Book Review: Letters to Strabo by David Smith

Title: Letters to Strabo

Author: Dr. David Smith Ph.D

Rating: 5/5


Set in the late 1970s, Letters to Strabo is the fictional autobiography of Adam Finnegan Black, or Finn’, an innocent young American who is insatiably curious about life. His ambition is to be a travel writer, like his heroes; Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway, and the ancient Greek father of geography’, Strabo.

Short Review

Letters to Strabo is an educated and exciting read that appeals to authors and aspiring authors everywhere.

Long Review

I have to admit that I was blown away by Letters to Strabo.  I haven’t been blown away by a book in quite some time, and it was much needed.  Once I found out that David Smith has a Ph.D., his writing style made so much sense.  His wording is educated, and his descriptions flow flawlessly.  Those who love classic authors such as Mark Twain and Ernest Hemingway will get a kick out of this gorgeous novel.

Letters to Strabo follows Finn, a boy who wants to be a writer and travel the globe.  Smith references Mark Twain and Ernest Hemingway throughout the book, as well as Strabo, the Greek father of geography.  Each chapter presents a different destination, and the book is written like a suspenseful autobiography.  While reading Finn’s story, I felt like I was traveling with him.  With each page, the book felt like a true escape.  Smith’s accurate details of each destination astounded me, and despite Finn’s story being fictional, I watched it come to life.  Rarely do I find books that make me forget where I am when reading them, and Letters to Strabo does just that.

Travelers and wannabe travelers alike will fall in love with Finn and his story.  David Smith’s clear and educated writing is much needed in today’s cluttered literary market.  I can’t praise his elegant work enough.  If you enjoy snarky protagonists and pages filled with adventure and sightseeing, then Letters to Strabo will be a hit with you.  Trust me, you won’t be disappointed with this beauty!


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