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Dead End on the Camino Paperback – 1 May 2001

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Product details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Pilgrims' Process, Inc. (1 May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971060916
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971060913
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,393,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book is full of clichés, badly written and contains a number of historical errors. However, it's fun to read if you follow the Way to Santiago and /or stay in the wonderful 'Paradores' along the route.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great treasure hunt! 31 July 2001
By John Galm - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Is it possible to create a page-turner mystery beginning in a musty, monestary library and ending in a 15th century Spanish church? Elyn Aviva draws upon her many years of anthropological reseach of the Camino de Santiago del Compostela to dance through the centuries searching for clues in this great treasure hunt/adventure story. As a former university professor, I was allowed my fantasy experience of discovering a wild adventure in the midst of some overlooked, leather tome in a forgotten library! But this is no academic study. The book moves in excitment from the opening pages with death lurking over the shoulder. I would first recommend reading Dr. Aviva's ,Following the Milky Way: A Pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago, for a detailed account of the Camino (which is also a wonderful read of travel adventures.) Have fun with Dead End on the Camino and watch out for those guys in the white robes!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly written, repetetive descriptions, no nuance 6 Nov. 2005
By S. da Rosa - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is poorly written, and you can anticipate everything that happens in the book. After the first couple of things she says about each character, there's nothing new or interesting to hold your interest, descriptions are repetetive and boring. It is reminiscent of how an inexperienced writer would write about something in chronological order... First we did this, next we did that.. mixed with characters that are not well developed, in some cases characters that just show up in the book, then die, and you wonder why they even had to be in the book at all.

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2.0 out of 5 stars The Camino in the Uber Age 14 Nov. 2015
By Orville Amezor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The joy, purpose, and adventure of the Camino de Santiago is rooted in walking the pilgrimage and meeting all the interesting people along the way. In Dead End, the author sticks us in a car and speeds us down the highway. Writing a book where the characters drive the Camino is akin to writing a book about the Appalachian Trail by having the characters fly over in a plane. Gone is all that makes the Camino the Camino. This story could have just as easily have taken place along the I-10 between Baton Rouge and Mobile.
Once you strip away the locale, you find yourself immersed in the story. Not a bad tale, but can we trust Sue Ellen? What about Bob? Can we trust him? Look out! Harold just walked in the room... he can't be trusted either!
So, once you strip away the constant paranoia, you're left with the mystery. A funky coin helps hopscotch the story down the road, a letter that doesn't say much, and some bumbling thieves who can't seem to get their hands on the clues so they could find the treasure themselves. In a way, I felt that Herbie the Love Bug was just waiting on the backside of the next cathedral to make his cameo appearance!
I read the whole thing just to see how it ended, but by the end, I felt happier to reach Santiago than most pilgrims that walk the actual Camino. Pass on this one and read real Camino memoirs instead.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Subliminal education disguised as an enjoyable mystery 14 Jun. 2004
By Timecheck - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Learning the history and legends of the Camino can be a sleep inducing task, but after reading and enjoying this whodonit by Elyn Aviva, complete with dead bodies and beautiful women, I realised that I had painlessly learned a lot about the Camino de Santiago. It has an appeal similar to a Tony Hillerman or James Burke novel, in that the detailed local information of the mystery captures readers who are familiar with the region where the story takes place. I won't give any of the plot away, but if you have ever walked the Camino or looked into walking it, you will not be able to put this down.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rollicking read! 25 Sept. 2001
By Sandy Enke - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I enjoyed this book thoroughly. It was a real page-turner, and I especially enjoyed the uniqueness of her characters and their development. The author keeps us guessing about who the real bad guys are until the very end! As an additional bonus, Ms. Aviva provides us with several important cultural and historical tidbits about northern Spain and the Camino. It was literally a guidebook for the Camino, with mentions of food, wine, hotels, and interesting historical stops along the Camino. Not only am I interested in reading her book Following the Milky Way, but I am feeling more and more compelled to actually do the Camino pilgrimage. Well done!
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