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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 5, 2012
Well, I was VERY enamored with this book when I read the description. Hunting for a long-lost rare car, how cool of a story plot is that?

First off, the book should have been called "the hunt for a fancy meal" as much more time was spent on gourmet food than on anything car related. Everything the protagonist did was so over-the-top - he has the fanciest wallet, only the best travel bag, an exotic satellite phone, and will ONLY eat hyper-gourmet food. Bleh.

Most of the book seemed like reading a bad Clive Cussler book with all his stupid "look how fancy my tastes are" predispositions turned up to 11. On top of that the core story was SO poor. The "enemy" was silly and non-believable and his magical ability to track the protagonist was just ridiculous.

Oh, did I mention the HUGE amount of typos, grammatical errors, and more? Yep. Also real fun to read a book that is targeted at car nuts with a reference to "HEAL and toe" downshifts - arrgh!

So, skip it. To the author, I say I REALLY appreciate your effort, it's a BRILLIANT concept for a book, you just really missed on the execution.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 21, 2010
So, I was doing some traveling this holiday and my brother gave me this book to read while on my planes, trains and automobiles. And considering the protagonist Faston and his friend Charles do their fair share of journeying, it was a good choice.

I am not a car nut(I drive a Subaru), but I do like classic cars and recent history and good food.

With that said, as a novice Porsche follower, I did learn a bunch about the first 911. My dream car. I looked up online afterwards some of the facts and see the author did base his book on an actual prototype car that no one knows where it is at.

Some people say the characters are flawed. Yes, at the beginning of the book they are. Faston is very selfish and mean to his friend. But, as the book goes on, he grows. That is called character growth. At the end, he is very caring and urgent and trying to help the woman who sent him on this crazy hunt in the first place. He even leaves behind his passion for food as he nears finding the car.

Why I gave this book five stars is that there is nothing else remotely like it in fiction out there. So, plus for originality. And for the ending. Some may not like the end, but it will keep you thinking about it. Which must be a good thing.

Finally, on the editing, maybe I am not a good grammar snob but it did not bother me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 20, 2010
Lots of info about Porsches. Lots of food info. Overall a great light fun read. If you are looking for a history book go somewhere else. Would appeal to people who like mystery books. Love it!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 16, 2010
Very disappointing. Sophomoric writing. jerky style, terrible editing. Whenever it threatened to become fun, the author digressed into a pointless culinary exercise. What a bore!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 22, 2010
As an enthusiast and 911 owner I was excited to read this book. While the story is good (at least the real story of the actual missing car), this writing about it is not. Badly written, badly edited, full of irrelevant detail about wines and food; it leaves much to be desired. Nevertheless, I read it right through because I love the subject. I didn't look for an historical research paper - I expected a novel. That's what it is, but don't read it because you love novels. As such, it's garbage.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 29, 2010
This was hard to read. The only reason I finished it was because I like food and Porsches. It's not a good book. Every single character is flawed. They have no redeeming qualities. The main character is an arrogant twit.

The biggest problem is the author tries to impress us with his knowledge of food and Porsches. He's very good at both but he doesn't need to keep telling us how smart he is on every page. I have the feeling I would find the author as boring as the main character.

Richard Newton
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 5, 2010
What your expectations are for a book shape your takeaway. If you read Hunt for 901 for a true history of Porsche's 911, you will be disappointed. And, why would you? That is well trod ground with dozens and dozens of books. Plus, the description of the book never promises a true story. It is inspired by the true fact that the 901 show car from 1963 is not known to exist. I read Cussler, but wouldn't use Sahara as a true guide to what happened to a Confederate Ironside. Sahara: A Dirk Pitt Adventure (Dirk Pitt Adventures)

Hunt for 901 is something totally different than regular car histories or photo books I have read in the past. Faston Hanks is like many characters in mysteries, a dedicated amateur who often trumps the pros in getting results. But instead of finding murderers, Faston finds cars. And along the way, he eats great food. Maybe a touch too much food is in the book? But still mouthwatering.

Faston is not alone in his quest. He has an old teacher friend, Charles that helps him out. And hinders him as well. There is good tension between Charles and Faston, and lots of good jokes as they race around Europe trying to find the 901. Some of the best parts of the book are the descriptions of Faston driving a Renault R5 Turbo around Brugge. The author obviously knows his European cars.

I might have wished for a bit more information on how the 901 got lost, not just how it was found, but I give the book a great rating just because it is so unique. If you likes cars and mysteries or adventures, you will like this book. You'll learn a little bit about Porsches, how to make pasta and what wine to drink with it. It is about time there was some fiction for people who like cars.

Overall the book is a breezy read. And in paperback or Kindle would be a good vacation book. And about what several other reviewers note in shoddy editing I did not see as a problem. I looked at my book and it is a second edition, so maybe the editor fixed the errors? But otherwise, this book had no more or less typos than any book or newspaper.

One final note, if you are from Connecticut or have ever gone to Limerock, this book is spot on with the details. Makes me want to go back for the the vintage races.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 21, 2010
As a Porsche 911 fan I hoped to find more details on the missing 901, but this book could be about any other lost car. I was dissapointed with the lack of factual data. Another dissapointment was the storyline, misplacement of comma's, too much details which makes it harder to read and the sudden end. Overall a dissapointing buy.....
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 10, 2009
I had very high hopes for this book, being a life-long Porsche owner, race driver and general car nut. I especially enjoy anything to doing with classic car racing, barnfinds, restorations etc.

I was therefore very disappointed to find the story spent considerably more time talking about very specific gourmet food details rather than sports cars. It seemed like the hunt for the Porsche 901 was a more of a sideline that gave the car hunter Faston an excuse to go gallivanting around Europe sampling various foods.

The book was not terribly well written, with quite a lot of spelling and grammatical mistakes and the storyline was pretty thin the whole way through.

However, the worst part for me was the ending, which just came out of the blue and was highly implausible. It almost seems like the book was written to a deadline and the author ran out of time, so he quickly scribbled the last chapter down one hour before the manuscript was sent to the printers. One scene in particular had a friend of the car hunter attacking a cinema attendant for absolutely no reason that I could fathom, despite my re-reading the section several times to see if I'd inadvertently missed a page.

I would love to take this idea and rewrite the story with rather less food content and rather more Porsche history and put some depth into the storylines.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 17, 2009
This book makes you want to jump out and travel along with Faston around Europe. The descriptions of all the places were so vivid I'm wondering how many were based on actual places - mostly because I'd like to go there! Excellent 1st book -- I can't wait to read more!
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