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Roatan Odyssey [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Anne Jennings Brown , Patricia J. Mills
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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18 Sep 2007
This is a true story of love, courage, treachery and determination that reads like the finest adventure fiction. Nurtured in a select boarding school, with a degree in art and a privileged London society lifestyle, the author re-marries to a Texan adventurer. She finds herself treasure hunting in a magnificent, uninhabited harbour on Roatan in the Bay Islands of Honduras, whereupon she designs and helps build a home on the site of an old pirate fort, accessible only by sea. Anne believes she has at last found true happiness until her handsome new husband, Howard Jennings, unwilling to share his treasure trove, tries to kill her during their search for Inca riches in the jungles of Ecuador. But Jennings has met his match in the upper-class girl who could swim, sail, ride, shoot and fight with the best and the worst of them, and then dress for dinner. When Howard is deported, Anne is left to live alone on Roatan in her now-derelict home, ravaged by a powerful hurricane, with only local wildlife and Moller, the resident ghost of a buccaneer, for company. With Moller s help, Anne survives the Caribbean elements, lost love, threats, arrest and interrogation, compounded by suicides, murder and disaster.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Patricia J Mills (18 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955760003
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955760006
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.5 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 921,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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First we had the computer game. Now we have the real thing. That fact is stranger than fiction can find no better example than in the life and times of Anne Jennings Brown, which are chronicled in her book Roatanne Odyssey. This tells the story of a real-life Lara Croft-figure who is now in her 70s and living in Hamstead Marshall from the time she met and married a veteran Texan war pilot and adventurer, and went to live with him on an uninhabited corner of a remote Honduran island. From then on, the book is packed full of almost picaresque action and adventure. There is the time they go treasure hunting in an Ecuadorian jungle, for instance, surmounting no end of dangerous situations, any one of which would see off lesser mortals. Then there are drugs, smugglers, murder and other mayhem, not to mention all the ghostly goings-on of Caribbean pirates. Despite it all, Anne always manages a long skirt for dinner. It may sound strange and it is but, for a self-published book, indeed for any book, this is an exciting tale engagingly told with lashings of self-deprecating black humour. Beautifully illustrated by the author's own maps, pen drawings and photographs (a few more of the latter would have been nice for the curious, though), I can't wait for a sequel. Or even a film adaptatation. Croft, eat your computer-generated heart out. --Newbury Weekly News

Wonderful book! It is very enjoyable reading - a page turner. Ms Brown's very personal story of how she came to be one of the first resident builders in Port Royal since the era of British habitation is full of adventure, history, personal insight and growth along with concise philosophical edicts delivered in a most unusual manner. She does a wonderful job of portraying the area of Port Royal, St Helene, Oakridge and Coxen's Hole, along with life and those who lived on Roatan in the 1960s and 70s, many of whom still do, and can be found in the same places she describes in this book. Anne gives meaning to the word perseverance and insight as to when to quit and move on. Her fortitude [is amazing] and she lived in Port Royal without a phone or a radio. The photographs, drawings and maps are also impressive. --Linda Kay, Roatan

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A wonderful read - I couldn't put it down! Plus an ex-Chairman of BAFTA told Anne if she ever wrote her life story, he would make it into a film. I honestly believe it will happen. Roatan Odyssey also contains some delightful maps and illustrations drawn by the author. She is a talented lady and everyone who has read the book so far is demanding a sequel.

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THIS IS A TRUE STORY of love, courage, treachery and determination that reads like the finest adventure fiction.

Nurtured in a select boarding school, with a degree in art and a privileged London society lifestyle, the author re-marries to a Texan adventurer. She finds herself treasure hunting in a magnificent, uninhabited harbour on Roatan in the Bay Islands of Honduras, whereupon she designs and helps build a home on the site of an old pirate fort, accessible only by sea.

Anne believes she has at last found true happiness until her handsome new husband, Howard Jennings, unwilling to share 'his' treasure trove, tries to kill her during their search for Inca riches in the jungles of Ecuador.

But Jennings has met his match in the upper-class girl who could swim, sail, ride, shoot and fight with the best - and the worst - of them, and then dress for dinner.

When Howard is deported, Anne is left to live alone on Roatan in her now-derelict home, ravaged by a powerful hurricane, with only local wildlife and Moller, the resident ghost of a buccaneer, for company.

With Moller's help, Anne survives the Caribbean elements, lost love, threats, arrest and interrogation, compounded by suicides, murder and disaster.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Roatan Island Snapshot 14 Jun 2009
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This is a delightful memoir from a wonderfully brave adventuress. Written over forty years ago, Anne Jennings Brown's story Roatan Odyssey provides a snapshot of Roatan life that still holds true in the 21st century. Although not a literary tome, the book is still engaging and insightful to the spirit of the island lifestyle, it's joyous beauty, trials, tribulations, and endless surprises. She quite successfully illuminates the generosity and many endearing qualities of the islanders. Explores truthfully the nature and depth of her relationships and lends insight to being alone. Loving the island myself, I found the book so intriguing that I hired a boat to go to the site of the house she describes beyond Punta Gorda. Only a ruin of the foundation remains. Oddly, the night before that journey, while I was walking on the beach at West Bay, I met a woman who knows her and we spoke at great length about the book and what was fact and what was fanciful conjecture. Facts won. Anne, at this writing is alive in England although she is suffering from cancer. I have a signed copy of her book which I cherish. I highly recommend this work to every curious traveler who may be heading to Roatan.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Englishwoman in South America 30 Mar 2008
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Roatan Odyssey is a real page-turner. It tells the true story of young Englishwoman who turns her back on a Sloane lifestyle after meeting Howard Jennings (a real Indiana Jones) at a cocktail party. She joined him to hunt for treasure in the Ecuadorean jungle (where he tried to kill her) and ended fending for herself on Roatan, a primitive island off the Honduran mosquito coast. A must read for anyone with an appetite for perilous adventure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read! 24 Jun 2008
By Tracy K. Ebanks - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Mrs. Jennings-Brown brings forth a whole new depth and dimension to the history of Roatan as told by her in Roatan Odyssey; the account of her times on the island. Roatan Odyssey not only tells of Mrs. Jennings-Brown's times in Central America, her awesome tales of treasure hunting, captivity and near death experiences but it also shares the history of Roatan with its people, unlike anyone has done in the past. Mrs. Jennings-Brown presents well-researched and documented accounts of the times of Pirate inhabitance on Roatan with quotations taken directly from the journals and maps of historians found in the Royal History Museum. Roatan Odyssey gives the people of Roatan a perspective different from the one thought in school textbooks, which is largely based on the accounts of Spanish colonialist and is intrinsically tunneled vision.
Roatan Odyssey is a whimsical delight, fluid and elegantly written, yet action filled and breathtaking. It is a beautiful description of the greatness and mystery of Port Royal; a little paradise which still remains so virginal as the rest of the Bay Islands and the main-land of Hoduras dive into the seas of modernization. She so eloquently describes the innocence and complexity of the people living in this third-world country, as seen through the eyes of well refined English lady, one of a small few non-native people to live on the island in a few hundred years.
Her ease with words captures every detail of island living, that which often goes unnoticed by your passer-by tourist. Her life and journey in Central America and her years living amongst local islanders and guiding spirits in Port Royal is more amazing than fiction, and not a bit presumptuous. Roatan Odyssey is a delightful and insightful read, chocked-full of excitement, adventure and mystery. I hope there will be a sequel.

T. K Ebanks
4.0 out of 5 stars Experiencing Anne Jennings Brown's Great Roatan Odyssey 21 Dec 2012
By Lissette Carpenter - Published on Amazon.com
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Because of a future trip planned to the Caribbean island of Roatan, I was intrigued by the title when I spied it in an airport traveler's tote bag. I'm glad that I followed up by purchasing Roatan Odyssey. The book offered great information about Roatan in its early days of development, including human interest bits of history, general information, and maps of various island sites. But the really amazing part was that it is an autobiography filled with almost unbelievable action and intrigue. Following Anne Jennings Brown's segment of life on a tropical island made a fascinating read and revved up my anticipation for my own visit to the island hideout of Henry Morgan and other pirates of the Caribbean..
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read 9 Dec 2008
By Auslandia - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
While this isn't the best written book I've ever read, those who are familiar with Roatan will find it appealing and even an adventure to read. It's a truly tragic account set on an island where nothing ever happens as expected. Luckily, this is still the case on Roatan today. I hiked to the site of her home and indeed there are ruins there but bring a machete if you decide to make an attempt. You'll need it! Just keep an eye out for the remains of the brick fireplace! Also make sure your climbing skills are up to snuff.
5.0 out of 5 stars I could not put this book down 12 Oct 2008
By Austin C. Davis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I am NOT a reader, but this book was given to me as a gift since I just bought some property on the island of Roatan. I read the first chapter of this book and could not put it down. Since then I have given copies to all my friends and they too said they could not put it down. You MUST read this book. I want to meet the author and hope to see the house she built on my next journey to Roatan.
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