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The Tommy Plans
by Cooper Renner (Goodreads Author)
When the Soviets invade the U.S. in the 1960s, two eight-year-olds spring into action to save themselves and their classmates. The Tommy Plans is a comic and affectionate look at life in Cold War America and a subtle reflection on contemporary life. Renner's pencil illustrations reinforce the childlike innocence of his heroes, free of duplicity and malice.
Paperback, 1st, 38 pages
Published December 2013 by Spuyten Duyvil
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I'm the author, so of course I'm prejudiced. This is the most light-hearted and most fun of my books, based out of my experiences growing up under the fears of nuclear war in the US in the '60s. But here, thanks to two brave eight-year-old boys, there is always hope, even after a Soviet invasion.
I read this three times through before writing about it here. I love Cooper's artwork and there's plenty of it in this one. And the story - straight-forward until, in the middle, it becomes anything other than straight-forward. Good and creepy, if my assumption there was correct. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Great job, guys!
My newest publications are the graphic novel *The Tommy Plans* (Spuyten Duyvil, 2014), set in Texas during the Cold War (to comic effect); *The Goddess Moon* (Ggantija 2014), an ebook novel of The Wolves of Malta, currently available exclusively via Amazon; and "Coyotes," a short story included in the anthology *New Border Voices* (Texas A&M University Press, 2014). *Triple No. 1* (Ravenna, ...moreMore about Cooper Renner...