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a vulnerable recollection of those places where life and faith collide
What can I say that the Archbishop of Canterbury or Fr. Richard Rohr have not already said better? "This is neither a simple memoir of hurt endured, nor a tidy story of reconciliation and resolution. It is - rather like Augustine's Confessions - a testimony to the unfinished business of grace." - The Archbishop of Canterbury
"Ian Cron has the gift of making his human journey a parable for all of our journeys. Read this profound book and be well fed, and freed." - Fr. Richard Rohr
I am an ordinary guy who, like Ian Cron, has found myself to be "out of true" at times. The author borrows this term from the guy at Gene's bicycle shop in Greenwich, CT. "When the tire rim is bent or one of its spokes is missing or damaged, the wheel no longer spins straight, or true. It goes cockeyed and wobbly, and if it's bad enough, riding on it becomes impossible." The definition served as an epiphany of sorts for young Ian, "That was it. I felt out of true." This book is a fascinating and gritty account of one man's journey toward Truth.
Although the direct circumstances of our upbringing could not be more different, the emotional journey, the experiences, the relationships (both familial and social) resonated very closely with me page after page. As a master communicator and skillful wordsmith, Mr. Cron gives voice to that which is ineffable to so many others. The courage that is demonstrated in sharing his own experiences so transparently emboldens the reader to look deeply into the mirror and dare to see a story waiting to be told.
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Posted August 2, 2011
Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me by Ian Morgan Cron
Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me: A Memoir of Sorts tells the story of the author and of his strained relationship--if relationship it can be called--with his father. From the start Cron grabs the readers attention with pithy anecdotes and personal story that break up the main biographical arc of the narrative. The book moves through the life of the author in a number of stages, and even without their being separated and divided out by the author, there is a clear line or demarcation: life before first communion, first communion to first drink, from drinking to Christ, and from Christ to depression and back to Christ.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The story is well written and structured each story within pulling the reader in and pushing the story arc forward. The story is in large part about the author's trouble childhood and his seeking after his own father's approval yet the story is not told in such a fashion that having had a happy and prosperous childhood one would feel left out. The story itself is as such universal like good Greek drama without being pedantic. There is a savor of humanity that can be found only in such tragedy and it is here that the book becomes like salt, seasoning and preserving.
Moreover the narrative is reassuring to any honest reader who will see in the author's failings a flavor of their own, if only stronger; as the author finds his own redemption at the feet of Christ so then can any who would follow his life-line to its end.
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Posted July 16, 2011
a reflection of a life that rather resembles our own
A memoir that aims make us realize that there could be greatness even in the direst of lives. Having survived abuse from an alcoholic father who happens to be in CIA, and eventually falling into his own alcoholic problems, Ian Cron tells us the tale of his struggles and subsequent discovery of grace through Christian influences around him.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Ian's story is interesting, sometimes a little disturbing with a touch of humor to balance the scales. His story will in some ways remind us of our own bouts with life and the emotions we felt through it all. Ian Cron writes in such a way that seems to weave everything together to make perfect sense. It is full of heart and it is full of life. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.
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Posted July 15, 2011
Life and Faith Collide
Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me by Ian Cron.A memoir of sorts is an autobiography of Ian's life consisting of surviving childhood with an abusive and alcoholic father, who happens to be in the CIA, dealing with his own alcoholic tendencies and finding Jesus in the process. This book reveals that overcoming obstacles that may seem impossible can happen. Faith and positive influence from Nanny, Christian friends and mentors seem to play an important role in Ian's life.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This book captivates me. Never once did I find myself bored. A memorable story whether true or fiction for me is leaving me wanting to know more, and Ian did just that. The author inspires others to greatness. This book would be great for parents, especially those who may not have had the best relationship with their parents. It shows that a relationship gone wrong in the past does not make you into who you are today. Words can't describe how much I enjoyed reading this book. Great summer read.
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Posted July 15, 2011
A Great Memoir ... of Sorts
Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me is one of those books to linger over. Quotable moments where I found myself nodding in agreement and then momentarily lost in thought. You know, remembering the good . days when we were young and life seemed full of possibilities and sunny summer skies ... those moments in life before freedom and hope is trampled by reality. Growing up free is difficult when one's father is an alcoholic. The whole world slowly becomes amber-colored and dark much like the familiar long neck bottle or the measured shot of liquid in the clear drinking glass. His story is a poignant journey of drama, tears, faith and reflection, laughter and finally truth and grace. There was much work to be done on the way.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Perhaps you'll find yourself praying that his father will be there for him, tell him that he loves him before it is too late. It is a theme that travels throughout the memoir. There are dark and difficult parts to his story, and humor to see it through. His anger helped me remember my own. His storytelling will do that. The anecdotes are seamlessly incorporated, the writing crystal clear, the metaphors spot on. The ending brings the reader full circle. Mr. Cron is a writers' writer ... an author to emulate. This is a book to be savored.
Mini-Writers Workshop - Author Ian Morgan Cron uses all of the best fiction techniques to write his memoir: capturing his life's turning points to build the characters and produce tension, conflict, pacing, and crisp description. He understand how to use imagery to paint his pictures, he is a master at creating metaphors. "Some writers use metaphors and similes," said Leonard Bishop*, "as naturally as a kitten licks his paw." A metaphor is a figure of speech in which a word or phrase that ordinarily describes one thing is used to describe another (i.e. the assignment was a breeze, heart of gold).
*Leonard Bishop was a noted author, best-selling novelist, writing teacher, and newspaper columnist. Listed in the Who's Who of American Authors, Mr Bishop was also recognized as one of the seven top writing teachers in the United States. He wrote the classic Dare to Be a Great Writer.
Posted July 11, 2011
This memoir will make you a better person
Jesus and the CIA (as I call it for short) is one of the all-around best books I've read in a while. Ian is a natural storyteller, and he reflects on his own life such that I was caught up in his journey, swept along with him through the tumult of his life.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
That's saying something, because Ian Cron has lived a life most of us couldn't imagine. It's a credit to his skill as a writer that I felt so drawn to him.
Ian (I'm going to use his first name in this review because - having read his book - I feel like that's what he'd want me to do.) opens his book at his father's death-bed. We learn quickly that Ian's dad was an alcoholic and that his relationship with Ian was bad.
So begins Ian's exploration of his past, his story. He was born into a family who lived large, movie-star-esque lives. His dad, it turns out, worked on-and-off for the CIA, but also worked with some of the biggest movie stars of the day. Their lives were glamorous, until his drinking destroyed it all.
Around the time Ian's family lost everything, Ian found God through his first communion at his family's Catholic church. This section of the book was powerful, especially as Ian described the sacred moment of receiving for the first time the sacred meal.
The rest of the book is Ian's journey towards peace. It's not an easy journey by any means. Ian describes himself as feeling 'out of true' - displaced and disoriented in a world with no constants. He falls into all the typical struggles of boyhood and adolescence, exacerbated by his erratic, abusive father and a genetic tendency towards alcoholism.
Despite Because of those dark times, Ian's story is truly, simply a wonderful story. His writing is superb - his use of imagery is powerful, profound and provocative without feeling cheesy or forced. He connected me with his experiences even when I hadn't shared something similar. Ian's journey towards God hasn't looked much like mine at all. But even still, Ian drew me deep into his experience with God. And that is the magic of this book.
Above all, Ian's journey is very human. He's far from perfect - just like me, and his honest exploration of his own faults is both encouraging and challenging.
As Ian leads us through his life, we slowly discover that his journey is ours, too. The insecurities he faces are ours. The adventures he discovers await us, too. That's ultimately what makes it such a successful memoire. Reading this book is an introspective, healing healing exercise. The unlikely path Ian takes towards reconciliation drew me along with him. The quiet, unexpected moments in which the Sacred would burst uninvited into Ian's life were a breath of fresh air for me as well. (As you read, watch for the deer. it's a wonderful moment.) The tether tied to Ian's heart in that first communion began to tug on me as well.
Ian's story of redemption and reconciliation is moving and beautiful. Even those dark days through which he unflinchingly led us become sacred and powerful in the final light of God's love. It's a great, easy and fun read that will have you laughing and get you a little choked up. (Watch for the cliff diving. I seriously almost lost it. Incredible.) From his experiences as a child with a mysterious, mercurial, alcoholic father to becoming a father himself, plagued by his own alcoholism and insecurities, Ian's path was never easy.
Bottom line: You'll be a better person after you read this book. Ian is an outstanding writer; his journ
Posted July 10, 2011
"Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me" A captivating story
"Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me" (A memoir of sorts), is a life story of the author, Ian Morgan Cron.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Cron, an Episcopal Minister, takes the reader on a ride of Ups and Downs as he tells the story of his life. Usually, I have found, memoirs of this sort, tend to be of interest to the writer and to their family, however, Cron has woven a story that once picked up, the reader can not put it down.
I found my self laughing and crying (depending on the situation), while reading through this memoir. As Cron states a memoir is what we remember and how we remember the times of our lives. No one can remember every little detail of their lives, but how it is remembered and the way Cron writes his memoir is captivating. He has a wonder way of pulling the reader into the story and keeping them there.
Cron speaks in detail about his struggles with his Faith, his father's life, drunkenness and actions. He also learns of his father's involvement with the CIA. All this while growing up in the affluent community of Greenwich, Connecticut. Cron does not leave any thing out regarding his own feelings in this story. He spares nothing in bringing his life alive in the readers mind.
What I learned from this story is that nothing is impossible and that our faith and closeness to God can and will prevail.
I was able to read and review this selection, through the kindness of Booksneeze/Thomas Nelson Publishing, and thank them for this opportunity. I would like to send out a special Thank You to Ian Cron for writing and sharing this memorable story. "Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me is a must read.
Posted July 7, 2011
Best Memoir of 2011: an exquisitely written story of a life that is fascinating, devastating and ultimately truly redemptive
books that give you an stray thought or two. And then there are books that get under your skin and transform the way you look at things. This is one of the third kind. This book is powerful, at times even overwhelming. You can not read this book and approach fatherhood or the Eucharist the same way again. You can not read this book and think of Christianity the same way. This book will change you.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Cron's story of growing up with a father larger - and smaller - than life is enthralling and heartbreaking. The secrets of the CIA and of alcoholism mix together in stories shared in a confessional whisper. Weaved throughout is a sense of just how many cracks there are in our mosaics, with a grounding in the absurdity of the author's life. Passionate--open hearted--piercingly intelligent--earthy--occasionally profane--absolutely unconventional--Ian's raw story of his own life pulled me along to its hopeful conclusion.
What an extraordinary memoir - an exquisitely written story of a life that is fascinating, devastating and ultimately truly redemptive.
Posted July 5, 2011
One of the Most Powerful Books You'll Ever Read
Thomas Nelson's Booksneeze program allows bloggers to receive free copies of books for review purposes. That's how I got to read "Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and me" by Ian Morgan Cron. I say that for two reasons: (1) I'm required by law to disclose that my copy of the book was free; and (2) I am pretty sure I wouldn't have read it if it weren't for Booksneeze. And I would have missed out on reading one of the best books I have ever laid eyes on.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
If I were to tell you what this book is about--a middle-aged Episcopal priest recounts his growing up with a dad who was an alcoholic CIA spy, I daresay your interest would fail to rise to a level adequate to convince you to crack this book open. And it doesn't even have a catchy title. Any hope for the success of "Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and me" (success being defined as this book getting the audience it deserves) hinges on one thing: word of mouth. And that's where I come in.
Cron's story is one which, CIA stuff aside, is all too common. But his writing is uncommonly good. Great, even. This book is a clinic on how to use the best possible words to convey exactly what you want to. If writing were acting, then Cron's performance throughout this book rivals anything that Jeff Bridges, Al Pacino, Geoffrey Rush, or Marlon Brando have ever given us. It would be a shoo-in for an Oscar.
As hard as it is to put aside the writing, I have to point out the story itself. As the reader encounters the various episodes of Cron's life, there are two parallel threads: the impact of Cron's earthly father, and the hand of his heavenly Father, throughout his journey. From one end to the other, we see example after example of both of these. God's hand is present throughout, guiding and rescuing the young man as the actions of his dad do their damage and leave their mark.
The 2nd to last chapter, essentially the climactic one, uses a family outing at a swimming hole to deal with Cron's doubts about his own ability to father. It's classic. You've heard critics say "You'll laugh; you'll cry"? Well, in this chapter, I did both, often at the same time. Seeing this man learn to father (even as he wasn't fathered well, but he was Fathered well) is as uplifting and freeing as anything I have seen written in years. It's a powerful way to end a powerful story.
Posted July 5, 2011
An unusual, striking memoir
Imagine your father, a stockbroker, has a surprise secret you discover when you're 16. He is, in fact, not a stockbroker, but a CIA agent. His father who also happened to be an alcoholic. His father who led his family through wealth and poverty, wealth and poverty again. That is what this story is about - but it's also about so much more. It's about Cron's own journey as his father's son, and as his Father's son, his coming to terms with his dad's story. This is Cron's story of his own redemption and the grace he found in his life and how he came to know Jesus.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This is a really fantastic book, simply put.
Cron slips back and forth between the present and the past, telling us his both his father's story and his own. I am a huge fan of this technique, and it works so well with Cron's story. Going back and forth allowed me to put the pieces of the story together, and again, a non-linear storyline forces me to really focus on what I'm reading. Cron's story was interesting and funny enough as it was, but I loved that I couldn't just speed through it.
And that's the thing - this book had a great humor to it. Cron had every right and reason to be angry - deception and disease in your family when you are young sometimes leaves you that way - but has made peace with the life he has lived and instead of coming across bitter and angry, he comes across as raw and honest and funny. I couldn't help but laugh several times throughout the book, and that made his message of God's goodness and grace and His desire to have a relationship with everyone even more poignant. If God can help this man keep his humor, then there is hope for me, too.
I recommend this to anyone who is interested in memories and biographies, especially unique ones that haven't been done before. I thought this was a great take on an unusual childhood.
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Posted July 3, 2011
Great story and great storytelling!
Love.this.book! If I could give it six out of five stars, I would!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
In an engagingly honest style, Iam Morgan Cron takes us through his life's journey, starting with the experience of being the son of an alcoholic CIA agent, to seeking love and acceptance in a bottle himself as a young adult, to finding his salvation in his wife, children and the church. This is not a gloom and doom book of sadness, nor is it a fire & brimstone urging to find Christ. It is Cron's real life story, bringing the reader to tears as often through its humor as its poignancy.
No part of the book is as laugh out loud funny as Cron's experience on his first day as an altar boy at the early mass. No story quite as heartwrenching as his first school concert as first chair trumpet and his Mom doesn't make it because she has to tend to his drunken father. I could relate to the wonder Cron felt as he lay in bed late at night listening to a radio voice sharing stories of far off places and interesting people. Cron writes these and all of his stories so that the reader smiles at the humor, sighs with understanding, laughs at the wonder, and cries at the sadness.
The story of the little boy, the rebellious teenager, and the troubled adult are all rooted in the author's relationship - or lack thereof - with his father. Part of this story of forgiveness, understanding and growth is also Cron's journey towards peace with God. However, this is not at all a preachy book. The religious aspect appears to be almost an afterthought; although I imagine it is why the book was written to begin with. Cron has taken his profound, and often times painful, journey and translated it into a compelling adventure that engages, moves and inspires readers all along the way.
I highly recommend reading this book. Order the book and enjoy the journey. You won't regret it at all.
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Posted June 28, 2011
Six weeks into summer (well, it's only officially been a week, but there's been plenty of summertime stuff to do) and I've only read one book. Not a great tally, but a pretty good book--Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me, a memoir...of sorts by Ian Cron.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Long title, but thoroughly engaging book. Perhaps I harbored a fantasy that my father (who I never really knew) would have some sort of super-secret life (like the author's father, who was a CIA agent). Or I appreciate a good story of how one can overcome life's obstacles to find faith.
The book was a fun, lengthy read and would be perfect summer reading for traveling.
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Posted June 25, 2011
this one holds its own special place on the bookshelves in my heart.
Jesus, my father, the CIA, and me by Ian Morgan Cron.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Personally, I have always had an interest in autobiographies. Out of the dozens that i have read, this has got to be one of the best ones. Along with Richard Wrights masterpieces, Jeanette Walls brilliant storytelling capacity, and George W. Bush's conversations with the reader into his presidency, this one holds its own special place on the bookshelves in my heart.
It's definitively not your usual tell-all story. It's a different class of a confession that though has no relation to my own childhood, still rings the same bells that i heard all throughout my own. Different situations, same purpose.
It's a story about a boy who doesn't have all the answers that he'd like to have inherited. A boy whose scared of many things including his father and people in his neighborhood. From the humiliating experience of being told to pull his pants down in an innocent effort to save his family's reputation to the accounts of living in a household where the assurance of your existence wasn't needed or better yet, frowned upon. He talks about his childhood in a way that it's undoubtedly something that occurred in the past, spiritually speaking as well; he definitely leaves the best part to the end. It's a story that highlights a boy who yearned with all his heart to go beyond all that he knew into a world uncharted and only seen with his imagination. He leaves the reader with a new perspective and a new plate of things to re-examine. He leaves us exactly how his favorite radio talk show host left him, nights and nights ago in the dusty town of his hometown. It's captivating, to say the least.
Posted June 16, 2011
A joyous read on many levels!
What can I say? I liked the book "Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me". Ian Morgan Cron writes in a delightfully engaging style, which invites the reader to come into his world, to share his pain, and more importantly, to share in the grace he experienced which allowed him to overcome the demons of his childhood and young adult years. Billed as 'a memoir.of sorts', Cron describes a childhood and adolescence of trying to please a father who couldn't be pleased. Along the way he describes the terrors of life with an alcoholic parent, his own descent into alcoholism, hitting his bottom, and, thanks to the grace of God, his road to recovery. As he writes about his parents, his Nanny, his wife and children, life on two continents, adolescent angst, disillusionment and joys, things seem so real that at times I thought I must be reading a book of non-fiction. This is the gut-wrenching stuff of life, which usually comes across as sounding false when we try to accurately describe it. Learn about the difference in jumping and falling, a deliberate descent versus spiraling downward, totally out of control. Be reminded that sometimes it's not about you (page 212). Learn about God as the grace of glue that mends us (page 248) and be reminded that no one should eat alone (also on 248) This book is so readable on so many levels: are you struggling with the idea of a loving God? Read this book. Read this book if your family has been torn apart by alcoholism, or if your alcoholism is tearing your family apart. Read this book if your life seems to be a roller coaster ride that the attendant won't let you get off of. And you can even read this book if you're just looking for a feel good story with which to curl up by the fireplace. Warning: (tongue in cheek) One of the great things about this book is that Christian writers endorse it, and you won't find any gratuitous sex, profanity or violence. Cron is also the author of "Chasing Francis: A Pilgrim's Tale". My prayer is that he has more books waiting to be written Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 13, 2011
"When I first discovered the grainy picture in my mother's desk-me as a towheaded two year old sitting in what I remember was a salmon-orange-stained lifeboat-I was overwhelmed by the feeling that the boy in the boat was not waving and laughing at the person snapping the photo as much as he was frantically trying to get the attention of the man I am today. The boy was beckoning me to join him on a voyage through the harrowing straits of memory. He was gambling that if we survived the passage, we might discover an ocean where the past would become the wind at our back rather than a driving gale to the nose of our boat. This book is the record of that voyage."Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I just finished reading this book, and am sad that it is over...if you remember (which I am sure you do) I have reviewed a book by this author before (Chasing Francis)...And wrote a review reflecting how much I love it...while his first book was non-fiction...this book is more of a biography of his life through his own eyes...If you feel in love with Ian's writing in the first book, then I think you will equally love this story he tells here...
We get to watch Ian grow from a little lad in England to a man in the states...We see how his father's alcoholism permeates the families life...We see how secrets can damage...and we find out some pretty COOL secrets that make you father was in the CIA...We meet his mother who is a lady with a lot of secrets...she is beautiful, and fun...Ian and his brother have a nanny that provides a few moments of laugh-out-loud laughter...
I enjoyed how Ian was able to weave together stories from his childhood, into stories of his manhood and then into stories of his own family.
I also very much enjoyed how he incorporated the Eucharist moment from the beginning of the book also in the ending...I think the way he wrapped up the book shows how talented a writer he is...
This book is FUNNY! I laughed out loud a few times...this book is real (I can absolutely believe it all happened)...I also cried a few times...I cried for the child who had to grow up with the secret of his father's alcoholism...
If any part of the title
My Father or
The CIA or
catch your interest pick up this book and give it a read...you won't be disappointed...
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Posted June 12, 2011
Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and me, A memoir.of sorts. Wow, is the one word that comes to mind after reading this amazing book. When I first started reading this book I actually felt as if it was being read to me. Oddly enough, I felt a familiar voice reading it to me. This deep male voice was reading it. The voice I heard was the narrator from the movie "The Christmas Story". Little did I know the further I read on I would learn that Ian Morgan Cron used that same man to escape from his world. Jean Shepherd was the narrator and Ian would listen to his show, "The Jean Shepherd Show "on the radio to make an escape from the present. In this book we learn about the many different lives and experiences people have to go through to get to where they are now. Doctors, politicians, pastors..they all have life experiences that were not as great as we would imagine them to be. In this book Ian writes a no holds bar of the accounts he remembers from his childhood to adulthood. We learn about childhood experiences that may remind us of a few of ours and some that we hate Ian had to go through. Ian tells the hard truth and about alcoholism and the effects it has on everyone it encounters. Ian talks about his journey of becoming and being a Christian. He gets real in this book and shares the anger that he held with God. We get to go through the events with him, and I found myself being angry for Ian. I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. I would like to say it is a warm fuzzy story but, it's not, it is the hard truth and reality of alcohol. Ian writes beautifully and this book is a must read for everybody. His journey through life will make you appreciate life even more. The good things you ever experienced in your life will be even more special after reading what Ian had to go through to be the man he is today.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.