Virga Joy (or the Adventures of El Colonel De Corona)

Rated 5.00/5 based on 4 reviews
Two particular friends, Alan Greene, PhD (Botany) and USMC Captain Colin Campbell, share a love of jazz, beautiful women and adventure that first finds them developing the first black pepper plantation in the West Indies and later leads them to Afghanistan where they successfully collaborate in the US military's anti-opium initiative during the troop escalation strategy referred to as the surge. More
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About Douglas Kimball

Sometimes writer, sometimes executive, I ride the economy barebacked. My unvested stock options have touched the multiple millions and then then crumbled, worthless. Right now I'm writing, wishing one moment that I wasn't and the next, glad that I am whatever the final outcome. Writing is for me a way to find, if not meaning, then comedy in the daily struggle. One smile is worth at least the cost of a book. Enjoy.

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About the Series: A Campbell/Greene Adventure
These are the ongoing adventures of US Marine Colin Campbell and his particular friend, Dr. Alan Greene, a renowned botanist. They are the developers of the first black pepper plantation in the West Indies. They are also key operatives in the international anti-drug campaigns in South and Central America, in Afghanistan and beyond.

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Reviews of Virga Joy (or the Adventures of El Colonel De Corona) by Douglas Kimball

Nancy Dunham reviewed on Feb. 18, 2021

(I had a chance to enjoy this book in an online serialization prior to publication, and bought it on its release date.)

_Virga Joy_ is a travelogue, memoir, entrepreneurial manual all rolled into one. The descriptions of the settings (Afghanistan, Germany, Costa Rica, and Washington, DC) are immersive. The reader is invited to sit and stay awhile. The characters are fully-drawn men and women; who actually relate to each other. The action - yes, there's plenty - is cinematic and well-paced.

I refer to _Virga Joy_ as my "go-to 'happy place' book'". It's one I'll gladly return to while I await its hoped-for sequel.
(reviewed 85 days after purchase)
Larry Koler reviewed on Feb. 13, 2021

Excellent book by Mr. Kimball. It's a surprising story and it's well told. The plot moves along well and it should remind all of us Americans how lucky we are to not have to put up with third world authoritarian societies and the instability and violence that comes with them. The heroes jump from one country to another suddenly and if it wasn't based on an actual experience one would be tempted to think the story to be a bit disjointed.
In the author's interview (see above), he states how it is modeled on Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin novels in that the real story starts with the serendipitous meeting of two personalities whose skills complement each other perfectly and yet the two have much in common in basic temperament and view of the world.
Fun read. I'm looking forward to the sequel.
BTW, his "Thicke & Thin" is very good, too.
(reviewed 33 days after purchase)
rightwingknitjob reviewed on Dec. 2, 2020

A nice book of escapist fiction. I'm acquainted with the author, and had the chance to read it, pre-publication. Just ordered my own copy so I can have it all together in one place. Hope Doug sells a million.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Simon Templar reviewed on Nov. 24, 2020

This story is generally true; it was fictionalized primarily to avoid the red-tape and headaches of getting US DOD, State Dept., and/or a certain para-military (AKA: Blackwater) agency's approval to tell the story more precisely. Mr. Kimball is a writer and storyteller without peer.

Buy it and support a living American author, please.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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