I like, to only skim book jacket info, so that I get the "gist" of a story line. I try not to read too much about a story, before I read it. I hate plot spoilers, so .... As I read this book, one of the main plot twists was a true surprise, to me! However those who do read the jacket info, reviews, and such will still be surprised, regardless.
James Richard Larson and co-author, Edward Winterhalder spin an amazing set of tales which converge, giving a great climax, at the end.
Nothing better than a great climax, but the build up is fantastic!
The book starts with some heavy, dramatic back story, instead of dumping us, "in medias res" (into the middle of the story). Once you get through the traumatic, opening chapters, and the main character is established, you will be feeling him, throughout the unfolding tale. In fact, I like the back story set up, instead of using in medias res, followed by flashbacks. The authors chose, wisely, to set up the story, as a continuing saga (versus using flashbacks). You'll understand, as you follow "Zipper" through the years. Furthermore feeling him leads to emotional attachment, as he goes through his journey.
Once I got through the traumatic beginning, I could not put the book down. I stayed up, knowing I had to be at work, early. I finished this book, in a couple of days, because the ride was fantastic.
I really enjoy the Biker Culture Revelations and detailed interactions, between bikers, non-bikers, and law enforcement. Most of all, I liked the fact that the stories are plausible, and they all converge, into one (that's Craftsmanship).
Usually I can tell where movies and books are going, so I think, "and this is when _____ will happen," but All Roads Lead To Sturgis: A Biker's Story kept me guessing. If I started thinking, "and now....," BAM--a Twist appears, in the story line, so my interest was retained. I think this would make a great movie!
As an initiate, of various orders and societies, I really enjoyed Zipper's journey, from bike mechanic, to Patch wearing, club Biker. This book is thrilling, from a sociological perspective, if you are an "egghead." Something, for everyone, including Uncle Sam employees, Masons, and Vets.
It is difficult, to review, without giving away the goodies. However there are many gems, in this book, and--as a writer--I truly enjoy the Style! Larson honed his skills, on other books, such as The Right Thing and his Viking series (Wolfgar: The Story of a Viking & The Eye of Odin). Winterhalder is The Man, on biker culture, but Larson rides, as well. Together they are a perfect team, and this book is a joy, to read.
If the Biker culture, plot twists, and other incentives are not enough, to get you to read this book...there are also some serious Terrorism aspects which place the book, into the realm of Reality, and cause loyalty issues to arise.
So whatever side of The Law you are on, or whatever your perspective, I believe you will enjoy this book. Truly a tale that almost anyone will enjoy, especially if you love Thrillers.
I am tamping my foot, for "The Mirror: A Biker's Story II".... ! Can't wait. Google the authors, for interview links and information.