Sun, surf and women have long attracted men to Costa Rica, which first took off in as a pay for play destination when Oliver North and his cocaine mercenaries moved into Central America. Life of Magdealena is the story of an original 1980s Costa Rica party girl who would do just about anything for the all mighty gringo dollar.
The book starts with her troubled childhood, which quickly fades away as Magdealena comes of age. She progresses quickly from the local men who pay her with cheap booze and compliments to the world of jet setting American men, fueled by cheap, high grade cocaine. Told in the first person, and from the point of view of Magdalena, author Thomas Ray O’Brien makes a break from his previous style of stories narrated in the third person.
The fact that Magdalena is based on a real person, and the setting is none other than the infamous Park Hotel in San Jose, Costa Rica lends credibility to the story. Available either in paperback or Kindle format for instant download, as well as an Audio Book, the Life of Magdalena is an entertaining story, and a great read for anyone who wants to explore the underbelly of Costa Rica.