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Review of Johnny and Jazzbo A True Story

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[Following is an official review of "Johnny and Jazzbo A True Story" by Kathryn J Hardy.]
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In 1959, Johnny Savage graduated from dental school at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Owing to his patriotism, he joined the US Navy and was stationed in Jacksonville, Florida, as a dentist on the Navy base. A very young man, Johnny Savage, has a burning desire to explore the world beyond the environment he's already accustomed to. No wonder he was not satisfied, as he was stationed in Florida and wrote to Commander Rankin McLean so that he may be transferred to a foreign land and experience the world differently. His expectations were met quickly, and he joined the group on the USS Glacier heading for Antarctica. The group was on a mission called Deep Freeze. On the USS Glacier, he met friends, experienced life differently like he had wanted, and also got engaged in love affairs. Amidst all he will be going through step by step in his life, he will never trade his desire to be "poor no more" for anything. Precisely, Johnny had earlier bought a book titled Poor No More by Robert Ruark for $5.95 and read about the struggle of Craig Price and his houseboy, Herbert Hoover Lincoln Newton, who was later named Jazzbo. Johnny is determined to work out a wealthy life for himself in the future, and he's determined to take calculated steps with a passion parallel to that of Craig, a key character in the book Poor No More. Maybe he will one day get the same ending of a wealthy life as the character. How would this strategy work out for Johnny? Let's dive into the well-narrated book Johnny and Jazzbo. A sharp turning point in Johnny's replication of Craig's result of a rich life is when he also needs to get his own version of Jazzbo. This is when he meets Otis Ikner.

Johnny and Jazzbo: A True Story by Kathryn J. Hardy is a biographical account of Johnny Savage, a non-politician politician, and his ambition to do anything lawful to copy the passion of Craig Price and Herbert to be as rich as Craig Price and be poor no more.

There are many elements that make this book a great piece. From its interesting narrating style to the absence of unnecessary fillers, the book successfully immersed me into the world of Johnny and his struggles. I had a lot of emotion in the course of reading this book; I was happy and sad, got my heart pounding at some scenes, and found myself wishing to spend some minutes meeting Otis one-on-one. All these emotions gave me a sense of engagement while reading the book. There is no time in this book that I won't feel eager to just continue flipping the pages. There is suspense as each scene creates what I should be looking for in the next few pages. The author really crafted this book with great expertise, describing the characters' nature and looks and the environments around the United States, as well as allowing readers to smell the clean air and feel the calm attribute of the Choctawhatchee River bank.

Second, I'd like to point out how the author included the political environment of America during the years this story happened, spanning from the late 1950s to 1983. I found it very informative to learn about the happenings in the political realm of America in the early years compared to this year, learning from the cases of white-skin-black-skin racism and the prevailing Vietnam War at the time.

I have nothing to dislike in this book. It was professionally edited, as I only noticed a few typographical errors. So, I'll rate the book 5 out of 5 stars. I will recommend this book to lovers of history, true life stories, and a well-narrated story that shows.

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Post by Abdul Salam 24 »

So in love with this book and with Willow’s writing style! This book lingers in my mind and has found a permanent place in my heart! This story is so real, so captivating, so full of passion, humor and heartbreak. I think I’ve found a new favorite author and can’t wait for her next book.
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