For the first post of 2010…a book review.

I know, I know, I don’t usually do those here, but this is special.

I was asked to read and review a novel self-published by a fellow gun blogger, Stephen Wright.

The book is called “Off Road” (click the image for more information) and he asked for an honest review.

I have to admit that it really didn’t sound like the kind of Novel I’d enjoy, but since he asked, I wanted to give it an honest reading and appraisal.

The basic premise is your stereotypical urban elitist hooking up with his stereotypical “trailer trash” redneck relatives for a weekend of off-roading, camping and general mayhem.

My only criticism is that the characters were a bit too stereotypical for my taste. The problem wasn’t pervasive, but there were a few times when the traits of the characters strained credibility just a little bit.

With that said, other than that minor critique, and considering my reservations about a self-published novel that wouldn’t normally seem to be something that would attract my attention, I was pleasantly surprised.

The story line was very engaging and I found myself eager to see what would happen next. The writing style and quality were excellent and the underlying “moral” of the story was uplifting and positive without being in-your-face preachy.

I found that I could easily overlook the stereotypical quality of the characters because the story was just so enjoyable. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will be looking for future installations from this author.

I give “Off Road” by Stephen E. Wright the Captain of a Crew of One seal of approval and recommend it without reservation.

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