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Lem Moyé

Finding Your Way in Science: How to Combine Character, Compassion and Productivity in Your Research Career


2023 NYC BBA Distinguished Favorite

In the 1980s, many countries in Latin America were trying to break free from dictatorships supported by the United States government. This is the story of a young marine biologist named Odel Bernini, who is bright but naïve. He goes on a journey of discovery in Central America and Mexico during this time. Odel's journey is a physical and mental one. He travels through the lowland jungles and high mountains of Guatemala, and gets involved in politics and the CIA. He is seduced by a dark siren, nearly killed by a giant, and drawn into the world of Maya mysticism. In the end, he is transformed in unexpected ways. Odel's journey is an adventure story and a mystery. It explores themes of truth and deception, trust and love, the dark heart and bright hope of humanity, and personal growth. The facts, places, and most characters in the story are real, but Odel Bernini and his close friends are purely fictional.
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