Tourist Trail : A Novel

Tourist Trail : A Novel

by John Yunker

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"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

"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." --The Literary Lioness

"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

"The multiple character story lines all weave together by book's end though it's not always apparent how the author will pull it off. Trust me, he does and with enough flair to keep you interested. The beauty of the landscapes and creatures seen is not lost on the reader nor is the attention to detail paid when reviewing the knowledge imparted on the lives of these beautiful, resilient and yet fragile creatures." --Insatiable Readers

Product Details

BN ID: 2940011802904
Publisher: Ashland Creek Press
Publication date: 08/15/2010
Series: Across Oceans , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 20,663
File size: 553 KB

About the Author

John Yunker writes plays, short stories, and novels about the conflicted and evolving relationships between humans and animals. He is a co-founder of Ashland Creek Press and editor of the anthologies Among Animals, Among Animals 2, and Writing for Animals. His plays have been produced and staged at such venues as Centre Stage New Play Festival, Oregon Contemporary Theatre, and the ATHE (Association for Theatre in Higher Education) conference. His teleplay Sanctuary was performed at the Compassion Arts Festival in New York, and his short stories have been published in Phoebe, Qu, Flyway, Antennae, and other journals. To learn more, visit

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The Tourist Trail: A Novel 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
glitrbug on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a fascinating book about Angela who is a biologist working at a penguin research station in Patagonia, Aeneas who will do anything he can to save the whales and Robert, the FBI agent trying to apprehend him. You get a good taste of how it would feel to be a woman living in such isolation, devoted to her work with the penguins. Aeneas washes ashore and for a time, she hides him and then runs away with him. Meanwhile, Robert is sent out again to try and catch him. You get some background on how hard it can be to work undercover without any life to go back to and the end of the job. There is lots more story with loves lost, people risking their lives for a cause they believe in and plenty of talk about parts of the world I will probably never see. I highly recommend the book.
Katie__B More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars Penguins. That's what got me to read this book. As soon as I read in the synopsis the setting was a penguin research station, I knew I had to check this book out. Angela Haynes is used to spending most of her time alone. Well, not entirely alone as there are her co-workers at the research station and of course the penguins she spends her days tracking. But given she works in a remote part of the world, it is highly unusual that a strange man seemingly appears out of nowhere on the shore. Bit by bit she learns more about the man and how he is on the run from the law. Soon Angela will begin questioning what is most important to her. This book was like an interesting mix of the documentary style show, Whale Wars, the documentary filmMarch of the Penguins, and a general FBI thriller. I'll admit this was a bit out of the norm of books I typically read, but that's probably why I enjoyed it. The writing wasn't exactly top-notch but the story was unique and it held my interest. I definitely recommend if you are wanting to read something a bit different and want to support an independent publisher. This is the type of book that reminds you that we as humans are just a small part of this big and beautiful world. I won a free copy of this book from LibraryThing Early Reviewers program and Ashland Creek Press. I was under no obligation to post a review and all views expressed are my honest opinion.