The Adventures of Trader
Ric , part 2
The non-fiction Trader Ric series continues with this accounting of
Ric’s adventures along the Veraguas coast of Panama, hunting for ethnological treasures among the Indian
villages and coastal settlements while flashing back to his time working as an underwater archaeologist on the
hunt for one of the ships Christopher Columbus lost during his disastrous fourth voyage in 1502.
The well-researched historical background of the chronicle sheds a new light on
these little known expeditions as it describes the terrible hardships and misadventures the early Spanish
explorers suffered as they tried in vain to discover the source of the Veraguas gold. Accompanied by his friend Hermiglio, the young fellow from Rio Belen, Ric survives the
attempted coup d’etat
of Manuel Noriega, an almost fatal capsizing of his 45-foot-long, sea-going
dugout canoe in a storm one night while navigating miles off-shore, and nearly being eaten by hungry bull
sharks while diving in the turgid water of Rio Belen bay.