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The Second Bat Guano War: A Hard-Boiled Spy Thriller

J. M. Porup

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420 pages. Dimensions: 8.5in. x 5.5in. x 1.1in.From former Lonely Planet author J. M. Porup comes this gritty South American noir. . . Rats ate his baby daughter while he partied in a disco. Now Horace Horse Mann is a drugged-out expat teaching English to criminals in Lima, Peru. Oh, and doing the odd favor for the CIA. When his Agency contact, Pitt Waters, goes missing, Horses desperate efforts to find his only friend lead him to a Buddhist ashram on the shores of Lake Titicaca. There Horse uncovers his friends involvement with a group of Gaia-worshipping terrorists who want to kill off the human disease infecting the earth. Can Horse find his friend in time And when he does--will he want to stop him This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9780988006997

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Title: The Second Bat Guano War: A Hard-Boiled Spy ...

Publisher: J.M. Porup

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:New

Book Type: Paperback

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From former Lonely Planet author J.M. Porup comes this gritty South American noir...

Rats ate his baby daughter while he partied in a disco. Now Horace "Horse" Mann is a drugged-out expat teaching English to criminals in Lima, Peru. Oh, and doing the odd favor for the CIA.

When his Agency contact, Pitt Waters, goes missing, Horse's desperate efforts to find his only friend lead him to a Buddhist ashram on the shores of Lake Titicaca. There Horse uncovers his friend's involvement with a group of Gaia-worshipping terrorists who want to kill off the human "disease" infecting the earth.

Can Horse find his friend in time? And when he does--will he want to stop him?

From the Author:

Q & A with author J.M. Porup

Q:
Why did you write this book?

A:
I wanted to write a spy thriller set in South America. I was living in Colombia writing guidebooks for Lonely Planet at the time, and I had just come back from a miserable month in Peru. Lima puts on a nice face for visitors, but behind that facade is a nasty, gritty, revolting city. I wanted to write about the dark side of the Gringo Trail.

Q:
This is some seriously hard-boiled noir. Reminds me a lot of Roger Smith's Cape Town novels--Wake Up Dead, Dust Devils, etc. Were you influenced by Smith at all?

A:
(laughs) No, actually. I pitched The Second Bat Guano War to a bunch of agents, one of whom compared my writing to Roger Smith. I've since discovered his work and highly recommend it. Readers who like Smith will like my work, and vice versa.

Q:
You lived in South America for many years writing guidebooks for Lonely Planet. That sounds pretty cool. Was it?

A:
The problem with dream jobs is everyone wants them. The truth is that very few writers are good enough to research and write a decent guidebook, but that doesn't stop Lonely Planet management from treating its writers like dirt.

Q:
The Second Bat Guano War portrays American foreign policy is a somewhat less than positive light. Would you like to comment on that?

A:
Sure. The CIA are a bunch of mafia thugs who murder, rape, torture, blackmail, and commit genocide to line the pockets of their corporate masters. All I've done with this book is portray them as they actually are.

Because this is a spy thriller. But you need to remember that spies are not James Bond characters. They are evil human beings. Most maximum security penitentiaries contain people of better moral character than the average CIA employee. Utter vermin.

Q: Pitt and Ambo in the book certainly seem to fit that mold. But what about Horse? One of the more compelling dark heroes I've read in a while.

A:
Horse is a good man who made a mistake. And haven't we all? The Second Bat Guano War is his journey out of the sea of filth and slime he's been swimming in for years. Yeah, it's a dark book, but there is an element of hope at the end.

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