Friday, February 19, 2016

#MMBBR #Review Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico by Marty Essen

Endangered Edens is the long-awaited follow-up to Marty Essen’s six-time award-winning book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents.

Whether traveling with Marty and his wife, Deb, in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, and Puerto Rico, or going solo with Marty in the Everglades, readers will experience nature’s Endangered Edens in a way few others have—all while laughing and learning along the way.

In addition to Marty’s entertaining stories, Endangered Edens also features more than 180 stunning color pictures—merging the genres of wildlife photography, adventure travelogues, and environmental education into one unforgettable book.

Marty Essen
Born in Duluth, Minnesota, Marty Essen developed a love of animals at an early age. When he was eight years old, his first "pet," a black widow spider, gave birth to hundreds of babies, which promptly crawled onto his hands when he opened the jar to feed them. He prudently traded his spiders for a horned toad.

Marty's dream of an animal-oriented career became sidetracked at the age of 13, when he volunteered to answer request lines at a radio station. That position led to a job as a radio announcer, which in turn led him to become the owner of a Minneapolis-based talent management agency.

In 1990, Gig Magazine contracted Marty for his first professional writing work--a series of feature articles on the music business.

Eventually Marty moved to Montana to launch an independent local telephone company. In 2001, while being interviewed for a newspaper story about his telephone company, Marty mentioned to the reporter that he was heading to the Amazon rainforest. The reporter invited him to write a story about his adventures.

Marty's Amazon story ran as a feature article in two Montana newspapers. The Amazon story, and a second story about a trip to Australia, were so well received that he decided to expand his travels to all seven continents.

While traveling the world, in search of rare and interesting wildlife, Marty was stung by one of the world's most venomous insects, bitten by a poisonous snake, surrounded by wolves, attacked by a hippo--and had the time of his life. He chronicled his unique adventures in his first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents.

Published in 2007, the print version of Cool Creatures, Hot Planet won six national awards, including the Benjamin Franklin Award, the National Indie Excellence Book Award, and the USA Best Books Award. Additionally, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune named it a "Top-10 Green Book." Later, in 2014, the new Kindle version of Cool Creatures, Hot Planet became an Amazon #1 Best Seller (Animals).

In late 2007, Marty Essen began presenting Around the World in 90 Minutes at colleges, museums, and nature centers across the United States. Based on his book, Marty's high-energy multi-media show takes audiences on an unforgettable worldwide adventure, packed with rare and interesting wildlife. It's the type of show where the audience has fun laughing at the stories, oohing and aahing at the photos, and then, when it's all done, they realize just how much they've learned.

In November 2008, Marty Essen became APCA's (the Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities) #1 Booked College Speaker, and since then he has spent a total of 50 months at the #1 position. In 2011, Campus Activities Magazine named Marty a "Hot Speaker" pick for 2011. To this day, Around the World in 90 Minutes remains one of the most-popular slide-shows of all-time.

Marty's second book, Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico, was published on January 8, 2016. It immediately became an "Amazon #1 Hot New Release" in four different categories.

Marty Essen Highlights:APCA's #1 Booked College Speaker for 50 total months
Campus Activities Magazine Hot Speaker pick
Author of Endangered Edens
Amazon #1 Hot New Release in five categories

Author of Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents
Amazon #1 Best Seller, Wildlife
Winner: Benjamin Franklin Award for Travel/Essay
Winner: Green Book Festival Award for Animals
Winner: National Indie Excellence Book Award for Travel/Essay
Winner: USA Best Books Award for Travel/Essay
Bronze: ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award for Travel/Essay
Bronze: IPPY Award for Travel/Essay
Minneapolis Star-Tribune Top-10 "Green" Book

For his website: click here
For the book trailer: click here

I feel like I have traveled with Marty and his wife, Deb throughout the Artic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades and Puerto Rico.  I have laughed with them, explored with them and have been moved by the sheer beauty of this wondrous world we live in.   The photos are just stunning. They are so stunning that they feel like they are pulling you right in.  My kids and I were just so enthralled by the images as we were looking at them.  I want to hop on a plane and head right back to Costa Rica.  It made me want to travel anywhere really.  Isn't that what great books do...inspire?  But you will also want to protect the wonders in our world because they are captured in photos in such pure beauty.  I know that this is one of those books I will keep coming back to because it was just a joy to read.  4.5 stars 

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