Adventurer's Son : A Memoir
by Dial, Roman







Prologue: Family1(2)
PART I
3(110)
Chapter 1 Usibelli
5(9)
Chapter 2 10,910
14(8)
Chapter 3 Peggy Mayne
22(8)
Chapter 4 The Cornice
30(6)
Chapter 5 Cody Roman Dial
36(6)
Chapter 6 Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn
42(9)
Chapter 7 Umnak
51(9)
Chapter 8 Space Captain
60(10)
Chapter 9 Borneo
70(6)
Chapter 10 Gunung Palung
76(9)
Chapter 11 Jungles and Ice
85(9)
Chapter 12 Dungeons and Dragons
94(10)
Chapter 13 Big Banana
104(9)
PART II
113(46)
Chapter 14 Mexico
115(7)
Chapter 15 Guatemala
122(8)
Chapter 16 El Peten
130(8)
Chapter 17 Finding Carmelita
138(7)
Chapter 18 South to Costa Rica
145(7)
Chapter 19 "The Best Map Yet"
152(7)
PART III
159(188)
Chapter 20 "email, please!"
161(8)
Chapter 21 Dondee
169(8)
Chapter 22 The Corners
177(6)
Chapter 23 Carate
183(7)
Chapter 24 The Helicopter
190(8)
Chapter 25 Rio Conte
198(7)
Chapter 26 Jenkins
205(4)
Chapter 27 Zeledon
209(6)
Chapter 28 Cruz Roja
215(5)
Chapter 29 Whiteout
220(5)
Chapter 30 Las Quebraditas
225(7)
Chapter 31 Negritos
232(7)
Chapter 32 Piedras Blancas
239(5)
Chapter 33 Homefront
244(6)
Chapter 34 The Fellowship
250(6)
Chapter 35 Tree Fall
256(4)
Chapter 36 Foul Play
260(4)
Chapter 37 Peggy and Jazz
264(5)
Chapter 38 Cerro de Oro
269(5)
Chapter 39 Roman's Route
274(6)
Chapter 40 Rio Claro
280(5)
Chapter 41 Back to Alaska
285(6)
Chapter 42 TIJAT
291(7)
Chapter 43 Carson
298(5)
Chapter 44 Kool-Aid
303(5)
Chapter 45 Pata Lora
308(7)
Chapter 46 A Backpack
315(8)
Chapter 47 Discovery
323(6)
Chapter 48 Sleeping in the Forest
329(5)
Chapter 49 Closure
334(6)
Chapter 50 Gather the Ashes
340(7)
Epilogue: Meat, Ravens, and Seeds347(6)
Acknowledgments353


An Alaska Pacific University scientist and National Geographic Explorer recounts his two-year effort to uncover the fate of his adventurer son, who in 2014 disappeared into the untracked rainforest of Corcovado National Park. 150,000 first printing. Illustrations.





His son's solo trek into the Costa Rican jungle was only supposed to last a handful of days. But when 27-year-old Cody Roman Dial's father realizes it has been 10 days since he was supposed to return, and there has been no word from him, he travels to Costa Rica to search for his son himself. It would be two years before he would learn what happened to his son, and in this powerful memoir of a father's love of adventure and of his child, Dial reflects on whether he should have shielded Cody Roman from the wild journeys they took together. For a boy whose first name was inspired by an Alaskan mountain pass, Cody Roman grew up sharing his father's love for the outdoors. But the puzzle pieces that greet Dial in Costa Rica paint a much different picture, of a young man involved with a notorious drug dealer. Through the twists and turns of his search, Dial must follow his own compass to stay true to the son he knew. A complex and moving memoir. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.





His son's solo trek into the Costa Rican jungle was only supposed to last a handful of days. But when 27-year-old Cody Roman Dial's father realizes it has been 10 days since he was supposed to return, and there has been no word from him, he travels to Costa Rica to search for his son himself. It would be two years before he would learn what happened to his son, and in this powerful memoir of a father's love of adventure and of his child, Dial reflects on whether he should have shielded Cody Roman from the wild journeys they took together. For a boy whose first name was inspired by an Alaskan mountain pass, Cody Roman grew up sharing his father's love for the outdoors. But the puzzle pieces that greet Dial in Costa Rica paint a much different picture, of a young man involved with a notorious drug dealer. Through the twists and turns of his search, Dial must follow his own compass to stay true to the son he knew. A complex and moving memoir. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.





A brisk account of a father's search for his 27-year-old son, who vanished on a solo trek through Costa Rica's Corcovado jungle. Alaskan adventurer and ecologist Dial (Mathematics and Biology/Alaska Pacific Univ.; Packrafting! An Introduction and How-To Guide, 2008) chronicles his quest to figure out what happened to his son, Cody. Fusing personal history with elegy and adventure, this arresting narrative of every parent's worst fear begins with the author's background and then recounts the Dial family's many exciting excursions. Meticulous memories of father and son exploring places like Alaska and Borneo establish Cody as a person who grew into a capable adventurer and biologist. In the second section, the author pieces together Cody's volcano climbs and resourceful forays in Central America before contact with his parents ceased. His last email was written in Costa Rica in 2014, and its haunting last line—"...it should be difficult to get lost forever"—reverberates throughout the text. When he realized that his son may have disappeared, Dial left for Costa Rica to unearth the truth. With the assistance of his friends, wife, and an intriguing mixture of officials and locals (who weren't always forthcoming with information), Dial confronted rumors of foul play and continued to sift through his own knowledge of his son's character for clues. The author's guilt at having sparked Cody's interest in the wild mingles with the veteran adventurer's tactical calm in the face of numerous obstacles. His descriptions of Costa Rica's jungles echo with mystery, and, despite his grief, Dial's writing remains measured and cleareyed. When he recounts how a TV crew took a sensational angle for the sake of drama, the author's dismay is palpable. Two years later, Cody's remains were found, and it was determined that his death was an accident, which brought his family some sense of closure. In its emotional restraint and careful descriptions of the wild, this is a slow-burning tribute. A poignant, highly moving memoir of tragic circumstances and a lifelong love of exploring. Copyright Kirkus 2019 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.






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