Review by ankushavhad -- The Most Unlikely Champion

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Review by ankushavhad -- The Most Unlikely Champion

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[Following is a volunteer review of "The Most Unlikely Champion" by Vera Koo.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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History has witnessed an ideology, quoted as “the most remarkable climb only arrives after a fall,” that rightly fits here. I recalled a famous saying in Hindi “haar ke aage jeet hai” (meaning, “victory is over the defeat,”) we often quote in India. That will prove right when you conclude this book.

The Most Unlikely Champion is an uplifting and inspiring memoir of the author, Vera Koo (“Koo” in short), crafted by Justin Pahl. It is a story about a woman who joins a firearm safety course to overcome the fear of guns. Over time her passion for handling guns makes her goals the most accomplished shooters in the world of sport shooting. Her consistent determination in sports and faith in God transformed her into one of the most accomplished athletes in the world of action pistol.

The author, Koo, a Chinese-American, an early migrant from Hong Kong, writes about her experience as a shooter. A veteran sportswoman of inspiration, Koo is a Bianchi Cup winner of the National Action Pistol Championship. Being a world-class athlete, she feels honored with her sports journey. She narrated her accomplishments in sports, that is a moral tale about ups and downs in her life.

The book opens with an overview of the memoir, followed by an introduction to the author’s background. The stories narrate her involvement in the professional shooting. The incidents are heart-warming and moral in a way she speaks about her life, her family, and her career. The details capture her attributes in terms of hope, love, compassion, and forgiveness. These characteristics merit her personality. In her story, she touched upon her betrayal in relationships, her struggle in keeping cultural values, her ideology in life, as well as the mainstream journey of her in the shooting domain until she makes her goal of pistol champion. You will read in Koo’s experiences about unexpected tragedies, tremendous hurt, and betrayal; and how she faces them confidently by keeping a positive attitude and faith.

The story also highlights some prominent turning points in her life that detail how with a great determination and willpower, she lived with it. She mentions how being kind to others helped her to make adjustments in adverse situations. All those qualities inspired me the most. In this memoir, I found a balanced narration of Koo’s personal and professional life.

The storytelling is professionally organized and to the point. The description of shooting scenarios with clarity of terms used in the shooting sports are made easy to be understood by general readers. After reading her full story, somehow, out of pride, I felt paying gratitude. It made me revisit her photo collection on page 92-97. There, I could see the confidence on her face, then.

The book is a professionally written memoir. It has no overdose of fancy flavor. The formatting and structure of stories suit well for biography oriented books on personalities. Besides a couple of minor typos, the prose obeyed grammatical norms. I liked the entire picture collection. Hovered, the position of photos in the middle of the book disappointed me. I recommend they be listed separately at the end section, if not scattered in the respective contexts. The list of Championships and Records under the Achievements section has turned out a good structure.

I happily give this book 4 out of 4 stars because the memoir has resulted in an excellent book that inspires the readers. I recommend this book to prospective sports personnel. The message in the book will help to motivate the young generation to set their goals in sports or otherwise. Young readers from Asia, mostly from Chinese origin, would praise the book as well.

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Probably not a book for me, but I enjoyed the review :)
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riyosha wrote: 04 Aug 2020, 02:11 Probably not a book for me, but I enjoyed the review :)
Thanks riyosha, for your view.
The book is quite inspiring to sport-mad souls. :)
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Sounds like a really motivating book. I was always debating myself about reading it. Thanks to your review, I have a good idea about the book. Good job!
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I do enjoy reading uplifting memoirs. Thanks for this insightful review. Good job!
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khaulah wrote: 04 Aug 2020, 12:32 Sounds like a really motivating book. .....
Rightly said, Khaulah.
Yes, the book carried an inspiring story of Vera Koo, we should admire her bring the most unlikely Champion!
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Elvis Best wrote: 04 Aug 2020, 17:34 I do enjoy reading uplifting memoirs......
Thanks Elvis, for your kind words.
Yes, the book is indeed one of the the motivational memoirs. Good reading.
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This review gives an impression of the book being a wonderful sports memoir with ample inspiration. Great review!
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Wordlessly wrote: 05 Aug 2020, 09:07 ....ports memoir with ample inspiration......
Thanks Wordlessly, for your kind words.
Yes, the book is a memoir of a rare personality who unlikely achieved the topmost position in her sport line; indeed an inspiring tale. A good read. :)
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Really inspiring story. Taking that firearm safety course was really a turning point for her. Toppin it off with becoming a world-class athlete in the sport is truly a glorious achievement. I'd love to read more about Vera's story, and how she overcame her challenges. Great review!
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derialist wrote: 05 Aug 2020, 11:22 Really inspiring story. Taking that firearm safety course was really a turning point for her. Toppin it off with becoming a world-class athlete in the sport is truly a glorious achievement. I'd love to read more about Vera's story, and how she overcame her challenges. Great review!
Rightly pointed, derialis.
Yes, for the rare personalities we often missed out the turning point of their greatest achievements really inspire readers we take it granted. A must-read motivational life lesson by Koo.
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I also felt that the memoir was well written. I think I enjoyed it as much as you did. And I was surprised by the picture section in the middle of the book, but it was nice getting to know how other characters looked, along with reading how their stories were interwoven through Vera's life. Thank you for the review!
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SenSen wrote: 06 Aug 2020, 16:52 ..... it was nice getting to know how other characters looked, along with reading how their stories were interwoven through Vera's life.....
Thanks for your kind words, SenSen. Appreciate.
Yes, the Pics section is a good resource for looking at Vera's buddies, they all had rapport with her. I think the photos were not scattered for reason of printing overhead. I wished they could have been in the end then to quickly refer at the end! :)
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This sounds like an inspiring and enjoyable memoir with a female protagonist. I would love to read it. Moreover, I enjoyed reading this review.
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