The Turtle-Girl from East Pukapuka
By Cole Alpaugh
(Cofeetown Press/Distributed by Aftershocks Media/Epicenter Press, Paperback, 9781603811163, 288pp.)
Publication Date: July 1, 2012
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Dante Wheeler “dies” in a terrible skiing accident and revives in a twilight state. He then heads to Polynesia, where he encounters Ophelia, a beautiful blond policewoman who agrees to transport him to East Pukapuka.
Jope and Ratu, a pair of bumbling pirates, steal a vessel laden with cocaine. They are hotly pursued by the drug-runners’ hit man Albino Paul, a descendent of cannibals, whose goal is to reclaim his heritage.
Fate pokes its fickle finger at the lives of these hapless souls. In Alpaugh’s world, there are no morality lessons and even the gods are incompetent. His characters are fatally flawed, hilarious, and heartbreakingly human.
--—Josh McAuliffe, The Scranton Times-Tribune