by Mark Yoshimoto Nemcoff
Glenneyre Press (audiobook)
There is probably a book in this. Fatal Sunset, about the dangers of taking vacations in certain hot spots, will make worrywarts think twice about leaving the safety of their homes for exotic locales where safety standards are questionable and emergency services unreliable. The focus of this book, however, is narrow, with American tourists the target audience and only a handful of 'locations' are covered. They include cruise ships, Mexico, Florida, the Caribbean and Hawaii, where last year, a visitor lost his life after being sucked into a blowhole. Other, less helpful examples are given, for instance of hikers whose missteps led to tragedy or of those unlucky enough to encounter criminals. According to author Mark Yoshimoto Nemcoff, in April 2011 alone, the death toll from narco wars in Mexico was 1,400. Gun battles, he adds, had taken place during the day on streets and in other public venues. Nemcoff, who reads in a passable voice, should have nixed examples of obviously dangerous activities. If you want to parasail in a foreign country, surely you should be prepared for the worst.