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Overview Texas Tech student Kyle Mango is attending a fraternity party when he meets Gretchen, an artsy animal lover whose independent spirit immediately sparks his attention. But after a month of bliss, they suddenly find themselves in rough waters. When Kyle inherits four oil wells from his uncle, he sees his affluence as an opportunity to impress Gretchen. But just before he makes his move, Gretchen hears news of an oil tanker spilling its load near the coast of Alaska. Leaving Kyle behind in Texas, she joins a group of campus activists in Alaska for the summer to clean oil from suffering birds.Kyle is torn between managing his business--and being left lonely in the Lone Star state--and risking everything to fly to Alaska to pursue Gretchen. The young oil man soon discovers that oil slicks are nothing compared to relational slicks. The early bird may get the worm, but the oily bird can ruin romance! Through it all, Kyle explores faith in God and His power to change lives.
Publishers Description Texas Tech student Kyle Mango is attending a fraternity party when he meets Gretchen, an artsy animal lover whose independent spirit immediately sparks his attention. But after a month of bliss, they suddenly find themselves in rough waters. When Kyle inherits four oil wells from his uncle, he sees his affluence as an opportunity to impress Gretchen. But just before he makes his move, Gretchen hears news of an oil tanker spilling its load near the coast of Alaska. Leaving Kyle behind in Texas, she joins a group of campus activists in Alaska for the summer to clean oil from suffering birds. Kyle is torn between managing his business--and being left lonely in the Lone Star state--and risking everything to fly to Alaska to pursue Gretchen. The young oil man soon discovers that oil slicks are nothing compared to relational slicks. The early bird may get the worm, but the oily bird can ruin romance! Through it all, Kyle explores faith in God and His power to change lives.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.8" Width: 5.1" Height: 0.8" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Mar 13, 2009
ISBN 0446579610 ISBN13 9780446579612
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More About Ray Blackston
Ray Blackston of Greenville, South Carolina, worked as a buyer and a broker for eleven years before cashing in his modest 401k and leaving his corporate cubicle to write full time. He serves on the missions committee of Grace Church, has traveled to rural Ecuador on a summer missions program, and coaches his six-year-old nephew Action Jackson in T-ball. He is the author of the popular summer hit Flabbergasted.
Ray Blackston currently resides in Greenville, in the state of South Carolina.
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Priorities and Personality Jan 14, 2010
When you plan on digging into the work of Ray Blackston, expect the not-so-serious to occur from time to time. Yet on the other hand, expect a good read, as he taps into the heart of things that not all authors can do. In this case, he taps into a Mango, Kyle Mango, to be exact. And through the narration of this Mango, things might not go the way they were planned out.
Kyle meets Gretchen, and she's quite the catch. She's also quite the animal lover as well. Kyle, however, has an uncle who has a few surprises under his belt, especially after revealing what he's left to Kyle in his will. The Texas Tech man has been given a gift in oil wells, won't Gretchen be impressed! But Gretchen has other ideas as her roads take her to Alaska to scrub down birds DRENCHED in oil. When it comes down to it, what's more important? Does Kyle want to continue to run a wealthy business, or is the girl in Gretchen a little more important than dollar signs?
Original thought is always worth something, but to think of others before yourself is awesome. Living in a day and age where becoming 2nd best is not always acceptable, this makes you think just a bit about why you might do that. Is this a lesson that will change all hearts? Probably not. But is it one of those reads that gets the wheels turning to the point where some good thoughts come into play? Oh yeah! I think it also dives into the priorities of one's life, as to what is more important in the end. And in between, some personalities may clash just a little. But I think it is worth it, and Blackston has done his part! Can't wait for the next offering.
Simple and Often Predictable Jun 10, 2009
Kyle Mango is your average teen, hovering just outside the fringes of the popular crowd. He's not a big success with girls, and satisfied well enough with his suburban Texas life. High school ends, and Kyle enrolls at Texas Tech, where he immediately joins a fraternity and quickly senses it is not the lifestyle for him. Miserable and living in a house full of frat brothers, Kyle meets Gretchen, who crashes a frat party and steals his heart. With music blasting and all the fraternity/sorority types gyrating to "Thriller," Gretchen helps Kyle gather up his belongings and escape.
A month of happy dating comes to a screeching halt when Gretchen gets involved with a radical animal rights group and leaves to clean oil off birds in Alaska. As Gretchen's hatred of all things oil intensifies, Kyle inherits 800 acres of land and four oil wells from his Uncle Benny. Kyle knows the gap between them grows wider with every barrel his rigs draw from the Texas earth, but he can't give up on the only girl who has ever captured his heart.
Life after college is a dream come true for Kyle and best friend Chang, with whom he shared a dorm room after the fraternity escapade. With Kyle's oil wells and Chang's head for business, Mango Enterprises is an instant success and keeps on getting better. But the deeper Kyle is immersed in the oil business, the more Gretchen delves into the life of a wildlife rescuer.
Unaware of Kyle's vocation, Gretchen invites him to Alaska where she is part of a group cleaning oil off seagulls in the wake of a tanker spill. By the second day, Gretchen's radical friend Regina has googled Kyle and learned his true identity. She threatens to tell Gretchen if Kyle doesn't follow her mandate to help the group for three more weeks. Kyle, however, chooses to tell Gretchen himself, then returns to Texas as they both struggle with mixed emotions.
The oil business continues to thrive, and the friends add an unlikely third partner to Mango Enterprises: Sal the bookie, who had been partially responsible for deceased Uncle Benny's financial demise. But Sal is a new man, repented of his sins, done with the bookie business and ready to earn his money honestly.
With the continued success of the business and more oil discoveries, Kyle's income provides generous amounts of money for his mother and siblings, as well as his two employees. All is well...except his longing for Gretchen. She invites him to France at the same time Sal and Chang go on an African mission trip to dig and install water wells for an impoverished village. Kyle ascertains that Radical Regina has gone over the top. He leaves France early after his method of freeing some French finches contradicts with Regina's philosophies. Gretchen has had enough of Regina by this time and meets Kyle at the airport. The two join Sal and Chang in Africa, where they discover the wonder of helping others and feel God working in both their lives. This life-changing trip triggers a series of events that wrap the whole story up in a neat little package.
LAST MANGO IN TEXAS is a fun, light read. There is nothing spectacular about the dialogue, characters or imagery, and the characters are young enough that it would almost fit better in the young adult genre. The story is simple and often predictable, but entertaining enough to bring on a plane or read in a waiting room.
--- Reviewed by Susan Miura
An entertaining yet inspiring read Jun 9, 2009
This is a really enjoyable and fun book to read. Yet again, I feel like Blackstone writes about characters we all can relate to and most importantly, be entertained by. Few authors can find a balance between insightful and humorous, yet Blackstone does just that again in the "Last Mango in Texas."
Sweet story May 8, 2009
Reviewed by Irene Watson for Reader Views (5/09)
The story begins with Kyle Mango, a student at Texas Tech, meeting Gretchen at a fraternity party. Discontented with the fraternity, Kyle makes plans to escape. Gretchen helps him and he moves in with Chang, a friend of hers.
The story evolves into Kyle's uncle dying and leaving him property in West Texas. The property produces oil and Kyle continues with his uncle's venture. He hires Chang to help him. In the meantime Gretchen, an animal rights activist, goes to Alaska to clean oil off birds. This, of course, causes mixed emotions for Kyle; one that Gretchen is leaving and he is falling for her, and the other is that his oil wells could be contributing to the destruction of wildlife.
As Gretchen continues to advocate for the environment, Kyle continues to question his own thoughts and inner being. Kyle's journey into self-discovery takes him to places he never even dreamed of. In the end, in his early twenties, Kyle finds his place in life.
Ray Blackston's character development in "Last Mango in Texas" is superb. All the characters come to life and give the reader insight into each personality. The plot is sweet and flows in a slow, easy pace. If you are looking for a novel that is charming, yet delivers a message of self-discovery, this is the one. It's a good read.
4 1/2 Stars . . . Chasing Life and Love May 3, 2009
With a name like Kyle Mango, life can either fail to live up to the hype or refuse to let you settle into the mundane. Kyle gets off to a rough start during his freshman year of college, but finds himself the unexpected benefactor of an attractive female's attention--and her mummy dancing skills. Thoughts of love soon come to a crossroads as desolate and dry as any West Texas has to offer.
Once again, Ray Blackston leads us on a whimsical, globe-trotting journey, as told through the eyes of a single male trying to get a grasp on relationships, careers, and spirituality. Given little by way of fatherly example, Kyle learns some lessons--good and bad--from his well-meaning uncle, and later inherits profitable oil wells. The very sort of business that Gretchen (yes, mummy-dancing Gretchen) despises because of their environmental hazards. While Kyle soaks up the "black gold" of his Texas oil fields, Gretchen is fuming over the birds harmed by a massive Alaskan oil spill. To win the heart of the woman he loves, Kyle must make decisions about his career, family, and relationship with God, while overcoming Gretchen's concerns.
Blackston seems incapable of writing a bad book. I still have that first-love memory of reading his debut "Flabbergasted", but his other books all have characters and scenarios worth discovering. Each is unique in exploring new settings or vocations, yet each pulses with a heart for life, love, God, missions, and the humility to stumble toward some understanding of each. If you haven't been "Flabbergasted" or "Delirious" yet, it's time to start here with "Last Mango" then work your way back through Blackston's lighthearted but always thought-provoking stories.