This is a story about a primitive three-room hotel resting atop a coral island on the north coast of Panama—no electricity, no running water, no telephone, and guests must bring their own food. Everyone who comes to the hotel has life-changing experiences including Dr. Roger Feldman. At the height of the war in Vietnam, Feldman’s near-idyllic life at a small mid-western college is shattered by a campus anti-war demonstration and news from the war zone. Frustrated by government stone-walling, he jeopardizes his career and goes on a quest to find the man who can tell him how and why his brother died in the war—a war Roger Feldman hates. The U.S. Army Green Beret who can answer his questions has disappeared into the wilds of Central America. Roger’s search takes him to the hotel. There he encounters a new and unfamiliar world, and new challenges, both emotional and physical. He’s forced to make critical decisions about his future.
“Hotel San Blas: A Caribbean Quest is a great read! Walker has written a non-war war story that should appeal to a wide range of readers. The book is replete with believable characters, both good guys and bad. The setting is portrayed in a way to make the reader want to go there or somewhere like that tropical paradise isolated from traffic, cell phones, CNN and all the rest of daily minutiae. Good story. Well told.” —Writer’s Digest.
Stephen John Walker is a former Green Beret who spent several years in Panama and Vietnam. He is an award-winning author whose short stories have appeared in The Pen and The Key, The Paragon Journal, Ricky’s Back Yard, and Military Experience and the Arts. Hotel San Blas: A Caribbean Quest was selected as a finalist in the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book awards.