The Book of Ralph

August 9, 2016
Votes: 2
Audience Adult
Word Count 60-80k (average/short)

Editing, Production, Marketing & Sales

Edited by Emily Steele
Cover design by Jim Tampa
Published Through Medallion Press, Inc.
Marketed by Author Buzz
Reviewed at Kirkus
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The Rundown

Often when people look up at the sky, we feel—quite intensely, even—the vastness of the universe and our relative smallness both at the same time. But on that eventful day of January 28th 2021, while looking up at a solar eclipse, Markus West and the rest of the world saw something completely different. A crimson message on the moon was written and it shook the entire world.

The message was: “Drink Diet Coke.”

The Book of Ralph is an exceptionally humorous and thought-provoking novel, and its blurb certainly delivered and more. Its comedic elements are wonderfully unexpected, much like the crimson message that geared this whole story to start.

Markus West was tasked to lead the investigation on what the world later called “lunar advertisement.” And when his investigation confirms that Coca-Cola Company has no responsibility whatsoever on the ad, Markus becomes the most hated man on Earth. That is, until one year after the lunar advertisement first came out, when a giant can of Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup is hurtling straight down to the White House, and an alien named Ralph claims responsibility for everything. Ralph made contact with Earth and needed Markus’s help to warn the White House of an inevitable malice approaching Earth.

Markus greatly portrays, and even go so far as represent the reader of this novel. He is constantly confused about what exactly is happening and yet he rolls with the punches. Most importantly, he is relatable. On the other hand, the alien, Ralph, is quite the opposite. We do not exactly know what he does and why he does them. But like Markus, perhaps even more than him, you cannot help but adore him while be at awe of his wisdom. Together, the two of them complements each other and their bond is not questionable at all.

The narrative did come off as clunky at some parts and there were times when the dialogue was too drawn out. But the overall pace was not too fast nor too slow. And the humor embedded in almost every chapter offsets any clunkiness.

Overall, The Book of Ralph was a page-turner and wonderfully hilarious reading experience. If you love thought-provoking books, lovable aliens and a fun time, do give this book a try.

The Recommendation

The Book of Ralph is an exceptionally humorous and thought-provoking novel, and its blurb certainly delivered and more. Its comedic elements are wonderfully unexpected, much like the crimson message that geared this whole story to start.

The Rating Reviewer Rating: 5 Stars

5 Stars (out of 5): Highly recommended. This book did exactly what it set out to do, with originality, style, and maybe even a twist. It stands out next to popular, traditionally published novels in its genre.

The Pros & Cons

Pros: Believable, Characterization, Humor, Page Turner, Unique Style
Cons: Dialogue, Wordy

The Reviewer

Kate Ashley

Kate is a twenty-something blogger and all around fangirl. In her free time, she likes to read all kinds of books, sketch and paint, or write on her blog, All the Trinkets. She is passionate in supporting everyone who deserves supporting and she does not shy away from sharing the things she loves.

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Author’s Summary

A message appears on the moon. It is legible from Earth, and almost no one knows how it was created. Markus West leads the government’s investigation to find the creator.

The message is simple and familiar. But those three words, written in blazing crimson letters on the lunar surface, will foster the strangest revolution humankind has ever endured, and make Markus West wish he was never involved.

The message is ‘Drink Diet Coke.’

When Coca-Cola denies responsibility, mass annoyance becomes worldwide indignation. And when his investigation confirms Coca-Cola’s innocence, Markus West becomes one of the most hated men on Earth.

Later, five miles above the White House, a cylinder is discovered floating in the night. It is 400 feet tall, 250 feet in diameter, and exactly resembles a can of Campbell’s Chicken Noodle soup. Nearly everyone thinks the cylinder is a promotional stunt gone wrong, just like the lunar advertisement. And this is exactly what the alien in the cylinder wants people to think.

Ralph, an eccentric extraterrestrial who’s been hiding on the moon, needs Markus’s help to personally deliver a dark warning to the White House. Ralph has a big heart, a fetish for Andy Warhol, and a dangerous plan to save the world.

Short Description

The Book of Ralph is an uncanny adventure that uses humor, philosophy, and an alien invasion to explore the down to Earth concept of humility.


A message appears on the moon.

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