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Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Readers' Favorite
Reverend Ripple$ Building Fund, by award-winning author Tank Gunner, is a completely entertaining and enjoyable work of historical fiction with a unique premise and charismatic characters. The story opens in 1956. Meet the Reverend Bobby Ripples, who is a fake preacher, a thief, former convict, and con man. He has a thirst for fame and fortune, milks congregations by selling prayer cloths and raking in donations, and tries to avoid a church audit of his monetary practices. He has a plan to fix all of this by getting two church members named Boo and Clem to transport a bag of cash to his Dallas investors. But these two don't have a clue as to how the preacher is using them, and they wind up in a sticky situation where Elvis Presley enters the picture. Among the cast of memorable characters, you'll find Bobby's former celly Fuzzy Weaver, and Claudette Coleman who has ambitions of her own.
Gunner delivers again with a colorful plot and jump-off-the-page characters. Bobby is an especially intriguing personality, who can't seem to escape his crooked nature and sketchy past. It's the characters that lead you through this story, namely Robert Ripples. Getting to know him through dialogue and the other characters he interacts with, you can't help but want to like him. He has an endearing quality; a charm that is perfect for preaching--and swindling. This author's talent shines as he recreates a time in history, settings you get a real feel for, and dialogue that moves the plot along at just the right pace. Reverend Ripple$ Building Fund by Tank Gunner would make a great, fun movie, and is the perfect choice for fans of quirky, character-driven fiction.