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The Black Dog and The American Woman [Kindle Edition]

J. D. Reid
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Book Description

The Black Dog and the American Woman is one of those stories that transport the reader somewhere new and rarely experienced. The scene is set on an eco-Tour somewhere on the upper reaches of the Cuyabeno River deep in the Amazon rainforest of central Ecuador. A group of tourists has arrived and is just settling into camp as dark clouds gather and a ferocious black dog runs through the tangle of the jungle in hot pursuit of its prey. On one level, it is an interesting and often thrilling tale told of an eco-Tour gone bad; but it is much more than that. As the fine balance of life and death is revealed in the canopy above them, and in their fearful flight up the river, the reader is immersed in the reality of the jungle as few stories of this type have done before. As stated in his remarks, the author has direct experience in this regard; there is a suggestion some aspects of this story might even be true, and it certainly reads like it. The writing is reminiscent of Somerset Maugham’s short stories of the Far East as well as Joseph Conrad’s of the Malay Peninsula. It is a morality tale in which good and bad, like life and death, are in near equal balance.
What makes this tale particularly compelling is the intriguing interplay between the characters. Romulo, the Naturalist and guide, holds the philosophical center of the story and there is something fragile but also bold and brave about the American Woman. For Romulo, the American Woman is a conundrum. He takes her under his wing and protects her. He tries to understand her as he takes every opportunity to explain to her his perception of what the jungle, as well as the human experience in general, is all about – namely, a world in which life is delicately balanced with death in the same way that the human experience is balanced between good and bad. She listens and learns but sometimes the lessons are difficult; and, sometimes, as the reader will discover, are life changing.
A chilling and surprising ending makes The Black Dog and the American Woman a great story that will stay with you. You will want to read it twice. For the price, you can’t go wrong.

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  • File Size: 418 KB
  • Print Length: 51 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008D2JR38
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,054,759 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great attention to detail July 28, 2012
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This is a great story and really introduces a different culture. I have never been to South America but after reading the book I feel like I have spent time there. It's a quick read but extremely well written with terrific attention to detail
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love and Death in the Amazon June 21, 2012
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As a Canadian, resident in ecuador, I have lived and played in the Ecuadorian amazon for the past two years. This story, set in the Cuyabeño, rings true in every respect, and keeps you wanting to turn the pages. The authors characters are great and there is a special ending. enjoy, i will be reading his other selections. jim wood.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Black Dog and The American Woman July 6, 2012
By jodom
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A riveting read! A strong start with an even stronger finish. You can feel the heat of the jungle as the boat goes down the river and you want to keep reading to see how it will all end. Mr Reid's characters are strong and you believe in them, empathize with them. The Black Dog himself you could picture perfectly. Well done.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great attention to details! July 17, 2012
By dac
Format:Kindle Edition
Like the other stories by J.D. Reid, this one was well written with great attention to details. I could feel myself on the boat when the bow wave occurred with the quick stops. Mr. Reid pays such attention to details that you are in the scene, in this case, the jungle. You can feel the heat and hear the rain. Well done!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read! July 11, 2012
By DonF
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The author's intelligent and detailed descriptions take you into the depths of the Amazon jungle to explore the meaning of good and evil while enjoying an adventure not soon to be forgotten. Highly recommended!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Black Dog and the American Woman July 28, 2012
By D290
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This novella is a very engaging tale set in South America. I look forward to reading more from this author!
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j. d. Reid lives an ageless but eclectic lifestyle immersed in isolation, beautiful views, dark skies, and a deep passion to write. He likes music, art, English literature, astronomy, paleontology, anthropology, entomology, geology, even religion, but finds the human mind and heart the most interesting of all. He has holed himself up on an island where the Great Lakes merge into the St Lawrence River to see what happens. He is a Canadian and a proud American. He has English roots, some Scottish peat in his blood, and even a tingle of the Irish. He has a lot of good stories in him.

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