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First of all, the car on the cover has been in Hop Up, built by a friend of Hop Up; or you may have seen it at Lone Star Roundup.
Jim began to write the story of his "Special' build..and the story got legs, became a smash of a first novel and God knows where it will lead. Don't miss it: cars, lakes history all the right names of the pre war, wartime and immediate post war, a little bit of sex and intrigue and excellent development of characters and plots that, well, professional writers can do. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B006W09CWO
- Publisher : Woodwind Press; 3rd edition (January 15, 2013)
- Publication date : January 15, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 2904 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 425 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,302,521 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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There's a lot to love about this book. The story of Billy and Sally's relationship, how Carl's son Babe grows from a child to a man, Billy's service during WWII, and the heartbreaking ending. But it was the epilogue that gave me chills. Pendleton makes clear that the main character in this story is his Uncle Billy, but he leaves you wondering how much of the story that Babe shared is true. Because the story is so beautiful, I choose to believe that most of what Pendleton has written is real. And I suppose that's the greatest compliment a reader can offer an author: you made me believe.
Recommended to anyone who loves WWII era history, fast cars, or a great romance.
This book wraps romance, automobiles and historical narrative all in one package.
A young man goes to California looking for work in the aircraft industry. After getting a job a Convair he finds a room at a local man's house. The reader, from this part of the story, will get an idea what life was like in those more innocent days preceding December 7, 1941. Boarding in a private home was something that was quite common in the era before and during WWII.
The young man's landlord is a shop foreman at one of the Cadillac dealer's dealerships in California. In the pre-WWII era, dealerships for brands of cars could encompass a whole state, and so, the foreman's boss is quite well-to-do, indeed.
The young man is introduced to the Founding Fathers of Hot Rodding and the formative years of Hot Rods, which would evolve from speed contests, like the efforts at Bonneville that continue to this day, into Drag Racing as we now know it. The book is, in fact named "The Special" for the landlords' racing car, which forms a common thread through the multiple stories.
The landlord's young son did not take a major interest in The Special but, like most young boys of the era, was a avid fan of, and player in, local baseball teams. The reader is thus introduced to that bygone era when, seemingly, every boy played baseball and most boys' ambition was to make it to the Big Leagues.
The young man is also introduced to the love of his life, a beautiful blonde woman who just happens to be the daughter of the man who sells Packard autos across the entire state of California, and who is, of course, a major business rival to the landlord's boss: the Cadillac dealer.
The young man, the landlord and his young son, and the beautiful young woman come together as they all contribute to the building of The Special. And while doing so, building a special bond between them, becoming a 'family' of sorts.
The attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, changes all their lives. The young man eventually winds up on an aircraft crew stationed in England, due in part to his aircraft knowledge gained while working at Convair. The resourcefulness of the young woman is demonstrated again as she endeavors to be with her young man while he is in England. She does this in quite a clever way, indeed.
The book tells of how life was for the aircrews in England as well as the citizens of England during wartime.
The story continues with the young boys' life and how he is introduced to the love of his life just as the idyllic life before the war is shattered. The book moves through the life of the young boy as he becomes a man, and eventually connects the reader to the narrator of the story itself.
We see how "The Special" race car has connected all these people and still exists as a testament to the great stories told in this book.
The reader will be treated to two intertwined romance stories and learn a bit about life as it was in the 1940's and about building a Hot Rod as well.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and as a "car Guy" I was, at first, hooked about the building of The Special, but soon began to care about the various characters' lives and their outcome. The Special itself is a common thread that connects seemingly disparate stories together.
An excellent story told in a unique manner, and I believe that you too, will come to care about the characters and their story as much as I did.
I highly recommend this book with my Five Star rating. Enjoy.
If that isn’t enough, imagine then being able to actually touch history with the discovery that a family heirloom was safely tucked away all these years.
The author creates the perfect balance of family, life, romance and history in this beautiful story. I read this book almost straight through and it was very hard to take a break away from it.
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It takes a little time to get into it, but now I can't put it down.