Review by diana lowery -- Burn Zones by Jorge P. Newbery

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Review by diana lowery -- 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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I am not into bicycles or racing, and the idea of exercising though a burn sounds unappealing to me; therefore, I thought the book Burn Zone by Jorge P. Newbery held no interest for me. I was wrong. This book is more about perseverance than pedaling. Newbery uses his experience in the cycling world to show how the qualities he learned through that sport helped him grow a multi-million dollar business.

The author's first business adventure was at age seven. He rode his bike to deliver newspapers for two different publishers. He saved his money from that adventure and bought a bicycle-powered ice cream cart to sell treats to children. He was 11 at the time. With his parents’ permission, Newbery dropped out of school at 16 and started a punk rock music business. His racing career began in his 20s, and his determined attitude helped propel him to the Olympic trials in 1988.

The first cycling reference to the burn appears in a section titled "Breakthrough." The term then becomes a part of almost every chapter. Later in the story, as he is preparing for his first meeting as a loan officer, Newbery states, “I was ready to enter a burn zone. I stepped into the lobby and greeted them, then welcomed them into my office. 'ACT CONFIDENT,' I thought." Newbery learned to work through his lack of confidence just as he learned to work through the pain in a bicycle race.

This quote from Chapter 8 is a good example of what the burn zone means to the author. "In my mind, when I survived a burn zone, there was a reward for my sacrifice. I had survived Woodland Meadows and expected my eventual prize to be a return of my financial losses. This had not happened, but maybe my reward was something better. I needed to allow myself to be happy."

My favorite part of this book is that the chronology of events that led to the rise and fall of Newbery's empire is easy to follow. Although Burn Zone is a memoir, and less credible than a biography, the honest tone of the writing instills belief in the facts that the author presents. The work ethic that Newbery describes in Chapter 3 sounds like the character Chris Garner in the movie Pursuit of Happiness. My least favorite part involves the idea of negotiating your way out of paying your bills. Ethically and morally, I feel that this concept is wrong, but the way that Newbery explains it, it feels right.

I am happy to rate this book 4 out of 4 for bicycling enthusiasts and entrepreneurs. The book was well-edited, interesting, and motivational.

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Thank you for this wonderful review. It's so well-written I had to sort of remind myself that this is about the book! Speaking of, it sounds like it would make a good read. I actually am into sports and exercise, so it does appeal to me; I love bicycling.

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Kenesha L Fowler wrote:
02 Apr 2020, 11:14
Thank you for this wonderful review. It's so well-written I had to sort of remind myself that this is about the book! Speaking of, it sounds like it would make a good read. I actually am into sports and exercise, so it does appeal to me; I love bicycling.

This review was a pleasure to read. And congratulations on getting Member of the Month.
I hope you enjoy the book. Thanks for commenting.

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I've not really pedaled seriously to encounter a burn zone in the sport. But burn zones in life, those I know. I'll definitely learn something here.

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I believe this novel was BOTD in both its English and Spanish edition. I'm not surprised of your rating and positive words after reading other great comments. Thank you for your insightful review!
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NetMassimo wrote:
03 Apr 2020, 10:12
I believe this novel was BOTD in both its English and Spanish edition. I'm not surprised of your rating and positive words after reading other great comments. Thank you for your insightful review!
I did not realize that it was BOTD in both languages. Impressive!

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I agree that negotiating out of paying bills sounds wrong. This author also wrote a book specifically about that subject. I keep bouncing back and forth between Burn Zones based on the reviews I've been reading. I do question the author's morales. Great review.
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The author is very persuasive in rationalizing his methods. Thanks for your comment.

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Many people, after seeing the cover, have thought this book was about cycling. I loved your remark that the book is more about perseverance than pedaling! There is so much to learn from the author's experiences. Thanks for the interesting review.

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This seems like an inspiring book, and I like the parallels that the author makes between cycling and life. Thanks for the great review!

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kdstrack wrote:
06 Apr 2020, 14:46
Many people, after seeing the cover, have thought this book was about cycling. I loved your remark that the book is more about perseverance than pedaling! There is so much to learn from the author's experiences. Thanks for the interesting review.
Thank you for your compliment. I, too,was pleased with my accidental alliteration.

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SomeoneInTheWorld wrote:
06 Apr 2020, 16:35
This seems like an inspiring book, and I like the parallels that the author makes between cycling and life. Thanks for the great review!
Thanks for taking the time to read my review.

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You've shown well how the "burn zones" theme applies to other parts of the book. You reminded me why it's inspiring to read - thank you!

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ButterscotchCherrie wrote:
09 Apr 2020, 14:35
You've shown well how the "burn zones" theme applies to other parts of the book. You reminded me why it's inspiring to read - thank you!
Thank you for your kind comments.

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Post by Juliet+1 »

I read this author's second book, "Debt Cleanse," in which he covers some of the events from "Burn Zones." Although I'm not sure I agree with his ethics, he certainly deserves bonus points for courage. Thanks for a great review! :D

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