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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (March 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1462002927
  • ISBN-13: 978-1462002924
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,912,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Every single character is just like some one you know.
Ms.P on the Rise
Baskin's book is a frenetically fast-paced thrill ride of a read; a madcap action adventure laced with a current of magical realism.
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I read books for entertainment and this book is certainly entertaining.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Geraldine Ahearn TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 6, 2012
Format: Paperback
Jane had high-hopes for her golden years at the age of fifty-eight. Shortly after becoming a winner in a radio contest, she looks at her future as she contemplates enjoying many more years of pure content. However, just a few years later, the unexpected knocks her off her feet after the loss of her husband, leaving her with financial hardship. The more she looks back, the more determined she becomes to ditch her Nursing job, and hit the road. The adventure begins as she sets out on a mission in her RV, meets new people, and receives a tempting offer that's hard to refuse. Her mission becomes much more interesting as she finds herself in places, she never imagined she would be. The further she drifted away, the more strange her road trip became. To make matters worse, she hooks-up with a mobster, finds herself flying airplanes, then meets Sadji after a plane crash. In the midst of biker gangs, hit-men, and danger on the way, was there time for romance? Was Jane paranoid, or was someone out to get her? During weird situations and dangerous encounters, did Jane grieve at loss and reflect on her life? I highly recommend this novel to all adventure lovers, who enjoy dark comedy with action and suspense, blended with a hint of romance. Jane Baskin, writer and clinical social worker, delivers a colorful Masterpiece of mystical magic and realism in one incredible adventure through the life of the main character. A widow attempts a second chance in life, after losing her best friend and everything she had in a desperate search to find the possible dream. The author takes the reader on a magical carpet ride as we laugh and cry, but also reflects on our own definition of life's expectations.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. Schneider on February 21, 2012
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Alternative title: So I shot them. I just didn't know what else to do.

This is Jane Baskin's first published book, as far as I know. There is no doubt that she can write. The question is: does she have something to tell us?
The book is strangely ambiguous in that respect. Heroine/narrator Jane is portrayed by author Jane as an attractive 60 y old .... That may turn some off and some others on. It raises my interest level, which is needed, as her adventures are not entirely of the kind that guarantees my attention. You could call it a crime story with road trip and romance, spiced up by surreal elements, a biker commune idyll and a Disney style fairy tale.

Jane has lost her husband, her money, her house, her job as a nurse, and is now drifting with an RV vehicle. She grieves and philosophizes. She has a hole in her life. Some of the hole is older than her widowhood ... Her husband had been her best pal for his last 10 years, but lust had gone away. She is an incomplete person. (Women are a misconstruction of nature. When they are young they complain that they are sex objects. When they are old they complain that they are not. Says Jane B.)

Jane's gregariousness leads her into an adventure: she links up with a mob outfit and gets hired to fly a plane from Yucatan to the US. (She is a hobby pilot.) The criminal background of the task is undeniable, but unclear. The adventure starts with a road trip in the company of an attractive 63 y old mobster. We are on the verge of romance for a while. Then we are over the verge, but it doesn't last, which is good for readability.
After her mate seems to die in a plane crash, she crash-lands her own plane on a Rockies forest clearing, and meets a Siberian tiger, Sadji, who can think and talk like a human.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 6, 2012
Format: Paperback
Jane Baskin has come on a new approach to writing - and this is her first book - and it is one that should be wildly popular: middle aged protagonists who dump all the baggage of growing to that time in life when youth is slipping away and with it all apparent hopes of a possible life of excitement. In JANE OF THE JUNGLE Baskin takes on that misconception that life ends at forty (or, now, fifty) and celebrates her age by creating a wild ride of an entertaining novel. JANE OF THE JUNGLE is intentionally (it appears to be) a bit outrageous and even silly, but it is a book of laughs and caught-in-the-throat belches and guffaws and snickers that in the end provides a great diversionary entertainment. And during the current deluge of books about death and dying, Alzheimer's disease, failed marriages, children that remain at home after the age of thirty etc that flood the airport bookstands this little novel is a complete escapism pleasure.

I think the associated description of the story sums it up so well that it deserves repeating: 'At fifty-eight, Jane wins a facelift and a gym membership in a radio contest. With a tight face that matches her tight body, she is looking forward to many lively years to come. Two years later, she is widowed, broke, and ready to trade her old life as a trauma nurse for a converted tour bus and life on the road. Unbeknownst to Jane, she is about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime. She soon meets a couple in an RV park who, after learning she is a licensed pilot, approach her with a tempting offer. Three days later, she is headed into Mexico to do a plane pickup worth thirty thousand dollars. But then she meets her escort, a mobster who hates his job, and everything changes.
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Jane Baskin was a features writer for The Boston TAB, at the same time that she worked as a clinical social worker. She often uses her familiarity with "the mad, the bad, and the totally unbelievable" to fuel her often wildly imaginative stories. Jane of the Jungle is her first novel. It tells the hilarious and heartfelt story of a baby boomer widow who thumbs her nose at financial ruin and hits the road in a converted tour bus to find adventure, crime, mad bikers, telepathic tigers, talking foxes, and of course, true love.

Jane of the Jungle has won numerous awards, including Silver Medal in the Foreword Book of the Year Awards, and Honorable Mentions in The Hollywood Book Festival, the Indie Excellence Awards, and Readers Favorite Awards.

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