Nick Taddeo lives in Pasadena, California, and is the author of five novels.
I served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and returned with a strong desire to get back into the flow where I could make my own choices and seek opportunities to live a full life. I believe I've captured a great deal of that struggle in The Afghan Tiger.
My first experience with making wine came when I was about ten or eleven. I helped my father press what he called Michigan and California grapes in our cellar. Breathing the strong aroma issuing from the fermented must and taking a few sips of the purple juice caused me to stagger around half intoxicated until I could get out for some fresh air.
I didn’t know at the time I would develop such a strong interest in the process and the people involved. Pouring from any bottle brings an endless variety of tastes depending on the winemaker, the soil, the climate and forever, the grape. So out of this interest I have managed to write two novels, Night Wine and Anna's Passion, and yet I go on studying the subject and tasting the wines.
My love of animals has been one of life-long interest. When I was a youngster and first saw a caged lion pacing back and forth in a tiny cell at the Detroit Zoo, I knew something was wrong. I couldn't let go of that image. Even today, I run because a sense of unrestricted movement connects me to the freedom which a wild animal needs to survive.
For the novel Tinnemaha Creek, I camped, hiked, and studied the Eastern Sierras, consulted with Native Americans, farmers, ranchers, and wildlife specialists to raise my awareness of the dilemma which confronts both humans and wildlife struggling for survival in that beautiful tumultuous slice of the American West.
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The Afghan Tiger
Tyler may have had it tough during his two tours in Afghanistan, but none of that prepares him for returning to civilian life where he faces deception, fraud, and thievery. He will not come out of the civilian wars unscathed, but when he elects to return to the war zone to make right a terrible wrong, the reader will come away with the sense that the experience has changed Tyler, . . .
Anna’s Napa Valley winery has been suffering debilitating attacks, not from other competing wineries but from an intensely troubled young man. She must take action soon or she will lose everything: the winery, the land, the vines, and the equipment. Even her identity is being threatened. She must figure a way out.
Night Wine: A Novel
Night Wine traces the experiences of a determined young immigrant winemaker, Amerigo Pugliesi. His struggles over the forces of weather, Prohibition, and prejudice provide the backdrop for this unique novel set in the California wine country.
August in the Mind
Tony Antonelli can't explain why he attacked a total stranger without provocation. He suspects genetic memory triggered his action, an ancient hatred inherited. He journeys to Italy, back to his roots, to seek the answer and preserve his sanity. Provides grand insights into Italy today and its remarkable history.
Wildlife vs. human rights clash when a cougar approaches two young girls searching for wildflowers near the eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevadas. Cobra Stevens, wildlife biologist, must restore peace out of chaos that erupts between the ranchers who form a hunter's coalition and the animal rights advocates. And what of the cougar? Will he be the ultimate loser?
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