reviewed by jason
The story took place in the summer of 1972, a group of scouts and their leaders undertook a planned bicycle trip that was over 1400 miles long. They started in Wood Dale, Illinois, went through eight states to end up in Jacksonville, Florida. The author was fortunate enough to be one of the scouts on this journey and this book is a series of his personal recollections of this adventure. Once the reader makes it to the actual journey he or she will find it very interesting and engaging for it explored the hopes and goals behind the excursion, as well as the challenges and unexpected surprises that the troop encountered along the way.
Unfortunately it took me a long time to finish this book for it just didn’t keep my interest until I got past about 1/3 of the book. After that, I almost couldn’t put it down for that is when they were finally on their bike trip. I think this is an excellent book for someone who enjoys the Boy Scouts and biking. I would like to give this book 5 stars but due to it taking such a long time to get past the introduction and into the story itself, I will give this book 4 stars.
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Reviewed by andre
The first page had me thinking, “oh my”, with the cockroach and other things that were crawling around on a restaurant floor. With everything that was going on in the story, such as his mother and stepfather taking all the restaurant profits, etc. I kept thinking, “he needs to sell”. Over all, it was an interesting story that did keep me wondering what was going through the authors mind as he wrote it. I am sure this was the desired effect that he was hoping for.
The scene was set as a small town where everyone knew everyone else and their business. A small town setting that I am sure almost everyone reading this can relate to. Despite being a small town there seemed to be a lot going on besides the residents squashing bugs, pissing on windows of closed shops, and being paid $20.00 for being sprayed in the face with pepper spray for entertainment.
Spoil alert! The author wasted no time into spinning the story of a small dead town where nothing exciting ever happens into a strange yet compelling tale of weird and mystery. It all starts just hours before Jack is to inherit his dads restaurant when a sweaty man breaks into the restaurant. He no sooner leaves after swallowing his sought after treasure before two more mysterious guys show up looking for something else.
I was almost expecting / anticipating the ground to start shaking as some giant man eating worms began working their way to the surface. But despite the bugs and lack of man eating worms, I have to say that “Jacked” was a fun read. Therefore I am giving it 5 stars as I am really looking forward to reading the next book in the series.