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.
The Whirl Wind Man
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