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3 Seconds in Bogotá

What if, moments from being murdered, you realised you could pause time?

When a bumbling Englishman finally achieves his life-long dream of a travel adventure in South America, he arrives in Buenos Aires on a way one-way ticket with only enough money to last a few weeks. Accompanied by the wild street dancing Luciana and a small bag of smuggled silver, he reasons that they can sell jewellery to makes ends meet as they travel through Brazil, Peru and Ecuador to Colombia – before buying a ticket home. What could go wrong?

As they travel through the continent, they witness the beauty of nature as they soak up the fine spray under immense jungle waterfalls and her raw power as they get caught in massive floods. On the pavements of Brazil, they hear the heart-wrenching stories of street-children and meet assassins who spill the secrets of the Latin America death squads.

Throughout these adventures, Mark never gives up on his other ambition – to try and speak Spanish – with often hilarious results.

Six months later in Bogotá, with their crazy plan having worked beyond their wildest dreams, they are all set to return to London – when late one night they choose the wrong taxi.

With the butchers of Bogotá surrounding their hijacked cab, they are moments from being ‘disappeared’ when Mark hits the ‘pause button’. With time momentarily suspended, he races through every memory searching for a clue to their survival. Should he listen to his logical mind, or follow his gut instinct? He has three seconds to decide.

Mark Playne is a multi-award-winning screenwriter and Director. This dramatised true story from his extensive worldwide travels, is the first book in his memoir series World Wild Travel Tales. 

A gritty, and witty, true story for fans of American Dirt, Marching Powder or Shantaram.

If you like gripping stories of survival against all the odds, then add 3 Seconds in Bogotá to your library now. 

If the suspense doesn’t kill you, the twist will.

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