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Hunt for the Blower Bentley Paperback – September 12, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
And the Blower might be the rarest of the bunch, with only fifty built. And the Bentley people being Bentley people, they know the location or fate of all but one. And that is chassis number SM 3912. And this is the car that Mr. Gosselin constructs a vivid, fact-filled story around.
I was given a copy of Mr. Gosselin's first automotive novel, Hunt for 901 years ago, was intrigued, but could tell that it was a first novel. Just a couple of chapters into Hunt for the Blower Bentley I could tell that this was a much more polished, focused, well-paced and plotted piece.
The story starts in 1939 in England, where we meet a Stephan Sidlow who is about to acquire a new-to-him Blower Bentley. The prologue is cracking. Twists and surprises a few pages into a book make for a page turner in my mind.
We then leap into the story proper. With Faston Hanks, the mercurial automotive hunter. Charles his elderly, scholarly sidekick. And Caprice, his charming wife who takes a much larger role in this book than in 901. They are introduced to a veil-thin lead regarding the resting-place of SM 3912. And they take it. Epic searches I guess are somewhat alike as this takes years. But there is a wrinkle, in the form of Mr. Patrick, a collector-car dealer who deals on the shady side of the business and forces urgency into the hunt.Read more ›
It is a serious thriller. Much less comedy than the first Hunt for 901, but Charles and Faston still manage to have a good time and a few laughs.
The story weaves back and forth between WWII and the present day to find the Blower Bentley. All in all, the wartime scenes are atmospheric and well paced.
I lent the book to my Dad who is a huge WWII buff, but not a car fan, and he liked it. Especially all the details included about living in wartime England. One seen in particular he said stuck out was the inclusion of an anecdote about a town that painted all their horses white so that when people were traveling during the blackout conditions you could see the horses easier. Odd but true.
The present day hunt for the car is filled with lots of detail about the car and its true history. The epilogue is a must read.
I went back and skimmed the reviews of Hunt for 901 and some people loved it and others did not. Most because they said there was not enough 'car' in a novel about cars. I think Mr. Gosselin heard those rather rough reviews as this book is chock full of the Blower Bentley from page 1 to the last page.