There Is A Generation

Kids of the Greatest Generation Volume 1

Fiction - Adventure
242 Pages
Reviewed on 06/02/2018
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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

The children of the 1950s were a generation whose parents were survivors: survivors of the Depression and the Second World War. Their parents knew how to make do with what they had and how to defend what was theirs. The children mirrored their parents. So, when two boys, Tim and Hect, take weapons and plan an onslaught, as boys will do, on a deserted cabin in a junkyard, they are mimicking the battles their parents fought. But, when things go wrong and they manage to blow up the cabin, the boys are on the run, afraid that they’re being sought by the law for murder. And worse. The boys follow a journey south from Texas, confronting one adventure after another, avoiding the law for fear of what reprisals await. Tim, always the joker, continually discovers that the joke’s really on him.

W.H. Buzzard’s novel, There Is A Generation, has painted a credible picture of life for children in 1950s Texas. The author has an incredible talent in describing each scene and every scenario. The reader can almost feel the intensity of the Texas sun in passages like: “The West Texas sun hammered our heads like nails. Heat off the metal truck body felt hot as off a stove top.” And the ingenious mindset of two young boys creating their own adventure: “We’re in a skirmish here, soldier. This ain’t no child’s play. Them cutthroats would die happy as eating pie if they could kill us, so you get serious.” The fascination with the wasps' nest, “big as a dinner plate”, is given considerable detail. All this happens in the first chapter, setting the stage for the plot to follow.

The dialogue between the boys distinguishes one from the other. Tim, from an affluent family, speaks with clarity, while Hect, a dropout from a poor family, speaks in the Texan vernacular. The entire novel begs one to compare it to another great boys’ adventure involving two unlikely friends, Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. Set in a similar pivotal generation, Tim and Hect make a comely pair of adventurers, not so different from Mark Twain’s pair. A rollicking read.

Lex Allen

Adventurous boys, Tim and Hect, use Molotov cocktails to set fire to a shack they believed abandoned in a deserted junkyard, only to observe a blazing human figure in the shack’s window. Horrified and certain their fate would find them sitting in “Old Sparky,” the Huntsville, Texas electric chair, the boys escape into the wilds of the West Texas desert. Neither was prepared for the hardships to come as they encounter a variety of characters that send them into chaotic and often bizarre situations. The teenagers split up, intending to meet up again in faraway El Paso. There Is A Generation by WH Buzzard details the adventures of each teenager on their way to El Paso and, following their reunion, further adventures in Juarez, Mexico. A comparison to the stories of Mark Twain and Joseph Heller are inevitable; less so, but nonetheless appropriate would be a PG rated correlation to the characters in the works of Hunter S. Thompson and, to a lesser but nonetheless appropriate degree, Charles Bukowski.

There Is A Generation by WH Buzzard is truly a laugh out loud story with a roller coaster ride of characters and events that represent the wide spectrum of lifestyles and characters found in 1950’s Texas. Born and raised in Texas, I was especially entertained, but readers from every corner of the world will relate to the characters, the geography, and action thanks to Buzzard's exceptional descriptive talents. The story is a bit confusing in the beginning, but readers will ultimately enjoy a series of scenes that often seem outlandish, even unbelievable as WH Buzzard maintains a definitive sense of realism and truth that makes the read that much more inviting and intriguing. I highly recommend There Is A Generation to teenagers and adults, and fans of all writing genres.

Jamie Michele

There is a Generation II: Kids of the Greatest Generation by WH Buzzard is the second book in the author's series, following up on the hi-jinks of Tim and Hector, who are now the grown children of the Greatest Generation (with potential for crossover with the Silent Generation). Hector is still stuck in Mexico and Tim, after making it home to an unfulfilling reunion with his mother, heads back to "The Camp" to see if he can rustle up an escape plan for his buddy. As it happens, Hector has become a guy with a new outlook on life, but the now feuding friends are made to put all of that aside when they are forced into a militia and onto a mission for someone more crazy than Hector's ideologies.

There is a Generation II is fiction written as a satire comedy, and if a reader isn't able to grasp that then they'll be in for a confusing tale. Thankfully, I got it, and found WH Buzzard's story to be amusing enough to while away a lazy afternoon in reading. Fine, there may not be margaritas in the part of Mexico Buzzard takes us to, but there's a guy named Centipede, and and an ungrateful Hector that makes for some fun reading. “It’s me, Hect, your best friend. I came out here to rescue you—at no small amount of trouble, not to mention being beat up by a couple of thugs guarding the camp.” Little does Hector know that Tim's got a whole $2000! If they can only get out of the desert... Recommended for readers with a sense of humor.

Justine Reyes

The second installment of W.H. Buzzard’s There is a Generation continues where the first novel left off. There is a Generation II: Kids of the Greatest Generation follows best friends Timothy and Hector after they escape from a jail in Mexico. Though Tim is the only one who makes it back home, Hector is stranded in the Mexican desert in some place called “the camp.” Upon returning home to Texas, Timothy finds that he’s $2,000 richer, but his excitement is quickly spoiled due to the absence of his best friend. Timothy decides he must go back and rescue Hector.

There is a Generation II is a very short novel; it flows smoothly and its satirical tone really adds to the flow, making it a very quick read. Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book; it sort of reminded me a bit of Mark Twain’s Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer and, in my opinion, that’s a huge plus. There aren’t many young adult adventure novels that are like the classics. It has a great balance of humor and adventure; it also had snippets of drama. Buzzard did a really good job of painting a picture of who Tim was, and maybe it's the time period this takes place in, but I really enjoyed the bluntness and ease of Tim’s inner monologues. I advise readers to take a peek at this book; you won’t be disappointed. You’ll be consumed by the wild ride in store for you between the pages of There is a Generation II.