Gundy, Bud. “Accidental Prophet”, Bold Strokes Books, 2019.
A Loss and A Gain
It does not happen often but every once in a while I will begin reading a book in the afternoon and find myself spending the rest of the day and the evening finishing it because I realize that I will be unable to concentrate on anything else. I should have known this might happen because a year earlier, Bud Gundy’s first book, “Somewhere Over Lorain Road” had the same effect.
“Accidental Prophet” is the story of Drew Morten, an intelligent, handsome 30 year old man who is struggling to make his rent. He has recently lost the only person he has ever cared about, his grandmother. She has been a famous television anchor named Claudia Trenton and she left Drew her secret memoir which is filled with wonderful stories and tidbits. It does not take much to think about the information that news people are privy to. “But history merges with the present and upends Drew’s life when he has a terrifying revelation.” He and a woman who had the same revelation team up with a handsome man whose arrival might be karma, good luck or sinister. Drew finds the clues in his grandmother’s memoir and follows them, racing against time to save the world from “an apocalyptic nightmare about to be unleashed in downtown San Francisco.” I had to stop to ask myself why does Drew know this and was his grandmother aware of her legacy? We also want to know that who the enemy is as the world faces catastrophic consequences.
To truly enjoy this, the reader must be able to suspend belief. We learn that Drew’s grandmother tells him on her deathbed that she’s written her autobiography which he retrieves and from which he learns a lot about her and somethings about himself. I must say that I find it strange that he does not learn of his own supernatural traits until he is 30 and reads this book. Be that as it may, I continued to read and soon found myself totally involved. I remembered that before her death, Drew’s grandmother told him to be on the lookout for a man named Victor thus giving us a hint of mystery. Of course, what Drew had to do to retrieve his grandmother’s writings also adds quirk (is that a word?).
Now this is where reviewing becomes difficult. I want you to have the same enjoyment and surprises I had reading this and it is very difficult to write about the book without giving something away. I was never quite sure where we were going and that I believe is what made this such an enjoyable read (and contrary to what another reviewer said). It seems that Gundy had his plan laid out and as he wrote, it changed as well. The fact that the focus of the novel became blurred, made it a more interesting read. So now you may ask me if it is science-fiction, paranormal, mystery, etc. and I will answer yes— yes it is a bit of all three and it works. Gundy himself has called it quirky.
It has been a while since I have reviewed something from Bold Strokes and it was really nice to be able to write about a book that is so different as this. To me, a good read is one that I become involved in and that certainly happened here.