I've just read the manuscript of SERVAL SON: Spots and Stripes Forever by Kristine M Smith, a Tacoma author. If someone in Hollywood doesn't option this story to make a movie out of it, they're asleep at the switch in Tinsel Town. In my opinion, SERVAL SON ranks right up there with Marley and Me.
Serval Son is a beautiful yet harrowing depiction of the life-from birth to death-of the author's African serval cat, Deaken: all the ups and downs, sacrifices and joys that this loving owner (or "Mom-cat") went through to ensure that her knee-high wild one was well-cared for until the day he crossed rainbow bridge in 1996.
The book throws a glaring spotlight on the perils and obstacles inherent in owning an animal whose lineage has not prepared it for domestication. The inexhaustible trials and tribulations Kris faced to keep her commitment to Deaken are well detailed and, for the reader (as they must have been for her), suspenseful almost beyond bearing.
It's an amazing life story. Readers will fall in love with Kris's commitment, Deaken's antics, and the late actor DeForest Kelley (Star Trek's Dr. McCoy) and his wife, Carolyn, who offered unlimited kindness to Kris and Deaken.
As a reader observing from the outside, I became sick inside with sadness about Deaken. Kris's sixth book, SERVAL SON made me smile, laugh, and cry! I cried twice over the Kelley's giving hearts, and once while walking in Kris's shoes as the end of Deaken's life approached and she had to make the heartbreaking decision to have him euthanized.
Throughout Serval Son, Kris's story remained more compelling than my own basic needs: I was hungry and needed to take care of some personal business during the short few hours it took me to jump into her life but I just couldn't force myself to put the story down.
I feel as though I've lain on my bed with Kris's serval son, listened to his heartbeat and purr, watched him hunt, heard him chirp, seen him roll on the floor with new kitten Poppy, smelled his skunk-covered stench, and held his paw during his final moments.
While reading the book, I felt compelled to bring my two pit bulls in to lie on the floor next to me because I could identify with her love for Deaken in the same way I love them.
I commend the book to you whether or not you ever have wondered what it would be like to be owned by a wild cat. Were I the person in charge of ascendancy in the literary world, SERVAL SON would become an instant classic.
SERVAL SON: Spots & Stripes Forever will be available on Sept 1st 2011 at Amazon and FutureWord.net. I plan to help Kris "run it up the flagpole" at Amazon on that day by buying my own copy. I hope you'll join me.
Publisher FutureWord's Press Release: SERVAL SON: Spots & Stripes Forever
My first meeting with Tacoma author, Kristine M. Smith: Writers who paint
My second: Wordsmith's empowering each other