New Travelogue Shows the Excitement and Romance of Exotic ‘Brazil’

Share Article

Former US Navy officer Bruce Holdt’s recollections of Rio de Janeiro exploits evoke adventure

News Image

Readers follow author Bruce Holdt’s exploits as well as his reflections of experiences in another time and place in his new memoir/travelogue simply entitled “ Brazil”. Holdt’s account of his voyage to Brazil holds readers with his own sense of adventure in exploring a beautiful, exotic country. He communicates excitement generated by his wanderlust that was abetted by his position as defense attaché in America’s consulate in Rio de Janeiro.

Commander Bruce Holdt is the United States Defense Attaché in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and part of the Defense Intelligence Agency’s clandestine military attaché service, conducting espionage activities with the Central Intelligence Agency throughout the nation. The majority of people in Latin America do not speak Spanish, they speak Portuguese, and the population of Brazil is larger than the population of the other Latin American countries combined. Commander Holdt learned to speak fluent Portuguese, was trained at the Defense Intelligence Agency and the CIA in the use of many different kinds of weapons, defensive driving and hand to hand combat. He makes good use of all his training and leads several secret dangerous missions throughout the cities and jungles of Brazil, which he describes in thrilling detail.

In “Brazil”, Holdt relates the pleasant and unpleasant memories he garnered in his three-year stay. Readers will be engrossed as the author details his exciting escapades while revealing trivia, memorabilia and photographs that give a vivid portrait of the largest country in both South America and the Latin American region. Although a memoir, “Brazil” often has action scenes that excite, as befits adventurous experience in a large state with many frontier regions:

“ ‘What do I need the guns for?’…‘Put them in the drawer under the bed. We may need them as there are pirates that operate out small ports near Santos who board yachts and kill the people on them. They then sell the yachts in the black market.’…Welcome to Brazil, I thought…I had never shot another person in the twenty-eight years I had been in the navy. But they would kill us if they got on board, so I unloaded an entire clip from my M15 at the cockpit.”

Added to this is the flavor that a naval officer brings to his narrative and readers will have an approximation of how the country that is presented in the book is steeped in Holdt’s own romantic imagination. It is itself colorful and festive with a uniquely American spirit of enjoying what other cultures can offer in terms of living.

For more information on this book, interested parties may log on to

Brazil can be purchased at

About the Author
Bruce Holdt is a retired US Navy Officer. He lives with his family on a lake in northern Minnesota. He has written “Gunboats forever” and “Murder in San Francisco.”

Brazil * by Bruce Holdt
Publication Date: August 14, 2013
Trade Paperback; $15.99; 74 pages; 978-1-4836-8373-7
Trade Hardback; $24.99; 74 pages; 978-1-4836-8374-4
eBook; $3.99; 978-1-4836-8375-1

Members of the media who wish to review this book may request a complimentary paperback copy by contacting the publisher at (888) 795-4274 x. 7879. To purchase copies of the book for resale, please fax Xlibris at (812) 355-4079 or call (888) 795-4274 x. 7879. For more information on self-publishing or marketing with Xlibris, visit To receive a free publishing guide, please call (888) 795-4274.

Share article on social media or email:

View article via:

Pdf Print

Contact Author

Marketing Services
+1 (888) 795-4274 Ext: 7879
Email >
Visit website