book review The H-Bomb and the Jesus Rock
by John Manderino
Academy Chicago Publishers, 2010

Category: Fiction
Format: Paperback 224 pp. 8.5 x 5.5 inches
ISBN-10: 0897336119
ISBN-13: 978-0-89733-611-6
List Price $14.95

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About the Book

It's Saturday, October 27, 1962, the darkest day of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Two children, Ralph and his little sister Lou, are seaching for empty bottles in a vacant lot when they discover a rock which--to them, at least--looks quite a lot like Jesus. Ralph immediately declares it a Possible Holy Object. And, since his fondest wish is to be a boy-in-a-story, he earnestly places himself and Lou--now his sidekick--in a tale featuring the "sacred rock" as the key to nothing less than saving the world from nuclear annihilation.

But Toby--older, shrewder and quite a bit larger--has very different plans for the rock, intending to use it as a lucrative sideshow exhibit, complete with fliers: Is it Jesus? Or just a rock? You decide! Hovering over the children and their small-scale war is the general anxiety and dread attending the most perilous moment in our history.

As we approach the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis, The H-Bomb and the Jesus Rock provides a unique, often humorous view of that near-Armageddon.

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