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Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents Paperback – January 1, 2007
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Winner: Benjamin Franklin Award for Travel/Essay
Winner: National Indie Excellence Book Award for Travel/Essay
Winner: Best Books Book Award for Travel/Essay
Bronze: ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award for Travel/Essay
Bronze: IPPY Award for Travel/Essay
Finalist: Nautilus Award for Animals/Nature
Minneapolis Star-Tribune Top-10 "Green" Book
From the Author
My process for creating the book was to go on an adventure; write the chapter; and then head out again. In all, my travels spanned three-and-a-half years, and my writing and research time totaled more than twelve thousand hours!
Here's where I went during my travels: Peru (the Amazon Rainforest), Argentina, Australia (Queensland), Canada (Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon Territory, and Northwest Territories), Antarctica, Europe (Spain, France, Switzerland, and Andorra), Malaysia (Borneo), and Africa (Zimbabwe).
Since I was essentially writing the book "live," one of my trepidations was that a trip might turn out to be boring. If that happened, would I have to subject my readers to a snoozer of a chapter? Fortunately, something exciting and magical happened on every adventure!
Something else magical has happened: Cool Creatures, Hot Planet has become a book with a life of its own. After the print edition came out in 2007, it won six national awards. That led to a live, multi-media version of the book, called Around the World in 90 Minutes. I have been performing Around the World in 90 Minutes at colleges and other venues since late 2007. My show is still going strong. If I'm in your area, I hope you will check it out--you'll have a blast. You can find my tour schedule on Amazon's Marty Essen page.
Finally, December 2012 marked the release of Cool Creatures, Hot Planet on Kindle. A Kindle release wasn't part of the plan, but after purchasing a Kindle Paperwhite for myself, I fell in love with the format. I found that I could read much longer without eyestrain and loved that I could read late into the night, with the lights out. Encante Press did a great job of reformatting my book for Kindle, and it still includes all of the photos people ooh and aah about so often.
Whether you purchase the print or the Kindle version of Cool Creatures, Hot Planet, I thank you. And I hope to see you at one of my live shows soon!
P.S. If you bring your book to my show, I will be happy to sign it for you. If you have the Kindle version, I usually have bookmarks or other goodies with me that I can sign for you instead.
More About the Author
Marty's dream of an animal-oriented career became sidetracked at the age of 13, when he volunteered to answer request lines at a radio station. That position led to a job as a radio announcer, which in turn led him to become the owner of a Minneapolis-based talent management agency.
In 1990, Gig Magazine contracted Marty for his first professional writing work--a series of feature articles on the music business.
Eventually Marty moved to Montana to launch an independent local telephone company. In 2001, while being interviewed for a newspaper story about his telephone company, Marty mentioned to the reporter that he was heading to the Amazon rainforest. The reporter invited him to write a story about his adventures.
Marty's Amazon story ran as a feature article in two Montana newspapers. The Amazon story, and a second story about a trip to Australia, were so well received that he decided to expand his travels to all seven continents.
While traveling the world, in search of rare and interesting wildlife, Marty was stung by one of the world's most venomous insects, bitten by a poisonous snake, surrounded by wolves, attacked by a hippo--and had the time of his life. He chronicled his unique adventures in his first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents.
Published in 2007, the print version of Cool Creatures, Hot Planet won six national awards, including the Benjamin Franklin Award, the National Indie Excellence Book Award, and the USA Best Books Award. Additionally, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune named it a "Top-10 Green Book." Later, in 2014, the new Kindle version of Cool Creatures, Hot Planet became an Amazon #1 Best Seller (Animals).
In late 2007, Marty Essen began presenting Around the World in 90 Minutes at colleges, museums, and nature centers across the United States. Based on his book, Marty's high-energy multi-media show takes audiences on an unforgettable worldwide adventure, packed with rare and interesting wildlife. It's the type of show where the audience has fun laughing at the stories, oohing and aahing at the photos, and then, when it's all done, they realize just how much they've learned.
In November 2008, Marty Essen became APCA's (the Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities) #1 Booked College Speaker, and since then he has spent a total of 50 months at the #1 position. In 2011, Campus Activities Magazine named Marty a "Hot Speaker" pick for 2011. To this day, Around the World in 90 Minutes remains one of the most-popular slide-shows of all-time.
Marty's second book, Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico, was published on January 8, 2016. It immediately became an "Amazon #1 Hot New Release" in four different categories.
Top Customer Reviews
For someone like me, who loves late night drives in summer to go see the tarantulas coming out and crossing the road , this book is a keeper. Have been spending time with younger family members reading it aloud and then commenting for long periods of time on the photographs which are awesome and a must see. And they seem to take off with the book, which speaks volumes, when young people love a book so much they don't want to set it down.
Most people when they see the book may think of some television personality from the Animal Planets in some far off place down under, wrestling unsuspecting creatures into submission to be shown to the viewer. Not this author and not this book. This is the real thing. Down to earth, informative without all the grandstanding.
Which is what those of us who love to travel, and who love wildlife appreciate. We grew up around rattle snakes, cougars, grizzlies, eagles, deer and other American creatures. To the point I admit I like animals more than I like most people. And this book make you feel the same way.
The photographs are crisp and clear and the dialogue intelligent and informative, to the point I want another book from Marty Essen!!! How nice to see other parts of the world with dialogue that reminds us all that its a small world and we each have a role to play in protecting unseen places from destruction.
I expected slithery, slimy, crawly things-and got them-but in a way that was not only educational but fun and actually page-turning. Marty Essen not only looked for venomous snakes (his passion) but imagined himself (in Never-Cry-Wolf-fashion) running with the caribou way up north in the Klondike.
To boot, his intrepid, water-loving wife was game for anything. Though I had some doubt when I read that "she ran into the cold river, wallowed in the mud until her backside was all black." Oh, wait! I must have been distracted. Kate was the dog! There are some tender moments with Annie (also a dog), as well as Deb (that's the wife).
A wonderful reading experience. Don't let the high page-count scare you off. Traipsing through the thicket of seven continents does take time, and patience, and love for our planet; as well as courage.
sighting of every animal,bird,snake, and camp site..Read the book,you will have fond memories of every continent you visit from your comfortable recliner.
You can really get the feel of what the amazon must be like adventuring through the rainforests. The way Marty describes looking for the animals is amazing. You get a wonderful sense of the sights, sounds, and feel of every place that he goes in the book. The way he describes looking for amphibians almost makes me want to join in the "herping".
The photography in this book is amazing. I would love to see a coffee table book of all of the photos that were taken. I know I was scanning through the photos to see if I could find photos of the creatures they were looking for in the book. I think anyone of any age would find this book appealing as it is about the adventure and excitement for looking for unique creatures. I would highly recommend this book to you if you were looking for something different to read.
Almost always up early like a kid on Christmas morning, camera in hand, Essen throws himself into snake hunting, spider adoration, mud trekking, river swimming, mountain climbing, iceberg hopping, and close encountering with hippos, crocs, vipers, and literally hundreds of other wild creatures. I'll tell you one thing, I sure would NOT want to have to foot the bill for developing the photos. Judging from the text my guess is he took tens of thousands of photos along the way. Too bad there was room in the book for only 85 of them, but they are excellent shots of himself, his pretty wife Deb, some animals and plants and some people they met.
But what really counts here is Marty Essen's love for adventure and for the flora and fauna of our planet as is his determination that he miss nothing during his trek through seven continents and some islands with intrepid wife Deb at his side, more than carrying her load. (Lucky guy to have a wife like that. But I wonder how she feels about his revealing that she snores! See page--never mind!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nice writing style. A pleasure to read. Lots of detail so you could go there, too, if desired. If these locations appeal to you, then this book is well worth the read. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Fun engaging book to read. I have traveled to 5 of the 7 continents and I enjoyed their adventures almost as much as i have my own. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Scott B.
One of the best travel books I've read. I read from 8 to 10 books every 3 weeks and about 1/3 are travel/adventure books. Read morePublished 16 months ago by TMS
A great read. The personal, casual tone let me feel like I'm vacationing right along side the author and his wife! Read morePublished 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
An interesting adventure and reasonably well done. Too bad the author ruined it by interjecting his stupid political thoughts and the needless George Bush bashing. Read morePublished 17 months ago by jims
Right off the bat you are drawn in by Marty's enthusiasm for the natural world. It’s an engaging read and whets your appetite to get out and experience theses places and see these... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Glenn Marangelo
Very well written, I learned a lot about the beauty of snakes and insects. I also love all the places he visits.Published 19 months ago by Mary M. Ramirez
It is a decent book, not outstanding, but not terrible either. Reads easily and he has a good grasp of English. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Lloyd Crim
This was definitely a four and a half star experience! Marty Essen presented an entertaining and educational travelogue that both charmed and educated the reader. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Screen