Series: Journeys (Book 2)
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Peel Productions, Inc.
Do you sometimes experience “weirdness” or “extraordinary moments” that seem to be glimpses into an alternative reality?
Good Morning Diego Garcia is a psychological and psychic exploration forged in the chaos of horrendous storms in the Indian Ocean during monsoon season. Following the loss of a child, war in Cyprus, and with growing suspicions that her husband has a secret life, Susan confronts the elements, and evidence that nothing is as it seems.
You’re young, living comfortably in southern California. You’re financially secure, though you don’t know why or how. Your husband simply ignores you when you ask too many questions. He’s hoping for another job overseas, doing something. You’re not sure what, but you suspect it’s not what he says.
Your marriage is shaky. You survived a war in Cyprus together, and lost everything. Now you’re basically biding time.
A letter arrives from friends you knew in Cyprus. They’re sailing a new yacht from Taiwan to Europe for a Swedish millionaire. You’re invited to join them in Sri Lanka, as crew. Neither of you knows boats, but you’ll learn — it will be the trip of a lifetime, cruising the Indian Ocean in a pleasure yacht!
And, it turns out, in monsoon season. With no charts. And an emotionally unstable crew mate. What could possibly go wrong?
Good Morning Diego Garcia: A Journey of Discovery, Journeys Book 2 is a non-fiction travel memoir written by Susan Joyce. Joyce and her husband, Charles, were planning on writing a book together detailing their experiences in and escape from Cyprus during the coup and war of 1974. They were currently staying in a rental home in Ojai, California for this new joint project when they received a letter from friends of theirs; Dylan, an English boat captain, and his Israeli girlfriend, Mia. When Susan and Charles knew them, they had been living on a Swedish millionaire’s yacht. They would be sailing the Swede’s newest sailboat across the Indian Ocean from the tip of Sri Lanka down to Seychelles and then through the Suez Canal, and they invited Susan and Charles to crew with them. It would be an adventure of a lifetime, Charles had thought, but Susan, a non-swimmer, was not quite sure. In any event, they were soon on their way to India, their first port of call.
Susan Joyce’s non-fiction travel memoir, Good Morning Diego Garcia: A Journey of Discovery, Journeys Book 2, is such an exciting and eventful tale that I often had to check and see that it was indeed not an adventure novel, but a true story. I enjoyed the author’s detailed accounts of places where she and her husband stayed in India, and found myself getting hungry each time she described the marvelous meals they enjoyed throughout their adventure. The portion of her memoir that deals with the actual voyage across the Indian Ocean is superb. I could see the gigantic swells tossing the sailboat around and the waterspouts appearing in the distance, and I was fascinated by the different ways each of the sailors dealt with the continual battering by the ocean and the ever-present possibility that their boat would sink. Good Morning Diego Garcia is well-written, and the author’s conversational style makes it quite easy to get wrapped up in her tale. It’s highly recommended.
— Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite
Good Morning Diego Garcia: A Journey of Discovery by Susan Joyce is Book 2 in a series of travel memoirs that chronicle her adventure from the US to Sri Lanka, to Bombay, and across the eternity of the ocean, an adventure that curiously led her deeper into the depths of herself. In one of those doodles she makes in the still, quiet hours of the day, she reveals her deepest thoughts and new vistas into her questing soul. Here is one that captures the pulse of her heart, and perhaps, the reason for this book: Collect information! Embrace Unknown! Embrace Uncertainty!
In Good Morning Diego Garcia: A Journey of Discovery, Susan Joyce comes across as a skillful storyteller. Her memoir goes beyond the retelling of a personal story to becoming one of the beautiful social commentaries of her time. Written with simplicity, this book is about courage. The tone can be serious, and at times humorous, but readers will love this book for the author’s candor and honesty, and in the way she opens her heart to readers, revealing a very rich humanity. The dialogue, at every instant, feels honest and natural; the characters are as real and convincing as any non-fictional characters could be.
The lessons from these personal travel stories are universal. It’s interesting to see how the author’s courage guides her in making choices that reveal her to herself and how embracing the unknown can be the surest path towards growth and self-discovery. This is one of the travel books that I’ll highly recommend to readers. I loved the book. I smiled, laughed, and felt knots in my tummy at times. It’s very entertaining and educative.
— Romuald Dzemo for Readers’ Favorite