Hit and Run
by Bob Rich
My rating: 5 stars
Publisher: Writers Exchange E-Publishing (May 30, 2018)
Publication Date: May 30, 2018
Genre: Scifi | Fantasy
Print Length: 333 pages
Available from: Amazon
14 year old Chuck hates everybody; would blow up Earth if he could. So, he steals a car and seeks someone, anyone, to kill. He drives over 6 children and the crossing supervisor, narrowly missing 84 year old Sylvia.
That night, there is a mysterious contact between them, which continues. Sylvia looks after Chuck's little brother, Tommy. Her drawings help the police to arrest him, but at the memorial service for the victims, she says, "Hate begets hate, vengeance only leads to vengeance, violence feeds on itself. Only love can stop the endless cycle. Only love can turn hate into love."
His very name is an abusive joke against him, so she insists on calling him Charlie. But can she steer him toward a good life?
Follow their journey together through many more crises, and good times too.
Hit and Run by Bob Rich
At fourteen-years-old, Chuck had had enough with the mountains of trash life has dumped on him. His rage ignited and he plowed a stolen vehicle through a group of young children, a cross guard and narrowly missed eighty-four-year-old Sylvia Kryz in the process. It would be Sylvia’s drawing that pointed to young Chuck’s capture, but it would be her compassion and a mysterious supernatural link that may be the only thing to save both Chuck and his young brother from the Hell their lives have been.
Able to communicate mentally, Sylvia will find that underneath the tough veneer, the uneducated boy has a heart of gold, if only he can be given a chance to thrive outside of the cesspool that was his life.
HIT AND RUN by Bob Rich is a tale of the pain and self-hate of one teen in crisis that society forgot to take care of. Out of sight, out of mind, until an elderly woman gives him what he craves, a chance, an ally, someone who believes in him.
Do you believe in miracles or things happening for a reason? There is a reason that Charlie and Sylvia connected beyond the normal plane of existence. Can Sylvia prove to both Charlie and the world around him that he has value, that he has heart and that just maybe he is as much a victim as those he killed? Will the love and support of a frail octogenarian give a young teen a push in the right direction? Will her efforts also change the hearts of the society around them both?
Sylvia is an amazing character filled with decades of life experiences and the wisdom to look beyond the surface without fear of going against the grain of the world around her. I’m not sure Bob Rich could have created a better spokesperson for caring and compassion, for valuing the wisdom of those who years of life experiences. She had the strength to stand alone, something that seems lost in today’s mentality that craves acceptance or condemns without offering up a possible solution.
My heart went out to Charlie and his young brother, Tommy, both innocents who never knew real love or security or even boundaries.
Emotionally gut-wrenching, uplifting and powerfully charged, HIT AND RUN was clearly created from the very soul of its author and Bob Rich has a story that should be on every reader’s shelf and in every library. It is a story of love and the power it gives for change and for hope for a better future, leaving the past behind. The world needs more Sylvias, maybe there would be fewer Chucks.
I received a complimentary copy from Bob Rich and I cannot thank him enough!