THE COUNT OF THE SAHARA: Historical fiction at its best Kindle Edition
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We are taken back in time to the mid-1920s, a remarkable and colorful era, in alternate story lines of a dauntless and hapless expedition led by the Count across the scorching Sahara, and through his lectures given across the frozen Midwest to share his tale with the enthralled masses. The author delivers a steady flow of laughs, pathos, and plot twists that keeps the reader turning pages. The reader gets a delightful and entertaining story, based on real people and events, that is destined to be a great success, just like the hapless Count himself (if only in his own mind). The author does succeed and delivers a great tale of adventure, with authentic and complex characters living in a series of unpredictable events.
About the Author
You can learn more about him at WayneTurmel.com
- Publication Date : August 15, 2015
- File Size : 3391 KB
- Print Length : 371 pages
- Publisher : THE BOOK FOLKS biographical historical fiction publisher; first kindle historical fiction title Edition (August 15, 2015)
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B01407R2H2
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #976,082 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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In “The Count” we find an intriguing mixture of a serious archeologist in the mold of Indiana Jones with a more prominent side akin to P.T. Barnum. A lecture tour filled with home-made costumes and props passed off as the real thing seems now more like a self-promoting sideshow than a culturally enlightening experience. Such a show was probably common in the days of vaudeville and tent shows that preceded television but hardly the fare of National Geographic.
Turmel brings us the story in a quite interesting fashion that works well. Chapters move back and forth between the exploration, told in third-person, and the lecture tour presented in first person by the Count’s projectionist, stage-prop, and personal assistant.
“The Count of the Sahara” is a highly entertaining read that I can easily recommend to all of my friends. I rate it five stars. I look forward to reading Wayne Turmel’s newest release, a novel of the middle ages, Acre’s Bastard.
Author Wayne Turmel artfully crafts two stories; one of a 1926 Saharan exploration with Count de Prorok and his eclectic crew of misfits. And the other months later as Count de Prorok tours the expedition across rural America. It is on this leg of his journey that the Count meets the young Willy Braun. As sincere as he is naive. The two form an unlikely, if not impossible, bond. It would almost be if you crossed the movies "My Favorite Year" with "Indiana Jones." Eventually, the two worlds collide and the misadventures Count de Prorok faced on his expedition come back to haunt him on his tour. I love going back and forth from both these compelling storylines.
Most impressive is Turmel's attention to detail. He creates a world that should be foreign to us all, yet seems strangely familiar. As if we were the ones in the sand storms,drudging across the desert, or performing archaeological sleight of hand.
The Count of the Sahara is a good read for those who want a book that reads light and breezy but still with a lot of depth. I fully recommend it.
The story moves from the dig to the American midwest, where xxx give lectures and slide shows to raise money. He is assisted by an uneducated, unsophisticated young man, who has never been anywhere or seen anything. The exchanges between the two are priceless as the sophisticated Count tries to explain the most basic facts to the inexperienced, naive rookie, while at the same time marvels at the technical and innovative skills of his assistant, which he doesn't possess. The pair couldn't be more unlike, but they need each other and develop a working relationship. We get a picture of the Count through the eyes of the kid.
The Count is a better promoter than archeologist, which leads to many tensions with other professionals on the dig. He is a good man who works very hard to achieve his goal of establishing himself professionally so he can support his family in the style his wife requires. He loves her and remains faithful throughout. Alice's father, wealthy and politically powerful, hates xxx, opposes the marriage and continues to look for means to undermine his reputation and turn away his financial backers.
The writing is good, the descriptions interesting and the plot held my interest throughout. All the characters are flawed but likable. I was rooting for their success.