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  • By stadog
    Jan 10, 2013
    CLEVER AND UNUSUAL! David Colclasure draws on his own experience and memories of the Panama Canal zone in the last century to weave the tale of James and Michael Coker, two brothers, the sons of a canal pilot, living in the Panama Canal zone in 1961, who narrowly avert a tragedy while trading for collectible beer cans from a small cayuca (wooden canoe) among the ships in the Panama Canal. Although he escaped a near drowning, the younger brother Michael is left with a haunting memory of the experience, and a wonderful gift that becomes the venue for an adventure in the history of the Isthmus of Panama. Michael’s “visions” allow him to see through the eyes of an English medical officer, Lieutenant Donald Broderick, in 1739. Lieutenant Broderick is thrust into a trek through the jungles of Panama where he discovers the wonder and dangers of the flora, fauna, native Indian tribes, and the secret of Cascara. Mr. Colclasure is able to bring life to the rich history of Panama as he describes... More > the nature of the native tribes, and the battle between the Spanish and English during the early 18th century, juxtaposing it against the Canal Zone of the late 20th century, in its own way a time capsule of life in the region. Visions - The Legend of Cascara is an exciting and interesting glimpse of this varied, and to most, unknown region. The descriptions of the jungle, plants, animals (and reptiles) of the region alone, catalog the many species that are indigenous to the area. The tale of Lieutenant Broderick will satisfy fans of historical adventures, especially fans of writers like Bernard Cromwell, and movies like Pirates of the Caribbean.< Less
  • By Kristina Nielsen
    Jan 5, 2013
    Bit by the jungle? Here's a few good catches on life at the Panama isthmus, mainly around years 1960 and 1740. There is an interesting parallel between the book and the milieu where it takes place: If you can manage through the first third, a long transport across a grey and sometimes grim sea with a few loose ends and awkward jumps, you will be richly rewarded with a fruitful panorama of lush greenery where the strands of story come together. There's an obvious cliffhanger, so let's hope for the sequel!
  • By Oana Matei
    Nov 30, 2012
    An Ancient mystery, a fascinating adventure in the dangerous jungle of Panama and a boy who is trying to find out what happened more than two centuries ago… Michael has a gift and a mission, all he needs is to figure out who Cascara is and why she needs his help. This is just a glimpse of what you should expect from David Colclasure’s novel, and if you’re not intrigued yet, I truly hope what you’re going to read next will convince you that “Visions: The Legend of Cascara” is an amazing fantasy/ historical novel no one should miss. In the introduction of his book, the author describes Panama as being “the only place in the world where you can see the sun rise over the Pacific Ocean and set over the Atlantic.” So, where better to set his action if not in this exotic country, following the destinies of two characters from two different historical periods? In 1961, after a near death experience, Michael gains a power he has never dreamt of: he can go back into the past by simply touching... More > an object. Led by the mysterious Cascara, who entrusted him with a mission he has yet to understand, Michael digs up a sword in his father’s garden and travels back to 1739, during the “War of Jenkins’ Ear”. The sword belonged to Donald Broderick, a medical officer with a broken heart who is very far from home and wasn’t even supposed to participate in this battle between the English and the Spanish in Panama, a land that actually belongs to the Indian tribes. Every time he touches his sword, Michael experiences Broderick’s adventures through his eyes and his senses, getting to a point when it’s hard for him to decide if he’s Michael, a teenager living with his family in the former Panama Canal Zone in 1961, or Lieutenant Broderick, trying to survive in the jungle and falling in love with Maria, a Guaymi princess, in 1739. “Visions: The Legend of Cascara” is a gripping, fast-paced fantasy/ historical novel that will captivate any reader who has a passion for Ancient mysteries and exotic cultures. Conquistadors, pirates, Indians with their poisonous arrows and an Englishman caught in a universe he cannot understand… all these come together in a compelling story you will not be able to put down. Please read the entire review here:< Less
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Product Details

First Edition
David Colclasure
July 8, 2012
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.88 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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