White Thirst Reviews:

 

 

 

☆☆☆☆☆ 5 out of 5 stars.
 By Catherine [IRELAND]:

FANTASTIC READ!
While on holidays last month we met this Fab couple, Mike Anka and his lovely wife Mary Mitchell Anca. After chatting about what books we were reading, Mike told me he had just gotten his first BOOK published, It's a TRUE STORY about his escape with his friend Bastian from Romania in 1979 when it was under the dominance of the Soviet Union during the deadly Communist era. From the first paragraph to the last page it feels like you are on the journey with them, one of the best books I have read in years, and the fact that Mike was filling me in on all the other things that were happening around that time as well made it all the more enjoyable...The book is called WHITE THIRST by mike Anka and is a fantastic read..Available in Paperback and also available on Kindle ...thanks Mike for my signed copy.....xx Kay —

✔ Yes, I recommend this product.

 

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*****

Review by Ms. Trish Parker:

AMAZING TALE OF DETERMINATION

Even after having read White Thirst, which is a true accounting of the author's experiences, it's hard to imagine how someone could actually go through what he did and still come out on the top of things.  The author and his friend, Bastian, go through hell and back to escape the tyrannical regime of the Iron Curtain. The locations are constantly changing as the author takes us from Romania to Italy, but the action, desperation and determination never change.  It's people like Mr. Anka and his experiences that make my own daily problems seem inconsequential and not so bad, and therefore, easier to deal with.

Hats off to you, Mr. Anka.  Thank you for persevewring when all seemed hoipeless and bringing us your wonderful story.

[As published on Amazon.com]

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*****

Review by Mr. Richard Harris:

GREAT HISTORICAL STORY

White Thirst is a wonderfully written historical novel based on the real life experiences of the author.  The story tkes place under the Communist Russian reign of Europe in 1979.  The two main characters of the story, Bastian and Michael (the Author), take the reader on an amazing journey as they make their way across Europe by any means they can in an attempt to escape the cruel and relentless Iron Curtain. 

Each location, from the city streets of Timisoara, Romania, to the muddy fields of the Czechoslovakia border, to the ancient an graceful lands of Italy, is brought to life as the author paints wonderful pictures that come alive in the reader's mind.  The feeling of zipping through the streets on a motorcycle, or running through the brush and trees in fear of one's life is enhanced by the descriptive ability of Mr. Anka.

There is plenty of action as well.  In fact, the book starts right way with a gripping chase through the city streets as Bastian begins his enounters with the people h wants nothing more then to be away from.  It doesn't let off there.  The action continues throughout the book, keeping the reader engaged and interested; turning pages long past bed time.  And just when they think they have arrived at their sanctuary, trouble finds them again forcing them to abandon what they had thought was going to be salvation.

Mr. Anka has truly penned a wondeful novel.  I have always been a fan of real life stories, and this one is exceptional.  Th author has been through so mucxh, and to share his experiences with pen and paper is a remarkable feat.  This book is definitely worth a read.

[As published on Amazon.com]

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*****

Reviewed by Mr. Mick Black:

INTRIGUING STORY

​I was intrigued by the book coer and when I reads the summary I was hooked.  It radiated a taste of danger and adventures and made me decide to buy it.  What a good move - got hooked on it from page one making me read it in two short sessions.  I am no writer but I think that the story is awesome and clean, draws you in emotionally in a rewarding and engaging way.  I do recdommend this book to other fellow readers.

[As publishen on Barnes and Noble].

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*****

Commnt by the KJMCAlliston family:

Great stuff.  Just started reading my copy and I can't put it DOWN.

[As published on You Tube and Barnes and Noble].

 

 

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*****

White Thirst

 

Review by Barbara Bamberger Scott 


This is the story of two friends, Mike and Bastian, escaping from Communist Romania in 1979, in the last evil days before the fall of the Iron Curtain.


The tale opens with the two young men working on the final touches before they set out to cross into the free western side of Europe. Traveling by motorcycle with a little money and a few essential supplies, they begin the perilous trip by night. This is definitely one of the best parts of the book, as the young men’s bold actions are described in detail; we feel their desperation in the painstaking preparations they make for the dangers they face. Highlighting a time that now seems almost unreal, when the Cold War was at its apex and people in Eastern Europe were suffering under the yoke of Soviet domination and the cruel deprivations of petty dictators, Mike Anka’s book (he is both the author and the central character) has a lot to teach to a newer generation that takes freedom, perhaps, for granted.


The pair winds up in an international refugee camp in Italy run by Caritas, a Catholic aid organization. There Mike’s administrative and language skills become a significant bargaining chip in sustaining some degree of comfort. Gradually he, and the readers, get to know a lot of desperate and daring characters, people who have put their lives on the line with the sole motive of escaping tyranny. Listening to other escape sagas, Mike and Bastian learn how lucky they have been, since “The sad fact is that the ratio of arrival-to-death is about three-to-one, meaning that each successful escape matched with three other people’s death.”


The book labors slightly from some careless proofing (“sun of a ----“ is one example). But in general, this is a gripping story with a dash of romance and a lot of international intrigue, even violence. It offers a window on history without making the reader feel that s/he is being taught something. The tension and relief of escape is matched by the wheeling and dealing, criminal activities, and love affairs within the camp, so the reader’s interest has much to fix on. The book is written in present tense, which helps maintain the sense of constant upheaval.


When the book ends, Mike (who is now, in real life as well as in his fictionalized biographical account, a successful author and playwright) is presenting his first play in Toronto and experiencing an enjoyable reunion with some of the companions he met on his trek through Europe.

 

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*****

Awesome Book!

By Erica M Williams on April 27, 2014 Format: Paperback

 

I could definitely read this book again. It's about two friends who are escaping Romania. I would definitely recommend everyone to read this book.

 

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*****

White Thirst review

By peggy on April 27, 2014 Format: Paperback  

 

I enjoyed the book very much. It is a historical accounting of the authors experiences. Very good read and recommended!

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****

FASCINATING READ.

Reviewed by Jayne Southern
Rating:  [4 of 5 Stars!]   Date Added: Wednesday 17 July, 2013

Jayne Southern rated it 4 of 5 stars

Written as fiction, White Thirst is the true story of Mike Anka's escape from a Communist regime in Eastern Europe. He and a friend escape on modified motorbikes and make their way to an international refugee camp in Italy, run by Caritas, a Catholic organisation. There he meets other refugees who have suffered the most appalling journeys in their bid to be free. The camp is rife with gang warfare and violence as well being a refuge and where friendships are made. Michael becomes an administrator and negotiator helping the refugees to find sanctuary in other countries, before he himself is able to move to Canada. Mike is now a successful author and playright. This 'story' is a salutary reminder of how good it is to have been born into a nation where one is able to make choices for oneself. I'd like to give it more stars, but I think the publishers have been somewhat blasé about the proofing of this fascinating read.

 

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INVISIBLE BIRTHMARKS - Reviews:

 

Reviewer:

 

 

                                                    Zornitsa Trendafilova

 

 

 

I enjoy stories about supernatural powers so the book sounded like a good one to me. The book tells us the adventurous story of a young girl called Tiffany Juliana Conrad. At first we meet Tiffany - an interesting young person who we find out has healing abilities and can feel close danger, we also get to know her dad Steven, mum Corrine, sister Patricia and of course Grandpa Four Eyes and Two Wings. Her character slowly forms in front of the reader's eyes - learning about her healing the family dog Maya, her understanding with felines, being able to travel through enormous distances, her physical power, her desire to help people and anyone she calls friends - like the ones from the distant planet, her newly found powers she learned from her distant friends when she manages to fix herself up after almost dying with the help of her Grandpa Four Eyes, her helping the disabled children of her town, her loving relationship with Sontao, the first showing of her "Invisible Birthmarks", her dilemma whether to stay and spend some time with Sontao or take one of her missions, her choice and the dangerous things she and the two kids go through. She surely is a complex and wonderful character.
The good:
Over all a very interesting story with interesting characters, quite a bit of action and some fun too - her body parts just being "silly" when she tries to assemble them made me laugh every time.
The bad:
The whole book was preparing her for her mission, I think we could have been introduced to the mission itself slightly earlier.

Seeing the author does have a passion for motorcycles and nothing bad about putting it in your work but it felt a bit over the top at times with all the details about them.
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Review by  Sybil Coleman:   February 2014

 

 

 

Invisible Birthmarks, by Mike Anka is a very thought provoking read. The story is full of danger, compassion, budding love, and the most amazing children. The story centers on Tiffany Juliana Conrad along with her father, mother, and younger sister. Tiffany is around ten years old, but she is developing amazing abilities that only her family and close friend, Four Eyes, can grasp. She speaks with such force and wisdom that I often forgot her age. At first I felt that she was rude to her parents, but once I became familiar with her special talents, I understood why they had to respect her and give her some space.
She talks to and plays with wild forest animals that strike fear into the rest of us. Among other things in this amazing story, flying to and from galaxies, healings, rescue missions, and countless other adventures will capture your attention. There is more to Tiffany’s life than meets the eye; however, and no one knows this better than her family and Four Eyes. As her purpose becomes more apparent, Tiffany learns, to her surprise, that she is more like her father than she realizes. These two have supernatural greatness all the way from ancient times and now the torch is handed to Tiffany to help troubled beings on earth and beyond, especially children. She also manages to fall in love with a handsome warrior and at the age of seventeen decides between staying with him and accepting her first assignment.
I loved this book. It is part fantasy, but has such intense overtones of compassion, wisdom, and bravery. It reflects determination and hope and I would not have missed it for the world. I would have liked it more if the author gave some kind of history of how Tiffany, her father, and Four Eyes came to possess the special powers that make them so different from most other beings and why. Regardless, I will recommend it to all my friends, and if you like adventure, it will be a mistake to let this one get by.

 

 

 

Would you buy this ebook? Yes

 

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Review by  Grasshopper:

 

Posted June 21, 2013

 

Invisible Birthmarks is a coming of age story about a young girl

Invisible Birthmarks is a coming of age story about a young girl with a special purpose. Tiffany Juliana Conrad is chosen and has very unique abilities. Throughout the story she learns more about herself and her abilities with the help of her father, Steven, who was also chosen, and her godfather, an Indian Shaman turned African healer. Both share her gifts of teleportation and healing. At 17, her invisible birthmarks finally surface as a signal that Tiffany is ready for her first assignment.
Mike Anka's descriptions of the places Tiffany travels to are vivid and exciting, definitely the best parts of the book. She teleports herself across the Universal Village - from Alaska to the planet Xiboris, from Guatemala to Africa - making unusual friends and performing unusual tasks. The last two chapters were my favorite and grabbed my attention as Tiffany races to complete her first assignment without losing her young, but full life. 
The whole book really would benefit from a professional edit, otherwise I enjoyed it. I recommend it to any reader who likes 'out of the ordinary' story lines and is looking for an adventurous novel to add to their summer reading list.

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