Larry’s Post-Rapture Pet-Sitting Service
By Ellen King Rice
· Publisher: Undergrowth Publishing (August 20, 2020)
· Publication Date: August 20, 2020
But First, the Blurb:
One man with highly flexible morals and a dodgy past.
His mother, in dire need of beer and pretzels.
A history-mad teenager in search of a job.
And cats. Lots of cats.
As the alleged man of the house, Larry has to make ends meet, one way or another.
Selling post-Rapture pet care insurance seems simple enough.
Until Larry crosses paths with a left-behind televangelist looking to carve a new domain. Out of his hide, if he lets her.
Review: “A large and colorful cast of characters fills the novel, and their experiences and coping mechanisms in the rapture-altered world give the story a welcome variety of perspectives.” – Kirkus Reviews
I’m still smiling about this book. Larry is the most perfectly imperfect man ever. Marjorie is a wonderful person, a little rough around the edges, but possessing a heart of gold. Every cloud has a silver lining, but sometimes you have to hustle to get there first. Marjorie excels at keeping her son hustling.
Larry is used to not flying first-class, so to speak, so he’s not surprised that he was left behind. He loves life and all the pickles he’d have missed had he been raptured or sent the other way.
I loved the notion that all the dogs went to Heaven.
Abigail Ross is a credible villain. The many snake-like ways she tries to thwart Larry's success kept me turning the page. I had to find out how everything was resolved.
Larry attracts a good posse. Every character in this group and their circumstances are unique, and yet they fit together, becoming stronger by virtue of their common situation: being left behind.
I laughed out loud, worried for Larry and his crew, and celebrated when certain animals were rescued.
If you like humor, dark or otherwise, and love character-driven books, this is one you should read.