This review is from: Last Passage to Santiago (Paperback)
This story takes place between Buenos Aires, a cruise ship around the southern tip of South America, and the convention center in Chile where the passengers were to board a flight back to the states. The story is centered around a couple who take a cruise aboard the Global Quest. The Rainers take tours while in Chile waiting to board their cruise. Stephanie often walks in the morning to see the sights and to get exercise. Stephanie is being followed and photographed by a dwarfish man and two men in a blue van. Ben has secretly paid for the travel of Ms. Ann Gliden. During the morning walks that his wife takes, he goes to the floor above him to have sexual encounters with Ann.
Aboard the cruise, Stephie keeps with the same routine of walking and touring the islands when they pull into the port. Ben rarely goes to see the sights because he uses the opportunity to be with Ann. Stephie begins to have interest in the naturalist aboard the ship named Mike (penguin man). They begin to talk privately and she sees in him, what a real man should be. Stephie gets stuck on the inland during a tour when her boat could not board the ship due to the rocky waves one night. Stephie did not know if it was right, but she made her bond with Mike complete when they shared a bed in the hotel.
Ann begins to tire from being the little stored away freak show. Ann starts to live for herself and decide that this is not for her. Aboard the ship, Ann and Stephie begin to befriend one another without knowing the ties that bind them together.
When the cruise has ended, they are at the convention center waiting for the shuttle to take them to the airport. To beat the long lines, they decide to take a taxi. The taxi takes a short cut but is met by the van that she has seen throughout her whole vacation and she is kidnapped. She held in a warehouse but is never abused or mistreated. The conclusion is that she is finally let go, and she has a feeling that her husband has something to do with it.
Her boss who clues her in on the reason for her abduction meets Stephie. The reason for her abduction stems around two men with no connection to her. They are both being held by the other's country. She was abducted because with her position, they figured that she knew something. She is allowed to go when the two men are released. She is also clued in on her husband's actions aboard the whole trip. She is devastated and frees herself from the agony of being married to Ben. She returned to be with Mike, which is what her heart desired. Ben was killed, September 11 aboard one of the flights headed towards New York City.
While the story may appear, by summary, to have an action packed and deep story line, it was very dry. The story focused immensely on the details and structure of the many buildings and sights of their trip. The author was very descriptive of the many things seen on the trip. The book appears to have been carried by the descriptions as a way to make up for the lack of a structured and captivating story line. I was very confused and somewhat disappointed with the book and the unrelated conclusion to the reason of Stephie's kidnapping. If you are looking to take a trip to any of the locations in the book, then this is for you. If you are looking to be taken in by a great book then this is not it. I gave the book a rating of 3 out of 5.
Reviewer, I Pen Designs/I Pen Books