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Born '48 in Southern WV, parents moved us to totally unsuitable Fl, and I moved to NC after college at UofF. Sad saga of failed marriage, one daughter, and now a great marriage to Dianne. Worked as environmental & chemical engineer, enjoyed it tremendously. Always wanted to write and retirement has permitted the indulgence. Politically conservative/anti-war. An environmentalist who promotes nukes (especially thorium nukes). Likes: sci/tech, cooking, hands-on stuff, homebuilt airplanes, travel. That's me!
on Nov. 06, 2011 :
This book was well written and the concept good. A bit more research into things Maori would have been better and have perhaps led to the choosing of a more suitable name for the Maori, Chief Origami, which relates more to the Japanese art of paper sculpture than NZ. Other than that it was good. I do encourage all authors of e-books to invest in a lot more proofreading before publication however. It spoils a good read if you are continually confronted with misspelling and typos and bad English. This work was by no means the worst I have read in that regard however.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Oct. 02, 2011 :
This is a very well-told story. Straley has presented well defined, believable characters in a swashbuckling and at the same time sentimental narrative. I am looking forward to the next installment.
(reviewed long after purchase)