Book Review: The Tourist Trail by John Yunker

May 20, 2011
Title: The Tourist Trail
Author: John Yunker
Genre: Fiction 
Format: Kindle
Year Published: 2010
Source: I was sent this book for review.

The Tourist Trail by John Yunker is an exciting, thoughtful, intelligent and extremely well-written ecothriller.

This novel continually surprised me and kept challenging me at every turn. While I’m reading a novel, I sometimes make assumptions about the characters when I first start reading about them. But in this book, my assumptions were suddenly shattered – turned upside down and inside out. I love the fact that the characters are complicated – just like real people, and not everything – or everyone - is as they seem.
The main characters include Angela, a naturalist who has spent 15 years studying penguins in Patagonia, Robert, an FBI agent who has a secret past, Ethan, a naïve and awkward computer programmer chasing an impossible romantic dream, and Aeneas, a hard-drinking animal rights activist who has spent his life pursuing whalers and fishermen -- at any cost. Aeneas is the man who brings all these disparate characters together.

At the start of this novel, Angela is a lonely naturalist studying penguins in Patagonia, when Aeneas washes ashore. There is an immediate attraction between them.

Robert, along with another FBI agent, is actively pursuing Aeneas, with the intention to arrest him for ecoterrorism. Robert is not a cardboard caricature of an FBI agent, and he is not entirely unsympathetic to Aeneas’ cause. His ambivalent feelings about his quarry provide much of the tension of the novel.

Ethan has fallen deeply in love with Annie, an animal rights activist and his polar opposite. When she disappears, he sets out on a quest to find her.

When these four characters converge, the tension becomes almost unbearable, racing along to a wholly satisfying conclusion.

Warning: There is some graphic violence in this novel including both people and animals which can be difficult to read, but they are essential to the plot.

The Tourist Trail by John Yunker is a novel that I highly recommend.

Disclosure: This book was sent to me to review.


It's Friday and time to hop!

Every weekend Jennifer at Crazy for Books has a book blogger's blog hop!

Book Blogger Hop

This week's question is:

"If you were given the chance to spend one day in a fictional world (from a book), which book would it be from and what would that place be?"

I like to read the romantic novels of Betty Neels to relax and escape the real world, and her descriptions of both the English countryside and of Holland are delightful. I'd like to enter that world for a day, especially if I could be as rich as her male protagonists always are!

Also, Parajunkee also has a weekend book blog hop:

The question this week is:

It's circle time. Time for us to open up and share. Can you tell us FIVE quirky habits or things about you? We all have them...

  1. I HATE wearing shoes and socks. I usually walk barefoot at home all the time.

  2. When I undress, I let my clothes drop everywhere -- like a guy. Or like a snake sheds skin.

  3. I usually don't go to bed until about 4 a.m. I'm a TOTAL night owl.

  4. I'm a purse junkie. Some women love shoes, I love purses.

  5. I'm constantly redecorating my place. Much to the horror of my boyfriend, Home Goods (the decorating store) is my second home.


  1.  Hi. Great Blog. I am a new follower via the blog hop. Would love to have to follow my blog at

    Thanks. Donna

  2.  I have a confession to make. I've never read any of the Harry Potter books. *ducks for cover*

    I do remember "A Gem Of A Girl", though.

  3. Betty Neel!! I've read her books back (there was a book called a gem a of girl) when I was a teenager. The older Mills & Boon books were real good. =) My choice though for this question is Harry Potter, for the sheer magic and fantasy.

  4.  Hi-just hopped by-I see you love cats-I just added some new pics of my two Siamese brothers as kittens to my blog-stop by and take a look if you can-always good to meet a fellow book/cat lover

  5.  I had to find give some of my purses to charity. I ran out of room!

  6. i have more purses than I can remember I have! And, also prefer barefoot! New Follower, hope you'll drop by:

    href="”)> Fangs, Wands and Fairy


  7.  I LOVE cats! I'm trying to pester my boyfriend to let me get one. We live in a very small apartment, and we have a leather couch, so it's not the easiest thing to have a cat . . . sigh

  8. I have definitely forgotten to put in my wallet when I switch purses. Not to mention my cell phone, keys, etc. 

  9. I'm a new follower via thr hops. I also love cats and music! ;) I couldn't walk barefoot indoors - I get cold ALL the time...I don't retain enough heat to not be fully covered at all time! ;)

  10. I'm barefoot right now.

    I've been mulling over this question now for about three hours. Picking just one is never easy for me. I've read so many wonderful books over the years. Come see what I chose.

  11.  Hopping through. I try not to be a purse junkie b/c if I switch handbags I always end up forgetting things like my wallet.

  12.  So do it. I hate superficial characters in a mainstream novel. A short romance novel I can understand -- they are short with not much room for characterization.

  13. I'm not much into shoes because I have very difficult-to-fit feet. I love purses, clothes, decorating . . .

  14.  That's so funny! I LOVE decorating and my boyfriend hates it. He prefers to have everything in cardboard boxes LOL.

  15.  I love T shirts too.:) I love shopping in general.

  16.  Ah, I love purses . . . thanks for following!

  17.  OMG, your just like my husband! LOL! Just stopping by. Following you from the Feature and Follow Friday blog hop. Would love a follow back: I also have twitter: @wlbks and a facebook page: Have a 'good read' weekend!

  18.  I’ve seen a lot of great picks and gathered some fresh titles to add to my ever-growing TBR list.  My answer will probably stun most people because the world I picked is a place most people would be scared to death of and try to escape from.  Me? I want in.
    Hop on over to my blog and be prepared for the unexpected –
    Howard Sherman

  19. Happy Hop Day!
    A purse carrying, barefoot night owl. My kind of person :)

  20. Excellent review, sounds like a wonderful book. I love it when characters are shades of gray instead of black and white.

  21. I totally love purses too! But not as much as shoes I'm afraid. Boots, flipflops, high heels, you name it, I want it :)

    I'm a new follower :) I would love it if you could check out my blog sometime and poke around


  22.  I love rearranging my house, my hubby hates it so he mounted the TV on the wall so I couldn't move the furniture around the living room LOL!

    New Follower ;)

    You can see my FF at

  23. I like your pick of where you would spend your day.  The English countryside and Holland sound great! 

  24. Thats' a nice place to be. Coming through on the blog hop.  

  25. I am the opposite. I hate my feet being bare.I am a purse junky though.


  26. Im a new follower and Im like that with Tshirts, Im a Tshirt Junkie LOL :)

  27. Hi,
    Just hopping by and following through. I don't sleep a lot either and I prefer barefeet to shoes!

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  28. I'm a total purse junkie, too - and one of your newest followers :)

    Ms. C

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