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Cozumel Good Reads:  Dive-Abled & Killer in Paradise


Two new & interesting Cozumel-based books……


Recently two new Cozumel inspired books have recently been published.  While the 2 books, and the authors are very different they’re both notable and well worth the read.  If you’re looking for some inspiring Fall reading or maybe even a nice holiday gift for the bubble maker in your life consider these two great stories.



Dive-Abled by Leo Morales & Eric Douglas

The plot synopsis:   If you ask Leo Morales, nothing is impossible if you set your mind to it. And he should know. After he lost his right leg to cancer, Leo struggled with life. But he decided his disability would not define him. When friends suggested scuba diving as part of his physical therapy, he was hooked. He quickly progressed from diver to dive instructor and technical diver. Leo has set two world records as a disabled diver, one for depth and one for distance underwater, and tirelessly travels to share his message that disabilities are only in the mind.


Here’s the link to the book in Amazon.  Here is a link to the PADI site, which also has an amazing video of Leo and his story.


Killer in Paradise by Paul J.Mila

The return of his popular husband and wife diving duo, Terry and Joe Manetta, and dive heroine Dayle Standish, in a new adventure, along with a cast of unforgettable tropical characters.

In this latest fictional tale, scuba diver and art gallery owner Dayle Standish struggles to save her marriage as she searches for a priceless artifact dating back to the time of Christopher Columbus. But Dayle’s path through the land of the ancient Mayans intersects with a vicious killer in Cozumel, Mexico, putting herself and her friends, Terry and Joe Manetta, in danger.

In a recent interview Mila explained, “While seeking a story line for the sequel to “Near Miss,” I learned about the existence of the oldest globe in the world, engraved on an ostrich egg shell, which depicts the New World as Christopher Columbus discovered it. I recalled that my friend, diver and art gallery owner Layle Stanton, on whom the main character Dayle Standish is based, frequently travels through Mexico and Central America to purchase original, indigenous art for her gallery. Those thoughts provided the inspiration for a dangerous new adventure involving my diving heroine (Dayle).”

The story will appeal to divers and non-divers alike, and diving readers will recognize dive sites located in Roatan and Cozumel. The unique storyline takes readers inside cenotes, the underwater caves that riddle Mexico’s Yucatan, and which supplied the ancient Mayans with much of their fresh water.

“Killer In Paradise,” by author and scuba diver Paul J. Mila, books are available through and Amazon.


Buenas lecturas de Cozumel: Dive-Abled y Killer in Paradise

Dos libros nuevos e interesantes inspirados en Cozumel. . .

En fechas recientes se publicaron dos libros inspirados en Cozumel. En tanto que los 2 libros y los autores de los mismos son muy diferentes, ambos son dignos de mención y bien vale la pena leerlos.


Si busca una lectura llena de inspiración para el otoño o tal vez un bonito regalo de Navidad para algún ser querido en su vida, considere estas dos grandes historias.


Dive-Abled, escrito por Leo Morales y Eric Douglas

Resumen de la trama: Si le pregunta a Leo Morales, nada es imposible si usted se lo propone. Y él lo sabe. Después de perder la pierna derecha a causa del cáncer, Leo lucho con la vida, pero decidió que su discapacidad no lo iba a definir. Cuando sus amistades le sugirieron el buceo como terapia física, él quedó prendado. Avanzó de buzo a instructor de buceo y buzo técnico rápidamente. Leo ha establecido dos récords mundiales como buzo con capacidades diferentes. Uno en buceo profundo y uno por distancia submarina, y viaja incasablemente compartiendo el mensaje que sus impedimentos sólo se encuentran en la mente.


Aquí está el enlace al libro en Amazon. Este es el enlace con el PADI site que también tiene un sorprendente video de Leo y su historia.


Killer in Paradise, escrito por Paul J. Mila

El regreso del matrimonio y popular dueto  de buzos, Terry y Joe Manetta, y la heroína del buceo Daule Standish, en

Photos Courtesy of Paul Mila

una nueva aventura junto a un inolvidable reparto de personajes tropicales.

En su última historia ficticia Dayle Standish, buzo y propietaria de una galería de arte, lucha por salvar su matrimonio en tanto busca un invaluable artefacto que data de la época de Cristóbal Colon. Sin embargo el rumbo de Dayle a través de las tierras de los antiguos maya se entrelaza con un asesino despiadado en Cozumel, México, poniéndose y poniendo a sus amigos Terry y Joe Manetta en peligro.


En una entrevista reciente, Mila explicó: “Mientras buscaba la trama para la secuela de Near Miss, me enteré de la existencia del globo más antiguo en el mundo que se encuentra tallado en la casara de un huevo de avestruz y describe el Nuevo Mundo que Cristóbal Colon descubrió. Recordé que mi amiga, Layle Stanton quien es buzo y propietaria de galería, y sobre quien se basa Dayle Standish la personaje principal, viaja con frecuencia entre México y Centroamérica para adquirir arte original e indígena para su galería. Ello me inspiró para crear una nueva y peligrosa aventura que donde intervenga mi heroína y buzo (Dayle)”.


La historia agradará de igual forma a quienes bucean y a quienes no lo hacen; y los buzos lectores reconocerán sitios de buceo ubicados en Roatán y en Cozumel.  La historia lleva a los lectores dentro de cenotes, cuevas submarinas que son el enigma de Yucatán, México, y que suministraban gran parte del agua a los antiguos mayas.


Killer in Paradise del autor y buzo Paul J. Mila y sus libros están disponibles a través de ttp:// y Amazon.


Laura Wilkinson

Author at Cozumel 4 You
Laura Wilkinson is the Editor for Cozumel 4 You. An ex-Connecticut Yankee who has called Cozumel home for over 15 years, Laura ran away to the Caribbean years ago, bumped around the islands teaching SCUBA diving, lost some time in Jamaica, and finally stopped in Cozumel for a 2 week vacation that hasn’t ended yet. With a degree in Journalism from a fancy private college she convinced her parents to pay for, Laura writes, edits, and creates the weekly Cozumel 4 You news, promotional articles about the island, and her very own blog, which she finds hilarious. Her long suffering husband, the Fabster, has long since resigned himself to having zero private life, as he’s been involved in her various schemes and plots since his arrival. Proud parents to a variety of rescue dogs and cats, Laura continues to be the bane of her traditional Mexican mother-in-law’s existence, as she muses her way through life in the Mexican Caribbean.

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