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BOCA CHITA: Prepare. Escape. Survive. (NOEL Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Lance Long , Janet Doyle
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Book Description

Mark, a retired boomer with a powerful survivalist streak, manages to avoid contamination from the deadly NOEL virus, released worldwide by terrorists on Christmas Eve. Within 3 days, 99.9% of the world’s population succumbs.

He decides to bug-out in his survival-prepared, live-aboard trawler to Boca Chita Key, an uninhabited island seventeen miles from Miami, where he uses his wits, resilience and mechanical know-how to homestead as a self-sufficient hermit. Safety and security assured, he next solves the problem of fuel. Access to unlimited fuel will guarantee his freedom to travel, operate the water-maker and run his fuel-efficient generator which powers the air-conditioning, laundry, hot water heater and freezer. He quickly learns the essential secret of how to harvest diesel from marina pumps using his portable Honda generator. In a world where all the rules have changed, Mark faces his first challenging year with only the companionship of a shipwrecked survivor, his dog Shadow.

In his Journal, he reflects on preparing for life aboard, watching the weather, harvesting the gifts of the sea, and nurturing the miracle of a kitchen garden. His encounters with a variety of animals and a handful of survivors succeed with the help of a salvaged Coast Guard Defender Class quick-response boat, a sawed-off 12-gauge pump Decksweeper shotgun, a stun-gun disguised as a camera, and some creative chemistry. He records a prepper's perspective on hot-wiring boats & cars, breaking & entering, false imprisonment and misdemeanor manslaughter. But Mark’s Journal also celebrates the mundane: bicycling, baking bread, doing laundry, and the satisfaction of fitting-out, running, and maintaining his boats, while undertaking island repairs and improvements.

In the months following NOEL, South Florida and the Keys suffer a series of natural catastrophes including a deep freeze, drought, uncontrolled wildfires in the Everglades, two hurricanes, and Lake Okeechobee breaching its dike, inundating South Florida with four feet of water. The first anniversary of the terrorist attack comes to a close with a gathering of a small band of immune survivors, setting the stage for the creation of the community of New Islandia.

Boca Chita tracks a careful and thoughtful man achieving equipoise as custodian of his “green” island hideaway, and how he overcomes isolation and takes the next steps. It is the first book of the NOEL trilogy, which includes Calusa Coast and The First Coast.

“I thoroughly enjoyed Boca Chita, just finished it. Truly unique style…. It is a frightening and compelling read told in a unique "snapshot" manner with a multitude of sardonic and witty asides, social commentary, and historical notes…the reader is treated to just the right combination of fast-paced storytelling and the essential minutiae that all preppers and survivalists must focus on. This new addition to both the island and survival genres is sure to please the casual reader and hardcore survivalist alike.”
-- Michael Edwards, The 10 Best Survival Books (Fiction)

“For many, myself included, the thought of a global pandemic goes to the top of the list when it comes to TEOTWAWKI scenarios….I am about a hundred pages in to Boca Chita and can tell you, it is a good read and thought provoking. Lance [has] put together a compelling story of bugging out and self-sufficiency.
A retired baby boomer… decides to bug-out in his survival-prepared, live-aboard trawler to Boca Chita Key, an uninhabited island seventeen miles from Miami, where he uses his wits, resilience and mechanical know-how to homestead as a self-sufficient hermit. Wow, now if that does not head you under the covers with a flashlight to read with, nothing will!
--Gaye Levy, The Survival Woman

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About the Author

Author Lance Long knows how mechanical things work and can fix almost anything. He can operate a bulldozer, fly a plane or navigate a ship to any safe harbor. Working his way through a Ph.D. in English as a carpenter, painter, and mason, he taught at the Merchant Marine Academy before abandoning academia for a rural North Florida beach to surf. Over the following twenty years he became a licensed general contractor, real estate and mortgage broker, and operated a very successful land development business. When the real estate market collapsed in the Savings and Loan crisis of 1989, he lost everything, starting from scratch at age forty-four. He researched and wrote an insider disclosure book, Banking on Success, segueing into a television infomercial and a resoundingly successful seminar business. For ten years his television shows ran in a half-million households daily and he presented more than 3,000 seminars and workshops in 46 states, Canada and Mexico. After 9/11, he realized it was not a question of if, but when, the world as we know it would change forever and began preparations, fitting-out out a large live-aboard diesel trawler. Already well versed in prepper survival techniques, having cruised extensively in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Mediterranean, he could navigate anywhere and live off the gifts from sea and land. Most importantly, if anything broke, from a generator, to a water-maker, to a diesel engine, he knew how to repair it and get his vessel back home safely. When asked on a television show with whom he would most like to be shipwrecked on a deserted island, he answered unequivocally--Thor Heyerdahl. Lance has researched and written numerous industry studies and marketing plans on alternative fuels, solar energy, aquaculture, electric vehicles, and wastewater bio-mitigation. As a public speaker, he has promoted federal government programs against bio-terrorism in Canada and Mexico. Lance lives aboard and cruises the Florida coast between the Keys and St. Augustine, an area he knows intimately; he is currently working on book three of his NOEL trilogy.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1082 KB
  • Print Length: 575 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: BENU Books; 1 edition (August 31, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0094WIWU0
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Unique Way to View the Florida Keys January 6, 2013
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A little background: For about three years my husband and I had our offices on Brickell Avenue, lived on our yacht at the Merrill Stevens docks in Coconut Grove, then lived in lovely beachfront high-rise condo on Key Biscayne. After buying a bigger yacht we moved to a gated residential island off of South Miami Beach where we were able to dock our new yacht and have a lovely view of Biscayne Bay. We also moved our offices to the Lincoln Mall area only minutes away from our home. Having a yacht meant that we used the maintenance and repair yards and prowled the provisions available at the boat supply stores on the Miami River. Also,one of our several favorite places to both cruise to on our yacht and spend time on by simply jumping into one of our cars was the Florida Keys, and, in particular, The Ocean Reef Club on Key Largo, at which we were members. So, as you can tell, I have some background in the locale within which the book, Boca Chita, was primarily located. And we loved it. The only thing is, my quite suddenly died and I moved back to Sarasota, FL, in 1980.
It was great fun to read the author's descriptions of the south end of Miami and the Keys, especially wrapped around a survival tale of a very self-sustaining fellow yacht owner and the assortment of other survivors mentioned in this tale. I'd love to read a follow up of the further trials and adventures ecause I viewed this book as "the beginning", certainly not all there is to be said.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Prepping and Surviving in the Keys November 29, 2012
By Degas
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This book is, basically, an autobiographical prepper/survival/post-apocalyptic work, predicated on the death of 99.99% of the human population of Earth due to a biological terror attack by an unnamed group. The protagonist is modelled on the author himself, which is why I call this an autobiography.

The book is all about the Keys area of Florida. Don't expect to read what's happening or has happened in Denver or Tokyo. There is very little human interaction, very little of the usual gun-battle-type action, and a miniscule amount of dialogue. The protagonist becomes a hermit on an island, and sets himself up to survive and even thrive there.

The book is also at least 25% nostalgic recollections of the author's/main character's life (going all the way back to when he was a very small child), 25% history of the Florida Keys. Another 10% consists of diatribes against the "greedy developers" who, in the author's opinion, ruined Florida. "Big Oil", "Big Cattle", "Big Sugar", and "Big Citrus" are all condemned. There are also sections that spell out that the author/protagonist is a pretty dedicated member of the Environmentalist movement. My 4-star review, given all of these things, will surprise anyone who is familiar with my likes and dislikes in fiction.

In my defense: Some of the Florida history is interesting. A lot of it is not, unless you are a Florida native or a long-time resident. It's clearly set apart in the story narrative, and is easy to skip without losing any part of the actual prepper/survival narrative. The same thing applies to Mr. Long's narratives on the main characters personal history and his Environmentalist manifestos. They are all easily identified and harmless to skip.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Bioepic or Boring Biography? November 26, 2012
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The positive...the book is writtn in a journeyman style of writing fiction. It is literate and the organization is interesting as is its premise that a terrorist introduced fatal virus has wrecked the Earth killing 99.9% of the population leaving only a handful of geneticall, randomly selected survivors who are immune. The book centers around a middle-aged name named Mark who has virtually all of the survival skills one could hope to acquire in several lifetimes. You name it, he can build it or fix it plus is a chef, wine aficionado, skilled yachtsman, international lecturer, PhD, entrepreneur, etc. He ends up on Boca Chita which is a small island off the coast of Miami. Mark undertakes the renovation of the island and builds a survivor's paradise.

The not so postivie...the book is mostly about Mark's history as he recalls his past life and how he acquired his survival skills along with musings from his youth about various memories recollected from current experiences. The author whose name sounds like a nom de plume for a porn star goes into a lot of detail about survival equipment that the typical prepper is never going to acquire, much less become skilled in using, Mark's adventures are for the most the humdrum detail of maintaing and enjoying his island paradise and fleet of boats that he has 'borrowed' from deceased victims of the virus. There are a few moments that are interesting, mostly dealing with other survivors as they work to just remain alive as Mark sips champagne and eats fresh lobster in air conditioning in the sweltering Florida environment.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This author has potential October 3, 2013
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I don't write many reviews, my time is valuable and if I can't say something encouraging, then I'd prefer to be silent. This author has potential to be very good. There are some problems.Really what would fix them all is an editor. Firstly, if one is recounting what has happened then use past tense.This insecure use of tense is distracting....please change it to past tense.But the author is literate and there are none of those distracting errors often found in indie writing.

Secondly the idea of writing in a journal and remembering is one of the devices that makes this book different and potentially could take this book beyond just genre fiction. But there is too much....cut about half out and tie the 'memory' to the action in some obvious way. The way it is now is distracting from the story line.
As an aside , the memories are interesting, may I suggest you write a separate autobiography? Also the research is interesting, how about a separate book about the area?

Thirdly if you are developing the device of following the other characters, then you need to flesh them out too. I guess many people delight in insurance sales people and lawyers coming to a bad end through their own incompetence. However its distracting from the main story line when you bump so many people off in just a few paragraphs. You need to cull, and have a cleaner story.If you want to underline the point that many of our present wealthy have no useful survival skills, maybe just develop several of this type who pool their ignorance and follow what happens....

Fourthly, Why doesn't the protagonist go looking for his daughter and the rest of his family? Where are the survivor children, surely not all eaten by alligators?

I enjoyed this book, I've bothered to review it, it does need an editor, but its worth reading.
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