I'm very happy to announce that I just finished writing the sequel to Pukawiss the Outcast and A Scout is Brave. It wraps things up very nicely, and I'm extremely pleased with the result. I don't have a name for it yet, so I've just been calling it Book III for now. Kind of catchy, eh?
And God said, "Let there be light!" But that's about the only safe command in the Bible, as Gene Grant reminds us in his novel, "Lesson On Destroying the World."
The novel follows the story of a young teen, the very likeable Micah McGhee, a high school dropout who was relentlessly bullied, rejected by his peers, harassed by cops, and is just trying to get by in life at a local fast food dive, while taking care of his alcoholic father. Then things really get bad for him when a drug-gang murders him on his way home from work.
The story should end there, but it doesn't. Micah wakes up a few days later only to discover two rather amazing truths. One is that he is still alive, and the other is that he is now God—or rather the next best thing.
The novel is every teens' fantasy come true. Tension arises however, as a group of fundamentalist Christians discover the source of Micah's omnipotent powers and desperately attempt to co-opt it in order to judge humankind for its many sins. Micah is determined to prevent that from happening. And in the end, his Christian friends learn a valuable lesson. For at the core of this novel is a powerful message - careful what you wish for, as you just might get it.
Jay Jordan Hawke is the host of On the Edge and author of the awarding winning Two-Spirit Chronicles, which includes: Pukawiss the Outcast, A Scout is Brave, and Onwaachige the Dreamer.