Reviews of Loss of Deliverance
The following is a selection of the 19 excellent reviews that appear on Amazon.com. Over 5,000 people have read this book. It's a good read, as all the reviews attest.
This is an excellent read and would make an action-packed movie. Loss of Deliverance will resonate for anyone who has ever been in over their head due to the strong influence of peer pressure. It begins with a small step and soon Claire finds herself far down a path that was created by and truly belongs to her partners. Coming from a broken home, she wants and desperately needs to find acceptance and approval from others. At first she was unclear on the danger and ugliness of the business with her "Flower Child" perspective. Her partners also take major advantage of her financially as they purchased fancy homes, elite cars and an upscale nightclub. Claire is happy to upgrade the furnishings in her apartment, purchase a modest car and rent a small studio to pursue her love of painting. Fortunately, you sense that she will go forward into a much brighter future.
Jolie Blonde Life
This novel reads as a first person account of an adventurous, but naive, young woman who got sucked into the highs and lows of the international drug trade. She escaped to tell the tale, unlike some of her cronies. I was immediately pulled into the seafaring world of the protagonist, Claire, by the book's mysterious cover. This story would make a terrific movie -- I can see Jennifer Lawrence in the lead! I've known people who've gone the route of Claire, and the moral dilemmas faced by her in the book ring true. I recommend this book to anyone who might be curious about the "glamorous" drug lifestyle.
A fascinating look at the dark side of life in the free flowing drug culture of the 70's. The author is fortunate that she did not become another Piper from "Orange is the New Black" because she managed to get herself in and out of some frightening situations that either put her life in jeopardy or could have resulted in long prisons sentences. Fortunately for her, her intelligence and creativity led her on a positive path to a productive and successful life. However those she left behind were not as lucky.
It's more than a page-turner: breath-catching danger and suspense are woven into the portrait of a sensitive young woman who is both spirited and vulnerable, intelligent and stupid. I couldn't help but love her. Mary Helen Fein captures the '60's and '70's counter-culture with sumptuous descriptions of beaches, bodies, highs, art, and, above all, sailboats. Whether or not you were twenty-something back then, she immerses you in a time when young (white) Americans could recklessly cast their fates to the wind in a relatively safe and secure world. Main character Claire makes some very risky choices. I won't tell you if she and her friends end up getting rich or instead shipwrecking their own lives.
It's a shame that the makers of Orange Is The New Black never had a chance to read this book. Their heroine is about as layered and deeply thought out as a blade of grass whereas the young woman in this book is very complex and deeply thought out making it more than just a simple story of a middle class girl who goes astray in the drug trade. The book is seductive in that were it not for the fact that the cover tells us where it is going we might never have realized that this young woman is about to get into a most dangerous game for which her middle class background never prepared her. And yet once there she embraces it with gusto. If you've had enough with Locked Up Abroad or the previously-mentioned Orange Is The New Black I highly recommend this fast-moving, fascinating story.