“The Mice of The Great Storm,” James Edward Williams Jr., E-book, $3.99.
"The Mice of The Great Storm” is a wonderfully written story, penned by author and B.O.I. James Edward Williams Jr., which chronicles the life and times of the book’s main character, a mouse known as Codie the Proud.
The plot quickly unfolds through the eyes of this young, yet brave mouse teller, who narrates his ancestral beginning to escaping the great potato famine — via a dramatically long and tragic voyage on a tall ship — to the vessel’s arrival on American soil and years beyond.
Written in first person, Williams does an eloquent job in laying out the story plotline with an easy-to-follow descriptive of Codie’s kindred, momentous expedition leading up to the renowned The Storm of 1900 — a particularly terrible storm, which devastated the coastal city of Galveston in property and loss of lives.
This fictional, yet historically rich narrative, provides a uniquely diverse view from any previously told tales of the storm and brings home the idea of what times would have been like during this disastrous era.
Williams shares a fanciful tale of adventure, tragedy and triumph, while embellishing great skill in writing from the Irish perspective.
Moreover, from an Irish viewpoint, the book is endorsed with a foreword of praise by another B.O.I. and Irish descendant, Andrew Rourke Sr., whose great-great-great-grandfather, John O’Rourke, was an Irish immigrant from the potato famine, a 1900 Storm survivor and part owner of the construction company J.M. O’Rourke & Co. — a firm commissioned by the city of Galveston to build the first phase of the seawall in 1902, which still protects the island to this day.
“The Mice of The Great Storm” displays unbelievable detail while conveying a powerful message of triumph over tragedy. The story never has a dull moment and moves along at an adequate pace.
It works and leaves nothing for the reader to question, as it demonstrates great writing skill, a successful range of insight and foremost, conveys the vast amount of research Williams has committed himself to making this storyline a winner.
You will not be disappointed. This book is quite capable of a very quick transformation from literary work to a Disney Pixar movie. It really does have the blueprint of a great animated film in the making.