Eckhartz Press, 2012, 194 Pages
ISBN No. 97-0-9848049-2-4
Reviewed by Patricia E. Reid
It is graduation time and Daniel McAllister's parents have a big party planned but the guest of honor will not be attending. Daniel's friend Lance Parker talks him into a road trip to Wisconsin to celebrate the end of high school. It was supposed to be three friends celebrating but Marty Torlikson, the third member of the group, had committed suicide. Daniel and Lance were still reeling from their friend's funeral.
Against his better judgment, Daniel agrees to gas up his car known as "The Bomb" and the two head out of town with the music blasting. Somehow, the subject of Marty comes up and Lance reveals that he knows the reason behind Marty's death and that he is responsible. Lance tells Marty a secret about Marty's father and Marty could not cope with the knowledge. The two continue on their trip and get in one scrape after another but manage to keep going and even have a little fun as well as a whole lot of trouble. Eventually they meet Clinton G. Buckner, known as Buck. Buck turns out to be a real friend to the two although the true extent of his friendship isn't revealed until later in the novel.
Daniel and Lance manage to finally make it back home and go on with their lives. The two connect again some years later after they both are married. Daniel is a successful attorney while Lance hasn't met with much success. The secret revealed by Lance on their road trip has bothered both men over the years but more so with Lance than with Daniel. Lance's marriage is on the rocks and his life is not going smooth. The story of the friends reconnecting and yet another road trip is told in the second part of the book.
Cheeseland is a great story of true friendship and a look inside the minds of two young men ready to step out into the world. The author, Randy Richardson, is donating $1.00 from each sale of this book to Elyssa's Mission, a local suicide prevention program.