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The Savior of Turk [Kindle Edition]

Ron D Smith
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A porn store, giant Jesus and a pyro. What could possibly go wrong?

Bhanu Ganesh can’t catch a break. His family moves from India to start a new life in a tiny Missouri town where a person “stands out like a vegan at a rib joint if he’s anything other than white boy or a black cow."
Bhanu already deals with a wilting fear of feminine touch. He gets even more attention when his father becomes the most infamous man in town by opening a porn store along the interstate.
Members of a local church protest the store every way they can think of, including erecting a tower of Jesus across the road.
Bhanu has a secret plan to please everyone, even if it kills him.

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From the Author

If you've driven I-75 past exit 142 in Jellico, Tennesse, you've seen the large white cross. It's hard to miss. It's right there next to the adult book store. I've seen that cross on the way to and from the Carolinas, and I always wondered about the story behind it. That was part of the inspiration for The Savior of Turk, which takes place in a small Missouri town along an interstate. There's a porn store involved. And a church. And an Indian kid. But the central character is the town of Turk.

About the Author

Ron D Smith is also the author of The Storm Before the Calm: The Early Lives of Venus and Hiro and The Night Budda Got Deep in It. Ron worked on a pig farm to earn money for college. He's proud of this fact and doesn't mind telling you about it. He lives in a city with his wife and two daughters. The pigs miss him.

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  • File Size: 457 KB
  • Print Length: 383 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005Y0RVNK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,564,245 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story of life in a small town February 25, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed reading Ron Smith's book, The Savior of Turk. The unique characters and their interactions in the small town of Turk is enough to keep your interest "burning". In particular, I really enjoyed the characters of Bhanu and Cassie. Using the backdrop of small town life to detail the integration of cultures is very effective. The ending left me wanting more. Thank you Ron for an enjoyable book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Accolades January 19, 2012
By Georg
Format:Kindle Edition
Mr. Smith has set himself a high bar, creating the character of a young Indian immigrant plunked down in the Midwest USA. A tough objective that he accomplishes with wit, humor, and insight into the idiosyncrasies of human nature. Congrats!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eccentric Small Town Life Makes for a Great Read January 8, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Delightful story-telling through different characters' perspectives, endearing interweaving of stories, a mysterious protagonist with a habit for fainting and fire, and a town focused most on what's happening next door. A great read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
The premise is funny on its own (dying small town pins hopes on new business, new business turns out to be "adult"), but the many contrasts within the story provide laughs as well as introspection.

Did I mention that the lead character is an English-educated immigrant Indian transplanted into middle America, who faints at the touch of a female and dabbles in arson? That, alone, will keep you turning the pages to see who or what really gets saved.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Humorous, but real!! March 26, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I typically read more dramatic books, so this one was a welcomed relief. Although it did have some serious situations, it was a clever mix of humor and reflective moments. It was very descriptive and detailed. I felt like I was watching a movie. I really can't think of any other books or movies to compare it to because it truly is one of a kind!!
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Not everyone among us can be a secret agent, superhero, or otherwise stand out from the crowd in the traditional sense. But often those on the fringe of our world are the most worth getting to know. They are among us, whether or not we notice them, and they have stories worth learning.



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