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About the Author

Rick Brusca and his wife Wendy Moore live with their 80-pound Goldendoodle in Southeastern Arizona, in an adobe home in the Sonoran Desert, nestled among saguaros, coyotes, javelinas, bobcats, and sky island mountain ranges.  Rick is a well-known biologist with long-standing interests in Latin American politics and Mesoamerican cultures;  he has lived in both Mexico and Costa Rica.  Rick's books have won over a dozen national awards, including Southwest Book of the Year, New England Book Show's Best New College Text, and the coveted Tabasco Best Cookbook Award  (for a cookbook he developed, edited, and produced for the Desert Museum).  Books that Rick developed for the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Press also have won three IPPY’s, the AAAS Children’s Science “Highest Rating” award, the Arizona State Libraries One Book Award (one book that every Arizona child should read), Américas Award for Latin American Studies, and a Moonbeam Gold Medal for Spanish Language Children's Books.  Rick is also an essayist who publishes editorials in a variety of magazines and newspapers in the US and Mexico.  He is a Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Linnean Society of London, and the California Academy of Sciences.  Rick is the recipient of a U.S. Department of Defense Civilian Service Medal and the Desert Museum's Luminaria Award.   And he makes a mean martini (click for recipe).  Rick has written over 200 research publications and two-dozen science books, but In the Land of the Feathered Serpent is his first work of fiction.   His second work of fiction, The Time Travelers, is available on and at selected bookstores (  For information on the science side of Rick, please visit

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