A Rabbit's Tale: An Easter Story

Praying Mantis Series Book 1

Christian - Fiction
199 Pages
Reviewed on 09/23/2015
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Author Biography

Diogenes Ruiz is a fiction writer whose stories are compelling. He merges suspense, mystery, and fantasy creating interesting characters in situations that stretch your imagination. His use of humor, combined with the tempo and pace of his writing, create highly effective page turners.

Born in the Dominican Republic, Diogenes grew up in New York City's Washington Heights. Although he is not a lover of grits, Diogenes currently lives in North Carolina and has not yet been deported by the grits Police.

His debut novel, "A Rabbit's Tale An Easter Story" received the 2015 Global eBook Gold Medal Award in the category of Christian fiction and recently received the 2016 Reader's Favorite Bronze Medal in the category of Tall Tales.

In spite of the title, A Rabbit's Tale is not for young children. It is suitable for ages 13+.

His second book, "Persistent Evil," is a standalone novel that picks up where "A Rabbit's Tale" ends. His third book, "The Francis Conspiracy," is currently in the works.

If you are looking for something truly different, take the plunge and discover this author. His writing crosses genres seamlessly, creating stories that are entertaining and thought-provoking.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

A Rabbit’s Tale: An Easter Story by Diogenes Ruiz is an eclectic mix of genres that you will come to love. Juan always wanted to be a professional photographer, but life happened and then his personal preferences and desires took a back seat. As time went on, he perfected the art of pretending to be happy, but he kept on yearning for real happiness. One fateful day, his brother-in-law asked him to wear the Easter bunny costume for a kid’s party and he accepted.

He had no idea that he would lose his marriage, his self and his body. Now, with a crippling side effect of the event reminding him of that fateful day, Juan must learn to live his life. But all is not over. An evil and manic man wants Juan dead, and Juan must help his friend to put this dangerous man behind bars. With so much going on in his life, Juan is questioning God. Does God exist? If He does, then where is He? Why isn’t He helping Juan?

A Rabbit’s Tale: An Easter Story by Diogenes Ruiz was a roller-coaster ride. It is a mishmash of humor, suspense, religion and mystery. Juan is quite a character. He is the perfect eclectic hero for an eclectic novel. Despite that, Ruiz managed to make the novel fun to read. It was very well written and entertaining. I felt that the novel was a little rushed towards the end, but then I knew what was happening and the characters knew as well, so there was no point in beating around the bush. Still, a five-star novel. I’m glad I picked it.

W.E. Ryder

The Rabbit’s Tale is a book that’s difficult to set down once you start reading it. The narrative is fantastic, and the characters are well developed and intriguing. There is a definite Christian message here, but it doesn’t come across as overbearing at all. Diogenes Ruiz is a very talented writer!

S. Elaine Craig

This is such an interesting book that I could not possibly classify it. Let's just say it is a humorous mystery, slightly horror-like wacky funny tale of Easter and a giant bunny, redemption, absolution and revenge. Seriously, I could not put it down. I thought it was wonderfully written.

John Howard Prin

Open this book and you are in for an egg-citing treat. Settle back as you turn the pages of this superb story and rest easy knowing you’re in for a jubilee of enjoyment.

A Rabbit’s Tale offers a wonderfully funny, and at times laugh-out-loud hilarious, story of ingenious twists and turns. The author has assembled a rich cast of characters, sympathetically drawn in the case of hero Juan Arias and dastardly villainous as personified by Monty McPride, who messes things up in grand fashion. The array of humanity in these pages spans the spectrum of likeable to detestable.

The storyline is a roller-coaster ride of humorous flashes of comedy and touching moments of tender pathos. Its many twists and surprises kept me guessing about how seemingly unrelated events would weave together, but Ruiz proved himself to be a gifted storyteller.

I especially enjoyed the story’s outrageous central premise, a leap of fantasy based on a stupendous “what-if.” Juan’s trials and tribulations are those of an everyman, an ordinary and decent fellow who dresses up as the Easter Bunny for a kids’ party and has a medical emergency which catapults the antics into high gear.

In keeping with the Easter themes of death by crucifixion and miraculous resurrection, the author presents episodes in Juan’s life when his plight parallels that of his hero Jesus -- times when everything turns dark and bleak, but then by some unexpected plot twist or quirk of character the divine light of hope shines brightly and saves the day.

Highly creative, wildly imaginative, tremendously enjoyable -- this tall tale has the makings of a classic.

Georgette Pinsky

Recently, I was given a gift of a book called "A Rabbits Tale An Easter Story" written by Diogenes Ruiz. As I was confined to home for several days, I started reading. Much to my surprise and pleasure, I finished reading the book in one day. I found it interesting and well written. Several weeks later, I re-read the book and enjoyed it all over again. I look forward to his next book, Persistent Evil.

Tricia Downs

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Diogenes Ruiz successfully conveyed a beautiful message through an interesting, suspenseful, and very heartfelt story. It's a quick read thanks to the many twists and turns. You'll find yourself quickly caught up in the life of the characters. I recommend this book to just about anyone from teens to adults.

Henrietta Lala

It starts out as an interesting and curious morality tale that catches you up as it gently unfolds with humour; letting you accept the situations that start to interlock with one another. It just gets better and better until it begins to dawn on you that it is written with a quiet genius. Parts are laugh out loud funny and it's all tied up neatly in a feel-good ending. Though religion permeates the story, it's never strident or pushy. This would make a fantastic TV movie.

Mary Ellen

Well worth reading. It is impossible to say anything about the story without spoiling it/giving it away. I knew nothing about it and really enjoyed going along for the ride, wherever it took me... perfect for any time of the year.
I am glad I read this book.

Donna Sincock

Brilliant! Simply Brilliant! A book that intrigues you to keep reading. An Easter lesson for all. Thank you Mr. Ruiz for sharing your talent.