A Tourist in the Yucatan

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This is the story of a young american couple traveling in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. Adventure turns to terror when the wife disappears and the husband finds himself on the run from mysterious assassins, mexican federales, and even his own government. Mexico's brilliant beaches, historic colonial cities and ancient Mayan Ruins hidden deep in the jungle provide the back drop for this fast paced adventure/thriller.
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Overview

This is the story of a young american couple traveling in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. Adventure turns to terror when the wife disappears and the husband finds himself on the run from mysterious assassins, mexican federales, and even his own government. Mexico's brilliant beaches, historic colonial cities and ancient Mayan Ruins hidden deep in the jungle provide the back drop for this fast paced adventure/thriller.
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Editorial Reviews

Bruce Conord
A page turning thriller steeped in the mystery of the Mayan Yucatán. Clever plot twists and engaging characters make this highly recommended for beach reading. Brumfield has an underground following that can't wait for his next book.
Steve Bridger
A gritty and absorbing political thriller set in an exotic location. Stow it away in your backpack on your next Yucatán adventure.
Publisher/Editor, Mexicanwave.com, Awarded "Lente de Plata" by Mexican Tourism Board 2003
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780974530901
  • Publisher: Tres Picos Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2004
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,144,365
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

James McNay Brumfield is a sixth generation Californian. When not exploring the Mexican outback, he can be found in the wilderness of California’s Sierra Nevada mountain range leading a string of mules through the high lonesome. He spends his winters on the central coast of California.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2008

    Brilliant thriller!,

    My husband bought this book before our trip to Cancun. We did not realize we had planned our trip during hurricane season (I guess that is why we got such good deals!) I am not typically a big reader, especially of fiction, but with with a few stormy days to pass I started this book. I was quickly hooked and could not put it it back down! The story concerns a young American couple that is on holiday in the Yucatan when the wife goes missing. The husband goes half-mad trying to figure out what happended to her while at the same time finding himself on the run from the Mexican Police, and other assorted bad characters. Aside from the brilliant thriller story, with plenty of juicy sub-plots, the author does a great job describing the ancient ruin sites of the Mayan's - Chichen Itza and Coba. In fact, since the diving was so poor (because of the storms) we took an unplanned tour of Chichen Itza and it ended up being the highlight of our trip! I can highly recommend this for beach reading for any one looking for a great story and also learn a little about the Yucatan.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2008

    A loong BORING read.

    Notice the emphasis on the word BORING? That's because from the first page on I had to force myself to read Mr. Brumfield's work. The synopsis, the reviews and Mr. Brumfield's own blog promised a book of adventure with a side of romance, but this book was anything but. The premise of the story was laughable. Reading the editorials and you begin to understand why--this book read like his honeymoon and not at all like anything listed in the preview. Since this book is mainly a description of the author's honeymoon it explains why all the characters are 1-dimensional. Indeed, there is nothing exciting or fascinating in this book. BORING is the word that I emphasis. The book also seems to need about three more rounds of editing as the misspellings really began to urk me to no end. The emphasis this time is on the word URK. Let's backtrack a bit and revisit the 1-dimensional characters, shall we? The protagonist is named Jack, his bumbling throughout the novel led me to reference him as a cartoon coyote. During the adventure throughout the Yucatan he'll remind you of a looney toon trying to save Josephine only to bumble every step of the way. The only thing missing is an anvil falling from the sky and landing square on Jack's head. Which really is too bad, as it would have livened up this poor excuse for a book. Unfortunately there is nothing I can recommend about the book other than to avoid it. Every aspect of this book emphasis' a poor first attempt at writing and that isn't what I paid for.

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2008

    Tropical Thriller Sizzles

    Jack and Josephine Phillips get way more than they bargained for on a vacation to the Mexican Yucatan. Their holiday has barely started when they find themselves at cross purposes with Mexican authorities, U.S. DEA agents, a local drug lord, and a nasty cover-up involving a powerful U.S. senator. Also at stake are priceless Mayan artifacts. The action moves briskly between the Yucatan and Washington, D.C., where a washed-up Federal agent begins to uncover a murderous conspiracy. Mr. Brumfield's novel is excellent, with sympathetic characters. But the publisher's proofreader must have been asleep on the job - the innumerable errors in grammar, usage, and spelling are really distracting! Nonetheless, an action-packed and enjoyable thriller, with breathtaking descriptions of the Mayan ruins.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2008

    Nothing Boring here!

    I read this book a couple years ago after seeing it recommended in my Lonely Planet guide book for the Yucatan 'Regional Guide'. It looked interesting, a thriller set in the local of my pending vacation. I loved the book! but I was a bit distressed to see some the previous mean spirited review posted here, so I thought I better put a good word in for one of my favorite thriller reads. This is the fast paced, and suspenseful story of Jack and Josephine Phillips who are on an adventure vacation on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula when things go wrong. Josephine vanishes and Jack finds himself on the run from the law. At the same time there is a parallel story line set in Washington DC involving The DEA and State Department and the assassination of some politicos. The way the author brings the two story lines together is ingenious. What really made the book for me however was the settings in the Yucatan. I visited the ancient ruin sites described in the story and I could imagine scenes from the story taking place. The author does a great job of putting the reader in the Mexican jungle in the Mayan cities...I know, I have been there! I do see some complaints about the editing of the book, typo's et cetera. I did not find this to be the case. I did a little research and found that the initial release of this book was through a publisher Hollis Books in 2000. Evidently that release was very poorly edited. My 2004 version by Tres Picos Press appeared well edited to me. I recommend you try the 'search inside the book feature' and read some sample pages, I think you'll find it well written. Not High literature by any means, but a great beach read!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 13, 2008

    E-Ticket thrill ride through the Yucatan!

    I picked up this book at the same time I purchased my copy of The Ruins. A reviewer had recommended it as another good read set in the Yucatan. I read "The Ruins" first, and it was so bad I did not have the heart to start this one so it set on my book shelf for many months. A few days ago I finally picked it up and decided to give it a try. All I can say is WOW! This book was everything The Ruins was not. The Ruins was a tedious, gory read with no point, and it was easy to tell the author had never set foot in the Yucatan. "Tourist in the Yucatan" however was a tightly plotted thriller, that evoked the mystery of the ancient Maya. More than one twist caught me by surprise and there is plenty of action to keep the story moving. It was also obvious that Mr. Brumfield has spent some time on the ground in the Yucatan. His descriptions of Chichen Itza and Coba were on the spot! Why this book is not on the best seller list is beyond me?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2008

    Boring is the perfect word for this book

    The characters are shallow and are never developed. The story borders on the Looney side of toon. There are many spelling, grammar,and fragmented sentences throughout the book. I do have on good thing to say, I got a full refund for this self-published garbola.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2008

    A reviewer

    I picked up this book at the same time I purchased my copy of The Ruins. A reviewer had recommended it as another good read set in the Yucatan. I read 'The Ruins' first, and it was so bad I did not have the heart to start this one so it set on my book shelf for many months. A few days ago I finally picked it up and decided to give it a try. All I can say is WOW! This book was everything The Ruins was not. The Ruins was a tedious, gory read with no point, and it was easy to tell the author had never set foot in the Yucatan. 'Tourist in the Yucatan' however was a tightly plotted thriller, that evoked the mystery of the ancient Maya. More than one twist caught me by surprise and there is plenty of action to keep the story moving. It was also obvious that Mr. Brumfield has spent some time on the ground in the Yucatan. His descriptions of Chichen Itza and Coba were on the spot! Why this book is not on the best seller list is beyond me?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2004

    Trouble in the Tropics

    While vacationing in the Yucatan, tourists Jack and Josephine Phillips become entangled in a deadly web involving Mexican drug traffickers, U.S. secret agents, corrupt officials, and Mayan tomb plunderers. There is plenty of suspense, double-crossing, back-stabbing, and mayhem along the way. Brumfield is at his best with fast-paced action scenes, especially the nail-biting opener in chapter 1. However, the text falters on other fronts. Much of the dialogue is sluggish and awkward, like lines rattled off in a bad high-school play. Characters' remarks are 'opined' or 'stated' or even 'returned condescendingly'(!) rather than just 'said.' The manuscript is littered with typos, mispellings, and run-on sentences like this example from p.297: 'He was certain that the Bureau Director was on line with Lance and that Lester Goreman was screaming into the right ear of Bill Pritchard, it had to be one hell of a confusing conference call.' A good edit is needed to clean up these problems. Fortunately, Brumfield's narrative drive keeps the book afloat... but just barely. Careful readers might crack the conspiracy a little too soon. The story would benefit from one or two judiciously placed red herrings. Hopefully, Brumfield will iron out these kinks in future work, and the full promise of his writing will be delivered.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2004

    Not your typical thriller!

    I stumbled across this book while browsing at my local book store and bought it on impulse - I have made a couple of extensive trips to the Yucatan. This is an exciting thriller that manages to entwine a fascinating plot with the mystery of the ancient Mayans. I do not want spoil any of the surprises but there are plenty of twists and turns, and while the story has a satisfying begining and end, not everything ends up tied up with a neat little bow; kind of like real life! If you like your mysteries solved like on an hour TV Drama then this book is not for you. If you want something that does not try and fit the rules of a certain genre then try 'Tourist.' This is a great stand alone story, but the author has left plenty of loose ends for a sequel (I hope to read more about Travis Horn in the future, what a great character!). I don't give 5 stars to comercial fiction so this book is getting my highest raiting, but it kicks butt on, Tom Clancy, Dan Brown, or Kellerman and is closing in on the Crichton and De Mille (the book does have a few rough edges but the author gets a bit of a pass as this appeares to be his freshman effort. Good Job mate!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2000

    Very mysterious and interesting!

    I love a book that you just can't put down and this was one of those! And when I had to, I couldn't wait to pick it back up! The beginning was kind of slow but it quickly picked up and the pace just kept going. The jungles and ruins were so mysterious as were some of the characters. I LOVE twists and this had alot! You found yourself rooting for who you thought was the good guy and then it all switched. It was like two stories coming together. I really enjoyed it.

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