COSTA RICA… A PARADISE TEEMING WITH INTRIGUE AND EXCITEMENT
The Grand Tico watches over Costa Rica and the more than four million people who live there. But even the Grand Tico is beginning to find a growing number of illicit liaisons, drug dealings, political intrigues, murders, and brutal sexual dealings.
Those kinds of transgressions, unsavory though they are, don’t kindle the kind of frenetic turmoil that arises between two Costa Rican families from a simple disagreement between two high school students. Such rivalry, however, has grown over the years into a full-blown personal and political rivalry that threatens all of Costa Rica.
Gerardo dreams of setting up medical clinics throughout the land. Orlando is determined to be powerful and rich… and the president of Costa Rica. Both love strong, beautiful women who foster conflict and create dramatic changes in their lives. The two men have been bitter enemies since their youth, but are inextricably thrown together in an explosive saga of sex, drugs, corruption and murder… one that is curiously interwoven in the very fabric of philanthropic works.
ALBERT A. CORREIA is a native Californian, having grown up in Tracy, located in that state’s vast and agriculturally rich Central Valley. He had a rewarding career as a Chamber of Commerce executive in the U.S. before moving to Costa Rica. While attending the California State University at Fresno, he interned at the Fresno, Oakland and San Leandro Chambers of Commerce. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Fresno State and was a reporter for a newspaper in Fresno while attending college. Following graduation, he served as assistant manager of the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce. He then went on to serve as chief executive officer of the San Fernando, Pasadena, Pomona, and the Mid San Fernando Valley Chamber of Commerce, all in California. Among other honors he received in the field, he was presented the Russell E. Pettit, “Executive of the Year Award,” by the California Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives in 1986.
Since arriving in Costa Rica in 1995, Mr. Correia has devoted his time to the arts. In addition to his writing, he paints, and a number of his oils hang in prominent buildings in and around San Jose, Costa Rica’s capital city. He is a devotee of Costa Rica’s renowned symphony orchestra. He lives in a quiet suburb of the capital with his wife, daughter, two stepdaughters, and one of his wife’s nieces. Two of his sons live in California and the third lives in Las Vegas. When not in San Jose, he spends time in Jaco Beach where he lived a number of years before moving to San Jose.