Blog Tour: The Square Root of Texas by Rob Witherspoon

THE SQUARE ROOT OF TEXAS: The First Calamity of QED Morningwood
Rob Witherspoon
Genre: Satire / Humor / Absurdist Fiction
Publisher: Independently Published
Date of Publication: September 26, 2018
Number of Pages: 181 pages
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QED Morningwood is a liar, braggart and teller of tall tales. When he shows up at the domino parlor with a mysterious Russian crate in the back of his pick-up truck, he confides to the players he is a ‘Shadow’ member of the NRA, not on their official membership roll, and has a load of rocket propelled grenades – all lies. The news spreads to the real Shadow NRA, the FBI and Homeland Security. Meanwhile, the Russian Ministry of Cultural Preservation sends an agent to retrieve the crate, the actual contents known only to the Russians.

The Russian agent, an FBI team, a DHS undercover agent and a Shadow NRA hit team arrive in Heelstring, Texas looking for QED and his crate. Their convergence is followed by interrogations, seduction, lies, arrests, jailbreak, kidnapping and rescue – along with car chases and explosions. If not for Cotton Widdershins, an ancient black man with secrets of his own, who acts as QED’s mentor and savior, the Morningwood line would be doomed to end, or at best spend life in a federal penitentiary.

My copy of this book came with an inscription from the author that reads, “Be irrational!”, and oh how appropriate!  The Square Root of Texas is a delightfully quirky book with so much humor and Texas spirit!  QED Morningwood is a teller of tall tales, which gets him into all sorts of trouble!  This book has explosions, car chases, fun humor, and absurdist elements!  It reads like an action movie from the shadow NRA to FBI agents, and all sorts of hijinks! 

My favorite elements to this book were the names of all of the characters and the footnotes on several pages.  The names are just incredibly zany- QED Morningwood, Frivolous, Young Kid, Cotton Widdershins, various FBI and other governmental agents, Russian agents, and so many more!  The footnotes added even more humor to the narrative here!  One of the best was the description of Texas temperatures, in which the author describes the temperature ranges in Texas with the highest being described as, go ahead and sin all you want because you have already arrived in Hell! 

I loved the pacing of this book, I didn’t put it down from the moment I picked it up!  It’s about 180 or so pages and is bound with a very fun cover!  I felt the narrative really captured the spirit of Texas, but also gave me a good laugh at so many points in the book!  The characters are well developed and sharply defined.  This isn’t exactly a pulpy novel, but I would certainly say it is a humorous, absurdist, even satirical work of fiction that is perfect for adult readers who want a laugh, and how I needed a laugh this week!

I love getting to review works by independent authors and this is certainly  a gem of a novel!  I hope to return to the world of QED Morningwood in the future and I will be on the lookout for new works by this author!

Thank you to Rob Witherspoon, author of the book, and Lone Star Book Blog Tours for having me along on this tour! 

Rob Witherspoon was born and raised in rural Texas. He earned a BA in Physical Education, UT Arlington 1985 and a BS in Aerospace Engineering, UT Arlington 1990. He worked in the aerospace industry for 30 years before retiring in 2018. He lives in north central Texas with his wife and youngest daughter and has spent much of his life in rural communities and on the ranch. He combines his love for Texas, lying, the outdoors, engineering, and his children in his writing.

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