Saturday, November 23, 2013

LeLand Dirks and The Amazing Angelo!

One often hears the term of a beloved dog not only as a family member but "Man's Best Friend." More than loveable companions, dogs have become our coworkers, comforters, and sometimes protectors.   Let me introduce you to Angelo, not your usual Border Collie, from Colorado's San Luis Valley. After being kidnapped, Angelo not only begins his journey home but along the way he changes and touches the lives of those he encounters. Leland Dirks writes with an emotional wisdom that captivates the reader with pure honesty of heart. Furthermore, the author uses a solid structure with compounding disasters within the dilemma of each character define plausible characters coupled with vivid imagery. is a huge fan of Angelo!

First, I must also give credit to author “Angelo.” This is his story and words. Yet, it is also the story of meeting a truck driver, a long-abused wife, a Marine, a cowboy, and two grandmothers. Each with an intrinsic raw beauty that has the reader examining their own motives and behaviors.

 The author uses the theme of hope, growth, and healing as a path for not only Angelo’s journey but for each of our interpersonal relationships that we establish. From the grief of death to the anger that a boy has toward his father, the author expresses with grace how one can change any undesirable situation. My favorite quote from Angelo's Journey: A Border Collie's Quest for Home is, You showed me something last night, boy. You showed me that I don’t have to put up with that kinda behavior. Whatever courage I got left might be withered like an old prune, but if I exercise it, maybe it’ll grow.” This further epitomizes the well-established theme of growth, hope, and healing are available for all who choose it. 

Beloved Angelo, author of Seven Dogs in Heaven... 

Passionate readers, I warn you to gather a tissue box or two. This book will stimulate a tear or two, encourage a laugh, and inspire a warmth of the heart. The pace of the book is particularly satisfying. Moreover, I even found myself hugging the neighbor’s dogs “Tessa” and “Chubs” which made my cats rather jealous. I highly recommend Angelo's Journey: A Border Collie's Quest for Home, an extremely enjoyable read that I could not put down. I look forward to reading more books by Leland Dirks. And now a second review on  ...

 Yes There is more!

When imagination changes from hoping to knowing, it makes things real.” Angelo Dirks. Once again the wisdom and joviality of Angelo in addition to Leland Dirks delights, emotionally bonds, and rivals the work of James HerriotSeven Dogs in Heaven is not a book about grief or redemption but the core foundations of our existence that include love, loyalty, duty, and friendship. Leland Dirk’s use of literary creative knowledge surpasses the scope of the average author. The novel was engrossing and entirely had my attention.  Moreover, the reading pace was consistent and I did not slog through any portion of the story.

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Personification is used throughout the book. The mastery of the author makes this extremely plausible for the reader as if several of the canines are not only believable but contain much of the wisdom. For example, during the plot conflict of a crime committed Hayes states, This is about your life: how you lived it, what you did with it, who you shared it with. Furthermore, foreshadowing gives the reader the same effect when Trixie states, “You humans always try to make things too simple, except when you’re trying to make things too complicated. You can never just be with what is.” The imagery with the use of metaphors brings the text to life and emotional connects to the reader. The author compares laughter as a voice change of wind chimes to the jingling of sleigh bells. Figurative language and the sensory images uncover new and intriguing qualities of each human and animal in story.

This is TC.. I am obligated to post a picture of him for Leland's sake..

The thought provoking tone and style of the narrative are Omniscient. Several references are made to God, Chuan-Tzu, and Buddha as he sat under the banyan tree. The postulation of this belief is emphasized as the author learns, “There is no boundary between heaven and earth unless we believe in one.” big love, hero love, and friendship love are explained to the reader among many other pearls of wisdom are throughout the novel. Yet my personal favorite was, “Because we need each other. We complete each other. Duty works both ways. Love needs a beloved. Loyalty needs two to be loyalty. Fidelity is nothing without someone to be faithful to. Every dog needs a human, and every human needs a dog.” We need more authors like Angelo and Leland Dirks. The intense mindful and kind spirits that transform words to the bountiful treasure chest of the reader’s world. I highly recommend Seven Dogs in Heaven 


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