Eco Station One

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Rated 5.00/5 based on 4 reviews
Something very odd is happening in Eco Station One: although it's doomed because a highway is bound to be built over it, the deranged ecological researcher in charge seems unworried about it. Enter Eduardo Sinnombre to complicate matters: appointed to perform his Arcane Accounting skills on the Station's finances, he finds himself immersed into an insane plan to protect the place. Can he cope? More

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Language: English
ISBN: 9781458157294
About Edwin Stark

Hello, my name's Edwin Stark, and I was born in Caracas, Venezuela. That's South America for the few geographically-challenged ones out there. I suppose that somehow the stork had just stumbled out from a pub while it was delivering me, (it was confused to say the least) and mishandled my humble persona, leaving me stranded in this unlikely place.

Having German ancestry, I spoke that language as a toddler, but my Mom had the misconception that I'd fit better here if I spoke Spanish, so that tongue was lost during my growing years. I grew up dreaming crazy tales and was my teacher's pet when it came to composition class—but not in deportment: that was for certain—and as I grew up I tried to get noticed as a writer by submitting to every magazine and writing contest available in my home country. No such luck; the publishing market in Venezuela is utterly locked out: you can only see your words in print if you're already a notorious politician or a TV celebrity. Since I wasn't in the inclination of becoming a serial murderer to achieve notoriousness and get published, the need to rethink the approach to my writing career became a must.

Eventually, I decided to switch languages and start writing in English. I was already proficient in that language… but was I good enough to tell stories in that fashion?
I then started to write short stories, effectively dumping my native language. I wrote nearly 200 short stories during a period of about eighteen months, slowly learning the nuances of story-telling in another language than your own. I already had the benefit of having the knack of telling a tale; I only had to adjust. 190 of them short tales certainly sucked; 10 were really neat, but the important thing was the learning process. These ten tales eventually made it into Cuentos, the short story collection which became my third book. I succeeded so well in tearing myself apart from Spanish, that almost everyone I meet online says: "I CAN'T BELIEVE ENGLISH ISN'T YOUR FIRST LANGUAGE!"

So far, I wrote four books: AI Rebellion, a rather preachy cyberpunk thriller that still shows the struggle of switching languages (and I only recommend people to read it if they're on an archeological mood, as in if they're interested in seeing my progress as a writer), Eco Station One, a very bizarre and funny satire, the aforementioned Cuentos, and The Clayton Chronicles, a rather cookie-cut vampire tale. All these are available for the Kindle reader on Amazon, in paperbacks and all e-book formats in Smashwords.

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Review by: J. C. Allen on Jan. 08, 2012 :
Edwin Stark has written a seriously funny book. Eduardo has stumbled into a position at a rainforest outpost where he gets the opportunity to skim millions from the mega-corporation, Mucosoft. All he has to do is survive the local pigmy tribe, a gang of desperado cousins, the fast-approaching road project that will close his window of opportunity, a steamy love affair, and the jungle itself. Not a problem since he has a gorilla assistant, a maniacal bus-driving hippie, and the beautiful Marina in his corner (at least part of the time).

It’s quite evident that English is not Mr. Stark’s first language, but the odd prepositions, word juxtapositions, and typos lend an additional element of the exotic to his writing, making it seem more authentic. He effortlessly employs beautiful phrasing and on-the-money descriptions that would be hard to find in most books written by Americans.

This book was absolutely delightful from start to finish – wacky, zany, madcap, slapstick, but very creative and imaginative. A great book!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: J. C. Allen on Jan. 08, 2012 :
Edwin Stark has written a seriously funny book. Eduardo has stumbled into a position at a rainforest outpost where he gets the opportunity to skim millions from the mega-corporation, Mucosoft. All he has to do is survive the local pigmy tribe, a gang of desperado cousins, the fast-approaching road project that will close his window of opportunity, a steamy love affair, and the jungle itself. Not a problem since he has a gorilla assistant, a maniacal bus-driving hippie, and the beautiful Marina in his corner (at least part of the time).

It’s quite evident that English is not Mr. Stark’s first language, but the odd prepositions, word juxtapositions, and typos lend an additional element of the exotic to his writing, making it seem more authentic. He effortlessly employs beautiful phrasing and on-the-money descriptions that would be hard to find in most books written by Americans.

This book was absolutely delightful from start to finish – wacky, zany, madcap, slapstick, but very creative and imaginative. A great book!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Tim Greaton on Nov. 01, 2011 :
Edwin Stark is a writer who, as he would say, is trapped in the hinterlands of Venezuela. This would be terrible if it hadn’t inspired him to write the uproarious romp known as “Eco Station One.”


Eduardo Sinnombre is a man struggling to survive in the financial wasteland that Venezuela has become, so when he stumbles across a help wanted ad for a job that offers a fabulous wage, he lurches toward the chance. But from the moment he meets corpulent job offerer Thaddeus T. Barnum, representative of the evil Mucusoft software company, he knows he’s stepping into a huge muck hole. That knowledge, however, doesn’t dissuade him from accepting the cash—er, position.


And so Eduardo journeys all the way to Eco Station One, a scientific outpost positioned ever-so-inconveniently in the rainforest, which is also smack dab in the center of Ikawiri Pigmy territory. As if having to sing his way past the vicious natives weren’t bad enough, Eduardo soon finds that his guide Pedro Alfredo Mendoza dela Villahuerta Paomos y Linarez (Mendoza for short) has it in for him, and with the help of his three cousins Taco, Paco, and Manolo (the Mendoza Trio) it seems almost certain Mendoza will sabotage his new job.


Populated by wacky events and zany characters (which include Harry the talking—well, signing—black mountain gorilla and Paul Culvert the bus-driving hippy who still thinks he’s in the 1970s), “Eco Station One” is sure to grab you by the armpits and tickle you mercilessly right up until the last page.


Read this book and enjoy a story that is as hilarious as the Stark-raving voice that tells it.


Reviewed by “Maine’s Other Author”(TM) Tim Greaton
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Tim Greaton on Nov. 01, 2011 : (no rating)
Edwin Stark is a writer who, as he would say, is trapped in the hinterlands of Venezuela. This would be terrible if it hadn’t inspired him to write the uproarious romp known as “Eco Station One.”


Eduardo Sinnombre is a man struggling to survive in the financial wasteland that Venezuela has become, so when he stumbles across a help wanted ad for a job that offers a fabulous wage, he lurches toward the chance. But from the moment he meets corpulent job offerer Thaddeus T. Barnum, representative of the evil Mucusoft software company, he knows he’s stepping into a huge muck hole. That knowledge, however, doesn’t dissuade him from accepting the cash—er, position.


And so Eduardo journeys all the way to Eco Station One, a scientific outpost positioned ever-so-inconveniently in the rainforest, which is also smack dab in the center of Ikawiri Pigmy territory. As if having to sing his way past the vicious natives weren’t bad enough, Eduardo soon finds that his guide Pedro Alfredo Mendoza dela Villahuerta Paomos y Linarez (Mendoza for short) has it in for him, and with the help of his three cousins Taco, Paco, and Manolo (the Mendoza Trio) it seems almost certain Mendoza will sabotage his new job.


Populated by wacky events and zany characters (which include Harry the talking—well, signing—black mountain gorilla and Paul Culvert the bus-driving hippy who still thinks he’s in the 1970s), “Eco Station One” is sure to grab you by the armpits and tickle you mercilessly right up until the last page.


Read this book and enjoy a story that is as hilarious as the Stark-raving voice that tells it.


Reviewed by “Maine’s Other Author”(TM) Tim Greaton
(reviewed long after purchase)

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