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Gator Country is one of the Best Books of November 2023, according to Amazon Editors.
They described the book as, "an absolute thrill."
This week was packed with good Gator Country news. First, Amazon Editors chose Gator Country as one of the Best Books of November 2023, and one of the top ten new releases in the category of Biographies and Memoirs. Amazon Editor Al Woodworth described the book as, “a story of the land—who owns it and who doesn’t, who is protecting it and who isn’t (it might not be who you think!)—economic opportunity and its absence, survival and death, and just how deep undercover agents go to catch the ‘bad guys.’ An absolute thrill.”
Second, Gator Country was featured (online and in print) in Scientific American, where they said the book, “stirs up the cloud of assumptions lurking within our attitudes toward nature and the proper stewardship of its resources,” among other nice things. Fun fact, Scientific American has featured more than 150 Nobel Prize-winners since its inception. What an honor to be included!
Additionally, Gator Country was featured in two (!) Book Riot lists, the first being November 2023 Horoscopes and Book Recommendations. Apparently, if you’re an Aquarius, you’re especially likely to love Gator Country; however, I’d argue that all the zodiac signs have something to gain from reading, “a twisty, swampy, true story about human survival in a dangerous natural landscape,” as they described it. I don’t necessarily believe in horoscopes, but I loved being included in this fun article.
And finally, Book Riot included Gator Country as one of 10 New Mystery, Thrillers, True Crime, for November 2023 Armchair Sleuthing. As they said, “Come for the you’ll-never-believe facts and an exploration of man vs. myth. Stay for the history and dive into communities.” Thank you for all the love, Book Riot!
That’s all for this week, folks. I hope to see you at my upcoming book launch Saturday, November 11th at Zeppelin Books in Orlando, FL. The event is free and you can RSVP (and preorder your copy) here. Keep an eye on the events page of my website for more information about my upcoming events.
Thanks for reading!
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