Author: John Yunker
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!
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:
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...
- I HATE wearing shoes and socks. I usually walk barefoot at home all the time.
- When I undress, I let my clothes drop everywhere -- like a guy. Or like a snake sheds skin.
- I usually don't go to bed until about 4 a.m. I'm a TOTAL night owl.
- I'm a purse junkie. Some women love shoes, I love purses.
- I'm constantly redecorating my place. Much to the horror of my boyfriend, Home Goods (the decorating store) is my second home.