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Bullets, Butterflies, and Italy [Paperback]

John Meyer
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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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By Sabrina
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Canadian author with potential Dec 11 2012
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Interesting book with a nice twist; nice read after you have been to Italy or maybe even a good guide to follow on a trip!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Finding yourself in strange places March 27 2013
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Great rainy Sunday afternoon read... May 13 2012
The only reason I gave it a 4 out of 5 stars is that it's not my typical genre. I like my political spy thriller, and this, while it's not a political spy thriller... it's definitely a good suspense, dark comedy fiction novel. The author sells the story as a travel fiction, whereas I took it more of a fiction style story, with accurate and detailed real life existing locals. The characters seem realistic, and frustrating at the same time. It contained good dry humor, at a suitable pace. For a first time novelist, John hit the mark, and it didn't feel like his first crack at story telling. I will definitely recommend and/or purchase for family and friends.
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