Carter tells his tale well, though on times he crosses the line in his quest to connect, or appeal, to certain section of readers. In particular I can only imagine how a female Norwegian bar owner feels about having the location of her business highlighted in amongst the all the steamy details of their encounter. Discretion is not the word that springs to mind when reading this book.
Overall I liked Uneasy Rider (well, I made it to the end) though I’m not sure about the man. Carter tries too hard to convince the reader that he’s a ‘been there done it’ kind of guy though he does this in self depreciating manner which is a little unconvincing. Despite the upbeat writing style there is an undercurrent throughout of a sad, lonely man looking for his place in life and that, if nothing else, places a very human face to this book.
NB – Mike Carters travels were serialised in a weekly column in the Observer last year and, I must confess, I thoroughly enjoyed those edited extracts.
Well written, easy to read and recommended.
Title; Uneasy Rider
Author; Mike Carter
Published By; Ebury Press
Price; £7.99 paperback