I really did enjoy this book but I felt like it was too long. I'm not sure what I would have asked her to keep out but it just seemed to drag on.
Now,...moreI really did enjoy this book but I felt like it was too long. I'm not sure what I would have asked her to keep out but it just seemed to drag on.
Now, of course, Beryl Markham did a lot of stuff. Most of her friends were not women. Frequently they were royalty.
And I was so disappointed when Trzebinksi presented pretty arguments against her having written the good parts of West with the Night. I had previously come to the conclusion that only a pilot could have written some parts of it and that her husband had written the other parts. But the author convinced me that, probably, the reverse was true. I was so down about that.
But this was a life full of adventure. She was a horse whisperer, trainer, early pilot - made records; lived the high life in Kenya, London, New York and Hollywood. (less)
As a boy, JP had a dream of a cork boat. His first sank back home in Ann Arbor but he has a dream for life.
And it isn't until the Republicans get elected (he was a speech writer at the White House) that he has the opportunity to go back to his dream - he has time on his hands and no job to speak of; although he does do a turn as a speech writer for Sen. Levin (MI) and apparently goes off to Antarctica - but I guess that's another book, because all he does here is tell us he had an opportunity to go and he went.
The first half of the book is about building the dream. His architect friend, Garth, helps him plan the boat, plan how to put it together, the design the boat should take, etc.
Then, once they have the boat built - they need to put her in the water. I think they briefly got it in the Potomac River but then they were invited to bring the boat to Portugal and to sail down the Douro River.
Interesting, when no one knows any Portuguese. I think maybe he learns a few rudimentary phrases. And they do have their problems getting the boat through Customs. But before you know it, they are on the River and all sorts of friends and relations show up to lend a helping hand (as they previously had done in building the boat). And it is nowhere near as easy as JP originally thought. But Dad comes along - so how bad could it be.
However, I did discover that this was not originally a "Jack Higgins" book...moreI've been a Jack Higgins fan for years.
This book was a major disappointment.
However, I did discover that this was not originally a "Jack Higgins" book but was published under "Harry Patterson". They should have left it under the other name.
I discovered he also wrote under the name of "Martin Fallon". I tried one of those books, too - also no good.
I think I've enjoyed all of the ones that I've read that were written by "Jack Higgins".
Here's a flash - Jack, leave the old books alone. They didn't sell (if they didn't sell) for a reason. You only damage the good name you have now. Leave the past in the past. ... unless you're writing a book about it. (less)
I loved this book. I found it while looking for a picture for a GR game.
I think these two met some years earlier while distance riding. And, now, the...moreI loved this book. I found it while looking for a picture for a GR game.
I think these two met some years earlier while distance riding. And, now, they are riding from Oregon to Maine. Lots of adventure, interesting people are met. I just thought it was great. Of course, I did at one time want to do the same thing. I didn't do it, though. So now I have done it vicariously.
Only downfall here was the afterword and appendixes. I just didn't care about any of that. I just wanted the trip and that's it. So that cost them half a *.
I like these books. The writing isn't that great but it is usually pretty adventurous. I know that I will never be a dog musher or be in the Iditarod...moreI like these books. The writing isn't that great but it is usually pretty adventurous. I know that I will never be a dog musher or be in the Iditarod or the Yukon Quest. So I don't mind reading about them.
Here, Jessie Arnold has made her first entry in the Yukon Quest race from Whitehorse to Fairbanks. First one thing goes wrong and then another. Two of her dogs disappear (but they come back), two of her dogs get pulled from the race because of shenanigans being pulled by one official or another. And a female musher, also her first race, gets kidnapped and they demand that Jessie deliver the ransom. So it is kind of one thing after another, and they all happen to Jessie.
Some of it was stretching the point and some of it was a bit too coincidental.
If you are looking for a needle in a haystack, what are the odds you are going to find the needle? They're not usually very good.
But I suppose a writer can make their characters do things in and out of character for them and yet make things turn out okay in the end. But Sue Henry sometimes stretches the point. (less)