#Bookreview of HERONK by Ronald Richards

Heronk by [Richards, Ronald]

#Bookreview of HERONK

by Ronald Richards


Meet the unlikeliest of heroes: Gustav, a wooden goose decoy.

His story begins after his creation at the hands of an old German craftsman in 1930’s Illinois. Over the course of the next half century, he is pulled along by the current of rivers, pushed by the energy of providence and influenced by the power of the human spirit.

Through many travels and unexpected travails, his story offers a unique and insightful glimpse into the world of the waterfowler. Who would think that glass eyes, glued into a wooden head, could see the world so clearly?


This is another book I’ve had on my kindle for over a year.  After that long, I’d forgotten what the story was about.  Which is fine by me.  I like to be surprised.  From reading the Acknowledgement page, I knew Ronald was an avid waterfowl hunter.  What I didn’t realize, the story is about a wooden goose decoy that comes to life, sort of.  When writing reviews, they say not to put the negative first, save it for the end.  But in this case, I’m going to break the rules. 

Okay, I started reading this tale, which is from the POV of the wooden goose decoy named Gustav.  One of many names he acquires over the years.  My problem right from the start is, how does Gustav seem to know anything?  How did pieces of wood glued together suddenly come to life?  He thinks but can’t communicate with anyone.  Basically, he’s just a sentient piece of wood.  It was hard for me to swallow the fact that he just knew everything.  And I mean everything, what the different breeds of dogs were, tools, guns, cars, you name it.  But there was nothing to explain how this chunk of wood came alive.  Was he made from magical wood or glue, WHAT?! 

So, curious, I went to Ronald’s Amazon Author page.  He’s only published this one book, and that was back in 2014.  Okay, that explains a lot.  He’s an amateur writer.  The idea probably came to him as he sat in his blind, season after season, staring at his decoys, on those bluebird days when nothing could be called or decoyed down from the sky.  See?  I learned something about waterfowl hunting.  LOL.

Anyway, I was still intrigued by the story, even with the major plot issues, so I ate a big box of salt and commenced reading.  What I did find was a man who truly loved the sport of hunting.  And not just for the sake of shooting and killing an animal.  Ronald brings to the story his reverence of nature, the beauty of wildlife and the right and wrong ways of hunting and treating nature.  My father was a fisherman, and we spent two weeks a summer camping and fishing.  Back then, most of the dams were pretty primitive, not like now.  Now they resemble an outdoor motel, but with trailers.  Wherever we camped, we left the place looking better than when we got there.  So, I felt a kinship with Ronald. 

As we follow the story through Gustav’s eyes, we take his incredible journey with him.  Some of it funny and adventurous, some of it sad, filled with life lessons.  And that’s what this book is really about.  Life lessons.  The good and the bad.  For a wooden goose decoy, he sure had a hell of a life.  And I cried for him at the end. 

If you’re an avid hunter looking for a fun fiction book based on hunting, or a youngster just staring out, you will enjoy this book.  I give it 3.5 goose feathers, rounded up to 4.

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Heronk by [Richards, Ronald]

About Sahara Foley

Bio: Until my husband died on Christmas 2012, I never thought about becoming a writer. In fact, the act of writing a story terrified me. Don’t get me wrong, I loved reading, just never had the knack for writing. The thought of writing dialogue scared the bejeebers out of me. See, Bob was the writer. He wrote stories for years but could never get a traditional publisher interested enough to publish even one. Now I understand why, as they were unpolished outlines. Then, after 30 years together, Bob passed away and my life was turned upside down. About a month later, I was sitting around my apartment, trying to adjust to the worst event in my life, when a little voice spoke to me. Why not publish Bob’s stories? To be truthful, ever since the advent of self-publishing, I always wanted too, that’s how much I believed in his stories. But I knew I would have to fight him for every little change I made to his outlines. Sorry, honey, but they had to be done. So, I pulled out the box of stories, dusted them off, and started on a new adventure: The World of Self-Publishing. Boy, did I have a lot to learn. I finally published several short stories early in 2014, then my horror novella, It Lives in the Basement. While I was working on them, I was slowly learning the craft of writing, and getting The Secret of Excalibur ready for publication. Excalibur was my favorite story of them all, and in the back of my mind, I knew I wanted a publisher. One day on Twitter, I ran across a tweet from Creativia Publishing, and that was another game changer for me. I signed up with them in December of 2014, and it was the best decision I’ve made. One thing I’ve discovered on my new adventure, are all the really awesome and talented Indie Authors. If you find the right community of Indie Authors, all they want to do is help each other. I found that I love promoting them and their books, so that’s how I setup my blog. For readers to meet Indie Authors. Anyway, enough about me. Here’s all my contact information: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/booksbysaharafoley Twitter: https://twitter.com/SaharaFoley Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/saharafoley/ Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+SaharaFoley/posts Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Sahara-Foley/e/B00J9ST32U/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1
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