Things Grak Hates by Peter J. Story literally blew me away. Who is Grak and what does he hate? Grak is a tribesman that sees life in a peculiar way. In fact, Grak’s fellow tribesmen are confused with what Grak feels is necessary in life. Grak has guilty pleasures of watching children being scolded and witnessing the agony of others. He feels he is not a total monster because he does feel some concern with these tribulations.
Grak hates everything! Out of everything Grak hates, he despises olives the most! He loathes olives so much his fellow tribesmen would agree it is a trait of his bizarre personality. Confronting the cook of the tribe, Grak felt he was bitter in his response of “not enough food” and “everyone else likes olives”. Grak felt a scheming plan was necessary in resolving this matter with the cook. Grak regrets his words to the cook, because he went too far with the scheme and it would be difficult to follow. So since his plan didn’t work, he had to come up with another scheme to offset the first.
The ever-scheming and manipulating Grak seized the opportunity and took leadership over the tribe. He was loved by the tribesmen and was growing in popularity. Grak feels his barbaric ways of leadership is necessary for a disciplined tribe. Soon his devoted followers become bewildered and confused with Grak’s leadership abilities when he takes his leadership to another level of being self-centered and vengeful. The tribesmen then realize the need to regain peace within their people, so they plan an uprising. Grak underestimates the mentality of the people, which in turn lands him in such turmoil, he finds it difficult to manipulate his way out.
This book kept me as bewildered as Grak’s followers regarding his beliefs. I was taken on an emotional journey with a roller coaster ride of betrayal and merciless evil. I was entertained with the ways of a primitive people with an added touch of comedy and wit. I look forward to reading more from Peter J. Story – a great, imaginative story teller!
4 of 5 Stars, Review by Monica McDaniel