Today I’m pondering the week ahead, and trying to read a book for a blog tour stop on 10/25/13, which happens to be my birthday. Check out Should Be Reading, for other musings.
I wish I had picked a more “fun” read for this occasion! And I accepted this book because I love all things JFK, or the Kennedys. So why am I struggling to finish this book? I am only halfway through, and every page has been a struggle.
Perhaps there is more backstory than I need. Or maybe it’s because the text is dense on each page, requiring my full attention. And a bit blinding, too, as the text is small.
When will I start to enjoy this one? The only thing that saves it (for me) is that the chapters are short.
My plan was to finish it today. I don’t think that is going to happen. What book is it, you may ask? I am almost reluctant to say, as perhaps I will suddenly start to love it. And I don’t want to prejudice others by my random thoughts as I slog my way through.
Okay…it’s The Thunderbird Conspiracy.
The Thunderbird Conspiracy is the remarkable tale of Robert Kaye, a Hungarian freedom fighter who claimed he knew and collaborated with JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald. R. K. Price’s second novel is also a tale of a Nebraska farm boy who was a great admirer of President Kennedy and a true patriot who desperately wanted to believe his government’s hurried conclusion that Oswald had no accomplice. Yet his own harrowing experience at the hands of his government created profound doubt in his mind, and it haunted him to his death. These two men, one willfully acting, the other a true victim, became entangled in the most notorious crime of the 20th century. This saga of intrigue and murder was revealed to the author on a wintry Colorado day about three weeks before the farm boy’s ravaged heart gave out. That man was R. K. Price’s uncle. His name was Bud Carlson. Price stashed away Bud’s account of Robert Kaye, letting it lay dormant for nearly forty years until he could corroborate his uncle’s story with the release of previously secret FBI files from the National Archives. With the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s assassination Price has brought Robert Kaye and Bud Carlson back to life. Their incredible story will leave you questioning just how and why JFK was taken from America far too early.
Doesn’t it sound exciting? I’m still waiting for the hook….My concerns are about how much information is presented, and not in a way that intrigues or captivates me. So far. There are moments…and I’m hoping those will start happening more often.
I hope that suddenly I will find myself totally enraptured with this book, as I generally love all things Kennedy…and enlightenment about a conspiracy was what led me to choose this book.
What do you do (if anything) when you find yourself slogging along, trying to connect with a book that isn’t doing it for you?
My vow: no more blog tours after the ones I’ve already accepted. Usually the books are from authors I haven’t read before…and I have discovered that unknown authors can lead to moments/days of boredom.