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His First, Her Last: The Incredible True Story of an American Lost in the Philippines [Kindle Edition]

Jonathan Sturak
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (168 customer reviews)

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NEW from Jonathan Sturak, the Amazon Best-Selling Author of Clouded Rainbow


Engaged couple Jason and Hazel travel across the world to meet her family in this true story of love and adventure. The moment Jason steps off the plane in the Philippines, an exotic island caught between the East and the West, the past and the present, grabs hold of this naive American and seduces him with its beauty, its places, and its people. Temptation looms as the best friend of Hazel tests their relationship and touches their souls.

A deeply personal account of the conflict of culture between American excess and Philippine poverty, His First, Her Last explores the ability of love to transcend two worlds apart. But after an accident spills blood on the streets of a remote village, the lives of this couple flash before their eyes.

Will he escape? Will she survive? Will his first trip be her last?

Take a journey across the world to an exotic land where you will find love, life, and what it means to be alive.


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From the Author

His First, Her Last is based on the true story of my journey to the Philippines in March 2011. A collection of more than 7,000 islands lost in the Pacific Ocean, the Philippines is a place unlike any other. A driver of a $100,000 Mercedes-Benz talking on a cell phone shared the road with a man whipping a horse. In a traffic jam, a woman walked between cars selling cooked eggs containing partially developed chicks. Just beyond a city with lights as bright as Las Vegas, the ghost of a woman wearing white has been seen for decades lurking in the night.

These slivers of culture inspired me to share this beautiful land and its people with you through the eyes of Jason and Hazel, an engaged couple about to put their relationship to the ultimate test. Their worst fears come true inside this island nation and it takes their will to survive to find their way together. I invite you to take a journey across the world where you will find love, life, and what it means to be alive.

About the Author

Jonathan Sturak grew up in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. He is a Penn State University graduate and holds degrees in Computer Science and Film. He currently lives in Las Vegas where he uses the energy of the city to craft stories about life and the human condition. "The Place Called Home," Sturak's essay about Eastern European heritage in Northeast Pennsylvania, was featured on Glass Cases, associate literary agent Sarah LaPolla's pop culture blog at glasscasesblog.blogspot.com. Sturak is also a contributing editor at NoirNation.com, the premier location for international crime fiction. His debut thriller novel "Clouded Rainbow" was published in December 2009 and has over 200,000 downloads on the Amazon Kindle. Sturak keeps updated information on his website at sturak.com

Product Details

  • File Size: 1638 KB
  • Print Length: 267 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Pendan Publishing; 1st edition (January 9, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EY8BASK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,609 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book that I will always remember! October 9, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I enjoyed reading Jonathan Sturak's His First, Her Last so much that I was able to finish it in one sitting - could not put the book down. I am a Filipina and I am from the same province where the accident happened. I was reading the book and I knew exactly what each place mentioned look like! Although the hospital's name wasn't mentioned, I immediately knew which hospital it was, too! Aside from that, Jonathan was able to present both sides of the country - what makes it ugly and what makes it beautiful. The book was able to capture the vibe of each place the characters went to. Its pages also evoked emotions where least expected.
Congratulations to the Author for seeing the beauty of the Philippines through the people despite the corruption, the lack of basic healthcare in government-run hospitals (such as the one Jason was brought to) and sanitation, the shortage in amenities and the horrific traffic from Pasay to Balintawak (Edsa). If you want to receive the best healthcare, you have to go to a private hospital and you better be prepared with the cost. It's just how it is.
My country is beautiful, indeed, but its beauty is tainted by these that our people have toughened up enough to make do with what we have and to be resilient. I slept on the floor as a child, but we had beds. It was fun especially when you sleep alongside your cousins, siblings, aunts and uncles. There will be storytelling about ghosts and scary creatures until all the kids would fall asleep under their shared blankets. I believe it is part of the culture as well.
His First, Her Last is one of those books that I will always remember.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Story October 3, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm a huge fan of Jonathan Sturaks work. This story was very different from what I've read of his. Based on actual events in the author's life he tells of an amazing journey to the Philippines to meet and visit his fiancee Hazel's family.
From the moment Jason and Hazel arrived in her country, Jason finds himself questioning things he takes for granted. He is suddenly surrounded by the harsh realities of what life is like living in the Philippines, the poverty, the people and the lifestyles are much harsher.
Jason's character reminded me very much of Jack Nicholson in the movie as good as it gets. The fears/phobias we all experience outside of our comfort zones. Fear of drinking water, eating food and the unknown.
As Jason begins his journey of meeting Hazel's family and experiencing the old ways vs new he discovers the importance of his own family and what he's taken for granted. He also begins to care for and love Hazel even more as well as her family.
When tragedy strikes Jason and Hazel's love and relationship are put to the test as family members from the Philippines and the States pull together.
I was amazed at how well the author brought together both cultures and was able to give the reader a real feel of what it's like to leave everything you know for the unknown.
The story grabs you from the beginning to the end. I think this is one of Jonathan Sturak's best stories.
I can't thank him enough for providing me with an ARC to read. Great read and kudos to him for telling his own story in his own words.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
By Kris
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This was a quick read as I quickly skimmed through the torturously long dreams and fantasies he had with Joy. Boy, his GF must have really loved reading those parts! I was interested in reading this as I lived in the Philippines a number of years ago. The author's story was sad and I am a bit appalled at his lack of understanding a culture that is his fiancée's life. He seems a tad insensitive and rather selfish. He also needs to cut the apron strings with mama if he hopes to have a full and enriching life with his future wife or any woman for that matter. The title is misleading, he wasn't lost in the Philippines, he is just lost.

I wouldn't recommend this book.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Why the world does not like Americans January 5, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Thank you for writing a book that is a complete guide to how to be an ass in a foreign country. As someone who has been living in different southeast Asia countries for the last few years I am ashamed to be from the same home country as you. I read parts of your book aloud to some of my Filipino friends with great embarrassment of how you portray their country. I kept reading, finishing the entire book-just hoping you would have a revelation about what a dick you were being, but it never came. Put away your hand sanitizer, get over eating only what you know, stop being obsessed with your man purse and try really experiencing a different country.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lost in the Phillipines? Huh? November 11, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm glad I got this Kindle version for free, as I was expecting a story of someone actually lost in a foreign country who needed some wits to find his way home. Instead we get the account of a smug, provincial American accompanying his foreign-born fiancee to her homeland, which he proceeds to criticize. He seems incapable of appreciating the beauty and history of this country and culture, instead patting himself on the back for purchasing Filet-o-Fish sandwiches for his hosts and complaining about the medical care they underwent after being involved in a traffic accident. Sheesh. Hazel is a saint, especially if she chose to go ahead with marrying this guy who was actively fantasizing about her BFF while they vacationed together.

If this is an "incredible true story," I need to write up a 6-month sailing trip I went on with a legally blind Frenchman. At least we got into *real* scrapes and had to figure stuff out!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Uh-uh.
I didn't like this book. It just drones on forever. Boring with a mundane plot.
Published 25 days ago by PhotoDon
4.0 out of 5 stars it is a great story about finding your way through a new country
Knowing nothing about the Phillipines, I laughed out loud at the jokes and the all the "touristy" situations the author found himself in. Read more
Published 1 month ago by S. Debs
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Just an average easy read...
Published 1 month ago by Gina NETHERWAY
1.0 out of 5 stars worst book ever
Don't waste your time!
This book is bad on so many levels, not the least being the disrespect he shows to the phillipines people and culture
Published 2 months ago by Kathleen Shanfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
as described
Published 3 months ago by Julia Kirk
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
What I read of it was absolutely boring.
Published 4 months ago by sbncmo
1.0 out of 5 stars A great example of cultural ignorance
Having lived for 10 years in the Philippines under the Marcos regime while in my 20's, and therefore being rather familiar with the life and culture of the country, I bought this... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Diane Tincher
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story
I have traveled to the Philippines many times and the way the author catches and relates his experience is great. Read more
Published 4 months ago by SpeedyC
3.0 out of 5 stars Where was this marriage made?
Study in self-absorption. Not sure if worth the effort spent reading.
Published 4 months ago by Larry Lowenberg
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
I could not finish it and dropped it...Did not hold my interest at all....Badly written..
Published 4 months ago by MaSa
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Jonathan Sturak grew up in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. He is a Penn State University graduate and holds degrees in Computer Science and Film. He currently lives in Las Vegas where he uses the energy of the city to craft stories about life and the human condition. "The Place Called Home," Sturak's essay about Eastern European heritage in Northeast Pennsylvania, was featured on Glass Cases, associate literary agent Sarah LaPolla's pop culture blog at glasscasesblog.blogspot.com. Sturak is also a contributing editor at NoirNation.com, the premier location for international crime fiction. His debut thriller novel "Clouded Rainbow" was published in December 2009 and has over 200,000 downloads on the Amazon Kindle. Sturak keeps updated information on his website at sturak.com

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