"Rio San Pedro" by Henry Hollenbaugh (Book Giveaway)

December 27th, 2007 by Diane

“Rio San Pedro“, published by Alondra Press, is the adventurous memoir of an American alligator hunter living in the Guatemalan rain forests during the 1950’s. Henry Hollenbaugh finds himself illegally hunting the “alligator” (Central American crocodile) to support himself while living in the remote jungles surrounding the San Pedro River. The book takes you along on dangerous hunting excursions down the treacherous river and shows the difficulties of living as the only foreigner among villagers who have never left their surroundings.

Arquimides, Hollenbaugh’s oarsman and companion during alligator hunting season, is an endearing character who shares interesting local folklore and gossip. These portions, along with the explanations of alligator hunting and daily life in the Guatemalan jungle, are among the best parts of the book. While the writing style is a bit heavy on punctuation, and the writer displays a bitterness towards many villagers and women in general, the adventures and the unique location of the story kept me turning the pages until I’d finished the book in just a couple of days.

If you love adventure and travel or you enjoy a good hunting story with lots of atmosphere, you’re sure to find satisfaction in reading “Rio San Pedro“.

If you’d like to enter to win your own copy of “Rio San Pedro“, simply subscribe to my newsletter in the upper left-hand corner of this blog. As long as you remain subscribed, you’re entered to win every book giveaway featured on this blog!

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The drawing for this book will be held on December 31st, 2007, by noon EST.

Posted in Book Review and Giveaway

8 Responses

  1. Marie

    When my daughters were young, we used to collect cans and bottles along the roadway to save money for Save the Children. Our “adopted” daughter was from Guatemala. Since then, I have been fascinated by that country. I can’t wait to see what this author has to say about it. If I win, I will read it right away.

  2. Nancy

    The book sounds fascinating, especially since I live in alligator country.

    njones127 at tampabay dot rr dot com

  3. windycindy

    Hello! The setting and adventure in the book interest me the most. Please
    enter me in your book giveaway contest. Thanks,Cindi

  4. Laura @ Laura Williams' Musings

    I’m sub’d and I blogged ya:


    I thought the part about alligator hunting season with the character sharing folklore would be interesting.

  5. jmufoss123

    The book has an original storyline…it’s always nice to read a book that you can’t guess what’s going to happen next! (jmufoss)

  6. Breeni Books

    I’d love to be included! Sounds like a great book.

  7. Di

    This may be a little “mainstream” for you, but reading your comments on this book, I couldn’t help wondering if you might enjoy The Orchid Thief. It’s really an amazing book, sucking you into the esoteric world of Orchid collecting and it’s a page-turner…who would have ever thought “orchid collecting” and “page turner” would be used in the same sentence?

    And Adaptation, the movie about adapting the book for a movie, is the best non-adaptation of a book to a movie that I’ve ever seen.

  8. fyjules

    The book sounds interesting, I would love to read.

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