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Entertaining Motorcycle Diary

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Reviewed: 2019-07-15

Sam did such an excellent job with this book - both in writing and in narration. He takes the reader on such a wonderful journey, one can't help but get completely caught up in it. I also appreciated Sam's transparency and thoughtful observations about the peoples and places he visited. I feel as if I really got to know him as an individual and seems to me he's the sort of fellow it would be a joy to go riding with. I like his sense of humour and I often found myself chuckling as I listened. I personally live and ride in western Canada, so I especially enjoyed that part of the narrative. I highly recommend this to anyone with a motorcycle background or even anyone who dreams of visiting new and unusual places.

Deeply Touching

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Reviewed: 2019-01-08

I was deeply touched by this most sincere and transparent narrative of human experience- complete with its distinctly Canadian perspective. I was completely drawn in by the heights and depths of emotions that colour the backdrop of a story that combined two cultural worlds so deftly and with such grace. Mark has written one of the best memoirs I have ever read and I personally want to thank him for recording it in print for us all to enjoy.

Thrilling and thought-provoking historical account

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Reviewed: 2018-09-19

My father served in the Second World War, with the Royal Canadian Air Force as a flight engineer, searching for U-boats off the coast of Labrador, Canada. So I naturally had a keen interest in this story. But I soon found out that the flying aspect to the story wasn't the biggest part. It was the personal stories of the downed airmen that really had the most impact on me. I was completely caught up in the riveting dramas that played out in real life during a dark time in Nazi-occupied France. As a man of faith, I was amazed to read how God did so many little miracles to spare the crew members. I also couldn't help but be deeply touched by the love, generosity and courage of the French "saviors" who risked their lives to help these men. This was a thoroughly worthwhile book and one which I highly recommend!

Spellbinding!

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Reviewed: 2018-04-12

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The hours just seemed to fly by as I was listening to it. That saying “truth is stranger than fiction“ is really true in this case. There were so many things I found remarkable: Hiroo’s strength of spirit, his unrelenting perseverance, his loyalty and leadership toward his men, his bravery and determination. He was, in fact, the perfect soldier. Sadly his only failing, was his stubborn refusal to think outside the box of his preconceived notion‘s. He was trained well indeed and it was right for him to be honoured as a hero -not for what he represented in the old imperial Japan, but in his personal accomplishments of duty and sacrifice. I highly recommend this fascinating book.