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The Gringo Trail: A Darkly Comic Road Trip Through South America
The Gringo Trail: A Darkly Comic Road Trip Through South America
Price: £5.63

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3.0 out of 5 stars A quick, entertaining read, 13 Feb. 2013
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With an interest in travelling to South America in the coming years, I was looking for a book that was quick to read, light-hearted and would give me a first hand account of some of tourist trail without the over-describing quality of a Tolkien novel. This book was just that. It did feel a bit rushed in places but I think that it gives a good account of the trip of a lifetime, which I genuinely could not stop reading.

There's a good blend of the party-scene and the calls of nature, which gives the reader an overall feel of what the region is like. Its not the best written book. The style can be a rushed in places and its filled with quite brief and random historical facts, which could have been expanded on a bit more. Often scenes will end quite abruptly, leaving me craving for a bit more action. I also found that it dragged quite a bit towards the end, with the writer somewhat unwilling to move on from the beach life at Arrecife.

Overall, the book serves its purpose: providing a brief description of events taking place during a wild trip, without being too serious.

Safe House
Safe House
Price: £3.77

4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant surprise, 13 Feb. 2013
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This review is from: Safe House (Kindle Edition)
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Usually, the lead characters of fiction crime books are a bit cheesy, armed with an Horatio Cane-esque weaponry of one liners and silly quips to address any scenario. The 2 lead characters in this book were nothing like that. They were just normal, likeable people who are easy to root for. The writing style is brilliant, Ewan is a master describer of surroundings, coming up with truly unique descriptions of even basic actions. The story is unique and entertaining and he gives away just enough information to keep you wanting more, right up to the end. The bad guys are truly hateable, making the reader wish he could turn that baseball bat around and use it on the character! I would recommend this to anyone looking for an easy to read suspense-filled novel.

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