Adelita’s Secret by Christopher Cloud

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Author: Christopher Cloud

Publisher: Create Space Independent Publishing Platform

Genre: young adult fantasy romance

Format: paperback copy, kindle 

Lost in a superficial world of materialism and social status—and ashamed of her Latino heritage—seventeen-year-old Adelita Noé is loved by two men, two men separated by a hundred years and vastly different stations in life. One man owns little more than the shirt on his back. The other, a poet at heart, is heir to a vast fortune. Their love for Adelita serves as the backdrop for the Latino girl’s quest to better understand herself and her Mexican roots.

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Award-winning author Christopher Cloud began writing fiction full time at the age of 66 after a long career in journalism and public relations. He writes middle-grade and young adult novels. Chris graduated from the University of Missouri in 1967 with a degree in journalism. He has worked as a reporter, editor, and columnist at newspapers in Texas, California, and Missouri. He was employed by a major oil company as a public relations executive, and later operated his own public relations agency. Chris lives in Joplin, Missouri, and enjoys golf and hiking. 

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Voices of the Locusts by Christopher Cloud

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Sixteen-year old Jack O’Brien has never known the bittersweet stint of love, and romance is the farthest thing from his mind as he and his family arrives at a remote U.S. Air Force outpost in Japan where Jack’s father is base commander. The year is 1948. Jack’s life changes after a chance encounter with Fujiko Kobaysi, a beautiful and enchanting 17-year-old Japanese girl. Jack is immediately smitten.

Fujiko’s traditional parents are overly protective and monitor her every move, and Jack and Fujiko meet secretly at her garden, located some distance from her village. There is a good reason why Fujiko’s parents are so protective and Jack is devastated when Fujiko tells him that her parents have promised her in marriage to an older man, a practice common throughout Asia at the time. The marriage is only a months away. Jack devises a cunning plan, one that will overshadow her arranged marriage and bring Fujiko and him together.

Playing against a backdrop of swirling post-War social change, Voices of the Locusts tells the story of three families – one black, one white, one Asian. Told in Jack’s voice in vivid and sometimes haunting detail, Jack and Fujiko are frustrated in their romantic quest by story characters coming to terms (often violently) with the emotional scars of World War II.

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Author Chris Cloud

Christopher Cloud began writing fiction full time after a long career in journalism and public relations. Voices of the Locusts is his fourth novel. A multi-genre author, Chris Cloud’s choice of novels to write is determined not by genre, but by the weight of the story. Cloud graduated from the University of Missouri in 1967 with a degree in journalism. He has worked as a reporter, editor, and columnist at newspapers in Texas, California, and Missouri. He was employed by a Fortune 100 company as a public relations executive, and later operated his own public relations agency. Cloud attended high school in Japan, and much of his Voices of the Locusts is based on personal experience. Cloud lives in Joplin, Missouri.

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A Boy Called Duct Tape by Christopher Cloud

 A fast-paced, action-packed adventure story is what you’ll find in the young adult novel titled, A Boy Called Duct Tape.

Pedro Perez’s family is poor–so poor, his classmates have taken to calling him Duct Tape for the tape that holds his sneakers together. When Pedro discovers a $20 gold coin at the bottom of Harper’s Hole, he’s sure he’s found a piece of Jesse James’s treasure, rumored to be hidden in the Ozark mountains. Hiring a local spelunker, Pedro, his younger sister, Pia, and their 13-year-old cousin, Kiki, go on an underground adventure in the hopes of finding a treasure that could change all their lives.

Author Christopher Cloud has created an exciting adventure story with A Boy Called Duct Tape. A 12-year-old unpopular kid, his nine-year-old sister with a bad leg, and his cousin who is visiting, are an engaging trio of young treasure hunters. After performing research to find out how much the $20 gold coin is worth, Pedro is convinced it is part of the spoils from the James brothers’ heists. The three decide to hire Monroe Huff, a local spelunker to guide them through the cave using a $1 treasure map sold at the county fair.

A Boy Called Duct Tape is part history lesson, part geology lesson, and all pure enjoyment. Simpler in content than some young adult novels geared toward an older audience, the constant action will keep readers turning the pages. Cloud’s style and a superb plot blend together with his wonderful cast of characters to provide an overall great story.

As a parent, I only had one complaint. No mother in her right mind would allow her two young children and her niece to make a potentially life-threatening journey with a total stranger. While the reader isn’t privy to how Pedro unfurls his plan to his mother, she is the one who drives the three kids to meet Monroe Huff on the day they start their treasure hunt; and she knows they might be staying overnight. She briefly talks with Huff and then tells the kids she trusts him, gushing over how he called her ma’am. Now, I could easily believe the kids hatched this plan and didn’t tell the mother they were taking off with Huff, leaving behind a note for her to find once she returned home from work that day, but having the mother approve of the trip after meeting Huff once was a huge stumbling block for me. It’s the one dent in what is otherwise a flawless read.

A Boy Called Duct Tape by Christopher Cloud is a fabulous book. I’ll definitely be looking for more from him in the future.

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Paperback:188 pages
  • Publisher:CreateSpace (April 6, 2012)
  • ISBN-10:1470006332
  • ISBN-13: 978-1470006334
  • SRP:  $8.35
  • Kindle version: $.99

I received a free Kindle version of this book through Pump Up Y our Book virtual book tours in exchange for my honest opinion. I received no monetary compensation for this review.