Book Cover & Blurb

Book Cover & Blurb: I Guess We Missed the Boat

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Ottawa, Canada – Following the highly successful and award winning adventure, Kilimanjaro and Beyond, in which we climbed one of the world’s seven summits with Canadian author Barry Finlay, he is back to take us on a romp around the world in his new book, I Guess We Missed the Boat.

This hilarious story opens with a meeting in a hotel room in Miami, Florida. When eight intrepid travelers, brought together by marriage and with retirement in common, sit reminiscing about their travel experiences, the memory banks open and humorous events start to spill out. Cowboy Ron, Ed the Negotiator, Joke-a-Minute Jim, and Practical Carol are part of the motley crew that tries to explain ice hockey to some African children and experiences skiing mishaps, malfunctioning airplanes, sketchy hotel rooms and a near fistfight on a cruise ship on the azure seas of the Caribbean. A poison dart frog in Costa Rica and admitting to being responsible for a security scan machine failure at the pier in Egypt add to the excitement. And let’s not forget the sexy giraffe!

Finlay balances the many challenges of travel with vivid descriptions of visits to exotic locales and philanthropic activities to help the less fortunate around the world. All the while, the reader gets to go along for the ride, enjoying the beauty and culture of the various countries visited while turning the pages to find out what is going to happen next. This is an exhilarating read!

In 2012, Barry Finlay was named to the Authors Show’s list of 50 Great Writers You Should be Reading and presented with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal for his philanthropic work in Africa. Part of the proceeds from the sale of his book will be donated to his Education for Africa project.

About the book: I Guess We Missed the Boat by Barry Finlay ISBN: 978-1771230476 Publisher: General Store Publishing House Date of publish: October 2013 Pages: 186 S.R.P.: $20.00

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About the author: After over thirty years working with the Canadian federal government, Barry Finlay took his life in a different direction and climbed Africa’s Mount Kilimanjaro at age 60 with his son Chris. The climb and their fundraising efforts to help kids in Tanzania led to the award winning book, Kilimanjaro and Beyond – A Life-Changing Journey. Barry has since been named to the Authors Show’s list of “50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading.” In 2013, he received the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee medal for his philanthropic work in Africa.

Barry lives in Ottawa, Canada with his wife Evelyn.


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