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Official Review: The Amazing Life of Johnny Saint Gold

Post by Rosemary Wright » 10 Aug 2019, 05:42

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Amazing Life of Johnny Saint Gold" by Robert Santoro.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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The Amazing Life of Johnny Saint Gold, by Robert Santoro, follows the life journey of the author's father, Johnny, who was from Avellino, Italy. It all started in the late 1800s when, being a farm boy and at the age of nine, Johnny was captured by the Italian militia to perform noncombative supportive duties. Afterwards, he followed the Italian military's voyage to Africa. On arrival, he discovered that they were about to fight a battle (the Battle of Adwa). He escaped from the battlefield, and later on met three young soldiers who convinced him to flee from the army. He and his new friends deserted from the military, and with help from his friends, he embarked on a voyage to America. Eventually, he arrived in America, another strange place to him. He was still a child. How did he survive?

The book unveils Johnny's exceptional experiences during his childhood and throughout his adult life. It shows the challenges he faced and how he overcame them. In summary, it's a story of bravery, courage, grief, loyalty, family, and friendship. Robert, as Johnny's youngest son, presents most of the events and characters exactly as his father described them and the rest from his own memories. The book is about the life and death of a man who defied the odds at so many points in his life. Johnny was a good man, and he valued his family and friends. The story highlights a lot about his job, marriage, children, and business.

This is an interesting and inspiring book. Though it's non-fiction, it's written like a fictional book; it contains only the story, no commentary. As I was reading, at one point, I had to double-check to make sure the genre was non-fiction. It's a page-turner; every page got me more curious. It's full of intriguing action. In addition, the characters are relatable. The author provides enough information about the major and minor characters to enable readers to easily connect with the story. Most of them are memorable, and they depict strength.

In later years, Johnny had surgery several times, and there are some very touching moments in the book. Readers who are very emotional may not want to read it. Furthermore, even though it was well organized and edited, I found some grammar flaws, especially missing commas. The frequency of the omitted commas made me guess that it was the author's style, but that feature made me reread a lot of sentences for better understanding. Anyway, I still followed the story and enjoyed reading it.

Finally, in spite of the above-mentioned errors, I rate the book 4 out of 4 stars because it's entertaining and motivational. It's a worthwhile and captivating read. I recommend it to anyone who is seeking an engaging and a well-narrated biography to read.

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Post by essyallan7475 » 11 Aug 2019, 20:54

A great review. Johnny had a difficult life. He faced a lot of obstacles to become the person he was. I liked the plot of the story

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Post by OuKoyoo » 12 Aug 2019, 06:07

I love non-fiction books, and since this one belongs to that genre and at the same time is inspiring too; I would love to read it. Thank you for the review.

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Post by Brendan Donaghy » 13 Aug 2019, 04:44

This sounds like a fascinating story, one I want to read. Many thanks for your great review!

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Post by kdstrack » 13 Aug 2019, 11:38

Johnny's story sounds intriguing. Writing the story as fiction makes an autobiography quite appealing. Thanks for presenting this book.

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Post by LinaMueller » 13 Aug 2019, 12:56

The Amazing Life of Johnny Saint Gold seems to be a very interesting read that brings up a lot to think about. Your review is great as always, Rosemary Wright. Good job.
Heart! We will forget him!
You an I, tonight!
You may forget the warmth he gave,
I will forget the light.

When you have done, pray tell me
That I my thoughts may dim;
Haste! lest while you're lagging.
I may remember him!

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Post by Helene_2008 » 14 Aug 2019, 20:24

I can't imagine how the author's father survived all that you described in his childhood. Also I'm glad to hear it read like a fiction book. Sounds like an enjoyable read.

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Post by Nizar Ali Shah » Yesterday, 03:29

The Amazing Life of Johnny Saint Gold by Robert Santoro.Robert the youngest son of Johnny is the author of the book, who has nicely written it and has brought to light the difficulties of Johhny who faced a series of difficulties during his childhood and as an adult.Johhny is really a brave man with dogged courage, who despite his young age made many friends in the army as well out side of his job.These friends encouraged him to escape and this was because of his friends that he managed to voyage to America and even America was a strange country to him.This book is a real story of Johhny's bravery, courage , loyalty, friendship all these have played a great role.This is a wonderful and captivating book for all who believe in constant work and success and never lose heart in the face of difficulties

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Post by Rosemary Wright » Yesterday, 05:01

LinaMueller wrote:
13 Aug 2019, 12:56
The Amazing Life of Johnny Saint Gold seems to be a very interesting read that brings up a lot to think about. Your review is great as always, Rosemary Wright. Good job.
Thanks LinaMueller for your nice comment and always reading my reviews. That's very encouraging.

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