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Pishtaco: Lord of the Lost Inca Gold
- Amazon Exclusive Only (eBook): May 1 - July 31, 2023
- Available Everywhere (eBook and Print): August 1, 2023
Penelope Augusta Gertrude Farquhar, a woman struggling with schizophrenia, finds herself lost in the Amazon rainforest after a fateful airplane crash. But she's not alone: her voices, now personified as historical figures such as René Descartes, Ada Lovelace, and Ernest Shackleton, accompany her on a quest to find the fabled city of Paititi and destroy the evil shaman Pishtaco, who has amassed the lost Inca gold of Atahualpa.
"Pishtaco: Lord of the Lost Inca Gold" is a thrilling historical fantasy that takes you on a journey through the mystical and mysterious world of the Inca people. Along the way, you'll encounter the pantheon of Inca gods and goddesses, as well as the tribal people of the Amazon rainforest, and learn about their cultures and beliefs. This offbeat adventure is filled with humor, twists and turns, and a unique blend of history and mythology.
Mark Patton's well-researched and engaging writing transports you to another world, while delving into themes of mental health and the nature of reality. "Pishtaco: Lord of the Lost Inca Gold" is a must-read for fans of adventure, history, and mythology.
About the Author:
At nineteen Mark Patton was a helmsman for the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. By his mid-twenties he was flying out of Otis Air Force Base for the National Marine Fisheries Service. After graduating from Northeastern University, he became a roughneck for Delta Drilling. He left Texas to become a police officer and later a head of Natural Resources on Cape Cod. Retired, he is now pursuing his longtime passion for writing. [MORE]
"Pischtaco is a very imaginative story and creative melding of the many and various characters, themes, time periods, and other elements. The characters are well-drawn, the action is interesting, and the resolution is very satisfying. It would probably make a great movie." -- Marilyn Rowland, ArtsCapeCod
"Miss Penelope Gertrude Augusta Farquhar is undergoing treatment for her schizophrenia. Having spent much time in and out of the local psychiatric unit, her doctor experiments with mediative therapy in order to alter Penelope’s brain. Hopefully the treatment will block the intrusive hallucinations Penelope experiences. One day whilst in the bedroom of her old family home a spider spins its intricate web between two posts of the four-poster bed. Penelope starts a monologue with the spider as her audience and tells all about her condition and the treatment she is undergoing. Now considered a friend, Penelope scoops the spider up into a mason jar and sets it free in her beautiful garden, placing it on a hibiscus flower. Enter the characters that invade Penelope’s mind. To these add a life-giving hummingbird, a hair-raising flight deep into the Amazon jungle and to the empire of the Incas. Hold on tight to your seat!" -- Sandra, Lincolnshire, UK
"Absolutely love this book. Miss Penelope embarks on an improbable journey with a crew of improbable historical characters on an improbable quest. The characterizations of this improbable troupe, as they travel through a jungle wilderness with the evil Pishtaco threatening them, is brilliant and so much fun to read." -- Linda Harding Newroe
"Many people have an invisible friend when they are young; Miss Penelope Farquhar has managed to reach adulthood while retaining half a dozen of them: they simply refuse to go away. In 'Pishtaco', Mark Patton’s second novel, they follow Penelope down a rabbit-hole into a world of myth, legend, magic and megalomania set in the foothills of the Peruvian Andes. On a deadly adventure, shot with dark humour, they contend with a powerful revenant whose name is still whispered with dread by forest tribes, five hundred years after his death. Deeply-researched, and with more twists than a slithering anaconda, this story is guaranteed to delight readers who relish the extraordinary." -- C.A. Smith, Author of 'Icelandic Magic' and 'Vegvísir'
"A lavishly imagined flight into a humid and psychedelic Mesoamerica, where modern clairaudients meet auspicious animals, ghosts of the famous dead, and awakening Inca gods. Part Plumed Serpent, part Once and Future King, part gonzo-ethnography, Pishtaco gleams with jewels of description" -- Derek Turner
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