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Missing in Machu Picchu Hardcover – June 4, 2013
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"Missing in Machu Picchu" by Cecilia Velastegui is a wonderful thriller, travel adventure story with just the tiniest elements of a chick lit with a mythical twist." - Christoph Fischer, Good Reads
"I love Cecilia Velastegui's books! They are always an adventure. Velastegui is a master at weaving anthropological history and modern tales in such a way that the reader doesn't realize she/he has been given a history lesson. The narrative is rich and detailed; her characters are realistic and appealing; and her plot lines are gold. MISSING IN MACHU PICCHU is her best novel to date, which is probably why it won the 2013 International Latino Book Award for Best Adventure novel."
-Latina Book Club
"Positively. I'm fascinated by this eloquently told tale set in an area I know little about. My son and daughter-in-law have visited Machu Picchu, and his discussion of bartering with the street vendors stuck in my mind. I have to admit his travel memories weighed heavily in me deciding to read the first chapter of the book. The storyline, however, soon captured my full attention."
-The Book Connection
"Missing in Machu Picchu is more than a thriller. Velastegui's prose is dreamlike and evokes comparisons with the best writers of modern magical realism." --ForeWord Review, 5 Stars out of 5
"The twists and turn of the plot are as intriguing as the beautiful descriptions of the Inca Trail." --US Review of Books
About the Author
Cecilia Velastegui was born high up in the Andes Mountains in Quito, Ecuador, where she spent her childhood. Although she now lives at sea level, she still owns two friendly alpacas. She was raised in California and France, and has traveled to over fifty countries. She received her graduate degree from the University of Southern California, and speaks four languages. Velastegui's previous novel, Traces of Bliss, received First Place in Popular Fiction at the International Latino Book Awards in June 2012. It was also selected by the Association of American Publishers on the 2012 Las Comadres and Friends National Latino Book Club. Her debut novel, Gathering the Indigo Maidens, was a finalist in four categories in the International Latino Book Awards. She donates a portion of her proceeds to the fight against human trafficking, which is an underlying theme in her novels.
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'Missing In Machu Picchu' is a contemporary fiction novel that follows four friends who get together to hike the Andes Mountains and to catch up with each...Read more