Friday, June 14, 2013

Fatal Sunset by Mark Yoshimoto Nemcoff

Are you tired of hearing about everyone’s big summer vacation plans, especially if the plans involve faraway, exotically beautiful places? I have a feeling you’re not alone. Something to keep in mind, however, is that not all vacations end well. Far from it, in fact, as Nemcoff points out in this absorbing compilation of excursions gone wrong. From Maui to Mexico and everywhere in between, strange disappearances of tourists have been reported, freaky deaths have taken place and criminals have lain in wait for relaxed and unsuspecting vacationers. Did you know that over thirty people have gone missing from cruise ships since 2007, never to be seen again? Aside from rehashing the famous case of Natalee Holloway, Nemcoff also tells terrifying tales about hikers falling hundreds of feet from the edges of cliffs, swimmers disappearing into the deep in a split second, and sick or injured tourists suffering from shoddy medical care.

If you’re planning a trip this summer, Nemcoff will help you become more aware of your surroundings when far away from home. If a “staycation” is more your style, curl up on your own comfortable couch with Fatal Sunset and count your lucky stars. After you’re done with Nemcoff's book, perhaps you can share it with one of those annoying world travelers, and move on to Miracle in the Andes, Nando Parrado’s spellbinding account of how members of a rugby team from Uruguay survived a deadly plane crash. And have you ever been intrigued by the idea of an African safari? Try Dangerous Beauty by Mark Ross.

Bon voyage!

1 comment:

Lennis said...

Thank you for making me feel better about my staycation! This sounds like an interesting read.