Reviews - What do customers think about A Mexican Odyssey?
Mexican Odyssey a must read for those who love Puerta Vallarta Aug 6, 2006
I found the book to be so engaging that I emailed the author, Mr. Reed,to tell him so. My wife and I visit P.V. every year and are very familiar with the places mentioned in the book. Bill and Sylivia invited us to their la Casa and we took them up on the invitation. Although Bill is getting along in years and having a bout with his health, his intellect is still very much intacked. We found him to be extremely ingaging and opinionated, as you might expect. The of them are the perfect match. We were treated to a day trip with the two of them to the beach in which one of his adventures in the book took place, for some food, sand, and surf. Bill shared with me his revision of the current book as well as material from his up coming edition, "Rocks and Shoals". If you like his writting you will also enjoy this one.
Superman's search for Truth, Justice & the Way May 10, 2005
In a time of crisis and new technology we escape "civilization" in search of the simple life. Life proves never to be simple, just sometimes more fun. In the spirit of Kerouac's "On the Road" Bill Reed takes us on his adventure. He leaves us craving the warm sand, cold drinks and good friends. Grab this book, head to the beach, and enjoy the party. Life doesn't get any better!
Escape to Paradise Apr 16, 2005
Bill Reed's Mexican Odyssey follows the amazing life, near deaths, and many loves of this real-life Superman. In his poignant memoirs, Reed (a retired Naval Intelligence officer, historian, publisher, art gallery owner, tour boat guide, musician, writer, adventurer) - shares with us his own private Vallarta.
From the beautiful jungles and pristine beaches of Mismaloya, Las Animas and Las Caletas, to the pinata parties, mariachis, scuba dives and poker games- and a deep romance between Reed and his wife, Sylvia Rosa Garces Marroqui- this book has something for everyone
How people can change Feb 2, 2005
Bill Reed and I were in our early 20s when we were Navy shipmates in 1951. Back then I was the happy-go-lucky wild one (I thought). Reed was my radioman boss, not a drinking buddy. He struck me as being a tough, God-fearing, holier-than-thou, newlywed sobersides. How people can change! I grew up to be a "boy scout"; Reed grew up to be a multi-skilled, daring, hard-drinking, fun-loving "libertino" who kept his Webley .38 handy. "A Mexican Odyssey" covers three decades of Puerto Vallarta history and colorful characters, and the later several of Reed's nine live-life-to-the-hilt lives. It's captivating. It's entertaining. It's readable. It's also a love story -- Reed's contributor wife, Sylvia, has to be an angel! Disappointing were several murky black-and-white reproductions of what I assume were color snapshots. And, as a retired newspaperman, I found it impossible to ignore the overlooked typo ("with" rendered as "wit") on the book's otherwise flawless, attractive outside back cover. The front cover gets an enthusiastic thumbs up.
What An Adventure Story! Nov 18, 2004
Our kids just returned from a vacation in Puerto Vallarta. Among all the Mexican souvenir gifts they brought back, our favorite is the book, "A Mexican Odyssey," which we read cover to cover over the weekend. What an adventure story! We could hardly believe Bill Reed lived such a life--writer, lover, art gallery owner, tour boat operator, troubadour, part-time gentleman, full-time mover and shaker, and a married man to boot? (God bless Sylvia; she must be the epitomy of a Mexican saint.) We've heard that wild and crazy guys really do exist out there in the world, but Reed is surely a cut above the rest. My husband loved his tall tales (especially the fishing, the scubing diving, and the raising hell over town stories) and I enjoyed reading about Reed's gradual realization that, if it weren't for a loving, supportive, and an obviously wiser-than-my-husband-is wife, men couldn't do squat! What a fun book to read!