Friday, July 30, 2010
"The Fourth Nephite"
Kaleo Steele is a high school football player who gets busted by his seminary teacher holding a beer. In return for not telling his parents, the seminary teacher sends Kaleo to talk to his friend Ladan.
Ladan, one of the 3 Nephites (although Kaleo does not know this), sends Kaleo back to Joseph Smith's day. Kaleo has to decide for himself whether Joseph Smith was telling the truth or was a charlatan.
I enjoyed the story, which moved along at a good pace, and the quality of the writing, which included a lot of humorous moments. The book is not "preachy" and I found myself just wondering when Kaleo would figure things out. The only problem I had with the book was trying to figure out how to pronounce "Ladan." Does it rhyme with Laman and Laban? Is it a silly Utah name (think LaVell) and it is Lah-Dan? Is it like Aladdin? I stumbled over the name for a few pages and then just decided it rhymed with Laman.
The book comes out at the end of August, and I think it is worth reading. Savage leaves it open for sequels, and I am excited to read them in the future!