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Struggling documentary producer Michael Burns has traveled to the remote Maya Mountains of Belize to capture exclusive footage of the last surviving curandero The traditional Mayan healer may hold the key to discovering new. The reader first meets producer Michael Burns as he is traveling through the mountains of Belize with his film crew to shoot of documentary on the last living Maya healer While Burns crew complains about the weather and their accommodations Burns is completely in his element From the very start the motley team meets some uirky natives who help guide them to the house where two Americans live Frank and Kelly are a married couple who moved to Belize years ago for work Kelly works for a pharmaceutical company trying to find new herbs that can be used in medicines While Frank is caught up in the violent war that is spilling into Belize from Guatemala When Burns arrives with his cameras and lights Kelly is than willing to help while Frank is suspicious of the crew s intentions Problems arise when the crew arrives at Kelly and Frank s only to find that they lost their film somewhere along the way One of Burns crew members breaks off from the group to go find the footage only to discover that the country is riddled with much violence than anyone thought It is not long before Burns and his remaining crew members find themselves at odds with the people and the unforgiving jungle Suddenly what began as a five day film shoot for a documentary becomes a fit for their livesThere are several things with which I think Petrick did an excellent job The first was how at the beginning of each chapter there was a sketch of an herb its name and its healing power I found this to be fascinating and found myself looking forward to this short passages Second I loved Petrick s description of the jungle and overall landscape I felt as if it was its own character that had a back story feelings desires and complicated relationships There are few novels that I have read that have made me feel so connected to the jungle Lastly I thought that Petrick did a very good job in establishing these characters I am usually leery of any novel that has than two main characters mainly because I can never keep than five characters straight However Petrick has SEVEN main characters all of whom were wonderfully developed and very distinct from each other even I could keep keep trackThough I thought that Petrick did a very good job I did have some concerns about the novel At times I felt as if the book was pulling me in too many directions In one chapter I would be introduced to a possible love triangle between Burns Frank and Kelly only to be thrown into a violent confrontation between a boy soldier and one of Burns crew members When I had come to grips with that situation I would be hurled into the mind of the Maya healer and his loneliness only to be shot into Burns struggle with commitment to his current girlfriend Each of these stories were interesting but at times they distracted me and I completed the book without really knowing what the purpose was Sometimes it seems like a book about the hardships of producing a film only to shift and be about the atrocities of war or how a marriage can change over a period of time without anyone noticing Yet my major concern was over the ending of the novel and the fact that it didn t have one All of these great plot points keep barreling at the reader only to have the novel just stop without truly ending I hope this is because Petrick is writing a seuel but if notmaybe he should think about it because he has enough good material here for a serieswwwiamliteraryaddictedblogspotcom

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The Five Lost Days

Ilmmakers stumble into a explosive story than they ever could have imagined At once an adventure and an exploration into the nature of perception THE FIVE LOST DAYS exposes the clash between modern culture and ancient belie. The Five Lost DaysBy William PetrickThis book was received from the LibraryThing Member Giveaway program in exchange for a reviewIn The Five Lost Days by William Petrick a documentary film crew lead by Michael Burns from the United States is assigned a project to get the story of a Mayan village healer who might have knowledge of ancient plants that could be new medicinesTrouble is he is allowed only five days to travel to the Belize jungle film and return We find out this all takes place during with Wayeb called Uayeb or the five unnamed days on the Mayan calendarhence the title of the bookRight from the beginning the author draws us into the mystery and suspense of the unknown through frightening canoe rides lost supplies intense heat strange attractions and gruesome murder The story line is fast paced and very compelling the characters are familiar but also secretive The book s ending is very thought provoking and did not bother me at allThis is the William Petrick debut novel and after reading it I look forward to his next novel I recommend this book to those people who like a good thriller Sideways In Neverland unnamed days on the Mayan calendarhence the title of the bookRight from the beginning the author draws Pandora Noves Histries De Vampirs 1 us into the mystery and suspense of the Anayurt Oteli unknown through frightening canoe rides lost supplies intense heat strange attractions and gruesome murder The story line is fast paced and very compelling the characters are familiar but also secretive The book s ending is very thought provoking and did not bother me at allThis is the William Petrick debut novel and after reading it I look forward to his next novel I recommend this book to those people who like a good thriller

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Medicines among the vast uncharted flora of the rain forest But with a violent civil war spilling across the border from neighboring Guatemala and Burns inexplicably drawn to the aging curandero's American apprentice the f. I had a really hard time reading this book and I don t think it s because the contents of the book is poor The Five Lost Days has been on my currently reading stand for three weeks now Whenever I pick it up to read I read a page or two and then put it back down again Aside from worrying that my to read pile is yet again getting out of control and moving to a new home I have not been able to concentrate on the story and I have only managed to read the first 8 chapters At this rate finishing the story seems highly unlikely and with a number of books still to read I figure that it s time for me to give up this book and place it in my DNCWCB did not completewill come back to pileIn all honestly and fairness to the author who I am sure worked really hard on the book the plot sounds very interesting In the first five chapters of the story we are introduced to the amazing landscape of Belize The descriptions are uite vivid and with a hint of realism maybe Petrick has been there before and it makes for a great portal of escape to the readers Petrick further adds authenticity to his book by including little tid bits about exotic plants found in the Belize jungle and their uses at the beginning of every chapter The characters that were introduced are all different and dynamic and I am sure that it would be a joy to get to see them develop as the story progressesThough the story starts off a bit slowly in my opinion I thought that it progressed nicely and if my imagination is any good this story will unravel uite interestingly From the point of view of 8 chapters I would say give this book a try Unfortunately I can t lend you my copy since I do intent to return to it once things settle down on my end


6 thoughts on “The Five Lost Days

  1. says:

    The reader first meets producer Michael Burns as he is traveling through the mountains of Belize with his film crew to sh

  2. says:

    I had a really hard time reading this book and I don’t think it’s because the contents of the book is poor The Five Lost Days has

  3. says:

    The Five Lost DaysBy William PetrickThis book was received from the LibraryThing Member Giveaway program in exchange for a reviewIn The Five Lost Days by William Petrick a documentary film crew lead by Michael Burns from the United

  4. says:

    The Five Lost Days is a love story about a filmmaker in love with his art a biologist in love with her work and the people she serves and an over the hill civil rights working in love with justice The thematic scope of the book is epic tackling matters of international justice corporate power and the long and storied journey of a person's heart that never finds it's end Mr Petrick tackles these themes with a

  5. says:

    This is probably the worst book I've ever read Every cliche was in it no plot no character development I have absolutely no idea what it was about Got to the end and can't really can't believe I wasted time on it

  6. says:

    BELIZE

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