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5.0 out of 5 starsA special treat for our book group!
Reviewed in the United States on April 11, 2015
I am blessed to live in Denver, CO and was able to invite Mr. Clark to come to our book group and lead the discussion on his book The Bootlegger '40 Ford. I was in the parking lot of the restaurant where we were all meeting, looking for a parking spot. Here comes the most beautiful black '40 Ford Coupe you can imagine. I knew that must be our guy!! The book is a lot of fun - I will say it's more of a man's book with the "motor head" parts, however I very much enjoyed it. Having Mr. Clark with us was such an added treat!! He is a very spry, vibrant 83 year old. An extremely intelligent, multi-faceted man and he kept my attention the entire evening. If you are in the Denver area and have a book group I encourage you to read this book and contact Charlie Clark to spend an evening with your group!
5.0 out of 5 starsA great surprsie from a regular guy
Reviewed in the United States on October 7, 2014
As Willie Nelson said "Nothing lasts forever but old Fords and natural stone."
Charlie Clark's book manages to combine James Bond, Thomas Edison, Walter Mitty, Karl Benz, Clark Kent and Jack Bauer into a cast of heroes, together with an indestructible 1940 Ford Coupe, in a string of connected tales of mechanical genius and derring-do. You can't put this book down or watch any TV until you finish it.
I sure hope he is hard at work on another book of "mostly true" adventures.
Charlie Clark was a guest of our book group recently and I enjoyed an interesting evening with a discussion of his multi-faceted life and love of cars. Even though I was sometimes lost on the technical aspects of the car modifications described in the book, I was kept completely engaged by Charlie's storytelling throughout. An enjoyable read for sure.
Okay gear-head wives, here's your chance to get your gear-head guy into reading books! Order this book now, and put it away for his birthday, anniversary, or that other special day. Even if he's not a reader, the cover art and much more by Darrell Mayabb, a name he will recognize right off, will suck him into this great read from the very imaginative mind of new writer Charles Clark. Clark has a remarkable knowledge of the fabulous Ford Flathead engine, and can tell a fictional story as if he was actually there, even if he does have to make a lot of it up. Your guy will keep the pages turning as soon as he discovers the accuracy of the technical details. In my 20 years as a contributing editor for most of the popular street rodding magazines, it is refreshing not to read terms such as a 1932 Ford Deuce, or a '40 Ford five window coupe.
The primary story involves an impossible race challenge pitting a stock bodied, original engine powered '40 Ford Standard coupe against a Mercedes V12 S600. This will require the equivalent of 537 HP to push the old Ford to over 170 MPH! A very specialized group of BMW engineers in Germany pulls off the order in a fully logical and technically detailed thorough modification, so well imagined and thought through, it is actually believable! An absolute must read for any hot rod nut or Ford Flathead fanatic.
I enjoyed this book very much even though I'm not a complete car nut. The story and humor kept me coming back for more story. The book was well written and had a good story of intrigue and fun. The automobile components were a little above me but I did understand most of the automobile parts. Clark started the book with the start of the 40 Ford and told the story of each owner and then moved forward to present time and how it played a part in the race. Recommended for both male and female readers. We hope to get the author to join our book club next spring to talk about the book.
5.0 out of 5 starsALL mystery readers (either gender/any age) will love this book!
Reviewed in the United States on August 6, 2014
Don't let title mislead you. Of course, the '40 Ford is the star "actor" cleverly woven throughout, and you are immediately drawn in with a bootlegging adventure, but then story moves into current day: Honest businessman, wrongly imprisoned in Russia, has family member pulling in favors and with help from his college-age daughter (and the car!), a multi-layer plot unfolds to spring him. Complications arise at each turn and you are kept guessing--great intrigue. It is masterfully crafted with some humor sprinkled in. Surprisingly, this is the author's first book. Keep 'em coming!!!
I recently heard Charles speak about his book and am very excited about the release of 'The Bootlegger '40 Ford." Charles did a wonderful job writing six stories that coincide to create a fun narrative. The various story lines kept me interested and I was consistently curious to see how they all collide. The book had an excellent feel of "oh, what a small world!" as well as global perspective.