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Thirty-Three Cecils by Everett De Morier (Book Review)

The year is 1992 and media coverage focused on the U.S. Presidential Election, the L.A. Riots, and Amy Fisher. These headlines dominated, but there was another story, and now over twenty years later, it is available in book format.

It is the story of a disgraced cartoonist and a man who works at a landfill. Miles apart in every way, decisions and circumstances, bring them together; as each tries to rebuild their lives. Tucked inside this tale is another story. The one, Walker Roe tells his daughters as a bedtime story. It’s their favorite and somehow Thirty-Three Cecils emulates Roe’s own story of the here. And now. In 1992.

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If you’ve ever read a book and it’s gotten so deep into your psyche you wonder how you can put into words why someone else should, needs to, must read it; this is that book. This is a book about trust, going with your gut, image, and perception. The journals of two men cut down just as they were starting to find their footing in the world, to be “rewired” as one so perfectly puts it, is a sad reflection of our world and the place others believe we have in it.

Walker Roe and Riley Dutcher were strangers to me before I read this book. But, these men’s thoughts penned in detail – personal reflections and their fight to rise above their actions – have settled in as old friends. Like dominoes falling, seemingly unrelated events conspired to put them together at the right time in the right place for a cataclysmic event that helped push the change in direction they both needed.

Money, image, and perception are a dangerous trifecta. But, on the flip side are friends, faith in people, and the desire to do what’s right. Everything is here. The good, the bad, and the ugly of the human condition. Two of my favorite threads in the story include Walker Roe’s tale to his daughters woven throughout almost as if he could see what was to come. The second is the steps Dutch took to beat or curb his addiction by using the time most dangerous for him.

These two kings, written in posterity, perhaps they have laid the groundwork for another two or more friends to fulfill Dutch’s father’s ideas of what he’d do if he was king. Who will fill their shoes? Will it be you?

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A special thanks to Everett De Morier and company for the opportunity to read (and was compensated for) this story and give an honest review. See my Amazon page for my review of The Invention of Everything also by Everett De Morier.

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