PRAISE FOR FEATHERED SERPENT
The setting for this novel is fertile and fruitful. Brusca provides a sobering history of Central American countries, an informed explanation of the archeology of the area, and appreciative rich descriptions of the cities and lush countryside.
Arizona Daily Star/Christine Wald-Hopkins. Book critic (San Francisco Chronicle, Denver Post, Arizona Daily Star, etc.), essayist, and university writing instructor; member of the National Book Critics Circle.
Expecting to gather cursory intelligence in a remote location, Odel Bernini instead finds himself eluding well-armed soldiers known for torture and killing. His journey just begun, Odel huddles under a tarp in a flatbed truck wondering if his life is about to end. A capacious, multi-storied novel in the classical mode. The action moves seamlessly back and forth between the states and lush backdrops of Central America. As Dr. Bernini plunges into the unknown, he is led not by equations and analyses, but is prompted by his dream visions of a dark, beautiful woman. By the time this odyssey is complete, Brusca seamlessly stitches . . . a satisfying tapestry of action and self-discovery. A wonderful and engaging writer, Brusca has produced an entertaining, touching hero’s journey, an epic of the soul.
Mary Ellen Hannibal. Author of The Spine of the Continent, Citizen Scientist: Searching for Heroes and Hope in an Age of Extinction, and other award-winning books.
An epic read! A mystery, a love story, and a historical drama—all wrapped together in a journey through the politics and culture of Central America in the 1980s. Odel Bernini, the naïve marine biologist who finds himself suddenly ensnared by the CIA in a situation that spirals out of control, is a character you won’t soon forget.
Jeff Hartman. Author of Atkinson Exit and The Red Coral House.
A tale of one man’s journey of discovery and self-realization, this book pays homage to Homer’s Odyssey and James Joyce’s Ulysses.
University of Arizona Alumni Magazine
A prolific science writer, Richard Brusca has now written a fiction novel imaginatively spiced with love, adventure, magic, politics, and a very personal sense of humor. I read it during a field trip in Belize, where some of the novel’s adventures take place. One can’t stop reading this book and, when you have finished, it leaves you with a desire for a sequel on the amazing life of marine biologist Dr. Odel Bernini.
Omar Vidal. Former United Nations Deputy Coordinator of the Global Program of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment, and Director-General of World Wildlife Fund-Mexico (1995-2017)
This terrific book is steeped with adventure, intrigue, nature and sensuality. A coherent passion for living, the oceans, and Latin America shines expressively through the main character. This engaging glimpse into another world will resonate in your mind. Take this book on your next trip!
Paul Delaney, PhD. Copper Mountain College, California.
A great thriller rich with cultural history, geopolitical intrigue, and mysticism.
William Shaw, PhD. Professor Emeritus and Latin America History Buff, University of Arizona.
Hang on for a thrilling ride. This novel is crafted with real places and historical events woven into an odyssey of Odel Bernini across Central America and Mexico in the 1980’s. Brusca has written a multi-layered novel, rich with colors and patterns like the beautiful iconic fabrics of the region.
Dr. Richard Winn. Scientist and Latin American Raconteur, Dulce, Guatemala.