3 out of 4 stars
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Imagine that you had several ways of easy money making, and you achieved almost everything and came to the top in every aspect. Literary, you became a king. In a split second, you are being chased by the government of your homeland for your illegal activities in the past, but the recent triggering factor is someone else’s wrongdoing, for which you are being wrongfully accused. You decide to run away, and run and run and run, forever.
I see that your mind is struggling to take in the situation. Most of us have only heard such stories of international fugitives, but have not been lucky enough to get a grasp on the inside story. Definitely you do not have first hand experience in this sort of a situation, otherwise you will not be reading this because you have to be on the run. Many of us love to hear such stories, and the solution is, Gringo: My Life on the Edge as an International Fugitive by Dan “Tito” Davis with Peter Conti.
It is the true story of Dan “Tito” Davis, packed into 16 chapters, which he has written while doing his prison time, and made into final publishable format by Peter Conti. The title of the book itself gives out the summary of the book. In a nutshell, Dan has been an earner from his teenage via various ways, both legal and illegal. Later the illegal ways have developed into a level which made him a big target for the US government, and he decided to be ended up as a fugitive. But for how long will he be able to evade his inevitable capture?
The narrator is Dan himself, and the story is given out in the first person view. Though it is basically categorized into C/T/M/H category, in my point of view, it covers historical, political, and even business related themes as well. While giving away his own story, Dan draws a clear picture of the political situation, law enforcing system along with its corruptions and loop holes, general details about the lives of people, and the business situation, of USA and Latin America in the recent past few decades.
Despite carrying many background details and being a lengthy read, it is written in a way for the reader to be immersed into the book. If not for the too many distractions due to various mistakes, including typos, wrong usage of words, wrong usage of punctuations, missing words, and some grammar errors, I could have finished reading this in a single breath. The descriptions are picturesque, so you can actually live in the story and experience each and everything that the narrator goes through, both good and bad, beautiful and ugly, positive and negative, and so on. The author uses some sense of humour as well to enhance the reading experience.
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It contains many Latin terms and unfamiliar technical terms, for which the end notes are attached. Some might find this as a distraction because you need to go through pages, back and forth. But I think of it as a learning opportunity, and also a support for the better understanding of the book. But keep in mind to bookmark the location before you click on the hyperlink for the end notes because there is no way to come back to where you were.a beautiful woman’s pubic hair is strong enough to pull a locomotive.
The book contains some profane language as well as sexually explicit content. If you are not offended by above, and if you love to have the thrilling feeling of being in edgy situations, this is the book for you. Underneath a beautiful story, the book gives the message that the success which is achieved in wrong ways is short lived. So it is a good book for anyone to get a life lesson.
Lastly, I am very happy to give this book the maximum rating, but I am compelled to rate this with 3 out of 4 stars because of the too many mistakes that it contains.
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