Have you ever fished the ultra-elite Texas Gulf coast fishing tournament know as Poco Bueno?
Nope, neither have we.
But we’ve all had times in our lives when we just wanted to throw up our hands, grab a couple of beautiful ladies, head to a big boat and go fishing.
For Stokes Summers, the main character of Poco Bueno, the first novel by author Chris Parks, that is exactly what he plans on doing.
However, a pending divorce, job requirements, a sadistic mother-in-law, a n utjob best friend and a mountain of debt make doing that not as simple as it should be.
Parks’ novel will appeal to any man between the ages of 30 and 70 who knows the pressures of life all too well — and would love to get away from them once in a while.
“Most of the guys I know muse about wanting to quit their jobs and escape,” Parks said. “This feeling, this longing for adventure, is what the series that begins with Poco Bueno is all about.
“What I have tried to put in this novel is the secret life men lead today — the quiet struggle between acting responsibly and earning a living and taking a risk.”
Parks, who splits his time between the Louisiana coast and the mountains of Colorado, said the book was originally planned as a 7-part series, following Stokes around the globe on fishing adventures. He said the second book is practically written already. We’re sure readers of his first novel will be awaiting the second installment.
That’s what makes this book unique — the story was completed but left the reader wanting to turn the page to the next chapter.
We’ll be watching for the next installment of Stokes Summer’s adventures.
In the words of the author, “This book might very well be the next great American western, albeit a watery one! Yes, this is a novel about fishing — fishing in one of its most savage and primordial forms — but it is really a story about the ultimate inevitability of what life serves up and our ability to eat well at the feast.
“Some days the man conjure the fish, most days the fish conjure the man.”
Poco Bueno is available at amazone.com or at pocobuenobook.com.