Banana Shout - Book Review
If your anything like me you can't stand the typical book review where the reviewer seems to be more interested in showcasing their writing skills than just giving you a quick synopsis and telling you whether it's worth reading so this will be short, sweet, and to the point.
If you enjoy reading stuff from the True Crime section of your local book store you'll love this book. If you enjoyed the movie Blow, you'll love this book. If you enjoy reading about action, adventure, crime, and smuggling, you'll love this book. And finally, if you've traveled to Jamaica and are familiar with Negril you will love this book.
To give you a quick synopsis a young draft dodger plans on fleaing the states. He heads down to Key West and after a long night of drinking finds himself on a ship bound for Negril with a somewhat crazy captain. Upon his arrival in Negril he buys a small plot of land on the West End, this is long before the commercialization of Negril when it was just a small fishing village. The story continues to follow Tavo's adventures on the Island.
If your at all familiar with Negril when reading this book you'll find that Tavo's neighbor and rival opens up a place which is supposed to be Rick's and Tavo winds up starting a small resort which is supposed to be Banana Shout, though there's no mention of whether this is just happenstance or whether this is supposed to be even loosely based on a true story.
This book is a fun read, and would be great to bring as beach reading on vacation in Jamaica though you don't need to know anything about Jamaica or Negril to enjoy this read.
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If you enjoy this type of reading I'd also highly recommend Snow Blind by Robert Sabbag, The Jamaican Triangle by Donal James Black, 21st Century Pirate by Sean O'reilly, and Contrabando by Don Henry Ford Jr.