Book Review by Jas: Nujeen by Nujeen Mustafa and Christina Lamb

Book Review: Nujeen
Nujeen

This is my first book video review and I’ve been wanting to do this for quite sometime but I chose to wait for my tripod and microphone to arrive.

Finally, here I am, with my non-fiction book review. As an avid non-fiction book reader, I’d be posting NF book reviews as my #Booktube posts.

Review on #Nujeen:

Internal layout: 10
Plot development: 7
Key takeaway message: 10
Overall: 9/10

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Book Review: Medellin: Acapulco Cold (Rick Fontain Book 3) by Bill Fortin

Medellin Acapulco Cold (A Cold War Adventure with Rick Fontain Book 3)
Medellin: Acapulco Cold (Rick Fontain Book 3) by Bill Fortin

Blurb:

In March 1987, the CIA’s Operation Acapulco Cold took on the Medellín cartel. The journey would be dangerous. The alternative for not recovering the nuke would be too horrible to imagine. 
A theft occurs as a result of President Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev’s treaty agreement in January 1986. Russian SS-20 medium-range missiles were removed from Eastern Europe and their nuclear MIRV packages removed. A shadow group inside the failing Russian government steals three of the nose-cone assembles. 
A Russian named Geonov is charged with selling one of these devices to the Medellin cartel. The asking price was $40 million dollars in cash. Pablo Escobar did not even blink when he was offered one. Operation Acapulco Cold is the detailed action taken by the CIA to address this life-altering situation.

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Medellin: Acapulco Cold (Rick Fontain Book 3) by Bill Fortin

Review:

A face-paced book that grips your attention from the very beginning. If you enjoy reading historical books, this book would surely entertain you. Fortin’s work clearly shows that an extensive research had been made to write this book, which revolves around the Cold War.

It’s hard to believe that this is a work of fiction, especially when the story features Ronald Reagan and a detailed setting of the 80’s. Truly an enjoyable read and it didn’t take a long time to finish the book, considering that the plot really hooked me into the story.

A 4.5 star !

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Book Review: American Corporate by Jeb Stewart Harrison

American Corporate

Blurb:

A playful, big-hearted tragicomedy in the Russo/Irving mold, American Corporate chronicles the misadventures of middle-aged Jack Sullivan and his family as they bounce across the country in search of gainful employment, domestic tranquility, and a few people they can trust. It is a story that working parents past, present and future will see as part of their own: the triumphs, the tragedies, the innocent mistakes and the not-so-innocent mistakes, and above all the forgiveness that keeps families together to face another challenge.

Review:

American Corporate by Jeb Stewart Harrison is a reminder to us on how corporate world can be toxic and how depending on corporate to make a living would disappoint us one way or another.

Jack Sullivan, the main character in this story, goes through a mid-life crisis as he struggles to provide the necessities for his family. His wife is unhappy with him and cheats him behind his back.

His family is dependent on his dad’s income but that too came to an end soon as his dad runs into financial issues.

The rest of the story brings to an everyday American’s life where most of us struggle to make ends meet. This story is a very good read, considering that my book entitled ‘The Sin of a Fresh Graduate’ will be launched in two week’s time and therefore, I could relate to this book a lot.

A five star!

Buy link: https://www.amazon.com/American-Corporate-Mr-Stewart-Harrison/dp/1986937860

Book Review: Mrs. Rossi’s Dream by Khanh Ha

Mrs. Rossi’s Dream by Khanh Ha

Blurb:

“I live in a coastal town in the deep south of the Mekong Delta. During the war this was IV Corps, which saw many savage fights. Although the battles might have long been forgotten, some places cannot forget.” Thus begins the harrowing yet poignant story of a North Vietnamese communist defector who spends ten years in a far-flung reform prison after the war, and now, in 1987, a free man again, finds work as caretaker at a roadside inn in the U Minh region. One day new guests arrive at the inn: an elderly American woman and her daughter, an eighteen-year-old Vietnamese girl adopted at the age of five from an orphanage in the Mekong Delta before the war ended. Catherine Rossi has come to this region to find the remains of her son, a lieutenant who went missing-in-action during the war. Mrs. Rossi’s Dream tells the stories of two men in time parallel: Giang, the thirty-nine-year-old war veteran; Nicola Rossi, a deceased lieutenant in the United States Army, the voice of a spirit. From the haunting ugliness of the Vietnam War, the stories of these two men shout, cry, and whisper to us the voices of love and loneliness, barbarity and longing, lived and felt by a multitude of people from all walks of life: the tender adolescent vulnerability of a girl toward a man who, as a drifter and a war-hardened man, draws beautifully in his spare time; the test of love and faith endured by a mother whose dogged patience even baffles the local hired hand who thinks the poor old lady must have gone out of her mind, and whose determination drives her into the spooky forest, rain or shine, until one day she claims she has sensed an otherworldly presence in there with her. In the end she wishes to see, just once, a river the local Vietnamese call “The River of White Water Lilies,” the very river her son saw, now that all her hopes to find his remains die out. Just then something happens. She finds out where he has lain buried for twenty years and how he was killed.

Please read the author interview with Khanh Ha here

Review:

If you love books that teleport you to a different culture and time, Mrs. Rossi’s Dream will not disappoint you!

This story is about Mrs. Rossi, who had lost her son in the Vietnam War. She arrives at Vietnam and comes in contact with Giang, who was a communist defector in the Vietnam war. She tells him the purpose of her visit to Vietnam; which is to find the remains of her son.

The story is told from the voices of Giang and Mrs. Rossi’s late son. The author had done an excellent job in weaving the gripping details of the Vietnam War, and the harrowing experiences the warriors had gone through. 

It felt like as if the readers are invited in to the world of the Vietnam War and at many times, the book would make you feel so bad for those affected by war. It somehow reminded me of my visit to the Memorial Park at Cambodia, which was very disturbing.

A book I cannot put down and I loved how the author invites us to the lives of the two main characters of the book, coupled with the love of a mother who relentlessly searches for the remains of her dead son.

A five star for this book.

https://www.amazon.com/Mrs-Rossis-Dream-Khanh-Ha/dp/1579625681

Book Review: The Prophetic Mayan Queen: K’inuuw Mat of Palenque (The Mists of Palenque Book 4)

Book Review: The Prophetic Mayan Queen: K'inuuw Mat of Palenque (The Mists of Palenque Book 4)
The Prophetic Mayan Queen: K’inuuw Mat of Palenque (The Mists of Palenque Book 4)

The Review:

If you’re into the ancient histories, especially on the Mayan prophecy, you will find this book interesting. The author of this book, Dr Martin, is
she is a non-professional ancient Mayan civilization and cultural researcher . This makes the read very interesting as the Mayan cultural background in this book feels very real and the author literally brings you into the world of the Mayan. I think if an author with little to no knowledge on ancient histories were to write a similar story, I don’t think the story would have felt this real and inviting.

The main character in this story is K’inuuw Mat and she is married. As the story develops, she finds out shocking truth about with whom she would have her dynastic heir with. It is her husband’s brother. I love the romance between Mat and her brother-in-law. There will be family conflicts and there is a mounting pressure on Mat to answer the Goddess’ mandate to preserve Mayan culture.

As the story develops, what I like the most is Francesca who enters the Mayan village to discover her grandmother’s secrets. It’s a book that brings you to a different dimension. The names of the characters in the book can be a little difficult to pronounce and they don’t really stick on my mind. But, other than that, I enjoyed reading the book.

A 4 star for this book!

Book Review: Tenacity by Ron Coury

Tenacity by Ron Coury
Tenacity by Ron Coury

‘Tenacity’! Some people are just not born to settle down. Some people are never satisfied, always seeking more, pushing farther and climbing higher. ‘Tenacity’ by Ron Coury is about one of those people. ‘Tenacity’ is a memoir about Coury’s life and all of the trials and triumphs that he has faced in his time.

Born in Brooklyn to second generation immigrant parents, Coury knew from a young age that he wanted to be a business man. His first job was shining shoes at the subway station for a dime. From those meager beginnings, Coury quickly realized that he enjoyed making money and doing it through hard work. The story of ‘Tenacity’ is in Ron Coury’s hard work, clever machinations, determination and, of course, tenacity in the face of adversity.

I greatly enjoyed this book and Coury’s perspective on life in general. Apart from funny anecdotes about his no-nonsense parents and occasionally less-than-reputable friends, ‘Tenacity’ was filled with a lot of genuinely good life advice. This book is surprisingly aspirational and almost functioned like a self-help book for me in some ways. I also learned quite a bit about the world of casino-ownership which is something that I never had any reason to think about before but I ended up finding very interesting.

Coury tells the entire story of his life in a stylistic, ‘Wonder Years’ sort of way that really makes you feel as though you are being taken along on the journey with him and that he remembers everything perfectly. I loved this style of writing that is based on recollection and has a dash of humor and embarrassment. Coury owned something like 35 business in the Las Vegas area at one point and reading about a man who starts out with nothing building an empire is like reading about the American dream.  I highly recommend it and give it 5 out of 5 stars.

Purchase Ron’s book at https://www.amazon.com/Tenacity-Businessman-Survives-Brooklyn-Corruption-ebook/dp/B07KDLDB66/ref