Rocky Russell’s Newly Released “Tico” is a Touching Adventure Story About the Special Friendship Between Man and Ape

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“Tico” from Christian Faith Publishing author Rocky Russell is a marvelously affectionate, gripping romance-adventure that tells the story of a Dutch adventurer named Johann Miller, who as a young man in the nineteenth century, befriends an adult gorilla named Tico during a trip to Africa. A tale that spans cultures both savage and civilized and uncovers the special bond between man and beast.

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“Tico”: an unforgettable tale of love, friendship, and adventure. “Tico” is the creation of published author Rocky Russell, a great-grandfather, Bible student, and retired construction worker who served as counselor at the Billy Graham Crusade and spends his retirement writing in the countryside.

Russell writes, “Within these pages is excitement, adventure, romance on the high seas, civilization, and the wilds of the jungle—all set in the mid-1800s. This is the story of a young Dutchman who becomes a man very quickly. This is a story of his friendship and devotion to a full-grown gorilla named Tico. Together they fight outlaws, pirates, and wild natives. This is a story of trying to overcome adversities and tame a wild land in the heart of Africa while making a home for family and friends. Lastly, this is a story of friendship between man and beast. You will laugh, cry, and cheer for them every step of the way.”

Published by Christian Faith Publishing, Rocky Russell’s new book is a stirring, heat-pounding, colorful tale that delves into a classic scenario of how a man may save a beast, but the beast will ultimately save the man.

Russell’s wholly engaging narrative will take the reader through the untamed heartlands of Africa, across the open ocean, among the hostile jungles of islands, and deeper into the beastly nature of people compared to the humanity of an ape.

View a synopsis of “Tico” on YouTube.

Consumers can purchase “Tico” at traditional brick & mortar bookstores, or online at, Apple iTunes store, or Barnes and Noble.

For additional information or inquiries about “Tico”, contact the Christian Faith Publishing media department at 866-554-0919.

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