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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Summer Nomad Publications (2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0987670301
  • ISBN-13: 978-0987670304
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #542,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Zack Curtis truly dreads his thirtieth birthday. Estranged from his family and friends, he hopes his trip to Italy will lift his spirits and trigger the inspiration for a happier life. But he soon offends an elusive mobster who threatens to turn his dream trip into a nightmare. From the splendor of Amalfi, to the grandeur of Rome, to the pageantry of Siena during its Palio Festival, John Meyer presents a unique travel memoir that masterfully combines a love story with an exhilarating adventure. Brimming with wit and humor, Bullets, Butterflies, and Italy is a literary travelogue enlivened with passion, jealousy, betrayal, and hope. FOR PHOTOS AND BOOK EXCERPTS: Please visit www.johnmeyerbooks.com

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sabrina on Jan. 27 2013
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This book pulled me in right away with Zack's intriguing encounter with Dr. Magic. This is a fiction travel memoir like none other, likely because there are no other books quite like this one! John Meyer takes you way off the beaten path in Italy with adventure, wit and engaging characters. You can't help but root for Zack in all his endearing awkwardness and sarcasm. This book is original, refreshing and addictive! I recommend Bullets, Butterflies, and Italy whether you're dreaming of Italy or of a great read.
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In Bullets, Butterflies and Italy, John Meyer offers a twist on the classic the travel memoir by adding the bullets of a thriller and the butterflies of a romance. The result is a journey through Amalfi, Rome and Sienna seen through the eyes of Zach who, in an attempt to escape a mundane life, has come to Italy to quietly celebrate his thirtieth birthday. Instead he inadvertently places a contract on his own head with the local mafia.
Zack represents "every-man" who, not quite in the grip of mid-life, realizes time is running out to make something of his life. Issues concerning mortality, the meaning of happiness and the pursuit of dreams are confronted with humour and vigour. Local descriptions, the memoir aspect of the book, contribute to Zack's discovery of the "Dolce Vita" that is the ethos of Italy. If you have never been to Italy Meyer's descriptions of local colour and historic sites will make you want to go. If you have been, you will recognize people and places and will be inspired to return. Tourism Italy should be sending Meyer kick-backs!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stefanie C on Dec 2 2011
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I just couldn't put this book down. Especially great for book clubs and people who enjoy travelling! I genuinely hope Bullets, Butterflies, and Italy by John Meyer gets made into a movie. It was interesting, hilarious, shocking and totally engaging. I loved the character `Sack' and found him charmingly neurotic and relatable. A must read!
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What a fun story! As someone who has travelled and had a few of her own crazy adventures I was totally drawn into Zack’s world all the while wanting to go to Italy and experience it myself. John Meyer managed to give me an amazing visual and historical account of Italy while telling a humourous and compelling story of a lost soul who found himself in a very unfortunate situation. I loved how despite Zack’s disconnect with his family and his his cynical view of life he still sees the glass as half full. Even though he doesn’t know it. He just wanted what we all want. Love. This is a wonderful love story intertwined with adventure, danger, fear and so many emotions when we’re strangers in a strange land. If you’ve ever found yourself in a lost in translation situation you will love this book. If you’ve ever wanted to travel, you will get on a plane.
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