Mystical Speed: The Revenge of the Yellow Yams
By Hubert Guscott
Reviewed by Angie Mangino
Rating: 5 stars
In this sequel to Mystical
Speed, the author captures readers into a satire to enjoy on many levels. A
new independent story begins where the other one ends.
“The county championship was over. The five boys and their
coaches were happy that they had won the track and field competition. However,
there was shouting and yelling at the far left-hand corner of the track. The
team that was supposed to win the county championship had lost to the team that
they had beaten for the past ten years.
‘What just happened here?’ asked Coach Bakra.
‘I don’t know; it is a strange, mystical thing,’ replied
Overhearing the winning boys talking about Jamaica’s secret
yams from invincible hill, Coach Bakra decides to go to Jamaica, dragging Coach
Micro with him, to find the mystical secret. What transpires in Jamaica is a
funny imaginative tale that includes talking yams, a ghost, animals, birds, and
produce from other countries that conspire with some humans to put an end to
the stealing of the yams.
A fantasy story becomes believable through the author’s
entertaining dialogue and unique characterizations in this underlying story of
nationalism, politics, and personal character that shares a message reminiscent
of George Orwell’s Animal Farm with a
Readers catch the spirit of Jamaican culture through
immersion in its lyrical language, yet will see how the message holds true on a
more universal level.