TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Hundreds of boating enthusiasts purchased the popular Captain Bucko’s “Onboard Cruising Guide to Lake Tahoe” by Tahoe City resident Roger Huff, sold by bookstores, marinas, and other venues around the North Shore and in Truckee. Besides more than 100 feature articles for websites and nationwide magazines, Huff’s other works include: a nautical dictionary, an environmental handbook, several collections of humorous short stories, and a cookbook that includes famous recipes from ports of call all around the world, including Tahoe, as well as authentic ones from the “Golden Age of Piracy.”
Roger’s latest book is entitled “Journey of the Lost Princess.” Its main character is a pretty blonde from a small town, who leaves it after graduating from high school to work in a big city. But pursuing a successful business career demands so much time, she is forced to become content with listening to others’ tales about visits to exotic places.
The turning point occurs during a long-overdue vacation to Florida, where she discovers a cryptic message, about a secret to the universe, sheds some pent-up inhibitions, and is strangely attracted to a gold bar from a sunken treasure galleon. Curiosity eventually leads her to Machu Picchu, the mysterious Lost City of the Incas. She is searching for excitement, but she isn’t prepared for what she encounters there.
“Journey of the Lost Princess” weaves fiction and non-fiction, drawing upon history, years of research, and a lifetime of experiences. As early chapters develop the principal characters, readers become subtly drawn in until they find themselves sharing experiences and events. The book’s detailed descriptions and strategically-placed graphics make you feel as if you are right there, and Roger’s style of humor helps relieve tense situations.
“Journey of the Lost Princess” contains its share of adventure and romance, along with fascinating insight into past cultures that transformed our world.
What actually happened to ancient civilizations that seemed to vanish even more quickly than they arose from obscurity, and how could they have been conquered by cultures that were less advanced in many ways? How did they accomplish engineering feats that defy universal laws of physics, and were their secrets really lost to our modern world? These are just a few of the intriguing mysteries that will capture your attention.
Growing up as an Army brat and his own naval service helped Roger appreciate the contributions military members and their families routinely make to defend freedoms too many of us take for granted.
To acknowledge their sacrifices, all profits from sales of “Journey of the Lost Princess” will be donated to top-rated charities that support these true American patriots, including the Wounded Warrior Project, Fisher House Foundation, Armed Services YMCA, Homes for Our Troops, and Paws For Purple Hearts.