Review by Sarah Tariq -- Burn Zones by Jorge P. Newbery

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Review by Sarah Tariq -- Burn Zones by Jorge P. Newbery

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[Following is a volunteer review of "Burn Zones" by Jorge P. Newbery.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Burn Zones: Playing Lifeโ€™s Bad Hands by Jorge P. Newbery is a memoir that touches some extraordinary events of the authorโ€™s life. Every new challenge that appeared in his life alternated his life course to a new direction with new energy. He termed such phases the โ€˜burn zonesโ€™ of his life. As a successful entrepreneur, Mr. Newbery was fond of taking risks and facing daunting challenges. From a paperboy to a record mogul, from Olympic dreamer to a real-estate mogul is the story of the authorโ€™s unrelenting struggle towards his goals.

Buying the ice cream trike was Newberyโ€™s first business acquisition. After quitting high school education, he joined a punk band and conducted several street concerts along with his mates. Then he became a bike racer; though, couldnโ€™t make much out of it, it left a far-reaching impact on his life late on. From the seat of loan originator, he stepped into the real-estate business. As a real-estate mogul, he successfully bought many bankrupted properties like Ford Hotel, Pickwick Plaza, and turned them into profitable assets. However, the flagship project of Woodland Meadows proved to be his first leap towards bankruptcy. He was maligned, betrayed, and got frustrated. Was his pride, optimism, and risk-taking nature was the cause of his downfall? Could he revive his previous position?

Burn Zones is an inspirational story of the rise and fall of a man with many bitter and revitalizing life experiences. Mr. Newbery was the survivor with many wounds. He wrote in detail the business strategies that helped him to build a successful real-estate empire. He also discussed some bad decisions with some internal and external factors that buried him under the pile of debt. However, as an ambitious sportsman, he courageously faced all odds and his optimistic approach kept the ray of hope with him.

On the family side, his life was soothing. He spent the major part of his life at his parentsโ€™ home. Though he married late, it brought the happy turning in his life. Being the son of culturally diverse parents, he had great respect for other ethnicities, especially the black community of African-American people. However, he discussed a little about his siblings and other family members. Moreover, at many places he added his photos to elaborate the relevant text; this made the book more interesting. The pace was good in the start; however, it slowed down in the middle due to excessive business details that somehow boredoms the story. I wish the author had focused more on characters because some of them were either numb or had no representation at all. It is my only complaint about this book.

On the technical side, the book is the mirror of the authorโ€™s life, in which a reader can see happiness, grief, fear, loss, and betrayal from society. The writing style was easy to follow, frequently supported with references from newspapers about racial discrimination or perfidy; he had to face at the hands of city administration and police. Mr. Newbery maintains a very clear approach towards the administrative flaws and the subsequent dissatisfaction of the business community that is often blackmailed by administrative red-tapism.

On the essence, Burn Zones is a blend of autobiography, business strategies, and a protesting note against the prevailing social fabric that rarely incorporates the poor and marginalized sections of society and protects the rich and the white skin, and holds prejudice and stereotypical behavior towards the black members of their society. Simultaneously, itโ€™s an inspirational memoir of a bike racer, who never knew to give up. Though it falls under the non-fiction genre, it has the taste of an unpredictable and twisting novel. The editing of this book is fine. Thus, I am pleased to rate this book 4 out of 4 stars . Itโ€™s not for those who feel annoyed with excessive business details, especially of the real-estate business. Nevertheless, if you have a liking for real- estate business or seeking some inspirational life lessons; itโ€™s a good book for you as everyone has to go through such burn zones in oneโ€™s life.

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Not often that I come across a perfect four rated book! It must have been a wonderful read and does sound swell too! Thanks for the great review

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Thanks, Sarah, for such a thorough review. I too rated this book with high marks. Non-fiction is not my usual read, but I must say that I found Newbery's life fascinating. I kept trying to find reasons to dislike him, since I started reading it with the preconceived notion that he was a slum lord. But it turned out that he was not. Far from it.

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I find it encouraging when an author shares their story to the readers in writing. The experiences and the lessons they learned can have a positive impact on the reader. Awesome review.
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Nerea wrote: โ†‘
29 Sep 2019, 07:42
I find it encouraging when an author shares their story to the readers in writing. The experiences and the lessons they learned can have a positive impact on the reader. Awesome review.
Absolutely right. Experiences teach you a lot. Especially, bad people and bad experiences teach you much more than the good one . As you can do nothing with them but tolerate and avoid them. :)
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Nivi Gideon wrote: โ†‘
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Not often that I come across a perfect four rated book! It must have been a wonderful read and does sounds well too! Thanks for the great review
Thanks for stopping by!
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djr6090 wrote: โ†‘
20 Sep 2019, 08:43
Thanks, Sarah, for such a thorough review. I too rated this book with high marks. Non-fiction is not my usual read, but I must say that I found Newbery's life fascinating. I kept trying to find reasons to dislike him, since I started reading it with the preconceived notion that he was a slum lord. But it turned out that he was not. Far from it.
I agree, his life had many ups and downs. His failures and successes made him mature enough to deal with different circumstances. Thanks for the feedback! :)
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Have you read his other book? About working your way out of debt? I wonder if that would be as big of a surprise as Burnzones.

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I like the inspiration that Newbery's book inspires. He's accomplished quite a lot in his life through a supportive family and sheer hard work. Thanks for the compelling review of the book.

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I love memoirs and from your review, I can tell this is an interesting book that I would look into.

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djr6090 wrote: โ†‘
08 Oct 2019, 10:52
Have you read his other book? About working your way out of debt? I wonder if that would be as big of a surprise as Burnzones.
No, I haven't read that one. So, can't say anything. Nevertheless, the author is sufficiently experienced in managing debt :D . Thanks for dropping a comment!
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The author seems very inspirational, but this isn't the kind of book I like to read. Great review!

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Mbrooks2518 wrote: โ†‘
16 Oct 2019, 19:53
The author seems very inspirational, but this isn't the kind of book I like to read. Great review!
Thanks for dropping a comment, Mbrooks!
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DonnaKay wrote: โ†‘
09 Oct 2019, 14:21
I love memoirs and from your review, I can tell this is an interesting book that I would look into.
It's good to see that you love memoirs. Otherwise, few like this. Thanks for giving feedback!
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Wyland wrote: โ†‘
08 Oct 2019, 19:09
I like the inspiration that Newbery's book inspires. He's accomplished quite a lot in his life through a supportive family and sheer hard work. Thanks for the compelling review of the book.
Yeah, his spirit is so effervescent that many low moments didn't put him down. Thanks for commenting!
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