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The sharks of Lake Nicaragua : true tales of adventure, travel, and fishing
White, Randy Wayne.
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New York, NY : Lyon's Press, [1999]

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221 pages ; 24 cm
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G226.W48 A3 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
G226.W48 A3 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Hilarious & true tales of adventure & travel by the author of the highly acclaimed "Batfishing in the Rainforest."

Author Notes

Randy Wayne White was born in Ashland, Ohio in 1950. He is an outdoorsman, journalist, and novelist. He worked for the Fort Myers News-Press for four years before becoming a light-tackle fishing guide at Tarpon Bay Marina in Sanibel Island, Florida for thirteen years. His first articles on travel, natural history, archaeology, anthropology, and politics were published in Outside Magazine. He also writes a bimonthly column for Men's Health magazine.

His first novel, Sanibel Flats, was published in 1991. He writes the Doc Ford series as well as non-fiction books including Batfishing in the Rainforest: Strange Tales of Travel and Fishing, An American Traveler: True Tales of Adventure, Travel, and Sport, and Last Flight Out: True Tales of Adventure, Travel, and Fishing. He also writes under the names of Randy Striker and Carl Ramm. In 2015 his title Cuba Straits made The New York Times Best Seller List.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

For exciting adventures in feral pig-hunting, salt-water fly-fishing or crocodile poaching, it's hard to imagine a better guide than White. In these stories, originally published in different forms in Outside magazine, White (Batfishing in the Rainforest) proves his mettle as an incisive humorist and a first-rate travel journalist. A "desire not to be whacked" leads him to an antiterrorist driving school, where, with hilarious effect, he learns the ins and outs of avoiding bullets, rockets and bombs while operating a motor vehicle. In fighter-pilot training, he overcomes "sympathetic ocular/auditory response" ("If bounced around in an airplane, my eyes begin to water, so it appears as if I am weeping while I upchuck") and smokes his opponent with imaginary 20mm. cannons. White has a knack for the unexpected adventure. An innocent search for Pepto-Bismol in Panama City ends in a crocodile-hunting expedition. But it isn't until the book's final (and title) piece that White showcases the full range of his abilities as a writer. During his quixotic search for freshwater sharks, he becomes as immersed in the culture of the country as a 220-lb. American driving a Toyota Land Cruiser can be. He chases a pig into a sacred vestry, disrupting a wedding ceremony, and later gives shining new baseballs to children whose love of the game rivals his own. The portrait of Nicaragua and its people that emerges is a refreshingly unpoliticized history, skillfully interwoven with personal experience. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
1 Dangerous Games
Fighter Pilots USAp. 9
Snow Hounds from Hellp. 19
Antiterrorist Driving Schoolp. 27
Diving Ninep. 37
The Big Threep. 49
Ice Angler Shoot-Outp. 73
Ironman with Flyp. 85
The Most Dangerous Gamep. 95
Surfer's Rulep. 105
2 An American Traveler
A Train, America, and a Frogp. 119
Road Jaundice in Bangkok and The Hash House Harriersp. 141
Croc Poachers in Panamap. 149
An Island Off Borneop. 159
Pavlov's Hogsp. 173
Darwin Townp. 185
The Sharks of Lake Nicaraguap. 195