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Hunt for 901 Paperback – July 26, 2008
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About the Author
Kevin Gosselin is an award-winning copywriter who has worked with products ranging from beer to banks. As a journalist he has written for several Porsche publications, and as a chef, he was named the Best Italian Chef in Denver. Growing up in an auto-obsessed family he learned early on to peek into every garage and under every tarp but is always on the hunt for his next acquisition.
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First off, I really enjoyed reading the book. It was an entertaining story that fed (pardon the pun) my sports car, Porsche, foodie, history and travel interests. From this perspective, it should be a raving 5.
Unfortunately, I was bothered by proofing errors (I guess it's hard to get your there, their and they'res all ironed out without a major publisher,) as well as the book being long on lavish details but short on story. I also hated the inelegance of the ending and infinitely improbable events just before the end. Seems as though some tweaks to the story line, and adding in some more details could have smoothed all of this out. I also feel guilty for giving the Richard Nissley book only 3 stars (for some of the same reasons), after having enjoyed it so much.
So, if you share my interests (and apparently the Author's) - namely, eating, cooking, design, driving, Porsche the company, Porsche the cars, vintage racing and European travel, to name a few - this book will be a rifle shot, you will enjoy it and you should buy it. If you are Kevin Gosselin, great (first?) effort, I'd read more of the same, and, if I had to make the trade, I would appreciate more story content and perhaps fewer details.
Hunt for 901 is something totally different than regular car histories or photo books I have read in the past. Faston Hanks is like many characters in mysteries, a dedicated amateur who often trumps the pros in getting results. But instead of finding murderers, Faston finds cars. And along the way, he eats great food. Maybe a touch too much food is in the book? But still mouthwatering.
Faston is not alone in his quest. He has an old teacher friend, Charles that helps him out. And hinders him as well. There is good tension between Charles and Faston, and lots of good jokes as they race around Europe trying to find the 901. Some of the best parts of the book are the descriptions of Faston driving a Renault R5 Turbo around Brugge. The author obviously knows his European cars.
I might have wished for a bit more information on how the 901 got lost, not just how it was found, but I give the book a great rating just because it is so unique. If you likes cars and mysteries or adventures, you will like this book. You'll learn a little bit about Porsches, how to make pasta and what wine to drink with it. It is about time there was some fiction for people who like cars.
Overall the book is a breezy read. And in paperback or Kindle would be a good vacation book. And about what several other reviewers note in shoddy editing I did not see as a problem. I looked at my book and it is a second edition, so maybe the editor fixed the errors? But otherwise, this book had no more or less typos than any book or newspaper.
One final note, if you are from Connecticut or have ever gone to Limerock, this book is spot on with the details. Makes me want to go back for the the vintage races.
First off, the book should have been called "the hunt for a fancy meal" as much more time was spent on gourmet food than on anything car related. Everything the protagonist did was so over-the-top - he has the fanciest wallet, only the best travel bag, an exotic satellite phone, and will ONLY eat hyper-gourmet food. Bleh.
Most of the book seemed like reading a bad Clive Cussler book with all his stupid "look how fancy my tastes are" predispositions turned up to 11. On top of that the core story was SO poor. The "enemy" was silly and non-believable and his magical ability to track the protagonist was just ridiculous.
Oh, did I mention the HUGE amount of typos, grammatical errors, and more? Yep. Also real fun to read a book that is targeted at car nuts with a reference to "HEAL and toe" downshifts - arrgh!
So, skip it. To the author, I say I REALLY appreciate your effort, it's a BRILLIANT concept for a book, you just really missed on the execution.