"Rio San Pedro", published by Alondra Press, is the adventurous memoir of an American alligator hunter living in the Guatemalan rain forests during the 1950's. Henry Hollenbaugh finds himself illegally hunting the "alligator" (Central American crocodile) to support himself while living in the remote jungles surrounding the San Pedro River. The book takes you along on dangerous hunting excursions down the treacherous river and shows the difficulties of living as the only foreigner among villagers who have never left their surroundings.
Arquimides, Hollenbaugh's oarsman and companion during alligator hunting season, is an endearing character who shares interesting local folklore and gossip. These portions, along with the explanations of alligator hunting and daily life in the Guatemalan jungle, are among the best parts of the book. While the writing style is a bit heavy on punctuation, and the writer displays a bitterness towards many villagers and women in general, the adventures and the unique location of the story kept me turning the pages until I'd finished the book in just a couple of days.
If you love adventure and travel or you enjoy a good hunting story with lots of atmosphere, you're sure to find satisfaction in reading "Rio San Pedro".
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