The storyline includes information on witness protection, modern construction, labour organisation, American Football and in particular, the Mormon Church or more accurately the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS).

As a practicing Christian, I am aware that no church is perfect and there will be wrong-doers everywhere. And whilst I would be uncomfortable with some of the LDS beliefs, I am also aware that the Church includes thousands of sincere, charitable and extremely hard-working members. I cannot help wondering what they will think of their church being portrayed in this book as running corrupt and violent businesses.

Putting those concerns to one side, I found The Ferret a quick easy read for which I have awarded four stars.

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Tom Minder The Ferret

Tom Minder lives in southern New Jersey, with his wife Paula, and writes novels and short fiction.

He is published in various online journals and in the Beach Nights anthology from Cat & Mouse Press. He is a member of the South Jersey Writers’ Group and The Writers’ Coffeehouse.

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12 Responses

  1. Tasha says:

    Sounds good. I’m pleased that you enjoyed it.

  2. DJ Sakata says:

    I generally avoid anything to do with religion but you have me intrigued

  3. Jo Linsdell says:

    Great review. Not sure this one is for me though.

  4. Excellent review. Can’t help but wonder if the pro football team he has season tickets to is the same team I root for. ?

  5. vidya says:

    Like DJ, I normally avoid books with religious themes or overtones but your review has me intrigued

  6. Robin Loves Reading says:

    This does sound interesting.

  7. Thanks Tasha for you comment. Glad you like the sound of it.

  8. Thanks DJ, Good to hear we have intrigued you.

  9. Thank you Jo. I can understand.

  10. Thanks Kate, Ooo good thought. Now I wonder too.

  11. Thank you Vidya ,good to see that our review has intrigued you.

  12. Thank you Robin, glad to hear you like the sound of it.