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The Count of the Sahara: Historical fiction at its best Paperback – September 12, 2015
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Wayne Turmel is an internationally recognized writer, speaker and business professional. His books are uniquely funny, honest and practical. He is a former standup comic, car salesman and corporate trainer who lives in Chicago.
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Our author really makes this flawed character come to life - very entertaining. Additionally, I appreciated the format of this presentation - alternating chapters between Africa and America. This reminds me of two of my favorite books: Tears in the Darkness and Captured Honor. I can recommend this book.
Chris Gregory, Tekoa Tomes
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.
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