Tuesday, April 23, 2013
First Chapter Review: One Year Lived by Adam Shepard
Adam Shepard, the author of One Year Lived, contacted me to ask if I would feature his book. I liked his presentation, so I requested a free sample of the book from Amazon for my Kindle. That's where it gets confusing. There really aren't chapter headings for this one. The book opens with a map, followed by the Prologue. Then there's a heading called "The List." After that, the rest of the book is broken up into mini-chapters for each country the author visited. Trust me, it will make sense as we go along, but this is more than a First Chapter Review; it's more like the first chapter plus.
COVER: Fabulous. No idea what the picture is from, but this guy, arms outstretched, in front of the water with the mountain in the background seems to be embracing life. Simply perfect.
FIRST CHAPTER +: I moved quickly through the Prologue that shared the story of Adam bungee jumping with his girlfriend, Ivana, and went to "The List." That list shares the author's reasons and motivation for his decision to spend a year traveling. He talks about "The List" he had made and still not put even a dent in. He opted at the age of 29 to make a dent and live a life worth meaning.
The reader swiftly moves with Adam to his first location: Antigua in Guatemala. There is some funny backstory woven in, but mostly the author spends his time painting a lot of nice pictures for the reader.
KEEP READING: Definitely. Shepard has a nice style. He's sharp and funny. In his words, you can see the man who would passionately seek to make a difference and enjoy life to its fullest. As he says early on in this section, "I wanted more than a full memory card. I wanted something deeper." And you feel that as you move with the author through his first experiences in Antigua. his descriptions are so vivid, you truly seem to be there with him. I would love to read more of his adventures.
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Scratch Beginnings Press (April 11, 2013)
I downloaded a free sample of this book to my Kindle. This review contains my honest opinions, for which I have not been compensated in any way.