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Mr. Parola is a retired Professor of cultural history at Indiana University and University of Michigan-Flint; the Ministry of Defense, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Koç University in Istanbul Turkey.
As a former Naval Air Intelligence officer and a career researcher, Mr. Parola has trained himself to be a keen observer of his surroundings and has acquired a large cultural and social context into which those observations fit.
He is a free lance writer of Business (See Honolulu Star Bulletin, July 28, 2002) and Technical (Hurricane Handbook, Sail Net News, Spring, 2003) articles. His short stories have been published in Voices from the Universe and in Bamboo Ridge Press, 25th Anniversary Edition. And the Spring
Mr. Parola speaks frequently to lodges, clubs and service organizations on a variety of topics.
on Sep. 18, 2011 :
I could NOT put down this book. It was exciting right from the beginning and just as I thought it was winding down, another new twist came up. I was truly transported. This was a very entertaining read from start to finish - I highly recommend it!
(reviewed 12 months after purchase)
on Aug. 29, 2011 :
This is a book that takes the reader on a voyage through the wonderfully beautiful and sometimes frightening world of the Bahamas and South Florida boating world. Gene Parola has captured the essence of the gin clear waters, the shady characters and the rolling and pitching of what it feels like to be crossing the Gulf Stream with mysteries as part of the cargo.
It has some of the flavor of Ernest Hemingway's "Islands in the Stream." I never knew Ernie, but I was a good friend of his brother Leicester. Les would have summed it up more succinctly than I have.
He would have said, "This is a damn good read."
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on June 19, 2011 :
“The Devil to Pay” is a good book to fill one’s need of excitement for anyone, but it shines, delights and exhilarates aficionados of sailing. An armchair sailor, weekend water-warrior or old-salt mariner—anyone who dreams of a tropical sea—will find a lot of authentic images, sounds and smells in this book to make him or her get lost for a few hours in the pages. Gene Parola is obviously a man who lived through a lot of moments he describes, as his descriptions are rich in detail and carry a hint of authority coming from the first-hand familiarity.
The plot is fast and plausible and characters are easy to identify with. The book is very much worth the time and (ridiculously low for a Smashword edition) price, both as a entertaining thriller and a seductive invitation to the romance of blue water sailing.
Author (Return to Paradise, Woman on the Moon, Demon of Darien)
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
William Wayne Dicksion
on Feb. 09, 2011 :
Gene Parola is a master story teller, and he writes adventure,mystery, and intrigue, with unusual incite and understanding. “The Devil to Pay” is a must read. ------William Wayne Dicksion, a published author, and an avid reader.
(reviewed the day of purchase)