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Born to Be Wild Paperback – January 3, 2014
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About the Author
Barry Bowe stands for Truth, Justice, and the American Way. He became a writer at forty-five after being fired from a lucrative sales management position in Philadelphia in 1987. He moved to the island of St. Croix in the Caribbean and vowed to never again work in the corporate world and to learn the craft of writing. He taught algebra, geometry, and trigonometry at Country Day School, an exclusive private school, and he moonlighted as a bartender while taking correspondence courses in writing. He eventually landed a sports writing job with the territory’s Daily News. As the only sports writer on the island, he covered soccer, basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball, horse racing, yacht racing, boxing, golf, tennis, sailboarding, fishing, and croquet. Born to Be Wild was originally published by Warner Books in 1994 and consisted of 80,000 words and became a Main Selection of Doubleday’s Book of the Month Club and was translated into German under the title: Der Wilde. At that point, Barry Bowe quit writing for the next twenty years to devote his life to betting on racehorses and delivering pizza. In 2014, the passion to create returned and he revised the original version of Born to Be Wild by restoring the 40,000 words that he’d been forced to delete by the publisher to conserve space the first time around. The revised version is 124,600 words long. Since then, he published 1964 - The Year the Phillies Blew the Pennant and 12 Best Eagles QBs. More on the drawing board for 2015.
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1. First and foremost, non of the Warlock's club members are interviewed. All of the information was obtained by police or local news outlets.
2. The connection between the Marsh Murders and the Club is tenous at best.
3. We never really get too much into who Bobby Nauss is. The other people mentioned in the book, "Rick Martinon", the alledged head of the club are even more ambiguous.
4. At the end of the book, the conclusion is rushed. The last eight pages, Bobby is arrested. There are a few sentences that suggest Mr. Nauss was part of a larger conspiracy.
In the end, a disappointing read. I am not a biker, nor do I particulary care for the lifestyle. That said, it's pretty easy to demonize someone who rides a motorcycle and wears a patch on their jacket. I almost felt that because these were bikers, the murders had to have been committed by members of the club.
However, it's poorly written and seems to be not much more then a summary of information that could have been collected through old newspapers stories and internet searches. I doubt the author interviewed any of the principal characters in the book. Hence, I question how accurate it is.
They bother no one. If anyone investigates one of this authors claims, they will see that he wrote this book on rumors.
They are professional, hard working, family men and this book made me sick. I'm not trying to tell people bikers are angels. I'm trying to tell people that in this books his facts are not facts. You know in every group of people ex:police, priests, teachers etc....there are good and bad. In my blood family there are good and bad, just like everyone else's families. I just hate the fact that he wrote this to make the whole club look bad. People who dont know bikers, fear bikers because of the movies and rumors but they, as a whole are caring people who really try to help. Thats what runs are about, raising money to help the sick, the needy and mostly kids.
Mr. Bowe, come on tell everyone this is not a factual book.