Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Book Review: The Olympus Cloud by Stephen Randel

The Olympus Cloud (Adventures of a Dreamer)
by Stephen Randel
Genre: Middle Grade, Young Adult, Adventure


Do you ever wonder what your dog is dreaming about when its paws twitch? You might be surprised…. 

Some dogs can spend up to sixteen hours a day sleeping. For Max, a pugnacious French bulldog from Texas, this provides plenty of time for him to explore the world through his vivid imagination. His dreams are a doorway to excitement and adventure. Whether he’s solving mysteries, rescuing other animals, or just plain saving the day, Max’s heroic exploits carry him around the block, around the country, and even around the planet. From the plains of Africa to the battlefields of France and into outer space, Max matches wits with everything from a zombie accountant to rodent gangsters and a myriad of mythical creatures. And in the end, the fearless and faithful little dog always makes it home in time for dinner.


If you are familiar with Stephen Randel’s adult fiction works, The Chupacabra and The Trail of the Chupacabra, then you have read about Max (Maximilian). He is a white French bulldog with quite a presence. So much so that Randel wrote an all age fiction book completely around the adventures of Max. 

Maximilian is an explorer and well, a hero. I quite enjoyed the mystery around the tales that make up this book. Is Max dreaming? Is he recalling past lives? Whichever the two, his adventures are memorable. 

Using his strong writer’s voice, humor, and attention to detail, Randel gives readers (both young and old) vibrant stories where Max is the leading character. We meet a diverse cast of characters, cross different time periods, travel far & wide, and root for Max the entire time. 

Don’t let short stories around a dog dissuade you from thinking this is not a rich read because you would be very wrong. The Olympus Cloud is sure to entertain and pull at your heartstrings, too.

Purchase on Amazon for only $2.99!

Author Info
Stephen Randel was born in Houston, Texas.  He is a graduate of Texas Christian University.  Steve now lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with his wife and their rescue dog.  He is the author of The Chupacabra: A Borderline Crazy Tale of Coyotes, Cash & Cartels and Trail of the Chupacabra: An Avery Bartholomew Pendleton Misadventure.

Author Website

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