Resurrecting Tobias: Remarkable Book by William D. Holland
This 508-page paperback novel by William D. Holland (a well-known writer known as Bill Holland to readers on HubPages) weighs in at one-pound, ten-ounces. It is not the weight of the book that is notable, but his well-chosen words which will persist in your mind long after reading Resurrecting Tobias ends. At least that is how it affected me.
Good authors have a way of not only describing people, places, and things with precise particulars that make the words resonate but they also quickly draw one into the story. Bill Holland accomplishes that in spades!
This riveting story unfolds in the prologue of the novel with the horrific details of a woman who is stoned to death in Iran. The gruesome images of that defenseless woman subjected to crowds watching each cast stone doing its part in her slow and painful demise, while most of them viewed the spectacle as entertainment, grab a reader's attention immediately.
That is where we first meet Toby, the main character of the book.
Childhood Friends for Life
While Toby King is the primary character of this book, his childhood associations with Pete Carnahan and Maria Turner are also essential and end up lasting a lifetime for the three of them. It is more than a mere friendship. These three people genuinely care for one another and grow to love each other.
It is the intertwining of their lives that creates a compelling story. They form bonds that prove resilient even when their paths go in different directions.
As readers, we also grow to care for each of these folks and root for them as they transcend their trials of life.
Surviving Trials and Tribulations
Few people progress through life obstacle-free. Whether it is our family members, friends, acquaintances, or strangers who we pass on a street, we all, at times, face moments which can be life-altering. Circumstances can dictate a harsh reality for some people. Assaults can come without warning. Sometimes those hardships are self-inflicted.
All three of our characters endure stumbling blocks, some more serious than others, and we are with them all the way through the pages of this book hoping that they survive and come out on top.
A Hard Lesson Learned
Toby is a successful author, who at one point seems to have it all. Despite that, he has his devils which disrupt his life in a significant way. That severance from his usual style of living affects Pete and Maria, as well as himself, while he pays a dear price for the cataclysmic accident that takes place because of his addiction to alcohol.
Our Toby may be a flawed man. Who of us is perfect? The price he has to pay gives him plenty of time for introspection as well as healing. It is a harsh lesson but one that ends up aiding others as he stitches his life back together.
Before his incarceration and after, Toby gives readings in venues all across the country, often accompanied by his lifetime pal Pete. The words of his readings are impactful and strike to the core of who we indeed are as human beings and how we interact with others. Contemplative ruminations cover just about every subject imaginable.
Toby's musings of the human condition take the forms of discerning logic, acute perception, considerable intuition, reflective thinking, and meditative reasoning. His wording is unvarnished.
Readers are forced to face subjects such as bullying, rape, abject poverty, prejudice, war, sex trafficking, drug abuse, illness, homelessness and more. While many of us realize that those conditions exist, perhaps even understanding some of those issues firsthand, Tony makes those matters resound in our minds like an arrow hitting dead center on a target.
All is not doom and gloom. While this novel takes us on a journey which crosses off many miles of travel and space of time, it also shows how our three characters transcend that time and space with hopefulness, fearlessness, endurance, and everlasting love.
It gives all of us a reason for optimism in the days to come. Our days ahead need never be cemented by our past. It is up to us to make purposeful changes, if necessary, and look forward towards a brighter future.
Resurrecting Tobias is a book that readers will always remember!
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© 2019 Peggy Woods