The Gopher King is a dark comedy story about Stan Przewalski. He lives in a PTSD fueled world where he remembers and daily punishes himself for what he perceives as a cowardly past.
Stan is a sole survivor from a mission he had during the Vietnam War. His wife has passed away. He is a former sergeant, and all the suppressed memories begin to resurface when he deals with a murder and a wildfire. That is when the supernatural story takes a peak and begins to take over the tale.
Stan befriends a few magical creatures, wearing boots and rock band tee shirts, which adds humor to the story. Not only does he have to deal with them destroying buildings, but he also learns a thing or two by making new friends.
The literature is action-packed but also is written in such a way that it makes the reader feel for the protagonist. Things may not have made much sense from an outsider, but you felt empathy for him through the protagonist’s eyes.
I recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy stories and books that discuss matters regarding PTSD.Tweet
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“The Gopher King” is a wonderful book and unlike anything else you’ve ever read. Author Nikolich has fun playing with words as he describes the day-to-day seemingly impossible situations that his hero, an overly-medicated Vietnam war veteran, encounters while running a small-town newspaper in Colorado. An example, his best friend is a prairie do who wears combat fatigues, carries a miniaturized AK47 on his hip and travels across North America in boxes sent through the US Mail. It’s a fun read.
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