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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Rumi Revisited is a work of fiction in the interpersonal drama subgenre. It is aimed at the adult reading audience and was penned by Craig Wells. Set at a crossroads of faith and culture in 1960s Los Angeles where anything outside of Caucasian came with major complications, the book tells the story of Cody who is in love with a Chumash girl named Malia. When Malia is kidnapped by a vengeful warrior seeking to hurt Cody’s friend Mr. Ozzard, Cody must take his first steps into manhood through violence and danger in order to rescue Malia and stop her kidnapper’s campaign against his friend.
The America of the 20th century was a melting pot of cultures and ethnic groups, and it is from this rich background that Craig Wells draws inspiration for this deep and personal saga of an outsider learning about the worlds that his neighbors come from. Cody is a wide-eyed and likable protagonist whose intentions make him someone that we as readers can root for. What strikes me most about Rumi Revisited, though, is the world in which the story takes place, one that feels so close to ours that it’s important to stop and remind yourself every so often that this is a work of fiction. The lore of the book is deep and rich, and the monsters that spring from it are highly sinister and constantly credible threats to Cody and those he cares about. Rumi Revisited is an exciting and compelling tale, dripping with gorgeous prose and packed with a dynamic story and compelling characters; a great read for anyone.