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In 1996, Allan Weisbecker sold his home and his possessions, loaded his dog and surfboards into his truck, and set off in search of his long-time surfing companion, Patrick, who had vanished into the depths of Central America. In this rollicking memoir of his quest from Mexico to Costa Rica to unravel the circumstances of Patrick's disappearance, Weisbecker intimately describes the people he befriended, the bandits he evaded, the waves he caught and lost en route to finding his friend.

In Search of Captain Zero is, according to Outside magazine, "A subtly affecting tale of friendship and duty. [It] deserves a spot on the microbus dashboard as a hell of a cautionary tale about finding paradise and smoking it away."

In Search of Captain Zero: A Surfer's Road Trip Beyond the End of the Road is a Booksense 76 Top Ten selection for September/October.

Biographie de l'auteur

Allan C. Weisbecker is a novelist, screenwriter, lifelong surfer, and award-winning photojournalist whose work appears in Smithsonian, Men's Journal, Popular Photography, American Photo, Sailing, Surfer, Surfing, and The Surfer's Journal. He is the author of Cosmic Banditos, a novel said by reviewers to "out-gonzo Hunter S. Thompson." Weisbecker lives on Long Island, New York.

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  • Broché: 352 pages
  • Editeur : Tarcher; Édition : Reprint (16 septembre 2002)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 1585421774
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585421770
  • Dimensions du produit: 15,6 x 2,6 x 23 cm
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Super 21 avril 2013
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Un bon road trip facile à lire, un peu amer parfois mais avec la bonne ambiance du surf trip. Salsa Brava, Pura Vida !
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 soft cover in print 17 février 2008
Par Allan Weisbecker - Publié sur
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As the author of this book i can tell you it's available in soft cover: amazon has its head up its arse in not listing it. i've tried contacting them but i only get a boilerplate replies that make no sense. as far as i can tell, there are no human beings involved with amazon.

buy from your local bookstore anyway.

allan weisbecker

hey amazon, in the unlikely event that an actual human reads this:how about listing the softcover, which IS IN PRINT from Penguin. then you can cancel this cranky review.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 More than the sum of its parts 4 juillet 2004
Par Theo Logos - Publié sur
First let me say that I have never surfed, and other than watching Point Break, am ignorant of surfing culture. Likewise, I have never journeyed south of the border, and I certainly never was an international drug smuggler (though I have been known to inhale). That said, Mr. Weisbecker's writing put me right there, and made me feel that I was participating in these adventures. He vividly and viscerally described surfing to the point that I felt the rush, and almost tasted salt water. His recreation of a sense of place when describing Mexico and Central America reminded me of Mark Twain's best travel writing. And his recollections of his outrageous adventures in his youthful bandito smuggling days made me cry from laughing.(Even if these tales are exaggerated, as well they may be, only someone who knows what he is talking about could exaggerate so effectively.)
Beyond all the surfing, adventuring on the edge, and bandito hilarity, this book has a strong undercurrent of melancholy, a deep sadness that adds depth and realism to this rollicking adventure. Someone has complained that this book is just about a self-indulgent mid-life crisis. The author himself has admitted as much in his book. Yet the emotions and circumstances that bring a man to what we have chosen to call "mid-life crisis" are real, and nearly universal. Weibecker's genius is in the brutal honesty in which he communicates his own ambiguous emotional turmoil. Past a certain age, we all must find a way to live with the choices that we have made, and the bridges that we have burned, and that, at its core, is the heart of this book.
In Search of Captain Zero is engrossing, invigorating, hilarious, and sad. It is a swift read, and I was sorry when it was over. All in all, it is more than the sum of its parts, and I highly recommend it.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fantastic book even (especially) for non-surfers 23 juin 2001
Par David T Wootten - Publié sur
I bought this book on an impulse after reading some of the reviews on this site and it thoroughly surpassed my expectations. Weisbecker strikes the perfect note between the description of his adventure, reflections on his life and some absolutely hilarious and jaw dropping stories about his past endeavours in drug trafficking. I found myself getting lulled into his reflections in a very peaceful way then suddenly breaking out in laughter at his past adventures. At one point, I shook my head at how much this guy has actually lived. I've never surfed in my life and wouldn't be inclined to buy a "surfing" book however I found this part of his story to be really entertaining and completely in line with the rest of the story. In fact, it makes you want to get out a surfboard and give it a try.
If you're looking for both a hilarious and thoughtful read I highly recommend this book.
Also, as someone who currently lives in Mexico and who has lived in Latin America for 6 years I found his take on the people/country to be thankfully devoid of the typical generalizations and stereotypes associated with the area.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Don't Read The Back Cover 13 janvier 2008
Par K. Mccandless - Publié sur
Here's a little hint for publishers. If you have a non-fiction book that's all about the search for a long lost friend, don't reveal the ending in a critic's blurb on the back cover. At least on the softcover edition I just got, I learned all about what happened to Christopher when I was on about, oh, page 15.

Other than that, this was a great read. Whether you're into surfing or travel books, In Search of Captain Zero will hold you from start to finish.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 This is a journey worth taking 9 novembre 2006
Par L. Bergman - Publié sur
I stumbled onto this book and author by chance and months now after reading this book I feel like I am still on a journey that started the day I flipped opened the cover and started reading. This past spring I gave my second shot at surfing and this time it really stuck! That passion and stoke led me to find surf related books and I quickly found In Search of Captain Zero, Allan Weisbecker's website and other books. "Zero" is a surfer's journey and if you are looking for that kind of narrative-its certainly there amidst these pages. If you surf or even just love the ocean, his descriptions of surf sessions are amazing. However, much more is weaved into this journey as Weisbecker opens himself for all to see- the good, the bad and the ugly. Imagine Steinbeck's - Travels with Charley taking place in central america with a surfer's bent, substitute in some tequilla, and give it a whole lot more edge to the story. I found myself haunted by some of what this book said about myself, about friendships, and my ever present feelings of wanderlust. This is much different from Cosmic Banditos, but if you want something that sort of blends that pace with In Search of Captain Zero you really need to find his latest book "Can't You Get Along With Anyone?" published by Humdrumming in the UK. I give this 5 stars. It will always be one of my favorites.....
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