The Fishman of Missouri: The Strange True Story


Book: The Fishman of Missouri: The Strange True Story

Author: Nathan Glenville

Publisher: Barnes and Noble Press, 2002

ISBN-13: 9798765523964

ISBN-10: 8765523964

Language level: 3

(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)

Recommended reading level: Ages 13 and up

Rating: **** 4 stars

(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)

Category: Biography

Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker

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     Glenville, Nathan.  The Fishman of Missouri: The Strange True Story (Published in 2022 by Barnes and Noble Press).  Author Nathan Glenville, who is in his late 20s, lives in Union, MO, with his wife Anna and works there in an extrusion/fabrication facility.  One cold Saturday in early December of 2021, he and his cousin and best friend Daniel Burks were walking along the nearby Bourbeuse River.  There they hear a disturbance in the water and see a dark creature raise its head out of the river.  It had fins and scales like a fish, but its shape was humanoid, like “The Creature from the Black Lagoon.”  They called it a “fishman,” and Daniel got a snapshot of it on his cell phone.  What was this strange, unidentified thing?  Was it some weird supernatural occurrence?  Could it have been an optical illusion of an overactive imagination?  Or maybe a well-conceived hoax to gain attention?

     Nathan and Daniel say “that whether you think it’s real or fake or some kind of science fiction, it’s for you to read the book and make that decision on whether there’s such a thing as a fishman.”  Those who enjoy reading stories about the Loch Ness Monster, the Abominable Snowman, Bigfoot, and Momo the Missouri Monster will like this book.  As to language, the abbreviation “wtf” (words not spelled out, just the initials) and the “d” word are found, and Daniel says that “we both were about to crap our pants.”  Also, there is a reference to sharing a couple of cold beers.  However, Nathan does express “an underlying belief in a Creator that bestows grace upon us every day.”  While a few misspelled words and minor grammatical errors occur, it is a quick read that’s enjoyable and presents a unique story with interesting facts and really uplifting writing.

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