Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A travel adventure book in the U.S.

A Journey With StrangersA Journey With Strangers by Mark Reynolds
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received this book for free from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

I graduated college in 1974, the same year the author graduated high school. Those were the times when kids hit hiked across the U.S. or back packed through Europe. I never did either, but I enjoyed reading about Mark's journey. I think he was pretty immature at the time, but that's normal for a boy his age. As he wrote this book years later, I wonder how accurate his memories actually were about the people he met? Some of the incidents and people seemed a bit far-fetched. I'm glad nothing "bad" happened to him on his journey from any of his rides; he was lucky. Although he was aware of the dangers, and he tried to be selective in who he accepted rides from, I still was a bit scared for him.

I read the book in basically two sessions and was curious and interested to see what happened. The writing was okay and the story flowed nicely. However, the Kindle version had a number of glitches (not the author's fault, I don't think). There were horrible spacing errors, lines were out of order, and it was annoying. I hope Amazon fixes these!

Since I like travel adventure books, I thought this one was okay, but not great. I would like to know what the author did after this adventure, when he returned home, and in his future. He was a child of the times, and this book was a good reflection of the times.

My rating is actually 2 1/2'stars.

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