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Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers' Favorite
Married couple Fels and Carl move to the mountain pine forests of the Cuyamaca mountains east of San Diego, California, after Fels' beloved nephew, Tod, is killed accidentally. Carl's left ring finger has been badly damaged, so his career as a blues musician is over. He doesn't protest their move to a primitive cabin in those mountains for now he can pal around with older neighbor, Defoe, a retired philosophy professor. Together these two friends attempt to establish a sprinkler system, prune back the toppled trees surrounding Carl's property, and visit a pile of rocks that Defoe insists is the burial site of a brave Kumeyaay of long ago, Tukemawa, who died holding off Spanish invaders as he helped Kumeyaaay women and children to escape. Fels brings home a ferret, Lilly, from her work at GeneTrend where scientific work is conducted under the supervision of owner, Rik, who has his own evil agenda. Lilly gives birth to four baby ferrets who have been laboratory conditioned to spew forth poisonous, deadly vomit. Will Carl and Defoe be able to stop Rik before he succeeds in killing humans with his genetically altered killer ferrets?
Author Blaine Readler has written a highly readable and totally entertaining tale of good triumphing over evil in "Off the Grid". Characters are well-created and believable, even bad guy Rik, and the plot flows smoothly from beginning to end. The readers will find themselves cheering when Carl finally defeats the killer ferrets and Tukemawa, a coydog who wins hearts, lives to become a guardian/pet. An outstanding read for all ages!