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Tangled Ties To A Manatee by Kalen Cap
A pregnant manatee is rare at any zoo, and a first for the Grove City Zoo in Ohio. Ankh is a delight to zoo patrons, a concern to its staff, and the unintentional victim of two con men. She has no idea how many human relationships, problems, and dreams tangle around her.
Jerry is a young developmentally disabled man who happily follows Ankh's pregnancy on the zoo's webcam. He has a shy crush on Janelle, a pretty college student who volunteers for his group home’s outings to the zoo.
Jerry's Aunt Vera also loves nature and runs an environmental retreat center. But all is not well, with Vera or the center. The center needs money and is under investigation as a cult.
Amid their college studies, Janelle and her friend Cecily try to help. Instead, Janelle re-awakens an old obsession in Vera when an innocent tarot reading hints at how the center might be saved.
Two bumbling con men are attempting to sabotage the region’s electrical grid as part of a lucrative scheme. But Jerry accidentally gets in their way and becomes their captive.
When the con men surprisingly succeed in bringing the grid down, it spells danger for Ankh, her unborn pup, and the many people tied to them both. With investigations of their own, Cecily and Janelle try to untangle it all to find Jerry, save a manatee’s life, and rescue Vera from herself.
Tangled Ties to a Manatee is a humorous crime thriller with environmental themes. The novel is revealed through multiple points of view and centers around college-aged characters.
One Five Star Review: Smoothing Out the Tangles
By Joseph M Rutter on July 14, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'm an avid reader, and when it comes to fiction I enjoy most those stories that draw me into a fully realized reality that I've not as yet experienced, a place populated with people and events that feel new and unexpected to me. Reading Tangled Ties to a Manatee has been a very satisfying time, and I'm happy to recommend the novel to anyone who is looking for a summer read, a book for traveling, or just a thought provoking and enjoyable experience.
The structure of Tangled Ties is unique in my experience. While there are chapters, the story is told in short character-based vignettes that slowly coalesce into a more unified narrative. What was really fun about the reading experience here is that I needed to participate in order to realize the "ties" in the book's title. Nothing is really handed out here on a platter. The reader is engaged directly in realizing and making sense of the action as it unfolds. This kind of participatory experience is rare in first novels, and I expect any future works by Kalen to continue to employ this stylistic device. I certainly hope so and will be watching for a second book.
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
About The Author: Kalen Cap is a writer living in Columbus, Ohio. He has self-published his first novel in Spring 2012. “Tangled Ties to a Manatee” is currently available in paperback and kindle e-book formats on Amazon.com
Kalen has also had short stories and poems published, as well as plays, both one act and full-length, produced locally. Active in environmental and animal protection causes, he often brings such concerns into his fiction writing.
Kalen believes staying fit is important for writers (and everyone, actually). He is a vegan who eats a lot of Clif bars (won’t say he “eats too many,” because, obvious weight concerns aside, one can never eat too many Clif bars. And no he’s not an affiliate, see, no Clif bar links).
Work In Process:
Novel, Working Title – “The Peace Cipher.”
Status: early draft work after outline. Next stage: Chapters given to writing group for critique.
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