Book: A Prize for All Saints (John Maletesta) by Don Santinacategories: Book, Mystery, Thriller, Baseball, Disabled Veteran, Action, Peking Man, World War 2, Jungle Survival, Browning Hipower, Pirates, Racism, Adventure
Don Santinaabout this book: This book is an adventure story with a twist: its protagonist, John Maletesta, is a disabled vet. His promising career in baseball ended when his left arm was cut off by a Japanese soldier. He is bitter, he has rejected his fiancee, and he suffers from post traumatic stress disorder. The president of a small college, Sister Agatha Buckley, has faith in him and convinces him to assist her school's dangerous expedition to Borneo in a search for the Missing Link. She is ambitious and has invested the school's building funds to finance the risky journey. Maletesta does not have confidence in his ability to protect the expedition until he meets with his old shooting mentor who introduces him to his "excalibur," a 13 shot Browning automatic pistol which will even the odds if there's trouble.
Of course, there's lots of trouble as the ill-fated team pursues its goal. In the midst of gun battles and survival in the jungle, Maletesta must confront his own demons. At home, Sister Agatha must come to grips with the results of her ambitions. It took several years to research the book and the most gratifying part of that research was learning about the ethical behavior of the indigenous people of Borneo as opposed to their "civilized" counterparts.
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