First, thank you to the author for signing this. I collect my signed books and keep them so that was a nice surprise.
About the book: I was a little leFirst, thank you to the author for signing this. I collect my signed books and keep them so that was a nice surprise.
About the book: I was a little leery entering for this. I don't like to waste my wins so I tend to be a little selective when entering on FirstReads. I could tell this was self-published (or something of the sort) and quite frankly, that scares me. There's a whole lot of people out there who want to be authors. The problem? They can't tell a story. Or construct a sentence. By nature I'm a pretty nice person so I don't like to be "mean". I can be though and I feel it's my right as a reader to review honestly so I can get past it and get "mean" if I have to. I didn't have to here! Cimino can write! He can even tell a story! The countdown isn't something done all the time (and sometimes it's not even done well by an established author) so that was a nice touch. The characters were damn near flawless. It wasn't the most realistic story - I love realisticness (I think this is another made up word of mine? But that's okay. I like it.) - but I also wasn't expecting that so it ended up not mattering. Editing - and this is important folks - the editing is done well. I'm not going to say there are no mistakes but I will say that none popped out at me. And that leaves me one very happy reader. I'd read another book of Cimino's without a second thought, providing the description is interesting to me. I'd suggest not passing this up - it's truly one of the good ones. ...more
This is another that should have been reviewed as soon as I finished, especially considering all the notes I took and all I wanted to say. Some of it,This is another that should have been reviewed as soon as I finished, especially considering all the notes I took and all I wanted to say. Some of it, most maybe, will be forgotten now. Japan has never interested me much, certainly not like it has for Adelstein, so I'm not even sure what exactly drew me to this book. It must have been the police/mafia connection because those subjects do interest me. To a lesser degree someone doing something for the first time in a foreign place also interests me. Even so, I was fully prepared to lay this down if I didn't like the writing or if I was bored in the least. But I wasn't. Adelstein's story is remarkably interesting. The author has a clever sense of humor that sees it way through to the reader which I enjoyed very much. He also seems like a normal guy. Not a braggart, not full of himself, just a normal guy who did something no one else had done. There were a lot of little things that were just so captivating to me. The whole ritual of going to "visit" someone with the pretense of stopping by to chat, even with both parties knowing there was an ulterior motive and more interesting, both parties being okay with that, is amazing to me. I'm upset that I didn't find the time to review this while it was still fresh in my mind. (It doesn't stay that way long so this is a small window.) All I can say is it's extremely interesting, well written and even if it's not a favorite subject of yours, you might want to give it a try for the sheer novelty of it. I don't think many people could have turned the experience into this book like Adelstein did. I'm sure he feels a lot of guilt, especially because of his friend and what supposedly happened to her, but I hope he knows that it wasn't his fault. We all make our own choices and she made hers with a clear mind. As did the person or people who may have did her harm. He didn't do that. They did. Her blood, if it was shed, is on their hands, not the authors. That's my opinion. I hope he finds peace....more