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Product Details

  • Paperback: 170 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453865527
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453865521
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #434,108 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Perri Iezzoni is currently exploring the great American Southwest and dancing the Tango. You can read about his tango exploits online in The Adventures of Kayak Hombre and Capitan Frog at www.kayakhombre.blogspot.com.

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The raw and complex characters reveal the expectations we all have about life.
Karen Lucey
I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a weekend read; once I started reading, I couldn't put the book down.
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The story juxtaposes the unique Pocono mountain area with the international art of tango.
Christopher S Rector

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christopher S Rector on December 4, 2010
Format: Paperback
ODIE'S STORY takes place in aftermath of the his broken marriage to Big Jane the river guide: she embodies the spirit of the Poconos: able to ride the challenges of the real outdoors and hard times.

There are other great characters here to be enjoyed, such as the taciturn Mr Black, whose underwater brush with death races the pulse .

Nature and landscapes integrate with the story : rain, trees, birdsounds , bridges; and the River itself.

Odie's psyche encounters the seductive high calling of Argentine tango, taken up at a wounded fellow vets' request.

The story juxtaposes the unique Pocono mountain area with the international art of tango. It resolves itself into a serene ending after its dark climax.
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So, I agree with a previous review which mentioned that it was flawed in parts, but I think these flaws helped make up his unique and weird story. It provided character rather than perfection and empathy for the additionally bizarre characters. The story itself continually took a dive toward the fantastic and away from the realistic. I liked this. I really did like the New York cop calling in the helicopters, getting a shotgun blast to the chest before executing the villain then dying only to have his ghost talk to main character Odie Larson in the hospital about his ex-wife in critical condition. These dramatic turns from the realistic story Iezzoni sets up give the story its weird life. It may be flawed in certain areas, but it is interesting where most well made books are wholly uninteresting. I would like to see future books where he hones his skill. My hope is that these quirks help define his writing style and are not something that goes away as he is able to write in a more concise and targeted way in stories to come.

Oh, but one thing did bug me: It is clear within the first twenty or so pages of River Tango that the author has a great degree of personal knowledge about his two main topics: River and Tango. However, he writes the story as though he were at arms length from these subjects. He attempts to be an objective story teller, but his passion for these subjects is clear. He should dive into these subjects first hand and let all of his biases show.
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Ode's descriptions of his beloved Lehigh River and his learning experiences in dancing Argentine Tango are excellent! You will be able to understand this down to earth man with a love for the land and river he knows so well over the years thru his experiences in being a river guide. You will visualize the terrain thru the beautiful descriptions of the natural settings as he paddles the river. It is as though you are there within his head and feel the tugging of his heart for his love and admiration of Big Jane and his family versus his commitment to his fellow veteran to learn to dance the Argentine Tango and share his experiences with him. His former first officer, crippled afrter an IED explosion, asked Odie to learn to dance Argentine Tango so he can experience the dance vicariously through him. He finds the dance halls of tango just as hazardous as the whitewater rapids in the canyons of the Lehigh River Gorge.
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Drama surprise!!!....thinking it was going to be a sappy love story, involving tango and an old veteran friend......turned out to be a great story with real information and an explosion into suspense, violence and death. From some cool information about the origins of tango and how exciting the dance can be through the eyes and feelings of Odie, how the Lehigh river can be treacherous but fun with fellow groups and expierenced guides and the skills that Odie has refined over the years on the river, and then the mischievous past of his ex-wife brings in some exciting and wild drama that Odie ends up comforting his ex after their not to be forgotten adventure on the river.
Will there be a sequel? For Perry's first book I had to break out the dictionary a couple of times, so you can learn something even if it is fiction, can't wait for the sequel, or even another story by Perry.
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By Naturelvr on December 26, 2010
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I liked this book mainly for the intensely written scenes both on the river and in the dance studio. However, in between those scenes, I felt like there was too much detail that was not necessary to the story and found myself wanting to get past it so I could get to the main gist of the story. I think the handicapped vet did not fit well into the story for me. It sounded like something I had read too many times before.
My favorite scenes include mr. Black and his dance-like moves on the river; the sad couple who complete their last tango together on the riverside; the deliverance-like scene with big Jane and ode's attempt to learn the art of tango dancing. The author writes well about the river capturing the feel of what it must be like to be a river guide.
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By salo on November 7, 2010
Format: Paperback
Perri Iezzoni's first novel takes us down the Lehigh River on an unforgettable trip, and into the world of Argentine Tango. For some, it is a trip of no return.
For Odie Larson, the lead character, it is a story of awakening. Iezzoni combines his knowledge of the natural world and the world of tango, revealing an original sensibility. His writing is often beautiful; sometimes surprising, in what he is able to "pull off," and always engaging in the twists and turns of this adventurous tale.
Entertainingly curious, a River Tango is thought provoking and evocative.
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