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  • Posted February 6, 2010

    A nice romantic adventure

    Overland is a romantic adventure story set back in a heated moment in history. Mark Stephen Levy has a great way of describing the country side of Afghanistan that makes you feel as if you are right there in the middle of all the commotion. By the wonderful discriptions you can tell that he has travelled to the country.

    Its a nice love story about one man's search for the woman he loves and how far a person would be willing to go for love. Not many people would travel all the way to the Middle East to chase after a person after they write you a note saying they were leaving you, for a country. Then to get stuck in the middle of a war and have to fight for your own survival, hoping that the other one is okay and not dead.

    The discription of the scenry is very detailed but I find that his characters don't have the same depth. Though I like Danny, Heather, and Emily well enough I just felt that there could have been more. This a very short book and maybe the author could have expanded the depth of the characters a little and made the story longer.

    I am not saying that I did not like because I did. I think this author will only get better with each novel he writes. If you like Historical Romance Adventure books then I would recommend this book to you.

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  • Posted November 22, 2009

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    Mark Stephen Levy takes his traveling adventures and his personal love story as he creates an incredible Masterpiece of war, history, and romance. The main character, Danny Benson is a man who makes the reader turn the pages as fast as the speed of lightning, and has the type of personality that would make your heart melt. As he rides the Magic Bus to
    Afghanistan in desperate search to find the woman he loves, along with
    answers to many questions about their relationship, unexpected circumstances changes his life forever. When Danny finds Heather in Kabul,
    what else does he find? Did Heather ever find herself, and what else does she find? How did the Soviet invasion, and the bomb blast affect Danny's life? Which direction was Danny in, and was it the same direction Heather was in? Did unexpected events in Danny's life bring him happiness? Why did Danny want to go to Kathmandu? What does the blood stained blue scarf
    signify? Why was James arrested? Who is Vyasa, and what did he do for Danny? I highly recommend this novel to all ficion, historical fiction, and adventure lovers. The sweet scent of sizzling romance blossoms like a rose as the reader is taken on an interesting journey through the culture and beauty of different countries. Challenges are taken through many twists-and-turns, while war is looming as the pages become covered in drama. The plot is captivating, the story is delightful and the fascinating characters come to life in this unique, emotional roller-coaster ride. The author paints each page with excitement, danger, sorrow, and happiness. A colorful portrait is the result of an unforgettable story that's made for the movie screen. "OVERLAND" is as entertaining as GONE WITH THE WIND, as romantic as JERRY MAGUIRE, and as dramatic as THE DEER HUNTER with Robert Deniro.

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  • Posted October 18, 2009

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    Taking the 'Magic Bus' to find the Woman he Loves

    This fiction tale takes the primary character, Danny Benson, on an exciting yet dangerous journey via the "Magic Bus" to Afghanistan where he hopes to find the woman he loves.
    Heather had already left on the same route headed eventually for Katmandu but neither of them makes it that far. Instead, Danny finds her in Kabul amid the turmoil of the 1979 Soviet invasion of Pakistan. He hopes she'll explain why she opted to travel and find herself rather than marry him and live the life of a doctor's wife in California.
    As fate would have it, a bomb blast sends them in different directions before any explanation can be made and Danny finds himself stranded in this foreign land not knowing what became of his beloved Heather. Of course, the search for her continues but with a surprising twist that brings him more happiness than he could ever have imagined.
    It is clear that a great deal of thought went into the plot of Overland - the title taken from a travel guide book entitled Going Overland that features various countries including Pakistan and India. The first chapter takes the reader back to a time when Danny visited Ireland, where a lovely lass with sparkling green eyes enters his life. The story then moves ahead 11 years to Washington, D.C. where Heather and another man enter into a heated discussion at a local bar. Both of these events are tied up nicely at the end of the book as to how they relate to the overall story.
    The characters are well developed and the reader soon becomes attached - particularly to Danny. The descriptions of the various locations are full and captivating, letting the reader take them in with all senses. In the end, we celebrate along with the main character and share fully in his joy.
    Overland is a great story, full of adventure, humor, and life and death situations that put the reader on the edge of his or her seat.

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