The Count of the Sahara

The Count of the Sahara From the scorching desert to the freezing Midwest a man struggles against the elements himself and those around him Leading a motley crew of experts deep into the Sahara Count de Prorok is about to

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  • Title: The Count of the Sahara
  • Author: WayneTurmel
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 335
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • From the scorching desert to the freezing Midwest a man struggles against the elements, himself and those around him Leading a motley crew of experts deep into the Sahara, Count de Prorok is about to make a great discovery The acclaim of the finding the missing tomb of an ancient queen will set him and his family up for life But, when plotted against, the money drie From the scorching desert to the freezing Midwest a man struggles against the elements, himself and those around him Leading a motley crew of experts deep into the Sahara, Count de Prorok is about to make a great discovery The acclaim of the finding the missing tomb of an ancient queen will set him and his family up for life But, when plotted against, the money dries up as quickly as the goodwill of his team, and in ways than one, the Count appears to be stranded, and left to the elements The COUNT OF THE SAHARA is the story, recounted by his young assistant, of Count Byron de Prorok, a little known gentleman explorer of Africa in the 1920s.

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    1. An Entertaining Read - Adventure in the DesertIn 1925, Byron de Prorok , self-proclaimed ‘Count’ de Prorok, led an expedition into the Sahara desert seeking the resting place of the ancient Queen Tin Hanan of the Taureg Tribe. In his novel The Count of the Sahara, Wayne Turmel recounts not only the adventure but also the midwestern lecture tour that followed in 1926 as well as the Count’s personal life and the business “mis-adventures” that dogged him during the time.In “The Count” [...]

    2. The lives of men often fail to go as planned.Count Byron Khun de Prorok expected his remarkable discovery in the Sahara would propel him to the pinnacle of archaeological success and assure his financial future. Willy Brown escapes a domineering father and the rural doldrums when he accepts a job assisting Prorok on a midwestern lecture tour.The immediate hopes of both men are dashed by a combination of the count's sloppy record keeping, professional jealousy, misinterpretations of the definitio [...]

    3. The StorytellerI chose 4 stars because this story kept me fascinated to learn what happened next. The author' s use of switching time and setting was a bit confusing near the end, but mostly added to the interest, as the story of the larger than life archaeologist unfolds in the desert, and then back in America telling the story on stage. Somewhat sad but with redeeming value.

    4. Byron de Prorock is a fascinating character, slightly crazed, obsessive and yet charming, almost like Jay Gatsby. Very interesting historical fiction book. Very good read.

    5. I enjoyed this unique spin on fiction based on facts. The two main characters: the real-life flamboyant Count who, to paraphrase, “had all the tools for success and still managed to get in his own way;” and his still wet-behind-the-ears assistant, fictional Willy Braun, are portrayed successfully with all their merits and flaws. Both thumbs up!

    6. The Count of the Sahara is a well-written novel based on a real historical figure. The Flamboyant Count was a consummate speaker and presenter, but lacked attention to detail in recording & planning his archaeological expedition. As the book progressed, reading about de Prorok was like pulling back the curtain and seeing the Wizard of Oz for the first time – the reality did not match the expectation. The author paints a vivid picture of the excitement and thrill of an archaeological dig, b [...]

    7. Wayne Turmel's insight into the character of the historical Byron Kuhn de Prorock is amazing. Part Indiana Jones and part Jay Gatsby, Prorock is the Count of the Sahara, fully realized in this excellent historical novel. Willy Braun is the perfect observer (like Nick Carraway), devoted to Prorock and giving us the tragic portrait of Prorock in his Midwest tour of 1926. As the book moves in parallel between the freezing cold of the Midwest and the fierce heat of the Sahara, I just wanted Prorock [...]

    8. In the glamorous early days of archaeology when Schliemann sought the walls of Troy, the public was enraptured by tales of myth, romance and history. When Carter opened King Tut’s tomb, the world was dazzled by the shiny bits – golden masks, jeweled pendants, and silver bangles gracing the bones buried centuries before. Upon this stage struts the colorful subject of Wayne Turmel’s historical novel, The Count of the Sahara.Byron Khun was an American expatriate who styled himself as Count De [...]

    9. The Count Of The Sahara, by Wayne Turmel is uniquely interesting andentertaining. I loved the historical features and the inspiration behind the story, and I loved the characters, especially the Count Prorok and Brown his assistant. The author’sskillful writing gave these characters true feelings that reached out to me. I also liked theway Prorok came about getting his stories across to the community from each town orcity he visited. Through his unique talent and his assistant Brown’s skill [...]

    10. I enjoyed this book enough. Technical things: Some confusing use of pronouns. Occasionally, the dates at the chapter heads showed the wrong year (which is additionally problematic when the book takes place between two timeframes and so keeping track is necessary). The second quarter of the book was rather slow and uneventful, but then I finished it smoothly enough.I felt the story was less about the history and more about the character. That said, the book's best aspect was its well-rounded pict [...]

    11. While I read mostly nonfiction (as evidenced by the books I recommend here), my favorite fiction form is historical fiction. I guess that along with the telling of the story, I like learning something about a person or a period of time in the past.I could tell you that is why I started reading this book, but that wouldn’t be completely true. The reason I started reading it, and the only reason I was aware of it, was that it was written by my friend and colleague, Wayne Turmel. Wayne has writte [...]

    12. Interesting fiction of a controversial figureFirst of all, this is a well written, creative historical fiction. The main character, "count" Byron de Proroc was a Polish American that portrayed himself as an anthropologist and archeologist. Many in the field considered him a delusional fraud. But he did do a great deal of archaeology work and most of it was in Northern Africa. And he authored several books that were contributory. Also, there was great doubt that Proroc was a count or even had any [...]

    13. The author did a nice job of capturing my interest with a well-written story. There is plenty of character conflict, but portrayed in a style that wasn't overly dramatic. He captured the tension between characters in an authentic manner while displaying a smooth storytelling talent. The content of the tale took me to an unfamiliar subject matter that was presented in a context that kept the pages turning until the end. It was an ending that I didn't see coming and added the final layer of realis [...]

    14. It took some doing for me to follow the story(s) because it jumped from the present to the past. If there were not dates at the top of the chapters to show when that chapter took place, I'd have been lost. A visual timeline would've been nice. Having said all that, I liked the book. The main character, the explorer, was great. The young boy helping him was good as well. Sad ending though.

    15. A unique reading experienceI really enjoyed this book. The Count was a special personality. And the perspective of young Willy rings very true. The juxtaposition of the reality of the African adventure against the story in the Count's presentation makes the story entertaining.

    16. Sad storySad take but one side showed the growth of a talented props man the other the sad decline of a wannabe. Writing was jerky in places and wanting for more in others. Too short causeway too much was left for the reader to paste together.

    17. This is a real grabber.Two stories wrapped around each other was the key to the success of this novel. You'll grow to find yourself in each of the two main characters. I found myself thinking that I had met them both in my life somewhere. Read it. You will not be disappointed.

    18. I would not call it Historical Fiction butAfter all the Count did live. You can read up on him on . Altogether an entertaining delightful book with a good ending.

    19. This is written in two timelines, one of which I found more intriguing and appealing than the other. The line which recounts the story of the archaeological expedition into the Sahara is filled with the frustrations and confusion of such ventures, and I found it equally difficult to follow and frustrating in that I wanted the main character to make better choices and succeed. The other line, however, where we see the main character through the eyes of Willi, a German American trying to find a wa [...]

    20. The main character, the Count, is a 1920's explorer who leads an expedition to the Sahara in search of a lost queen and her relics. It's not long before he finds he might have bitten off more than he can chew. Good looks, charm, and a lot of ambition propel the Count and his faithful assistant as he tries to turn the semi disastrous expedition into the wealth and fame he's always dreamed of. In spite of his faults, I found the Count a sympathetic character and couldn't help but cheer him on a bi [...]

    21. An excellent account of the real life "Count of the Sahara." I had never heard of Count De Prorok before this novel. He was quite the character and an excellent example of the early 20th century tomb raiders and their mentality. Wayne Turmel does a superb job of weaving the Count's story through the eyes of his young associate and flash backs to the adventure in the Sahara. I had always held these early "archaeologists" in contempt but Mr. Turmel's story has given me pause and introduced me to t [...]

    22. Well, I was surprised to discover that the protagonist, Count Byron de Prorok, was a real person, and the story is based on his actual expeditions to Algeria. He was clearly a larger than life, outrageous character, who had some amazing adventures: not quite Indiana Jones, but not that far off. The story-telling style didn't work well for me, shifting between his time in North Africa and his subsequent lecture tours in the USA. I see what the author was trying to do, but I found it a bit disjoin [...]

    23. The story is that of an individual whose qualifications and title we are not quite sure of as the story unfolds. An archeologist, but calling him one would insult many archeologists. He is a promoter who can't quite pull everything together to make his schemes work. Certainly an interesting, book in which in the end I felt sorry for the failed main character.

    24. Interesting story, kept me looking for more. Sad but realistic ending. I enjoyed this book. All the fanciful stories the count wove. Interesting story that kept me interested. Wondering where it was going. Could not figure the ending which held mixed emotions. But was very realistic if somewhat sad

    25. Historical fiction author Wayne Turmel has a talent for helping you forget you're reading and making you feel like you are there when his cast of characters go from the blizzards of Iowa to the blazing deserts of the Sahara. Buy the ticket, take the ride - you won't be disappointed!

    26. BoringI got half way thru and couldn't take one more page. The two main characters were idiotsd here I thought this book was going to be about a significant archaeological find. Snore.

    27. I kept thinking I had missed a chapter or two that would've explained who and what this book was all about. Confusing. All over the place. Had it's interesting moments though.

    28. Not greatI thought that this book might be interesting but I was so very wrong. The Cuunt was thourolly full of himself and yet not really smart.

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