Book Reviews Part Eight

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July 8, 2016 by jacklovelace

The Last Train to Zona Verde: My Ultimate African Safari
The Last Train to Zona Verde: My Ultimate African Safari
by Paul Theroux
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $24.76
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4.0 out of 5 stars Theroux still has it, July 6, 2014
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I always claim I’m going to swear off Theroux books. He is pretty sour and depressing. But I plunged ahead and I was glad I did.
Yes, he is still sour and depressing. But his clear descriptions of life in Africa really brings home how fortunate many of us in the United States are. He still has a most penetrating eye.

The Wind Is Not a River
The Wind Is Not a River
Offered by HarperCollins Publishers
Price: $10.74

4.0 out of 5 stars Casting light on unknown part of war, July 6, 2014
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An interesting story about a piece of the war that we never hear about. The narrative of the journalist trapped behind enemy lines it the best part of the book. The parallel story of his wife determined to find him is less riveting. The ending is quite touching.

The Gateway Arch: A Biography (Icons of America)
The Gateway Arch: A Biography (Icons of America)
by Tracy Campbell
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $26.00
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4.0 out of 5 stars Overall quite good, June 26, 2014
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A lot of interesting details and tidbits about each step of the arch from conception to reality. I don’t think the author likes St. Louis much which comes through and is an irritant. It was enough to knock off a star but the book is still quite enjoyable.

Savage Continent: Europe in the Aftermath of World War II
Savage Continent: Europe in the Aftermath of World War II
by Keith Lowe
Edition: Paperback
Price: $15.41
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting history, a little plodding, May 26, 2014
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Lots of brutal but documented detail about just how bad thing were in Europe after the war.
Savage is right, and we don’t see as much focus on this period as we should.
The writing gets a little thick but is is a worthy book.

Binary: A Novel
Binary: A Novel
Price: $6.99

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1.0 out of 5 stars Lame, May 26, 2014
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Dated, boring and talk instead of action. Crichton at his worst.
Don’t waste even a little money on this one.

The Ultimate Baseball Road Trip, 2nd: A Fan's Guide to Major League Stadiums
The Ultimate Baseball Road Trip, 2nd: A Fan’s Guide to Major League Stadiums

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of fun and lots of detail., May 26, 2014
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Even if you aren’t visiting one of the parks it is fun to read about them. Just reading about the food is a hoot.

The Outsider: A Memoir
The Outsider: A Memoir
by Jimmy Connors
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $18.30
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3.0 out of 5 stars Give him credit. The jerk isn’t afraid to sound like a jerk, March 24, 2014
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I was interested in the story to read about Jimmy’s roots in the St. Louis area. And it was interesting.
And he is honest about his mile high chip and competitive attitude at the cost of civility. A jerk tell us
why he is a jerk. But he is a jerk.
I did wish he would have dwelled much more on his media battles. He barely mentions the media which is peculiar.
Jimmy Connor is exactly what I thought he was.
In a strange way, I give him credit for that.

Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II
Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II
by Mitchell Zuckoff
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $17.99
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4.0 out of 5 stars A split review, the past is worth it, March 24, 2014
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Two books in one. A fascinating story about planes crashing in Greenland in World War II and the
amazing efforts to survive and rescue. Extremely well done.
The other story tells about recent efforts to find the plane wrecks and return the bodies to America.
A worthy effort but the story falls way short of the World War II narrative.

The Bones of Paris (Stuyvesant & Grey)
The Bones of Paris (Stuyvesant & Grey)
by Laurie R. King
Edition: Hardcover
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2.0 out of 5 stars Paris fun but much too slow, March 24, 2014
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It was interesting to see the author capture Paris in 1929.
But the plot moves very slowly and ever so slowly builds to a fairly obvious conclusion.
All in all, not a particularly interested. read.

The Son
The Son
Offered by HarperCollins Publishers
Price: $12.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one fine novel, February 28, 2014
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This review is from: The Son (Kindle Edition)
What more could you ask for. Three stories within a story, all fascinating with a common thread. The account of the young man captured by Indians and his life as it unfolds, is storytelling at its best. The other two stories aren’t quite as riveting, they are just very good. What a fine book.

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