Good Morning Diego Garcia

A Journey of Discovery (Journeys Book 2)

Non-Fiction - Travel
264 Pages
Reviewed on 01/11/2016
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Author Biography

Born in Los Angeles California, Susan Joyce spent most of her childhood in Tucson, Arizona and returned to LA as a young working woman. Inspired as a child by postcards from her globe-trotting great aunt, Susan left the United States at age 20 to see the world.

She planned on being gone for a year, but ended up living her 20s and 30s in Europe and the Middle East. As a Jill of all trades, she worked as a secretary, freelance writer, taught computer classes, wrote songs, and became an accomplished artist while writing her first children's book, "Peel, the Extraordinary Elephant."

An award winning author and editor of children's books, Susan's first adult book in her memoir series, "The Lullaby Illusion--A Journey of Awakening" is a travelogue of the politics of Europe, the United States, and Israel during a twelve year 'roller-coaster' period of her life and an adventure of survival through friends and sheer determination.

The Lullaby Illusion was awarded
* Readers' Favorite 5-Stars and the 2014 GOLD Medal Winner, Non-Fiction--Travel in the 2014 Readers' Favorite International Book Awards.
* Honorable Mention Prize Winner--2014 Stargazer Literary Prizes

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Good Morning Diego Garcia: A Journey Of Discovery is a true to life travel account by author Susan Joyce, in which she recollects her experiences. The second book in the Journeys series, this adventure follows The Lullaby Illusion, picking up as Susan and her husband Charles are presented with an exciting new opportunity in Asia. A sailboat intends to travel from Sri Lanka across the Indian Ocean towards Egypt, and Charles persuades Susan that it’d be a fabulous adventure for them to be part of its crew. Disaster strikes from day one as India goes into a state of national emergency, and monsoon season begins no sooner than the boat is out on the ocean. What follows is a real story of survival against the elements and, arguably, the even more tempestuous path of Susan and Charles’ marriage.

What I enjoyed most about Susan Joyce’s memoir was her choice to present it in the style of a novel. Though written in the first person, Good Morning Diego Garcia: A Journey Of Discovery has all the readability, flowing dialogue, and narrative charm of a great work of fiction, which makes it all the more incredible that the adventures, heartbreaks, and inspirational moments within its pages are true. Susan is a loving and open woman whom readers can really connect to and, though her stormy seas adventures were genuinely thrilling, I found myself even more enveloped in the emotional journey she undertakes whilst the world goes half mad around her. Overall, I believe that anyone would find something appealing and uplifting in this memoir, and I highly recommend it.

Jack Magnus

Good Morning Diego Garcia: A Journey of Discovery, Journeys Book 2 is a non-fiction travel memoir written by Susan Joyce. Joyce and her husband, Charles, were planning on writing a book together detailing their experiences in and escape from Cyprus during the coup and war of 1974. They were currently staying in a rental home in Ojai, California for this new joint project when they received a letter from friends of theirs; Dylan, an English boat captain, and his Israeli girlfriend, Mia. When Susan and Charles knew them, they had been living on a Swedish millionaire's yacht. They would be sailing the Swede's newest sailboat across the Indian Ocean from the tip of Sri Lanka down to Seychelles and then through the Suez Canal, and they invited Susan and Charles to crew with them. It would be an adventure of a lifetime, Charles had thought, but Susan, a non-swimmer, was not quite sure. In any event, they were soon on their way to India, their first port of call.

Susan Joyce's non-fiction travel memoir, Good Morning Diego Garcia: A Journey of Discovery, Journeys Book 2, is such an exciting and eventful tale that I often had to check and see that it was indeed not an adventure novel, but a true story. I enjoyed the author's detailed accounts of places where she and her husband stayed in India, and found myself getting hungry each time she described the marvelous meals they enjoyed throughout their adventure. The portion of her memoir that deals with the actual voyage across the Indian Ocean is superb. I could see the gigantic swells tossing the sailboat around and the waterspouts appearing in the distance, and I was fascinated by the different ways each of the sailors dealt with the continual battering by the ocean and the ever-present possibility that their boat would sink. Good Morning Diego Garcia is well-written, and the author's conversational style makes it quite easy to get wrapped up in her tale. It's highly recommended.

Romuald Dzemo

Good Morning Diego Garcia: A Journey of Discovery by Susan Joyce is Book 2 in a series of travel memoirs that chronicle her adventure from the US to Sri Lanka, to Bombay, and across the eternity of the ocean, an adventure that curiously led her deeper into the depths of herself. In one of those doodles she makes in the still, quiet hours of the day, she reveals her deepest thoughts and new vistas into her questing soul. Here is one that captures the pulse of her heart, and perhaps, the reason for this book: “Collect information! Embrace Unknown! Embrace Uncertainty!”

In Good Morning Diego Garcia: A Journey of Discovery, Susan Joyce comes across as a skillful storyteller. Her memoir goes beyond the retelling of a personal story to becoming one of the beautiful social commentaries of her time. Written with simplicity, this book is about courage. The tone can be serious, and at times humorous, but readers will love this book for the author's candor and honesty, and in the way she opens her heart to readers, revealing a very rich humanity. The dialogue, at every instant, feels honest and natural; the characters are as real and convincing as any non-fictional characters could be.

The lessons from these personal travel stories are universal. It’s interesting to see how the author’s courage guides her in making choices that reveal her to herself and how embracing the unknown can be the surest path towards growth and self-discovery. This is one of the travel books that I’ll highly recommend to readers. I loved the book. I smiled, laughed, and felt knots in my tummy at times. It’s very entertaining and educative.