Official Review: The Whirl Wind Man by John Pavon

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Official Review: The Whirl Wind Man by John Pavon

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[Following is an official review of "The Whirl Wind Man" by John Pavon.]
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1 out of 4 stars
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The Whirl Wind Man by John Pavon is a historical and science-fiction book that centers on the lives of two brothers, Jimmy and Tim.

Jimmy and his younger brother, Tim, are eager to explore new things in their environment like most kids their age do. They made an aerodynamic vessel from some scrap metal they collected around their neighborhood and agreed never to tell anyone of their construction. One sunny day in the summer of 1963, the brothers spotted a funnel-shaped whirlwind near their house. Jimmy ran into the whirlwind and followed the rotating motion of the wind until he got dizzy. After his younger brother also did the same thing, as always was the case, they both decided to try out their vessel in the next whirlwind that came. The brothers saw a small, strange-looking man each time they were in the whirlwind. They nicknamed the mystery alien Willie and believed their craft could be a time-traveling vessel. Who is Willie? And what could be his motive for befriending the boys?

I might have piqued your interest to read this 65-page novella with my synopsis of the book's plot. In fact, I felt the same way after reading the book's description. However, I must report that the contents of the book left me so disappointed. As for the questions I asked above, I am sorry to inform you that reading the book wouldn't provide the answers for them. The author uses the first-person point of view (Jimmy's perspective) to tell the story. What I disliked most about the book was its undeveloped plot. As a result, I could neither understand what the book was about nor get any rewarding feeling of being entertained or educated by it. There wasn't a rising action or climax in the story, as the narrations never seemed to tie the different events in the book together. For example, I couldn't understand how the pictures of Bonnie and Clyde's car in the book contributed anything to the plot. And when the author tried to explain the science behind the boys' vessel, I ended up getting more confused than I was before the explanations.

Furthermore, there are myriads of errors throughout the book, and they are also very distracting. More so, the author's writing style seemed choppy in some instances. I had to reread some of the sentences to understand the author's narration. One such example is, "I remember as a young boy looking every trip to make sure the car was still there. Much later the road-way was moved not visible." Maybe the book I read is a manuscript interpreted from another language. That's the only explanation that would make sense to me.

Nevertheless, I like the author's portrayal of Jimmy's family as one that gets some fun despite being poor. Jimmy's father is a funny man, and I like how he entertains his family during meals. But are these aspects enough reason for me to recommend this book to anyone? The answer is a big no! Therefore, considering that the cons outweigh the pros by far, I am rating The Whirl Wind Man one out of four stars.

I believe the author has a lot of work to do to make this book acceptable and enjoyable. At its current state, I am sadly not recommending the book to any reader.

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It’s sad to know that the book did not meet the expectations. But the storyline seems interesting. Thanks for your honest review.
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Post by zainherb »

This book sounds so promising. Perhaps if the author works on it again, it would be better.

Thank you for a honest and detailed review.
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Post by SamaylaM »

It's sad because your book summary did pique my interest as you mentioned. Alas, the book needs much better and thorough proofreading! Thank you very much for your honest and detailed review!
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Sad for this book to get a one-star rating. Thanks for the honest review.
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Post by MarianaFigueira »

What a shame! Well, at least it was short. Thanks for the honest review.
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I hope adjustments are made. The plot is quite unique and potentially interesting. Thanks for an honest review.
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Post by Joy Phill »

I would love to see how Jimmy's family manage to catch some fun despite being poor. Thanks for a well-written review.
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Post by smolbird »

It's a shame that such an interesting plot was underdeveloped. It had so much potential! I hope the author makes improvements on this book. Thank you for the review!
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Post by Malve »

I like the idea of ​​mixing historical and science-fiction together.
Your summary sounded promising, and I like the basic idea of ​​the book.
It is a shame that the author did not implement the idea as expected.
Nevertheless, I enjoyed reading your review. Great work!
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Post by RayRuff »

It certainly is a shame that the book was disappointing. I could possibly forgive errors being in the book, but if the plot wasn't developed? I am not sure I could. I guess it's a good thing the book was quite short. Thank you for the review!
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Post by Rajpatil1729 »

I like the idea of ​​mixing historical and science-fiction together.Thanks for a well-written review.
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The summary does sound compelling! It is too bad that the book itself does not carry that on.
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Post by Josephe-Anne »

The concept of this book sounds great, but unfortunately, it looks like it needs a lot of revision. It's difficult to read a story with so much potential and then to be disappointed. Thank you for your honest review.
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Post by Mbrooks2518 »

The plot sounds really interesting, so hopefully the author puts in the work to fix the many issues. thanks for the thorough and honest review!
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