Longtime friends Beck and Parry venture down the Baja peninsula in a battered pickup truck named Ginger searching for giant waves and Beck’s lost love, Elena. Thwarted at every turn by bandits, corrupt cops, a deteriorating truck, and a brutal ocean, and dead broke except for a stack of vintage skin magazines they use for barter, they endure adversity and continue south. As Beck becomes increasingly obsessed with finding Elena rather than the big surf Parry came for, Beck and Parry’s friendship begins to crumble. Everything converges deep in the desert where the swell of the decade awaits—and Elena.
Pacific Offering was published by Casperian Books in 2012. You can buy the book here and here. Click here for a press kit and here to read an interview with me about the book.
"Told with the credibility of someone who has actually been there, Mahony accurately portrays all the joy, hardship, and death defying situations you’d come to expect from a surf trip south of the border. It’s all in there: banditos, horrible surf, epic surf, near drownings, drunken fights, jail, corrupt cops, and, of course, local love. The result is a rich, languid tale that pairs perfectly with a beer on a hot summer beach."
"This road-trip-from-hell story is a fast-paced and exciting adventure that will appeal to surfers and non-surfers alike. Anyone who's dreamed of tracking down a lost love or returning to the carefree days of their youth might be dissuaded from doing so, but can experience the thrill vicariously through Beck and Parry's journey."
"When it comes to evoking the melancholy tone and feel that such a premise suggests, Mahony has few peers … he brings a real authenticity to this telling, and really pulls you in to the southern California coast and all its details in an engaging and impressive way … You will be rewarded by this well-done loss-of-innocence tale."