Toe Tags & TNT
Days Publishing Co
Read Highly Recommended
"I wished I had a video
camera to film our little group of social rejects. I thought
Randall and I had had reached the pinnacle of weirdness in traveling
companions with the trio of Harley, Moon Love and Long Dog.
But I was wrong. Anyone who looked like Ms. Shadow, lived out
of a 1958 Edsel parked in a rest area, fell in love at first
sight with a snaggle toothed, scraggly looking escaped convict
and agreed to climb onboard a big rig with a bunch of strangers
and a disease ridden dog definitely won the contest."
Two weary engineers Mark and
his childhood friend Randall are heading home for Mark's wedding.
After stopping for a bite to eat in a 'greasy spoon' the pair
come in contact with an assortment of some of the funniest, seediest
characters ever penned. Harley a camel smoking ex-marine is
determined to get even with someone, and he isn't real choosy
just who that might be. Before long the RV Mar and Randall are
piloting east is filling up. Mangy Long Dog is added to the
assortment of scrufty humans before the unlikely group meet up
with a woman with the CB handle 'Little B.'
Dr. Pollen does his best to explain
the incredible transformation of a well known academic into ex-con
This is not the first of Rolland
Hand's books that I have reviewed. Each one I declare to be
my favorite as I am reading and this was no exception. In his
offering "Toe Tags & TNT" Writer Rolland Hand has
produced another in his Mark Twain type fun romps filled with
captivating players and marvelous detail. The scene is set from
the outset when we meet the weary, bickering twosome of old friends
and is carried on through out the narrative to the
From the argumentative childhood
buddies to the psoriatic obsessed Harley each of Hand's characters
are caricatures of what we all suspect may be out there just
beyond the bend. The various folks introduced to the reader
are funny to the max and nicely fleshed out. Hands eye for peculiarity
is put to good use as he describes the settings, people and minute
his entertaining work.
The quote at the beginning of
the review offers a taste of writer Hand's unique talent.
Entertaining read as perfect
for a lazy summer afternoon spent in the porch swing as bees
are buzzing nearby, as it is for a cold winter's evening when
the reader sits wrapped in a quilt with book in hand before a