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The Hero of Blind Pig Island and Other Island Stories by Jimmy Olsen

The Hero of Blind Pig Island and Other Stories, Jimmy Olsen, book review, On My Kindle Book Reviews

Source: I received a free print copy in exchange for an honest review.
Genre: Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Anthology
Format: eBook, Print
Publication Date: August 2, 2012

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This collection of island stories carries the reader from daring adventures beneath the Caribbean Sea to tense conflict on a deserted island near the Canadian border. Love stories and private eyes, a boy living on a lonely salt cay and a girl's dream of freedom at sea, hurricanes and heroes - all told with humor and the insight that comes from firsthand experience.


This highly entertaining anthology of short stories will transport readers to exotic locations where they will encounter underwater adventures, romance, and exploits and conflicts at sea.

Some of the stories are humorous; for instance, in "Revenge of the Schoolmasters" when a group of students vandalizes teachers' homes, a couple of teachers decide to give them their comeuppance. Other stories have tragic endings; in "Denise" and "Wet Passage," diving accidents take the lives of experienced divers. Finally, a few stories are thought-provoking like "The Missionaries;" a short story about a couple of missionaries who visit an American expatriate to reminisce about life in the U.S.

While each story is unique, they all provide insights into island life in a narrative that makes the book seem like a compelling compilation of non-fiction stories. With an eye for interesting details and the ability to spin a tale, Olsen plays the guide as readers explore vibrant and exotic locations from the comfort of their homes. Even if you read nothing else by Jimmy Olsen, this is the book that you absolutely must have!

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About Jimmy Olsen

Jimmy Olsen, The Hero of Blind Pig Island and Other Island Stories, book review, On My Kindle Book Reviews
Jimmy Olsen, author. Courtesy of Goodreads.
Jimmy Olsen didn’t start writing fiction until he was well past 40. In the tradition of American writers like Jack London and Louis L’Amour, Olsen spent much of his life seeking adventure. He began scuba diving in 1961 at age 13 and continues today. A machine-gunner in Vietnam, after two tours he settled down awhile, married, started a family and graduated college with a BS in English.

Still at college, he published his first national story in a diving magazine. A year later he moved his family to Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic where he taught at a private American school and started the Republic’s first professional diving school, Scuba Dominican, C por A. Hearing rumors of shipwrecks and gold, Olsen and a small group of adventurers discovered the site of the French Man-O-War Imperial and several other vessels.

After five years in the Caribbean, Olsen completed his MA at the University of Alabama and returned to writing, taking a job with a daily newspaper in Athens, Alabama for a year before becoming an editor back home in Minnesota. This lasted four years before the thirst for adventure overtook him again and he was back in the diving business, traveling to dive destinations from the Caribbean to the South Pacific. The snorkeling scene in Thing In Ditches comes directly from the author’s own rich experiences.

Jimmy Olsen has written two additional novels, Scuba, due to be released next year and YR-71, a Vietnam seafaring adventure set near Da Nang. In addition, he’s completed 20 short stories, some set in his native Minnesota and others from around the globe. Several of these have recently been sold and will soon be in print. Olsen continues to travel extensively, returning to the Dominican Republic to dive his old haunts only hours before Hurricane Georges.

Equally at home at the keyboard of a computer or his ancient Royal, Olsen spends his writing days in a north woods setting without even the basic comforts such as running water or electricity and at his modern office in the city. He has three children, now grown, and lives with his wife in Minnesota.
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I would like to thank Jimmy Olsen for providing me with a signed copy of his book. It is a rare treat that I greatly appreciate.

Have you read any books by Jimmy Olsen? What did you think of them? Let me know in the comments.