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I could not put this book down! I was mesmerized by several different angles. Since I am in the medical profession, I automatically connected with the main characters. There was adventure, intrigue, and romance as well as suspense and the unexpected. I became so absorbed in the Ethiopian culture that I found myself looking in reference and history books to learn more and gain a deeper insight. I even started buying Ethiopian music and dining at an Ethiopian restaurant. It was the type of book that grabs your attention instantly on the first page, accelerates your voracious reading appetite and then causes you to start braking toward the finish line because you don't want it to end.
I was really looking forward to reading this book but I'm going against popular thinking by saying that I was disappointed. It's an easy read and does have moments of humor that can be related to everyone's life. One silly side note is that I had a hard time reading/pronouncing his name. That became annoying after a while because I kept trying different ways to say it and it became distracting. That being said, I didn't find it to as inspirational or provocative as others commented. I read 3/4 of the book and then skimmed to the end looking for the essence of the story but never found it.
Not what I expected. Based on the Manson Murders, this throwback in time depicted an era of nostalgia mixed with fear that kept me wanting to keep reading despite the graphic nature of the story. You'll either love it or hate it!
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