Review: The Dog Who Was There

        `The Dog Who Was There` is a Christian historical fiction book written by author Ron Marasco. Ron Marasco is known for his published books as well as a famous t.v. and movie star. He played in the t.v. shows Lost and West Wing and starred in the movie Illusion alongside actor Kirk Douglas.

        The reader is introduced to Barley the dog at the beginning of chapter one. His owners Adah and Duv lived in a one-room home in Judea. Duv was a woodcarver and his wife helped him by making little pots of paint using things like blackberries and crushed lily pollen.

        Barley was the runt of his litter and small enough to get underfoot. However, he usually stayed out of the way, especially when Adah went to collect water in jars. At other times he was allowed to come close enough to be petted.

        There are sub-plots as we weave through the story. One is how a little boy, Micah, befriended Barley, another is how Barley came to be Adah and Duv's dog and yet another is the Teacher. However, the plot is not emphasized over character and setting. The setting is intended to be first-century Judea.

        Although there are glimpses of Jesus, Kind Man, throughout the early part of the book, our first real sighting was on Palm Sunday and on the road to Golgotha. This story is told through dramatized narration and I give the book 5 stars for a story well told.

About The Author:

Ron Marasco is a professor in the College of Communication and Fine Arts at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. His first book, "Notes to an Actor," was named by the American Library Association an Outstanding Book of 2008. His second book, "About Grief," has been translated into multiple languages, and he is currently completing a book on Shakespeare’s sonnets. He has acted extensively on TV—from "Lost" to "West Wing" to "Entourage" to originating the role of Mr. Casper on "Freaks and Geeks"—and appeared opposite screen legend Kirk Douglas in the movie "Illusion," for which he also wrote the screenplay. Most recently, he has played the recurring role of Judge Grove on "Major Crimes." He has a BA from Fordham at Lincoln Center and an MA and Ph. D. from UCLA.

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Disclaimer: "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own."


Brandi said…
I love Christian historical fiction but have never read one in which a dog is the main character. :) I'd love for you to share your post with my readers at Literacy Musing Mondays. Link-up goes live each Monday 9 am Eastern. Thanks and have a great week!
Michelle F said…
Thanks, Brandi!
I will try to remember.

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