MichaelBernhart, How Speleology Restored My Sex Drive (ISBN 978-0997616033)
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Based on the title of this book and the cover, I would probably not buy it. Spelunking is associated with going into caves with lots of water and wearing a wetsuit and oxygen tanks. I personally do not like lake water, or cave water for that matter, and Spelunking in a dark black cavern is out of the question. That is where the reader may go wrong. The saying is “you cannot judge a book by its cover”, and in this case it goes for its title too. On the other hand it could be inside a dry cave, and being a boy raised in Arizona, I explored many caves.
The book is about treasure hunting, kidnapping, abuse, members of the Klu Klux Klan (KKK), and many characters that live in Georgia. Since I have a Georgian friend that was born there and lives there I had to read it to see if the characters in the book follow what I do know. I must say that if I say anything negative about Georgians she is the first to tell me not to judge… Yet, the book follows exactly how I see Georgia. Luckily not all Georgians are like what you expect them to be, a few are talented and well educated. For instance Steve Walsh, the aging lead singer of the band Kansas, originally from Missouri lives in Georgia, which is not saying much I suppose, but he was a great singer in my grandfather’s time.
Even though in my opinion the Title and Cover do not depict anything exciting, the interior is what I read. I found it to be a fascinating read, full of adventure history, and a man whose life is falling apart. After all his wife is a sharpshooter, and his children act like the nine year olds that they are, constantly in trouble. The poor man tries to keep it all together, trying to have the life he wished for his family, while the family seems to tear itself apart. I am surprised he didn’t have a nervous breakdown just being a father, much more a husband. Poor man.
I would rate this book five out of five stars. I will not rate the cover and title, but buy it anyway, you won’t be disappointed.