Wed. Jun 3rd, 2020

Read 4 Fun

Read the short reviews, read the book, comment

Possible Corruption?

2 min read

The SAMPLE copy of Three Cups of Deceit by Jon Krakauer begins at location 61 or at 26% of the sample. The reader will find a map of areas around Kabul and Islamabad. This is followed by a section titled Dramatis Personae. This list of characters will take us to location 122 or 54% of the sample. What follows is a Foreword to the New Edition. This takes us to location 157, or 68% of the free sample. At the 71% mark, the reader sees PART I The Creation Myth. The entire publication is 128 pages with four parts followed by notes and an author biography.

As the sample ends at some point near the end of Part I, the reader is left with the knowledge that the real-life Greg Mortenson is almost trapped in Korphe, a village in Baltistan, Pakistan. Mortenson is trapped there by weather and decreased physical health as a result of his previous attempts to reach the peak of K2, a peak more difficult to reach than Mount Everest. Mortenson spends his days observing village life while the village life watches him. A sample ending like this should encourage further reading. We know from the author foreword that this is going to be a tale of corruption, mismanaged funds, many claims, and many counterclaims.

This short read is not available on Kindle Unlimited. If it were, I would continue reading without hesitation. As it is now, I must pay USD 1.40 if I wanted to know the rest of the story according to Krakauer. In his foreword, the author mentions that there is an 11 000 word “afterword.” I do not find value in this sample. If I buy the novel, I do not know whether I will get a story or a raw data dump. For my current project, I will buy the book and post a full review of it on 18 April with my opinion on whether the sample was a valuable reflection of the book.


6 thoughts on “Possible Corruption?

  1. I’ve encountered sample books with so much front matter that they don’t include more than a page or two of the story–obviously this ebook formatting did not take sample size into account. Or maybe it did.

  2. Hey Ron, I’ve read quite a few of your reviews and they seem to be very thorough. I actually wanted to ask you a favor. I’ve completed my manuscript and am looking for beta readers to read and review a few sample chapters. I was wondering whether you’d have the time to go through my writing and tell me what you think about it?

    1. Sure, I would be very interested in reading your writing. Sorry for the late reply; I blame it on the extended rainy season here which brings associated health problems. Recovering from that kind of thing leads to decreased motivation to keep up with things, like emails.

      Looking forward to reading your work …


      1. Ooops! What a mistake. I will try to fix that this weekend. I really thought there was one connected. Because there might be a glitch somewhere, please use this address: It is one my university uses to communicate with me so I know it works.

        Thanks for the information.


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