Author, Adam Shepard's journey starts in Central America studying and practicing Spanish and ultimately doing some volunteer work. His trip starts like a train pulling out of a station, slowly but then gaining momentum with ever meter of track covered as perspective and experiences are gained. Will this be just another descriptive diary of a trip abroad? The answer is a resounding no. Adam builds personal perspectives as he travels deeper … [Read more...]
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Mystic Fool by Andy Hill This is a tale of a nomadic traveler (Ian) drifting through South East Asia trying to find some meaning in his own life. He is a heavy drinker; the alcohol fuels his travels and at times perhaps his thoughts about life and spirituality. During his time in northern Thailand he meets an older man at a bar - perhaps a glimpse into his "future self". This man imparts some wisdom and advice from his own years, as well as … [Read more...]
What were you doing at age 21? If you were author Savannah Grace, you were writing your first book - a well written, engaging tale that takes readers on the very first few months of her family's trip abroad. Kicking and screaming at the tender age of 14, she is dragged out the door of the world as she knows it. This trip is her first time out of the country (Canada), at that age she has a strong dislike for reading books, has no interest in … [Read more...]
Travel Unscripted by Mark Murphy is just that, a sort of travelogue - free flowing stories based on many of Mark's International trips and adventures. And yes, Mark is probably in planes more often then he likes to admit. These tales range from China to Russia, from the Middle East to Asia. He writes of engaging stories that can only be experienced while "on the road". Spontaneity: from continuing to bump into a beautiful dark haired stranger … [Read more...]
The Longest Way Home by Andrew McCarthy When one has wanderlust it takes control of your life and at times supersedes everything else - including relationships. Long time actor Andrew McCarthy knows this well. For four years he travels the world without committing to his fiancee. Every time he travels, he also says goodbye to his two children from his first marriage. Why does he have this insatiable thirst for moving and not "settling … [Read more...]
The Elephanta Suite by Paul Theroux Mr. Theroux brings to life three separate short stories - involving travelers, all of which are set in real life India. The first story features a long time married couple seeking relaxation at a spa and both husband and wife seek relationships with other individuals. The second involves a "middle of the road" lawyer from America who follows his lust in the seedy slums of Mumbai. The third story involves a … [Read more...]
My Soul to Take This by Yrsa Sigurdardottir is a murder mystery (actually two of them), set in Snofellsnes, a peninsula on Western Iceland about 120km from Reykjavik. Author Sigurdardottir weaves a tangled web of mystery, introducing multiple suspects, an element of the other world while always leaving the reader somewhat in doubt as to who the real culprit is. The story is not always what it seems as it unfolds. 3/4 of the way through the … [Read more...]
To Hellholes & Back by Chuck Thompson This is one of the most humorous travel reads that has come across our desk in a long time. Chuck Thompson decides to visit what he perceives to be four scary "hellholes": Congo, India, Mexico City and as he says, "perhaps most terrifying of all", Disney World in Florida. The book is chock full of memorable witty quotes that will leave you hunched over laughing especially the chapters on India and even more … [Read more...]
Grayton Beach Affair by James Harvey A World War II story. A fleeting romance. A secret mission. Thrown together by the circumstances of war, main character Christian Wolfe finds himself sent to America from Germany on a mission to rescue a German POW. For the two day "affair" he is on American soil in Grayton Beach Florida and finds himself caught up with a beautiful girl. Harvey weaves a tale of suspense and unfinished romance set against … [Read more...]
The Last Aloha by Gaellen Quinn This is historical fiction about the last days of the Hawaiian monarchy. In spite of a rather tragic start to the book the main character Laura leaves San Francisco for Hawaii to start a "new life" with her Aunt and Uncle who live in Honolulu. Living with an overbearing evil uncle helps create the impetus to move out of his house and live and work for the royal family in Honolulu. Laura's family is part of the … [Read more...]