Synopses & Reviews
Thailand's pristine Ko Phi Phi island attracts tourists from around the world. There, struggling to make ends meet, small-resort owners Lek and Sarai are happy to give an American named Patch room and board in exchange for his help. But when Patch's brother, Ryan, arrives, accompanied by his girlfriend, Brooke, Lek learns that Patch is running from the law, and his presence puts Lek's family at risk. Meanwhile, Brooke begins to doubt her love for Ryan while her feelings for Patch blossom.
In a landscape where nature's bounty seems endless, these two families are swept up in an approaching cataclysm that will require all their strength of heart and soul to survive...
"The fifth novel from Shors (Beneath a Marble Sky) features young Americans so unworldly as to strain credulity, local Thais so saintly and industrious as to be unintentionally patronizing, and a questionable use of the 2004 Asian Tsunami for deus ex machina purposes. After punching a Bangkok policeman during a botched drug deal, Patch (a young American tourist) flees to the beautiful, remote island of Kho Phi Phi, where he plans to hide until he can either sneak out of the country or muster the courage to turn himself in and serve a year in Thai prison. He is soon taken in by Lek and Sarai, the owners of the beachfront Rainbow Resort. Despite the resort's idyllic location, the couple struggles to make ends meet and constantly worry that they will have to look for work in Bangkok. Soon, Patch's older brother Ryan and Ryan's girlfriend Brooke arrive to try and persuade Patch to turn himself in. After a few days, Brooke is unsure which brother is right for her: priggish, well-meaning Ryan or wild, soulful Patch. Unfortunately, the novel doesn't even function as a tropical soap opera only the morbidly curious will read on to the mildly distasteful finale. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
John Shors traveled extensively throughout Asia after graduating from Colorado College in 1991, living for several years in Japan, where he taught English, and then trekking across the continent, visiting ten countries and climbing the Himalayas. More recently, Mr. Shors worked as a newspaper reporter in his hometown, Des Moines, Iowa, before entering public relations and moving to Boulder, Colorado. Beneath a Marble Sky is his first novel.