Author(s): SKOTAK CHESTER
An intriguing novel inspired by true events. This bizarre adventure laced with offbeat humor, odd characters, and vivid descriptions chronicles an obsession with collecting a rare plant. After shelling out thousands of dollars in a cutthroat auction for one small but captivating plant, an unbridled frenzy drives The Man from Florida into a blind rush to gather more of those beauties from their hidden rainforest habitat. He hires a happy-go-lucky free spirit from Costa Rica as guide and translator, and races off to the Panamanian wilderness to hunt down the "goddesses from Fortuna." Two polar opposites don't mix well cooped up in a jeep searching the back roads of paradise for a rare botanical treasure. Juju magic comes along for the ride and crazy things begin to happen. The mischievous guide is the irreverent narrator of this weird story--touching on obsession, vanity, and bruised egos--unfolding mostly in Central America, where the unexpected flourishes and multiplies. As you delve into this quirky world, offbeat characters will bombard you with surprises. A singing cow tick, a zombie-like woman in a tropical ski chair, a flying toupee, and a tongue-tied fruit lover are merely hints of the maze of "bizarro" you'll encounter. So go ahead, turn the pages and learn a slew of lessons on why you should be choosy about traveling companions when journeying into the unknown. Between the laughs and the gasps, feel free to wonder if all of this really happened. Maybe it did or maybe it didn't, but the perplexing enigma remains: Nothing can become truth until it's in writing. ABOUT THE AUTHOR-- Chester Skotak is a world-renowned bromeliad hybridizer with a sharp sense of humor. He has led numerous plant collecting expeditions throughout Central and South America and has introduced countless unusual bromeliad hybrids into horticulture. Three plant species have been named in his honor. He was born in Texas and has lived in Costa Rica since 1978.