Turkey Terror At My Door!

Misadventures & Memoirs of a Middle-Aged Man

Non-Fiction - Humor/Comedy
304 Pages
Reviewed on 07/12/2020
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Turkey Terror At My Door! Misadventures & Memoirs of a Middle-Aged Man is a work of non-fiction in the memoir and comedic sub-genres and was penned by author Don Ake. A light-hearted romp through life with funny observations and bizarre but true situations, this is the third in a collection of humorous books by the author. We travel to different locations for this series of anecdotal and amusingly narrated adventures, not least the one which inspired the title, where the author battles with wild turkeys that gather in his own backyard. What results is a delightful slice of life and a welcome break from the harsh realities of the world.

Author Don Ake has crafted a charming and hilarious book of real-life stories that you can always turn to when you’re having a bad day. One of the things which really impressed me about the work was that the humor is situational and so relatable to life experiences, without ever targeting or making anyone else the butt of the joke. Ake writes with smooth narrative prose that draws you into the situation in the way that a novelist would, but then he drops these direct touches where you feel you’re being spoken to directly by a laugh-out-loud friend. I felt each adventure vividly, and the presentation and organization of the collection are very professional and accessible for all readers to enjoy. Overall, I would definitely recommend Turkey Terror At My Door! to readers who need a good solid laugh.

Vincent Dublado

Inspiration comes in different forms and, in the case of Don Ake, a scrawny turkey. In his humorous memoir, Turkey Terror at My Door! Misadventures and Memoirs of a Middle-Aged Man, Don gives his humorous take on the seemingly ordinary things and provides his perspectives that will make you say, “hmmm,” “wow,” and “hahaha.” At times he can be serious, like when he expounds why he is crazy about culture and unravels the truth behind the invention of yoga and why it is discriminatory to the horizontally challenged. Yet, even in his moments of seriousness, you find yourself grinning at his idiosyncratic takes. This memoir is an anthology of his blog writings that reflect Don’s penchant for writing about topics that he finds personally frustrating and confusing, from which he tries to draw meaning as he considers life to be both humorous and difficult.

Don Ake is at his best regaling audiences with stories of turkey invasions or discussing the subtleties of popular culture that confound him. But his middle-aged perspective factors in shaping his reaction to all his experiences. If his humor reveals the typical woes of a clueless middle-aged guy, he is not alone and he would probably find readers (like me) to join him in taking a step toward common ground. He is not limited to being humorous. Some of his pieces reflect introspection and criticism and Turkey Terror at My Door will not be the last book that will sum up his reaction to contemporary trends. Don Ake proves to be the archetypal humorist who can make readers laugh as he pokes fun at himself.

Rosie Malezer

Turkey Terror at My Door! Misadventures and Memoirs of a Middle-Aged Man is a humorous book written by Don Ake. Based on Don Ake’s online blog, each chapter reveals all of the latest and not-so-recent happenings in the life of this multi-talented author, former male model and unlikely sex symbol to turkeys. The author reminisces about life lessons in language, surgical procedures, men vs. husbands, the good and bad of social media, researching his family tree, and much more. On reading each chapter, I felt well rewarded in the knowledge, the smiles, and the laughter that I gained from start to finish.

I was excited to read Don Ake’s new book, planning to do so over the period of about a week or so but oddly enough, I found that I was unable to put it down once I’d started. This was not so startling to me as both of Don’s previous books had quickly gained my full attention. Not only did Turkey Terror at My Door! cause me to think about the differences of modern technology, attitudes and the way in which we function in society (versus 50 years ago), but it also took me from in-depth thought to convulsive laughter within seconds of each other in the process. Not only did I find Turkey Terror at My Door! to be extremely well-written, but I also recommend it to all readers over the age of 15 years so that it can rekindle each reader’s own fond memories of the years gone by as well as creating hilarious new literary memories in the process.