Introducing my 2nd novel: Eco Station One

The Paperback CoverHowdy, folks! Allow me to present you my second book, Eco Station One…

Though it seems I’m telling the misadventures of Eduardo Sinnombre, I’m actually reliving the many silly things I have to confront everyday down here in the tropical rainforest.

Here’s the blurb from the back of the book:

Meet Eduardo Sinnombre, a regular jobless shmoe who lands an accounting job at a shady ecological research operation, deeply seated in a Venezuelan rainforest. The guys running it really don’t care if he’s qualified for the task; they only want him as a scapegoat since they’re heavily plucking a big software company’s pockets.

Eduardo has gone through life shrugging many things off… until now, when he suddenly finds something to care about; Eco Station One is facing certain doom in the form of a modern highway that threatens to expose the entire setup.

In Eco Station he meets a cast of zany characters which include Dr. Farmington, the eccentric doctor in charge of the camp; Harry, the helpful genetically enhanced gorilla that becomes Eduardo’s best friend; Marina, his future lover and the Mendoza Clan, four cousins that promptly take sides in Eduardo’s struggle to delay Eco Station’s untimely destruction.

Along the way he faces many adventures, including Marina’s kidnapping by the native Ikawiri Pygmies, fighting an awesome rainforest fire and some strange experimentation with a curious aphrodisiac poison.

Can Eduardo cope?

Eco Station One has been earning some great 4 and 5-star reviews… you can check’em out on Amazon.com if you don’t trust me:

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb book!,April 3, 2012
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This review is from: Eco Station One (Kindle Edition)

Book Review: Eco Station One by Edwin Stark Reviewed by J Bryden Lloyd
Writing Style – 4.5/5.0 (Excellent) The narrative for this book, from start to finish is excellent. The story is told in first-person, from the point-of-view of Senhor Eduardo Sinnombre, and from the first page, you are left in little doubt that this is a man with a… unique… view of the world he has found himself in. The plot is tightly woven around a small group of key characters, and the author works brilliantly to create the atmosphere throughout the book.
Character Development – 4.5/5.0 (Excellent) I have to say, especially considering that several of the characters are a tribe of pygmies, a gorilla, a donkey, a cockerel, and several pigs… every single character seems to develop throughout the story, right down to the ever-stoned bus driver, and the ex-girlfriend/model, who… well… it’s probably best to see for yourself. Although the narrator and his new partner develop far more than every other character in the story, no stone of any of the characters is left unturned by the author, and I’m sure every reader will find themselves bonding with the vast majority of this very, very memorable bunch.
Descriptive – 5.0/5.0 (Outstanding) From being seated outside at the start of the book, to the final throws of observing the progress bar, and the boarding of the bus towards the end, there were no elements within the book where I couldn’t feel and imagine the sights, sounds and even the tastes and smells as they were committed to the page of text. There were elements of this book where the descriptive was so vivid, I found myself drawn in completely… none more so than the build-up to the `catfight’, which, despite my best efforts, I fear I shall continue to chuckle at for the foreseeable future.
Language & Grammar – 3.0/5.0 (Okay) As has been mentioned in at least one of the other reviews, it is very apparent that this author’s first language is NOT English. There are a lot of little edits throughout the book that could use a little TLC… However, before you decide that this is a “deal-breaker” (as I have seen many readers put, with regards to many independent books, on a great many threads), please believe me, in this case, IT ISN’T! Despite the errors, I think the best way to put it is… This isn’t brilliantly written, but IT IS brilliant writing! When you read this, I urge you… no, I beg you… look past the errors and the little frustrating things that you will undoubtedly notice… they really aren’t that important and they don’t spoil the book. Alternatively, go and read the author’s notes at the end of the book. For some, this might just be an insight into why some authors don’t have first-class editing.
Plot – 5.0/5.0 (Outstanding) – NO SPOILERS This is a very original, well thought-out, and very entertaining story. The author shows an undeniable ability to tell the story carefully and methodically, from start to finish. The sub-plots (of which there are many) are handled well, and when things begin to come to a head towards the end… with the rescue mission, the fire, and all that follows, the author is not lacking in talent.
General – 4.5/5.0 (Excellent) In summary, what Edwin Stark has produced here is a definitive, `must-read’ work. It is hugely entertaining – in places you will either laugh aloud, or struggle not to do so – and if you genuinely don’t find something in this book that you enjoy, I will be very surprised. On top of all that, it throws up some much needed lessons in the world of ecological damage. A hearty congratulations Edwin. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
FIVE stars. Nothing less will do!

5.0 out of 5 stars Rip-roaring romp in the jungle,January 6, 2012
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mountainmama “Shirley Hicks” (Charleston, West Virginia, USA) – See all my reviews
This review is from: Eco Station One (Kindle Edition)

Edwin Stark has written a seriously funny book. Eduardo has stumbled into a position at a rainforest outpost where he gets the opportunity to skim millions from the mega-corporation, Mucosoft. All he has to do is survive the local pigmy tribe, a gang of desperado cousins, the fast-approaching road project that will close his window of opportunity, a steamy love affair, and the jungle itself. Not a problem since he has a gorilla assistant, a maniacal bus-driving hippie, and the beautiful Marina in his corner (at least part of the time).
It’s quite evident that English is not Mr. Stark’s first language, but the odd prepositions, word juxtapositions, and typos lend an additional element of the exotic to his writing, making it seem more authentic. He effortlessly employs beautiful phrasing and on-the-money descriptions that would be hard to find in most books written by Americans.
This book was absolutely delightful from start to finish – wacky, zany, madcap, slapstick, but very creative and imaginative. A great book!

5.0 out of 5 stars South America will never be the same…,October 31, 2011
This review is from: Eco Station One (Kindle Edition)

Edwin Stark is a writer who, as he would say, is trapped in the hinterlands of Venezuela. This would be terrible if it hadn’t inspired him to write the uproarious romp known as “Eco Station One.”
Eduardo Sinnombre is a man struggling to survive in the financial wasteland that Venezuela has become, so when he stumbles across a help wanted ad for a job that offers a fabulous wage, he lurches toward the chance. But from the moment he meets corpulent job offerer Thaddeus T. Barnum, representative of the evil Mucusoft software company, he knows he’s stepping into a huge muck hole. That knowledge, however, doesn’t dissuade him from accepting the cash–er, position.
And so Eduardo journeys all the way to Eco Station One, a scientific outpost positioned ever-so-inconveniently in the rainforest, which is also smack dab in the center of Ikawiri Pigmy territory. As if having to sing his way past the vicious natives weren’t bad enough, Eduardo soon finds that his guide Pedro Alfredo Mendoza dela Villahuerta Paomos y Linarez (Mendoza for short) has it in for him, and with the help of his three cousins Taco, Paco, and Manolo (the Mendoza Trio) it seems almost certain Mendoza will sabotage his new job.
Populated by wacky events and zany characters (which include Harry the talking–well, signing–black mountain gorilla and Paul Culvert the bus-driving hippy who still thinks he’s in the 1970s), “Eco Station One” is sure to grab you by the armpits and tickle you mercilessly right up until the last page.
Read this book and enjoy a story that is as hilarious as the Stark-raving voice that tells it.
Reviewed by “Maine’s Other Author”(TM) Tim Greaton

5.0 out of 5 stars Eco Station One,October 8, 2011
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Despite this NOT being the type of humor I read and despite the content being so “off the wall” I enjoyed this book immensely. Mr. Stark’s writing keeps you interested by making you wonder what the heck could possibly happen next, then being totally surprised at the humor of it all.
I rate this as a 5-star book, simply because it is such an intricately designed sci-fi spoof that holds your interest and makes you chuckle. There were a few typos along the way, and as much as I hate typos, they fit in and seemed to add to the craziness, so no mark-downs for that.
Mr. Stark has quite the imagination for the weird and wacky and to be able to put it all down on paper in novel form takes a special talent. Harry the gorilla and Rosita the donkey were believable and endearing. Not many authors could pull this type of story off, but he did a marvelous job.
I highly recommend this book to those of you that like humorous spoofs or satire. I found it to be a great change-of-pace read for me and now I will seek out other books or articles he has written. Margaret Radisich Sleasman

4.0 out of 5 stars A Wild and Fun Read!,July 5, 2011
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This is the second book I have read by Edwin Stark. I think he puts a lot of himself in his books and it is fun trying to figure out what is taken from his experiences and what is totally made up! I believe he traveled with a circus for a while, but I think he would deny that. Edwin has written a very interesting and smart story with a lot of details and a great plot. He totally drew me into the rainforests, his characters are off the wall, but so is the story. If you want to sit back and enjoy the ride with pygmies, gorillas, donkeys, and nefarious characters, this book is for you! It is really a three ring circus, and very enjoyable. The author’s first language is not English and is evident in some of the wording of his work, but you can tell Edwin puts his heart and soul in this books. Eco Station One is worth a read.

5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed it.,June 2, 2011
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This is a pretty interesting and funny bookl. It has a little romance, a little sex, a little sci-fi, and quite a bit of humor. Definetly one worht checking out. (sorry if this is kind of lame, but I’m not much of a writer, I’m strictly a reader.)

It’s available in Paperback and Kindle Edition on Amazon’s website, all major distributors and also in Smashwords.com

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