Tuesday, February 9, 2016

G681 Book Review of The Greatest Prospector in the Worldby Ken Dunn

Name of Book: The Greatest Prospector in the World; a Historically accurate parable on creating success in sales, business and life

Author: Ken Dunn

ISBN: 9781629030753

Publisher: Next Century Publishing

Type of book: USA, 1910-1930s? business, women, Chicago, Alaska, prospecting, being raised by someone, loss, gains, parables, entrepreneur

Year it was published: 2016

Summary:

Laura Dunagan, was born in the gold prospecting days of rustic Alaska in the early 1900's. When Laura was 16 years old, her father was trapped under a mud slide while prospecting in a nearby river and died. Laura was forced to move to Chicago in the care of her rich Uncle Joe. Laura hated Uncle Joe because he forced her to leave the river, but also because he had left the family prospecting business to move to Chicago years before she was born. Laura discovers that Uncle Joe made his fortune selling insurance and was the owner of the largest insurance company in Illinois. While wondering through the mansion one day, she found Uncle's Joe personal den. In it, she discovered an entire new life that would lead her to heights that she would never had realized panning for gold in Alaska. Uncle Joe used the 6 gold prospecting rules for safety to prospect new clients for his insurance company and in doing so, discovered the secrets to wealth in selling.

Characters:

The main characters include Laura, a young woman who at the beginning is an angry preteen but then grows up to become an extremely mature businesswoman. Laura is tomboyish and isn't afraid of expressing herself no matter what the world dares to think of her. There is also Uncle Joe who becomes Laura's mentor and gives her very sound advice and who sees her as a daughter he never had, and who also has a feud of sorts with her father. One of the other characters that also played a big role in Laura's life is one of her customers who helped Laura out a great deal by recommendations. Other characters didn't play a big role in Laura's life.

Theme:

Life changes unexpectedly

Plot:

The story is written in first person narrative from Laura's point of view. I have to be honest in saying that it wasn't until Laura began learning the parables that I actually felt drawn in. Prior to that, the story didn't really grab my attention. While the author did talk about some history, namely the prejudice that women experienced back then, (and how little has changed I fear) I felt a detachment when it came to characters living that history. I'm not sure, but something felt off when it came to the story.

Author Information:
(From iRead Book Tours)

Buy the book:     Amazon     Barnes & Noble    Book Depository 


Meet the author:  

Ken Dunn is one of the leadership training world’s up and coming great speakers and trainers. An incredible hunger to learn and teach others has led Ken successfully through five different professional careers in the past 25 years. 

Ken began a policing career at the age of 18. He was involved in the policing world’s most exhilarating and challenging disciplines, including undercover drug and surveillance work, S.W.A.T. team work, aggravated child abuse, frauds, aggravated assaults, illegal weapons smuggling and homicides. 

 Today, Ken regularly speaks to groups in the direct sales, mortgage, insurance and banking industries. He uses humor and his own experiences to inspire audiences around the world. Ken lives in Toronto, Canada, with his wife, Julie, and children Matthew and Laura.

Connect with the author:   Website    Twitter   Facebook

Opinion:

Personally speaking, the lessons in the book are great, but I do feel that the story itself needed a little more work. The lessons, or parables as they are called, are something one can use in any situation, be it friendship, career, interview and so forth. The story, while incorporating the parables in an entertaining way, there were a few things that seemed to bug me a little, one being that the characters aren't as deeply explored as they should have been, and the historical aspects are a little bit incorporated but it seems to be more in passing rather than something that should provoke discussion. For parables alone I'd definitely read the book.

This is for iRead Book Tours

TOUR SCHEDULE:

Feb 1 -   The Autistic Gamer - review
Feb 2 -   Working Mommy Journal - review / giveaway
Feb 2 -   Amie's Book Reviews - review / giveaway
Feb 3 -   misty103 @ HubPages - review
Feb 4 -   Room With Books - review / giveaway
Feb 5 -   Library of Clean Reads - review / giveaway
Feb 5 -   Corinne Rodrigues - book spotlight
Feb 8 -   Katie's Clean Book Collection - book spotlight
Feb 8 -   Olio by Marilyn - review
Feb 9 -   Svetlana's Reads and Views - review
​Feb 9 -   Puddletown Reviews - review / giveaway
Feb 10 - #redhead.with.book - review / giveaway
Feb 11 - Rockin' Book Reviews - review / author interview / giveaway
Feb 12 - Singing Librarian Books - review
Feb 15 - Bound 4 Escape - review
Feb 15 - Ali - The Dragon Slayer - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Feb 16 - Readers' Muse - review / guest post
Feb 17 - 3 Partners in Shopping Nana, Mommy , + Sissy, Too! - review / giveaway
Feb 17 - Books Reviews, Nature Photos, and Everything in Between - review
Feb 18 - Zerina Blossom's Books - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Feb 18 - Divas With a Purpose - review
Feb 19 - Griperang's Bookmarks - review / author interview / giveaway
Feb 19 - Heidi's Wanderings - review
Feb 22 - Jaquo Lifestyle Magazine - review
​Feb 22 - A Mama's Corner of the World - review / giveaway
Feb 23 - Deal Sharing Aunt - review / giveaway
​Feb 23 - IT Revolution - review / author interview / giveaway
Feb 24 - Laura Fabiani - Amazon.ca Top 500 Reviewer - review
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Feb 26 - Create With Joy - review
4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

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