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In the summer of 1978, 21-year-old Paul Wilson jumps at the chance to join two local icons on a dream surf trip to mainland Mexico, unaware their ultimate destination lies in the heart of drug cartel country. Having no earthly idea of where he’ll get the money to pay his share, and determined to prove his mettle, he does the only thing he can think of: He robs a supermarket. And, if karma didn’t already have enough reason to doom the trip, he soon learns one of his companions is a convicted killer on the run, and the other an unscrupulous cad. Mishap and misfortune rule the days, and mere survival takes precedence over surfing. 

Wilson’s strong narrative style, combine to make this true story personal - in the tradition of Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer, and Barbarian Days, A Surfing Life by William Finnegan - except this tale had to wait for the statute of limitations to expire before it could be told. 

Readers Favorite - Silver Award Winner for 2020!

©2019 Paul Adam Wilson (P)2021 Paul Adam Wilson

Critic Reviews

"Bad Karma has instantly joined the pantheon of great adventure writing!" (Elizabeth Howard)

"Fear and Loathing goes to Mexico." (Neil P. Reid)

"Amazing story!!! When does the movie come out?" (Launa Brockman)

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  • Zachary Zoppa
  • 11-05-2021

A must listen! Coming-of-age / buddy comedy adventure

I loved Paul Wilson's book, so I figured I'd give the audio version a try... and I’m so glad I did! The Narrator (Joe Zieja) does an incredible job of capturing the voice of each character. You’ll feel like you’re along for the ride start to finish.

Highly recommend! Touching moments w/ laugh out loud comedy.

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  • Derek
  • 09-05-2021

What a Story!!

A ridiculous story told in a way that makes you laugh and smile. Feels like it could have been twice as long with even more details. If he wrote a second book with even more stories I’d be all in!

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  • Sandra
  • 15-05-2021

great story

well told story from begining to end
thanks for sharing your experince and adventures in mexico

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  • Ed Leon AKA Perro
  • 15-05-2021

Incredible

I think Joe Zieja did a well read performance of this book great job
AKA Perro 👍

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  • Lindsey Anderson
  • 07-05-2021

Holy cow what a book!!!

Wow! What a story!! Wonderfully narrated. Had to take a long road trip and this book made the time fly by. Absolutely hanging on every word. Paul Wilson wrote one hell of a book. I could not believe all the things he went through and made it out alive. I felt like I was right there along for the ride but so thankful I wasn’t. Highly recommend!!! Can’t wait to share with my friends! This HAS to be made into a movie!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-05-2021

Fun Story

really entertaining fast moving story. makes a surf trip to Mexico sound exciting. packing my bags.

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  • 15-06-2021

Stunning book

Excellent narration of a superb tale of adventure, youthful selfishness and absolute chaos.... 5 weeks of madness

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