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In the remoteness of Patagonia, at the southernmost tip of South America, biologist Angela Haynes thinks she has gotten away from it all. Until a man washes ashore.
By John Yunker
4.5 Stars - 18 Reviews
Here's the set-up:
Some people stop at the water's edge.
Some keep going...
Biologist Angela Haynes is accustomed to dark, lonely nights as one of the few humans at a penguin research station in Patagonia. She has grown used to the cries of penguins before dawn, to meager supplies and housing, to spending most of her days in one of the most remote regions on earth. What she isn’t used to is strange men washing ashore, which happens one day on her watch.
The man won’t tell her his name or where he came from, but Angela, who has a soft spot for strays, tends to him, if for no other reason than to protect her birds and her work. When she later learns why he goes by an alias, why he is a refugee from the law, and why he is a man without a port, she begins to fall in love—and embarks on a journey that takes her deep into Antarctic waters, and even deeper into the emotional territory she thought she’d left behind.
Against the backdrop of the Southern Ocean, The Tourist Trail weaves together the stories of Angela as well as FBI agent Robert Porter, dispatched on a mission that unearths a past he would rather keep buried; and Ethan Downes, a computer tech whose love for a passionate activist draws him into a dangerous mission.
"What’s impressive about this novel [is that] it occupies so much literary territory. It is at once a romance, an adventure story, an environmental polemic, and a keen study of just how animalistic humans are...It is a reader’s pleasure, due in large part to the meticulous control with which Yunker commands his language." -- Phoebe Literary Journal
"This immensely readable and exciting novel brings together the seemingly disjointed lives of characters who share a common thread: whether they know it or not, their purpose is to be devoted to the cause of helping animals...The Tourist Trail is epic, sprawling and strikingly cinematic."-- Our Hen House
About the Author:
John Yunker was inspired to write The Tourist Trail after a trip to the Patagonia region of Argentina, where he volunteered with a penguin census for The Penguin Project. He has also traveled to Norway and Antarctica, where portions of The Tourist Trail are set. For more information, visit www.TheTouristTrail.com.
As co-founder of Byte Level Research (www.bytelevel.com), John has helped a wide range of Fortune 500 companies improve their multilingual web sites. He has authored a number of landmark reports, including The Web Globalization Report Card and The Art of the Global Gateway. He has a bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and an MS from Boston University. He is a fellow with the Society for New Communications Research.
For an interesting interview with the author by the Farm Animal Rights Movement blog, click here.