Historical Fiction Review - Somewhere Down the Line: The Legend of Boomer Jack by Timothy Martin
Release Date - July 31, 2013
Neverland Publishing Company
Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth
Just a week ago, my family and I wanted a movie starring Richard Gere (Hatchi) that brought tears to my eyes. It was based on the true story of a dog that was so devoted to his owner that even after his owner died unexpectedly, the dog continued to sit at the train station and wait for him every day. Somewhere Down the Line: The Legend of Boomer Jack was different, yet evoked the same feelings of a dog's passion for those who loved him.
Also based on a true story, Boomer Jack was the mayor's wife's dog, but Boomer Jack loved trains. As a result, Boomer often ran off to ride the rails. Meanwhile, a drunken dog catcher was equally determined to catch Boomer simply for the reason that he hates dogs. When a stray attacks local farm animals, the dog catcher takes it upon himself to peg Boomer as the vicious dog and sets out to capture Boomer once and for all.
Sara Parsons is a young girl whose father died in a train accident. Sara bonds with Boomer Jack and feels that he is truly her pet. When she realizes Boomer is in danger no thanks to the dog catcher, she urges him to leave her, no matter how painful, but Boomer follows his instincts, even when it might lead to his capture.
Somewhere Down the Line: The Legend of Boomer Jack is a very quick read. It's only 124 pages, so you can easily have it read in just an hour or two. It's an intriguing story, despite its brevity, and certainly never felt rushed to reach the conclusion, a problem I find in novellas.
The length does make it tricky for me. As many know, my reviews are always based with the one question "Is it worth the price?" The price for Boomer Jack's story is $10 to $11, depending on the vendor. I'm not convinced I'd be okay spending that much money on this story. It's a good story, but not one I'd have for my keeper shelf. If it was a less expensive e-book, I'd eagerly recommend it, but for a small paperback that's not even the width of a pencil eraser, I think the price is a little steep.