Drowning on the Inca Trail

Rated 5.00/5 based on 3 reviews
Pat and Scott are two intrepid backpackers who attempt to hike the Inca Trail that leads to the hidden Incan ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru. They struggle against inclement weather, hazardous crossings and extreme elevations. It is a test of their courage, endurance and loyalty to one another. Will they make it or does their determination give out?
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About Pat Cahill

Pat Cahill traveled extensively in her twenties, leading to many extraordinary experiences. As an armchair traveler these days, she often writes about her offbeat adventures. She grew up in California, but now lives in rural Western Australia. Pat has published various short stories and poems, and is currently studying at Edith Cowan University in Perth. Twice she won a Highly Commended award for her short stories in the Talus Prize competition. Pat also did her Arts Practicum (work experience) with the University of Western Australia Publishing (UWAP), which is a division of The University of Western Australia.

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Melanie Grabowski reviewed on on June 7, 2014
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A fantastic story of adventure. I could smell the bacon of the German Camp; taste the stale bread; hear the squelch of the mud and feel the misery as well as the elation. I won't spoil the ending but I'd love to know about that cargo boat!
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James Jenkins reviewed on on June 5, 2014
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Nothing says "DO NOT READ ME" stronger than 4 top notch reviews by brand new reviewers right after the authors first publication on smashwords.
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barbaragilmore reviewed on on May 31, 2014

Pat Cahill was able to pack quite a tale into this entertaining short story. The writing is intelligent, the humor seductive and the descriptions vivid. So vivid, in fact, that I was tempted to don galoshes, grab parka and umbrella to get to the conclusion. Oh, did I mention some serious sustenance as well?. Can't wait until her next adventure when she entertains us with a follow-up about that boat trip on the Amazon. Do we have another Joan Wilder from the film "Romancing the Stone" here?
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Sonja Porter reviewed on on May 31, 2014

Based on true events this delightful short story has plenty of action, tension and spirit. The story is driven by the underlying tension of facing a combatant, which is delivered in the form of nature and the elements. Pat, the protagonist, is caught in a snowstorm and freezing temperatures whilst traversing the Inca Trail, she's ill-prepared, and everywhere she looks fellow trekkers are swaddled and swathed in comfort. In particular, one group of German trekkers, who she encounters repeatedly along the way, highlight her peril and frozen misery. A bacon fry-up is the last straw and Pat and her partner, Scott, make a mad dash for prized trail's end - the temples of Machu Picchu. They are rewarded with breath taking views but their troubles aren't over yet.
This story packs a stack of drama and adrenaline within its short confines. Pat Cahill shows considerable skill in balancing story telling narratives with true events and the result is a compelling short story. Definitely an author I'm keen to follow.
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Linda Martin reviewed on on May 31, 2014

Pathos and good humour combine in making Pat Cahill's story a wonderful reading experience. Her narrative voice is warm and reassuring while her retelling of her Machu Pichu adventure was so descriptive that my hands turned cold while reading. With irony at play, this is a great read that flows seamlessly and that made me laugh. I look forward to reading a lot more by this author!
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bernie johnston reviewed on on May 30, 2014
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The characters were written so that you felt their aches, their doubts and their successes, Author Pat Cahill has given readers a deeply personal view of what she and Scott put their bodies and souls through to reach their goals. Your cheer and you feel their fear, joy and accomplishment in reaching Machu Pichu. Exciting and fun easy read. Bernadette Johnston
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