By: Rick Fishman
Publisher: Outskirts Press
Publication Date: April 19, 2022
Reviewed by: Diane Lunsford
Review Date: August 8, 2022
Rick Fishman teases the appetite of his audience with a recipe of mystery and intrigue in his latest book, The Navajo Event: Proof of God’s Existence.
Carli Newman was a young and vibrant woman, happily married to Marty Newman. She worked at the Sandwich Condo. There was nothing stand out about the shop other than it was located across the street from the Ohio State University Medical Center. Little did Carli know she was about to become much more familiar with the hospital’s accommodations and her customers, Drs. Duncan and Dred.
There’s an unspoken lore that nothing good happens after midnight. "...Electrical fires are hard to predict. And if no one knew that months of plopping their bottoms down hard onto the cushions would cause one of the sofa toes to gradually shred the protective covering of a lamp cord… well, then they probably couldn’t have predicted that their fifteen-pound cat would be the last additional weight needed to cause opposite bare wires to touch..." At 2:30 a.m. the Newman’s bedroom is engulfed in suffocating smoke. Thankfully, the neighbors already called 911. Carli panics to get fresh air into the suffocating space. Not thinking clearly, she opens their bedroom window and a severe backdraft of flames rushes in. The terrified young couple has no alternative but to leap from their bedroom window to the ground two stories below. The result of doing so would change their lives forever.
Rick Fishman has an engaging and conversational tone to his storytelling. From the onset of this read, it was easy to detect his voice and enjoyable to follow the breadcrumbs of the tale that would unfold. Without too much of a spoiler, the premise he weaves of Navajo healing and how character Carli Newman benefits from the healing powers is quite captivating. He challenges his audience to ponder the notion that there is a God and miracles truly can happen. This story has a nice cadence throughout in that Fishman doesn’t jerk the reader from one concept to the next in choppy fashion. Rather, he lays a navigable foundation of steppingstones that easily guides his audience down the path. The author stays true throughout with his theory of 'miracles really can happen,' except for one premise that involves the Pope that was a bit too much over the top. Overall, however, this is an enchanting read.
Quill Says: The Navajo Event will have ‘naysayers’ pondering notion and possibility that miracles really can occur.