It is, however, an eye opener of a good read into the intrigue behind an important discovery in the orchid world, a cast of infamous characters, and a seemingly innocuous and benign institution. Pittman, as an experienced newspaper reporter and writer, has grasped the essence of a good story and attained his stated purpose to recount events that took place in Florida during the far-reaching, scandalous affair concerning the slowest moving of all pets, an orchid.
His acutely honed ability to ignite a sense of excitement and incredulity is evident in the fast-paced, lively text, and he unfailingly ends each chapter with an enigmatic quote, problem or question, creating an intense need to know more. However, with the title as enticing as it is, I expected he would have opened the book with a little more pizzazz. Pittman sets the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota, Florida, as a metaphorical stage, and, as any good playwright, begins the drama with the requisite list of characters we meet as the legend unfolds.
With this foundation, we can easily understand the proposed explanations behind the hastily drawn, described, submitted and named new Peruvian slipper orchid. The race-to-publish mentality, well known in the scientific world, is evidently alive and well among our revered botanists and orchidists.
After all, as has repeated itself throughout history, nothing is really discovered until a westerner has laid eyes upon and recorded it.
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Were Faustino Medina Bautista and his sister the first Peruvians to recognize this orchid as unusual? Was it known or used by others in their mountain culture?
Has this striking discovery changed their lives for the better in any way? I enjoyed the book for the same reasons I disliked reading about the unfolding events themselves.
There are a couple of people who must be fantastically relieved to have resisted the temptations at their feet. The Scent of Betrayal. David Donachie.
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Publisher: Pan Macmillan , This specific ISBN edition is currently not available. View all copies of this ISBN edition:. Synopsis About this title The fifth adventure for Harry Ludlow, privateer, and his brother James, which includes: a hazardous journey into the political intrigue of the city of New Orleans, a trek into the woods of the American Hinterland, and an escape up the Mississippi from under the guns of the Spanish forts.
From the Publisher : An avowed lover of naval fiction with a streak of mischief, David Donachie has sailed into a breach in the nautical genre by blending seagoing adventure with the mystery and twists of a whodunnit. About the Author : David Donachie is an avowed lover of naval fiction with a stroke of mischief, and he has lately published a multivolume biographical novel about Lord Nelson and Lady Emma Hamilton.
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