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The Patron's Wife by Mark Giglio
The Patron’s Wife
by Mark Giglio

On a vast plateau above the wild and dangerous Amazon jungle, electrical engineer, Emilio Aguilar, enters a strange and other worldly reality that encompasses a shaman, Alma, the beautiful and unhappy wife who finds escape practicing native rituals to enter her spirit animal, the jaguar.

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The patron of this vast coffee and cocoa plantation is the middle aged and forceful Hector Alvarez, a man of fierce beliefs and a rather pragmatic philosophy as to the order of things and what is his. The plateau with its thriving plantation is one of the last original Spanish land grants and has been in the Alvarez family for twelve generations. In order to keep the plantation, the patron, Hector Alvarez, must produce an heir.

Emilio gladly takes this remote engineering assignment hoping to get over a failed love affair and put his life back on track. For all of his good intentions, Emilio succumbs to a perplexing and unexpected affair. Emilio again finds himself in the arms of a married woman, something he promised himself would never happen again. With blessings from Hector and the eager participation from the love starved Alma, the affair commences with one small caveat withheld from both lovers. If Emilio and Alma are successful, Hector will kill Emilio, but most honorably, of course.


As the affair grows so does their love for one another. When Hector can no longer contain his jealousy, Emilio must save Alma. With the help of a shaman and his mind-bending ayahuesco ritual, Emilio travels between reality and the spirit world to rescue Alma from her overpowering spirit animal. After their return to the here and now they plan their escape from the plateau and an increasingly unstable Hector. The chase begins. If they can make their way through the quicksand and an anaconda infested cienaga they might just make it back to civilization.

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  1. Enchanting
    Marijana1 Nov 17, 2016 from Inkitt

    The story is very emotional and kind of saddening. Everything feels so real and natural in this story, even the fantastic elements (and there are just about enough of those elements). The descriptions are nice and vivid. I could see and imagine every scene which was written. I loved to hear both Hector’s and Alma’s perspective of their relationship and while I was reading it I looked for inconsistencies in the stories, but find none – which is great. The touch of mystery is always welcome and appreciated in these stories, and you did a great job with the dreams and the jaguar. It was something which FELT beautiful and dangerous at the same time, amazing and frightening. The technical part of the story is great. The style of writing is to be admired, since it completely puts the reader under a spell, so to speak, making them completely enchanted by the story. Overall, it’s an overwhelming story, well written and worth reading.

  2. Review by: Sklinker on June 17, 2017 :

    This book immediately puts you in a deep green sticky humid jungle. I have never been in a jungle but could imagine myself batting insects and sweating along with Emilio. The plantation is isolated and otherworldly where anything seems possible . The ending was vivid and satisfying where the lovers actually survive the dangers of quicksand, snakes and a crazed husband. This is a good read

  3. Review by: George Henry on July 13, 2017 :
    A heady cocktail of love, lust, revenge and the mystical in the Amazon jungle!

    Imagine yourself fleeing a broken romance with a married woman who may be pregnant with your child to become entangled with the unhappy wife of a domineering and dangerously volatile husband. This is the nerve-wracking situation Emilio, an engineer, finds himself in when he takes on a project deep in the Peruvian jungle that Mark Giglio paints so vividly the reader will be immersed in its vines, canopy of trees, animal life, waterfalls and pools. Add a liberal dash of Amazon Indian mysticism and the spice of the husband’s unexpected request and the reader has a heady cocktail of human relationships and magical realism to swallow. Mark Giglio invites you into a world where the rationale meets the mystical with explosive results. You won’t be disappointed.

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